When Ivancie first moved to Routt County in 1980, things were great economically. Work was abundant, and tourism was peaking. Then things tanked, he said. Slowly, the economy picked up, but at a crawl, sort of a roller-coaster cycle that Ivancie said culminated in a 20-year economic peak across the county through the 1990s and early 2000s. When Ivancie heard about the Bridges Out of Poverty simulation, he knew he had to find out more. As a community leader, Ivancie thinks being actively involved with all walks of life is critical, especially for someone who has walked in those shoes, even if only for a brief period.

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