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The GNAR Network

The GNAR Network provides a forum where representatives of gateway communities can meet, share ideas, and identify immediate and high-priority needs that would allow them to make more informed decisions to protect the well-being of their residents and their local economies.

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Upcoming Events

We are building the Network by engaging elected officials, city and county planners, economic development and tourism specialists, and others from gateway communities in interactive webinars and peer-to-peer learning sessions. We strive to provide participants an opportunity to share their experiences with each other, work together to problem solve, and clarify specific, high-priority needs.

Date Topic Type Summary/RSVP
July 1, 2021
(2-3:30pm MDT)
How to Shred GNAR(ly) Problems: Peer-to-Peer Learning with the GNAR Network: Where Do We Go From Here?
- Facilitated by the GNAR Initiative
Listening Session Click to RSVP


Past Sessions

Date Topic Type Summary/RSVP
Jun. 15, 2021
(2-3:30pm MDT)
How to Shred GNAR(ly) Problems: Vail InDEED: How Vail, Colorado is Tackling Affordable Housing  Webinar

Watch Recording
Presentation Slides

Jun. 1, 2021
(2-3:30pm MDT)
How to Shred GNAR(ly) Problems: Tools to Increase Housing Affordability: Lessons Learned from Park City and Beyond
- Thomas Eddington Jr. (Integrated Planning & Design, Park City, UT)
Webinar Watch Recording
Presentation Slides
Q&A
May 20, 2021
(2-3:30pm MDT)
How to Shred GNAR(ly) Problems: Educated Guests Make Good Neighbors: How to Educate Short-Term Rental Guests
- John Spuhler (Symliv/Garden City, UT), 
- Brumby Mcleod (College of Charleston),
- Jordan Katcher (Utah Community Development Office)
Webinar & Panel Discussion Watch Recording
Presentation Slides
May 4, 2021
(2-3:30pm MDT)
How to Shred GNAR(ly) Problems: Short Term Rental Trends in the Intermountain West and How to Craft an Ordinance to Handle Them
- Christa Watson (Granicus), 
- John Spuhler (Symliv/Garden City, UT), 
- Brumby Mcleod (College of Charleston),
- Jordan Katcher (Utah Community Development Office)
Webinar & Panel Discussion Watch Recording
Apr. 22, 2021
(2-3:30pm MDT)
How to Shred GNAR(ly) Problems: Housing Assessments 101: The What, Why and How
- Wendy Sullivan (WSW Consulting)
Webinar Watch Recording
Dec. 3, 2020
(2-3:30pm MDT)
AMENITY MIGRATION SERIES: What Comes Next? Community Peer Exchange
Listening Session Community Contact List
Chat
Nov. 19, 2020
(2-3:30pm MDT)
AMENITY MIGRATION SERIES: A Tale of Two Towns:
The Successfull Communities Approach in Action in Gardiner & Deer Lodge, MT
Webinar Recording
Slides
Nov. 12, 2020
(2-3:30pm MDT)
AMENITY MIGRATION SERIES: Community Perspectives on Amenity Migration
 - Ray Brown, Sanders County Economic Development Corp., Montana
 - Kaden Figgins, Garfield County, Utah
 - Pete Muldoon, Jackson, Wyoming
 - Emily Niehaus, Moab, Utah
 - Aaron Qualls, Sandpoint, Idaho
Community Q&A

Recording

Oct. 29, 2020
(2-3:30pm MDT)
AMENITY MIGRATION SERIES: Current Outlooks on Amenity Migration in the Intermountain West
 - Don Albrecht, Western Rural Development Center (Utah State University)
 - Megan Lawson, Headwaters Economics
 - Peter Nelson, Middlebury College
 - John Cromartie, USDA Rural Economics Division
Panel Discussion

Recording
Slides
Chat

Oct. 15, 2020
(2-3:30pm MDT)
AMENITY MIGRATION SERIES: Growth & Development Challenges in GNAR Communities
 - Danya Rumore, University of Utah
Research Q&A Recording
Slides
Chat
Sept. 30, 2020
(1-2:30pm MDT)
The Latest Research from the Rural West Covid Project
 
- J. Tom Mueller, Utah State University
Research Q&A Recording 
Summary
Sept. 15, 2020
(1-2:30pm MDT)
What Have We Learned? Communities Reflect Back on 6-months of COVID-19 Listening Session Summary
August 19, 2020
(1-2:30pm MDT)
Outdoor Recreation Participation in Utah During the COVID-19 Pandemic
 - Jim Price, Mountainland Association of Governments
 - Jeremy Shaw, Antelope Island State Park
 - Zach Miller, Utah State University
 - Wayne Freimund, Utah State University-Moab
 Panel Discussion Recording 
Summary
July 23, 2020
(2-3:00pm MDT)
Wellbeing in Utah's GNAR Communities
 - Courtney Flint, Utah State University
Research Q&A Recording
Summary
June 23, 2020
(2-3:30pm MDT)
GNAR Network Peer-to-Peer Coaching Session Coaching Session  
June 12, 2020
(10-11am MDT)
COVID-19 Impacts to Gateway Communities [Hosted by the Western Governors' Association]
 - Danya Rumore, University of Utah
 - Jake Powell, Utah State University
 - Darla Sidles, Rocky Mountain National Park
 - Emily Niehaus, City of Moab
Webinar Recording
June 10, 2020
(2-3:30pm MDT)
Community Innovations in Policy and Practice
 - Shannon Haynes, Assistant Town Manager, Breckenridge, CO
 - Devin Middlebrook, Sustainability Program Manager, Lake Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, CA
Community Q&A Recording
May 28, 2020
(2-3:30pm MDT)
Policies and Practices for Reopening GNAR Communities Listening Session Summary
April 30, 2020
(2-3:30pm MDT)
Challenges and Opportunities for GNAR Communities during COVID-19 Listening Session Summary