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Aspen seeks ideas for special events

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – The city of Aspen wants your ideas for improving Aspen’s economy through special events and other items that enhance the visitor’s experience.

Numerous events in 2010 were funded partially by a city stimulus initiative, dubbed “Mining Aspen for Ideas.” Events included the Aspen Fashion Week, Aspen Singer-Songwriter Festival, Big Aspen Barbecue and the American Junior Golf Association Tournament.

The funded events in 2010 cost the city about $100,000 but provided nearly $3 million in market revenues for local businesses.

While most “Mining Aspen” proposals were for special events funding, other items submitted through the campaign required no funding but nonetheless raised Aspen’s profile. Aspen’s Adopt A Tourist program, which was recently featured in the Washington Post and received international coverage in 2010, was the brainchild of a local resident who simply wanted the city to help implement his idea.

“A lot of people have some good ideas out there about how to attract visitors to Aspen or raise Aspen’s profile as a destination,” said City Manager Steve Barwick. “Last year, we were able to fund some new and existing events with these stimulus dollars. We feel like that program was successful, and City Council has asked that we do it again.”

The deadline for submitting proposals is 5 p.m. on Jan. 7. Proposals can be sent using the city’s website, Click on “Mining for Ideas” to reach the application.

The proposals will be evaluated by a committee consisting of Aspen Chamber Resort Association officials, city staff and members of the public. The recommendations will then be presented to Aspen City Council for possible implementation and funding.

Ideas can also be mailed to Aspen City Hall, Community Relations Department, 130 S. Galena St., Aspen, CO 81611. Officials ask that submissions follow the guidelines for preparing proposals posted at

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