Latest News – January 20

Saguache Planning Conference Set for Saturday

This Saturday, January 23 at 9:30 a.m. the 3rd Annual Saguache Planning Conference will be held at the Road and Bridge meeting room, located at 305 3rd Street.  Planning Conference Poster_2016Is your church, club, nonprofit organization or civic group planning events for 2016?  Then please attend this meeting to get your event date on the 2016 calendar.

Did you know that there was a resurgence of visitors to Saguache in 2015, some of the highest numbers seen since 2007? That increase is credited to the collaborative works of the Saguache Chamber, the Saguache Tourism Council and the Colorado Tourism Office. These entities’ efforts, working with Saguache artists and galleries, community based programs and businesses produced by Saguache Works, combined with lower gas prices and some of the best home cooking from the 4th Street Diner have proven SUCCESSFUL! Working together DOES brings results! Saturday’s Planning Conference is intended to support and expand those efforts, so make sure that your business and group’s plans are included in the discussion.

This year, organizers have some engaging activities and speakers lined up. Included on the agenda will be Kathy Bedell Publisher of Saguache Today, the community’s new online news and information source serving Saguache and Saguache County. Launched on November 1, 2015, SaguacheToday.com offers residents in the San Luis Valley a FREE online news source which focuses on events, traffic, weather and a variety of good – and sometimes sad – news. Web_Header_Final_Saguache_Today_2015In addition to the news site, Saguache Today maintains an active social media platform, including Facebook, Twitter, and a You Tube Channel. Bedell will be speaking about social media: what is it, how can you use it and how collaborative efforts can help raise the voice of things happening in the San Luis Valley.

Bedell is a journalist who has lived in Leadville for 26 years. On November 1, 2011, she started The Great Pumpkin, a media company that owns and operates Leadville Today, the sister news site to Saguache Today. Now in its 5th year of publishing daily online news for Leadville and Lake County, the response from the local community has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic, reaching an average daily readership over 800, as well as a social media platform that connects weekly with 50,000+ residents, second homeowners and visitors. This FREE online business has become the way locals stay connected with what’s happening in their community. Please plan to attend to hear her story and the exciting plans for Saguache Today!

So mark your calendar and plan to attend the 3rd Annual Saguache Planning Conference. Working together with the Saguache Chamber, the Saguache Tourism Council and the Colorado Tourism Office, local efforts, businesses and organizations, 2016 can be the best year yet!

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