At Blister Summit 2023, we brought together reporter Jason Blevins (Colorado Sun & resident of Eagle County, CO), Dara McDonald (Crested Butte Town Manager), Jonathan Houck (Gunnison County Commissioner), Pete Wagner (Wagner Custom Skis & resident of Telluride, CO), and Paul Forward (Blister reviewer & resident of Girdwood, AK) for a wide-ranging conversation on the current challenges facing mountain towns and a number of potential solutions.
We cover how small towns can serve as test zones for new & innovative policies; the impacts of an outdoor-recreation-based economy; the ongoing challenge of affordable housing; ideas for new methods of funding, and more.
TOPICS & TIMES
- Intros 00:00
- What Other Locales Can Learn from Small Towns 1:45
- Recreation & Its Impacts 10:33
- Affordable Housing 31:50
- Engaging Younger Generations 42:53
- Innovative Funding Mechanisms? 48:34