Hosting a major event is like planning for a disaster.
There is a saying among emergency managers that during an incident is no time for introductions, meaning you should know people you will need to know in a crisis well before a disaster is declared.
Build your relationships before an incident. The accumulation of deliberate connections, finding common ground and mutual interest, “breaking bread” or whatever you choose to call it can look like a waste of time to some. It is not.
In recent years, courageous leaders in the high country have taken bold steps to address a crisis that impacts us each and all. In 2022, NWCCOG will highlight those efforts and encourage action in other communities. I’m talking about a suite of issues known as Behavioral Health which includes all types of mental health and addiction. Recent news in our region highlights bold moves by leaders to address BH. These include Summit County breaking ties with Mind Springs Health and Eagle County approving a new Behavioral Health project with Vail Health.