By Michelle Kodis
Let's say you are considering a move to the Telluride region or are investigating the possibility of an investment in the area.What information would you need? Most likely, you would find it helpful to have access to extensive historical and up-to-date statistics about real estate trends and prices ; the regional business climate and overall economy ; government structures and services ; schools ; individual towns and communities ; and descriptions of resort-town life and what this area offers in the realm of arts, culture, special events and recreation.
Now, how would you go about gathering that information? The reality is not necessarily pretty : You would have to sift through hundreds of thick and uninviting files of public records, collect thousands of statistics, analyze your findings and then somehow compile everything into one easy-to-use document.
If you be exhausted already, do not fret.
By Michelle Kodis
Colorado's environment for small businesses was less favorable in March than in February, according to statistics released recently by Vectra Bank Colorado, which tracks business conditions throughout the state.
Vectra Bank's Small Business Index for Colorado dropped to 100.8 in March, down from 102.2 in February.The index measures business conditions from the perspective of the small business owner.A lower index number points to less favorable conditions for the state's small businesses.It uses 100 for calendar year 1997 as its base year.
By Michelle Kodis
Poet and writer Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer has been named this year's Young Careerist by the Telluride chapter of Business & Professional Women.Trommer will represent Telluride as she
competes for the state title at the annual BPW/Colorado convention to be held in Denver June 9-10.
Trommer's name is a familiar one in Telluride.A widely published poet, she
is the former editor of Telluride Magazine, the current executive director of the Telluride Writers Guild, our own poetry scholar-in-residence, and a member of the all-women a cappella group, Heartbeat.Trommer has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Colorado College, where she
graduated magna cum laude, and a Master of Arts in applied English language and linguistics from the University of Wisconsin.As a freelance writer, she
has published articles in Robb Report, Frontier, Mountain Living, Telluride Magazine, Mountainfreak, Backpacker, Log Home Living, Inside/Outside Southwest, and Natural Home.She
writes the Literally Speaking column for the Telluride Daily Planet and has been a creative writing instructor for the Ah Haa School for the Arts.
In addition to being one of 12 poets featured in The Geography of Hope poetry collection, she
own collection of poems, titled lunaria, which was published in 1999.This spring, another collection of her
poems will be published by Western Reflections.She
has garnered numerous awards and honors, including the Colorado Merit Scholarship and best feature story from the Colorado Press Association.She
recently completed the editing of an oral history of the Telluride area and is currently editing a compilation of essays on the topic of charity.She
is also the poetry scholar for the annual Poets in Person discussion series, serves on the board of the Telluride Education Foundation, is a member of the artist board of the Ah Haa School for the Arts, and has been a regional grant panelist for the Colorado Council for the Arts.
Working with the women of BPW/Telluride has been a total pleasure, Wahtola Trommer said.they be very supportive and excited.And, it has been interesting for me to find out about all the things BPW does and stands for.i be pleased to be representing an organization that promotes equality for women..