Business Monday Briefings: Labor Speech Wednesday; Aspen Public Radio Wins Awards

Discussion on workforce sustainability this Wednesday

The Aspen Institute’s Hurst Community Initiative Lecture Series in partnership with Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valley Libraries and Chambers of Commerce continues at 5 p.m. Wednesday with a look at workforce sustainability issues work in Aspen.

Workforce Resiliency in Mountain Towns will feature a discussion with Carolyn Tucker, Colorado Workforce Development; Auden Schendler, Aspen Skiing Co.; Johnathan Jones, Atlantic Aviation; and Kara Silbernagel, Pitkin County. Alycin Bektesh, Public Affairs Manager for the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, will moderate the discussion.

“We’re hearing from our members and our community that help is needed to find the right candidates for vacancies, and it’s getting harder and harder to retain a local workforce,” Bektesh said. “Through this conversation, we have the opportunity to learn more about the demographics and economics driving this revenue shortfall, as well as hear from leaders in our business community who navigate the the workforce environment.

The six-part series hosts a range of topics selected by each city’s public library and chamber of commerce.

“The nuance between micro-communities and their respective local experts helps illuminate the common ground we share — and helps build empathy among leaders seeking collaborative solutions,” said Evan Zislis, director of community engagement, Aspen Institute Hurst Community Initiative.

APR Brings Home Awards

Aspen Public Radio recently received several awards from the Colorado Broadcasters Association.

The ABC publicly announced the awards at the 2021 Achievement Awards Gala in Denver, held on April 9. radio market. The midsize radio market includes public and commercial stations in 36 communities across the state, including Vail, Steamboat Springs, Durango, Alamosa, Delta, Craig and more.

Aspen Public Radio received honors in the following categories:

Best News Report, Feature or Series – Eleanor Bennett’s reporting on Skyler Lomahaftewa bringing her culture back to the Rockies in ‘Ute people are alive, we exist’.

Best Sports Feature – A new skier with ALS tackles Snowmass, proving the disease can’t hold her back, by Halle Zander

Additionally, Aspen Public Radio received Certificates of Merit as Honorable Mentions in the following categories:

Best Morning Show – “The Outdoor Report” with Eleanor Bennett

Best Use of Digital/Social Media — “Get to Know Our Team” Campaign by Lisa DeLosso

Best Station Website –, run by Lauri Jackson, Lisa DeLosso and the Aspen Public Radio News Team

“Eleanor Bennett and Halle Zander are both talented broadcast journalists who have worked hard on their award-winning feature films,” said Aspen Public Radio news director Brent Gardner-Smith. “I think the judges got to hear the heart and soul that went into these stories. I was also delighted that Eleanor’s morning show was recognized, as well as our website and the station’s promotional campaign.

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