Business Briefs: (Former Anderson Ranch exec opens consulting firm; Aspen noted for solid finances

Former nonprofit exec starts consulting firm

Former Anderson Ranch Arts Center executive director Nancy Wilhelms has opened a consulting firm for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

The company’s name is Nancy Wilhelms Consulting.

“Our vision for the new firm is to become a go-to advisory resource for CEOS and executive directors who lead arts and cultural organizations by combining arts and business expertise in ways that provide high value to our clients,” Wilhelms said in a statement. “Our differential is deep experience in both arts and business.”

Services offered include consulting for CEOs and board members, facilitating strategic and long-range planning, and providing marketing expertise to help organizations raise their profiles. The firm also will work with organizations on cultural programs that feature artists, artist conversations and involvement.

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City’s gets good financial marks

Moody’s Investor Services recently assigned the city of Aspen an Aa1 rating, noting its healthy operating revenue, low debt obligation and considerable cash reserves.

“This upgrade in rating is very timely as the city is thinking of going out to the market again for financing, said the city’s finance director, Pete Strecker, in a statement.

The city also just received The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. This certificate of achievement, given for 2017, “is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by Aspen staff and management,” the city said in a news release.

“One of the city’s primary daily focuses is on our fiscal health, economic vitality and responsible asset management,” said Sara Ott, interim city manager, in a statement. “This recognition of our financial strength reflects the dedication and feedback from our residents as our financial planning aims to adhere to our community values.”


Hanukkah has arrived in Aspen

Members of the valley’s Jewish community gathered at the Albright Pavilion at Aspen Meadows Thursday for their second annual menorah lighting ceremony to celebrate and acknowledge the first day of Hanukkah.

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