Forecast for the Future:
Using demographic data to plan for Eagle County
with Elizabeth Garner
June 14, 2017
Colorado Mountain College | Edwards
Moderated by Chris Romer, president and CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership.
Demography may sound boring, but understanding demographic data is critical to planning for our community’s future, and State Demographer Elizabeth Garner makes it interesting while sharing important facts and insights.
The State Demography Office is the primary state agency for population and demographic information. Its data are used by state agencies to forecast demand for facilities and services. These data are also used by local governments and nonprofit organizations in the state to anticipate growth or decline and to plan and develop programs and community resources.
This program will review demographic trends in Colorado and Eagle County today and in the future, and will examine the potential resulting impacts and opportunities, answering the question: what are the forecasts for population change, aging, the labor force and jobs?
Garner is the State Demographer with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, an agency focused on strengthening the capacity of Colorado’s communities and local governments. She leads the State Demography Office, which produces population and economic estimates and forecasts for use by state agencies and local governments.
Garner has over 25 years of experience analyzing population and economic trends in the state, and her current areas of research include aging in Colorado, characteristics of migration and poverty. Garner is an economist and received her B.A. in Business at the University of San Diego and her masters in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. She is also a Colorado native, something only 43% of the state’s population can claim.
This program is part of the 2017 Vail Valley Business Forum and is presented in partnership with the Vail Valley Partnership and Colorado Mountain College – Vail Valley.
This program is sponsored in part by Vail Valley Medical Center.
Note! There will be a 30-minute reception at 5:00 p.m. The talk begins at 5:30 p.m.