Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Join us as the Basalt Chamber of Commerce celebrates 40 years!

The 2023 annual meeting was in-person at the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Innovation Center, featuring presentations on the State of the Town, the State of the Chamber, and important information on the current and future state of the workforce in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Presentation slides

A solid workforce and talent development pipeline is critical to the overall well-being of our businesses and the greater community. Unfortunately, finding qualified employees is a rising challenge for employers in the Roaring Fork Valley, in large part due to external factors including the cost of housing, childcare and ever shifting demographics. In response to these growing concerns, the keynote speakers of the 2023 Annual Meeting will be discussing the state of the workforce. These leaders represent the Colorado Workforce Center, CareerWise Colorado, EPIC Pathways, Colorado River BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) and the Colorado Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Education to Employment Alliance.

The annual meeting will discuss these challenges and the existing work that already underway locally, as well as highlight new initiatives at both the state and local level to tackle the pressing need for qualified employees, now and in the decades to come. Different opportunities and ways for local business owners to get involved. 




8:15 a.m. Registration/Check-in begins
8:30-9:00 a.m. Networking & Coffee
9:00 a.m. Annual meeting programming begins

    • “State of the Town” – Bill Kane, Mayor of the Town of Basalt
    • “State of the Chamber” – Kris Mattera, Basalt Chamber of Commerce
    • “Current and future state of the workforce” – perspectives from key stakeholders
      • Carolyn Tucker, MA, CWDP, Regional Business Services Coordinator – Eagle, Garfield, Lake, Summit and Pitkin Counties; Colorado Workforce Center/CDLE
      • Erika Germer, MPP; Education Partnerships Manager, CareerWise Colorado, EPIC Pathways Coach, Colorado River BOCES
      • Mitch Foss, Secondary Instructional Facilitator & CTE Coordinator; Roaring Fork School District
      • Ed Sealover, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Editor; Colorado Chamber of Commerce

10:30 a.m. Presentation wrap-up, followed by Networking & Coffee
11:00 a.m. Annual meeting concludes

Additionally, the Basalt Chamber and its Board of Directors are currently updating its strategic plan, setting forth the goals for 2024-2026. During the Networking & Coffee portions of the morning, we ask that members please provide comments and feedback on the draft version of the strategic plan, which will be available for review.

Tours of RMI’s state-of-the-art beyond net-zero energy office and convening center are available on request. 

About the speakers

Carolyn Tucker, Regional Business Services Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, provides labor market information, business education opportunities and other support services to the business communities in Eagle, Garfield, Lake, Pitkin and Summit counties. 

Erika Germer has close to two decades of experience working with high school students as they discover their passions through internships and youth apprenticeships. After earning a dual degree in journalism and political science, Erika focused her graduate coursework on educational policy and nonprofit management while attending the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. She and her husband Aaron moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2021.

A classroom teacher for 19 years, Mitch Foss now supports the instructional practices of new teachers and facilitates the development of the Roaring Fork School District’s expansion of Career and Technical Education opportunities.


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NOTE: Two separate systems exist to manage registrations any payment: our member portal which handles the Annual Meeing event registration, and there is a second system to process online payments via Alpine Bank.

Cost (per person)

$35 – Regular registration fee (effective Saturday, November 11, 2023) | Pay Now

$45 – Day of Registration fee/Non-member rate (Thursday, November 30, 2023) | Pay Now


Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Innovation Center
22830 Two Rivers Rd, Basalt, CO 81621


We support the Town of Basalt’s Green Initiatives and encourage you to walk, bike, bus or carpool to chamber events whenever possible. On-street parking is available along Two Rivers Road and throughout the newly completed Midland Spur.

Previous Annual Meetings

2022 Annual Meeting recording

2021 Annual Meeting recording

  • Introductions
  • “State of the Town” – Ryan Mahoney, Basalt Town Manager
  • “State of the County”– Jeff Shroll, County Manager, Eagle County Government
  • “State of the Chamber”– Kris Mattera, Basalt Chamber of Commerce
  • Bylaws discussion and vote

2020 Annual Meeting recording

Links from the 2020 meeting

Kate Guibert’s keynote presentation slides [PDF] 

Colorado Resiliency Office – Community Adaptation Hub

Colorado Restaurant Association’s Winter Outdoor grants

Colorado Resiliency Office/DOLA Rural Economic Development Initiatives (grant opportunity for local government to support restaurants, retail, and downtowns during winter)