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State of the Valley: Eagle County leaders say they’re ‘rowing together’ on staffing, housing, child care challenges

Zoe Goldstein | Vail Daily

Speakers from hospital, school district, county and Vail Resorts also give audience predictions for 2024

The 2023 State of the Valley, cohosted by the Vail Symposium and the Vail Valley Partnership, gathered influential figures in Eagle County on Wednesday at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards to discuss the highlights and challenges of the year and share insights on 2024. 

Bobby Murphy, vice president and chief operating officer of Beaver Creek Resort, Jeff Shroll, Eagle County manager, Will Cook, president and chief executive officer of Vail Health, and Phil Qualman, superintendent of Eagle County Schools, spoke on pressing issues facing their industries in a panel discussion moderated by Chris Romer, president and chief operating officer of Vail Valley Partnership.

“In the area of early child care, I think in the areas of climate, in the areas of housing, in the areas of behavioral health, we are all in the valley, for the most part, rowing in the same direction,” Shroll said.

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