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What Does the Chamber Do?

Promoting Ridgway Colorado and its business community to the world

  • Supports economic programs designed to strengthen and expand the income potential of all the varied businesses within the trade area.
  • Achieves objectives of enhancing a year-round economy through the planning, promotion and management of tourism while respecting the unique community and environment of Ridgway – in concert with the Town of Ridgway’s Comprehensive Plan.
  • Maintains and operates the Visitors Information Center, assisted by 18 volunteers, daily from May through October at southwest Colorado’s primary intersection: Highways 550 South and 62.
  • Publishes annually the Ridgway/ Ouray Visitors Guide providing information on the activities and amenities of the town, Ouray County and surrounding areas.
  • Responds to potential visitors’ and locals’ phone and email inquiries regarding, lodging, restaurant, recreation, events, new business start ups – mailing out response packets as required and tracking visitor statistics.
  • Provides ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new businesses and referrals and business information, maps, guides and more to local residents, newcomers, prospective business owners, and visitors.
  • Promotes Ridgway as an attractive community by way of implementing an annual marketing plan, funded in part by Lodging Tax revenue. (Available for member review on request.)
  • Maintains a continually updated community website presence:
  • Functions as the clearinghouse for maintaining a continually updated community Calendar of Events.
  • Supports programs of a civic, social and cultural nature, which are designed to increase the functional and aesthetic values of the community.
  • Creates and distributes the weekly "Chamber Newsletter" to enhance and promote members.
  • Creates a regular EBlast to reach visitors and increase traffic to our area.
  • Provides a cooperative parking lot for the Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties’ commuter traffic. Serves as a liaison with Town and County government and regional nonprofits.
  • Assists in coordination of group activities such as weddings, reunions and group tours upon request.
  • Provides orientations and media packets to travel writers and travel agents.
  • In the absence of a local “Better Business Bureau”, handles consumer complaints and compliments.

Board of Directors

The Ridgway Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is made up of seven members who are elected in January of each year.


  • Interim President: Jon Elliot, Aspen Tree Services - SavATree
  • Interim Vice President: Clay Frost, Chipeta Lodge
  • Treasurer: Jane Pullium, Middleton Accounting
  • Secretary: Tanya Ishikawa, Uncomphagre Watershed Partnership

At Large 

  • Sarah McCormick, McDevCo Builds
  • Miles Graham, GBSM
  • Donna Jaffe