The town of Silverthorne last week announced the promotion of community development director Mark Leidal to assistant town manager for development services, a newly created position.
Leidal had been serving as interim assistant town manager since January, following Ryan Hyland’s promotion to town manager.
The new position was created to capitalize off of Leidal’s background and maintain a strong emphasis on the Silverthorne Town Council’s goals for economic development, according to a news release. In his new role, Leidal will continue to manage the Community Development Department, which includes planning, building and information technology services, but will not be as involved in day-to-day planning and building activities.
As part of the new assistant town manager position, the Public Works Department also will fall under the umbrella of Development Services, including the utility and engineering functions, which are important aspects of the development of Silverthorne.
“I look forward to continuing the significant progress that the town has made in the efforts of urban renewal and economic development in my role as assistant town manager,” said Leidal.“For me, I’ve watched Silverthorne develop for more than 30 years and now we’re talking about creating a downtown.
“It doesn’t happen overnight, but it’s exciting to work with the community on a shared community vision.”
The new position also will permit Leidal to dedicate more time to his role as executive director of Silverthorne’s Urban Renewal Authority. Urban renewal management was added to Leidal’s responsibilities in early 2013 when the Silverthorne Urban Renewal Plan was adopted. That function will continue to increase in importance as Silverthorne completes its comprehensive plan update this year and begins to examine public/private partnerships that could foster future development and redevelopment projects, the release stated.
“Mark’s deep knowledge of development practices, his strategic thinking and attention to detail, and the respect he has from his peers in the development community are the combination of attributes necessary to be successful in the assistant town manager for Development Services position,” said town manager Ryan Hyland in a written statement.
Leidal has been the community development director for the town of Silverthorne since 2000. Prior to coming to Silverthorne, Leidal was the planning director for the town of Parker, and the assistant community development director for the town of Breckenridge.
He has more than 25 years of experience in municipal planning and development, holds a master’s of urban and regional planning with a real estate development emphasis from the University of Colorado and is a graduate of Summit High School.
Leidal’s experience in planning and economic development has served Silverthorne well over the years, the release stated, citing the Enhanced Sales Tax Incentive Program, a sales tax sharing concept he introduced to Silverthorne. The ESTIP program made possible the development of Target, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Which Wich and Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply.