Every year, the SustainableBreck program releases an annual report to show progress being made and identify opportunities for improvement. This year, the 2021 Annual Report is presented in the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Below is a message from the Mayor.
"This year marks the 10th anniversary of the SustainableBreck Plan, adopted in 2011 with input from the citizen's SustainableBreck Task Force. We are proud at how far we have come. We are just now emerging from an unprecedented year having navigated a global pandemic.
The community-wide shut down hit Breckenridge on March 13, 2020. COVID-19 shed light on new opportunities for sustainability, such as teleworking and reduced commercial energy use, but it also highlighted where we can improve our community's resiliency. The Town Council took a hard look at the Town's budget, conserving resources for the unknown year(s) ahead. In doing so, we also allocated $1.2M in business assistance grants and $1.1M in rent relief for working families.
Our partners at the Breckenridge Tourism Office pivoted to provide visitors and businesses a one-stop shop for COVID19 and travel information. We also created "Walkable Main" to physically distance and provide additional retail and restaurant space for businesses. Together, these efforts helped provide a sense of security and safety for travelers still willing to visit our town. We saw a summer economic rebound which carried through to a prolonged autumn season. The new "zoom economy" and short term rentals drove a real estate market to the highest ever.
All of this comes with lessons learned, changes, and challenges to our community in the years ahead. This report is a snapshot of progress towards our sustainability initiatives. This year, it's also in the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic. We welcome your input on the health and future of our community. You can submit comments on our website www.sustainablebreck.com." Eric Mamula, Mayor