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Sun Valley Economic Development
Community Newsletter
September/October, 2017
Dedicated to creating a diversified, year-round economy for the Sun Valley Region.
In this Issue:
Meet Summit Speakers
Summit Sponsor & Volunteer Opportunities
Summit Agenda & Registration
Buy Tickets to Summit
Housing Updates
Free Business Expo - Oct. 25th
Ketchum Innovation Center Events
Safe Haven Health Care
Quickbooks Solutions
Sun Valley Rated #2 Ski Resort in North America
Recent Press
Active Members List
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Thanks to our summit sponsors:
Thanks to our
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Meet Our Summit Speakers
Mark Kane - SE Group

Mark Kane is a principle with the SE Group, a strategic planning, permitting, and design firm that has completed over 2,500 projects and become a global leader in working with mountain resorts and small-town, rural communities alike. Mark helps communities defined by outdoor recreation, the rural lifestyle, and tourism unlock and maximize economic, environmental, aesthetic, and recreational character-and potential-through community and land use planning, permitting, and entitlement. Mark brings together deep community planning expertise; an intuitive and informed understanding of how to bring together diverse communities for long term consensus and gain; and a profound commitment to helping small communities find, articulate, tap into, and retain what makes them special.

Randy Cohen - Americans for the Arts

Randy Cohen is the national spokesperson for Americans for the Arts, the Washington DC based lobbying organization for the $166 billion US arts and cultural industry. Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts.  He recently published Americans Speak Out About the Arts, one of the largest national public opinion studies about the arts ever conducted, and publishes the two premier economic studies of the arts industries-Arts & Economic Prosperity, the national impact study of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences; and Creative Industries, a mapping study of the nation's 703,000 arts establishments and their employees.
Ralf Garrison - Inntopia / Destimetrics
Ralf Garrison is the founder of Destimetrics,  a leading comprehensive market intelligence provider for the destination leisure travel industry.  Destimetrics was acquired by Inntopia, the travel industry's leading eCommerce and central reservation provider early this year. The Destimetrics platform provides destinations and properties alike an insightful, forward-looking view of their performance and upcoming visitation to empower data-driven decisions on marketing spend, rate, and staff.

Summit Sponsor Opportunities
To learn more about summit volunteer and sponsor opportunities, call Doug Brown 208-309-0187 or email at

2017 Economic Summit - Agenda
8:00 - 9:00am
Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking
9:00 - 9:30am
Welcome, Local Context & Scene Setting: Harry Griffith
9:30 - 10:30am
Presentation:  The Value of Arts & Culture in Blaine Co.
By Randy Cohen (Americans for the Arts)
10:30 - 10:45am
Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:45am
Presentation: The Resort Community of the Future
By Mark Kane (SE Group)
Buffet Lunch open
12:00 - 1:00pm
Presentation: Resort Housing Challenges: Pillows for Guests & Locals by Ralf Garrison (Inntopia/Destimetrics)
1:00 - 1:30pm
Presentation: Blaine's Economic Ecosystem: Constraints & Realities by Harry Griffith (SVED)
1:30 - 2:30pm
Panel: Challenges & Opportunities: Planning for Future Changes in our Ecosystem
2:30 - 2:45pm
Wrap up & Concluding Remarks

Buy Tickets to Summit Here

Housing Updates
Thank you to the members who attended our September 6th Members Only Meeting at the Limelight Hotel Ketchum.  Also you can view Harry Griffith's presentation here.
The event was covered by the Mountain Express and Eye on Sun Valley and you can see their follow up here.
SVED has been working with local governments and developers to find some breakthrough solutions in complex situations so that housing can be built. 
Bellevue is being presented with annexation opportunities both north and south of the city. read more
The big effort in the last few months has been in trying to find a way forward at the GATEWAY across from St. Luke's south of Ketchum along highway 75's east side. 
There is a significant meeting in front of the Blaine County Commissioners October 10th, Tuesday, 4:15 - 4:45pm when Harry Griffith, SVED's Executive Director, will present realistic options for delivering middle income housing.
The public is always invited to the open session at the top floor of the Old Courthouse.
If you are unable to attend, please send your comment to the commissioners c/o Derek Voss at

Free Business Expo October 25th
The Chamber and Sun Valley Economic Development invite you to participate in this year's Wood River Business Expo.

Thursday, October 25th, 4-7pm at Limelight Hotel Ketchum

Join us for an evening of networking and relationship building, consumer education and exposure of your products and services to a diverse group of WR Valley residents, business owners and managers.

Sponsorships are available to give businesses additional exposure at the Expo and through the Expo's advertising and promotion.

With free public attendance, 400 - 500 are expected.

Exhibitor registration deadline is October 11th.
Register online at


Ketchum Innovation Center
Programs For Entrepreneurs  
RSVP NOW: How to Finance a Business (Panel Discussion)
Tuesday, October 10th, 12-1pm

The panel will feature John Williamson, Executive in Residence at the BSU College of Business and Economics, Tracy Groll, Zions Bank President, Jeff Guylay, Managing Director at Colonnade Advisors, and Judy Robinett, Entrepreneur.

The discussion will revolve around solutions, such as revenue-based loans, venture capital, and angel investing.

Introduction to QuickBooks 1
Thursday, October 12th, 12-1pm
Led by Toni Himmelman
Women Entrepreneurs: Overcoming Underearning
Tuesday, October 18th, 5:30-7pm
Led by Kathryn Kemp Guylay
Product Development & Sourcing
Tuesday, October 24th, 12-1:30pm
Led by Lynette Bushman
Introduction to QuickBooks 2
Thursday, October 26th 12-1pm
Led by Toni Himmelman
Growing a Business in the Valley (Panel Discussion)
Tuesday, October 31st, 12-1:30pm
Led by Noa Reis and Yanne Root



Sun Valley Rated #2 Ski Resort In North America!  
Sun Valley Resort has earned the #2 overall ski resort ranking in the annual SKI Magazine Readers' Poll for the 2017-18 season. The rankings are a reflection of the ski area's commitment to excellent grooming, superior guest experiences, unique and historic charm, and virtually no lift lines. The Sun Valley Resort was also ranked #2 ski resort in North America for the 2015-16 winter season. CONGRATULATIONS SUN VALLEY!
Read full article here

Recent Press


Harry Griffith

P.O. Box 3893 | Ketchum, Idaho 83340

Phone: 208-721-7847 | Email:

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