“How do you meet the challenge of building community?” is the question keynote speaker Chris Gates will pose to the group at large……communities are complex, textured things.” And like a plant, pet or a love affair, they need nurturing.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — At the inaugural Aspen/Snowmass State of the Real Estate and Tourism Economy forum held in 2009, the focus was primarily about buying and selling, what’s hot and what’s not, and how the forecast looked for the coming year. Flash forward to the 2010 event, set for Friday at the Doerr–Hosier Center at Aspen Meadows. Local trends and the sales forecast will certainly be part of the conversation, but so, too, will be the topic of social capital. Gates, who earned a master’s degree from Harvard, has been involved in what he calls “a variety of community conversations” within the Roaring Fork Valley. He is familiar with what he terms the current “craziness” of Snowmass and also knows through experience that “the more beautiful the setting, the harder people fight” for what they believe.
By Madeline Osberger, August 5, 2010 Aspen Times

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