Keep a foot on the vision pedal | Opinion | – Aspen Daily News

(Note: This letter was originally sent to the Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners.)
I want to offer my gratitude to the BOCC for your recent commitment to support the proposed Pandora’s expansion. We at Jazz Aspen Snowmass understand well that the BOCC was tasked with balancing varying points of view involved to intelligently consider what some perceive as a “growth issue,” while remaining true to what we consider the foundational roots of Aspen and the Aspen Idea. In the end, I believe you accomplished that task brilliantly. 
We believe that the Paepcke’s post-war vision manifested in the birthing of three institutions and ideas continues to help define Aspen to this day. That could have been enough in 1946, but in hindsight, the Paepckes did not stop at mind and body, the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Skiing Co. There was a central place for spirit and a belief that culture plays a vital role in a civilized society. That philosophy helped birth what would become the Aspen Music Festival and School. 
Classical music would have been enough for many — but the addition of ballet, film, art and jazz, plus other institutions, have made Aspen an even more wondrous home for the arts in summer and has balanced our economy to support businesses throughout the year. Elizabeth Paepcke must be  smiling broadly! 
JAS itself has traveled many miles from its earliest roots in the Benedict Music Tent and still has dreams. In Aspen’s best moments, leaders can help foster the special tradition of Aspen institutions, seeing the future and responsibly acting on a vision where dreaming of ever greater excellence is fundamental in all our endeavors. The result can be new, dynamic experiences. 
Our four magnificent mountains together offer a great variety of ski experiences to a diversity of users and levels. JAS loves the idea of Pandora’s expansion because it addresses the future of  skiing and adds a new and unforgettable experience to the array of ski options for locals and  visitors. 
Thanks again for your vision and commitment to what makes Aspen a one-of-a-kind place. Let’s  keep our foot on the vision pedal! 
Jim Horowitz, 
President and CEO, Jazz Aspen Snowmass 
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