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Silverthorne recognizes longtime EDAC member

Mayor Bruce Butler enjoys talking about Silverthorne's business grants initiative, which he says is the most efficient program in government today, and he did so again last week as he and town council bid farewell to one of the men who's helped administer it.

For his service over the last decade on the town's Economic Development Advisory Committee, longtime member Brian Edney received a plaque, kind words and a round of applause Wednesday from the mayor and town council during their regular meeting.

Asking to address council in return and being granted the opportunity, Edney recalled some of the committee's best work and the people who helped get it done, including the agitators, whom Edney remembers fondly.

"I certainly enjoyed it," he said of his time on the committee. "… One benefit of having an independent sort of group is that we can challenge things and just be a little bit awkward sometimes, just to challenge the status quo."

Edney, who arrived in Summit County in the late-1990s, also made time to thank town staff and council for their contributions over the years, as he explained that he and his wife are moving to Tucson, Arizona.

"Although I'm going to be in Tucson," Edney said, "we do have a place up here and so we will be back and forth. Again, thank you very much indeed."

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Most towns of Silverthorne's size are lucky to even have a committee devoted solely to economic development, the mayor contended. And when a town like Silverthorne does have such a group, he continued, it's often comprised of a handful of notable business leaders in the community and few others.

But not here, the mayor said, where "we are so phenomenally blessed in this town to have a number of people who are willing to volunteer their time, who weren't just in business, but were really, really successful in business."

What's more is EDAC "really gets into things," Butler said, adding that they pour over the town's comprehensive planning documents, offer insights and expertise in all sorts of different areas and administer the town's business grants program, which Butler often brings up during council meetings.

On June 29, the town also honored another outgoing member of the committee, Warren Buettner.

"The bottom line is if we had to pay for their expertise, we couldn't afford it, and this is a group that so freely gives of their time to the town," Butler said. "This community is super-blessed and really benefits tremendously from that. Whether you realize it or not, they do a fantastic job."

The business grants program stands as one of the mayor's favorites, he said, because it's "without a doubt, the most efficient program in all of government," and every cent put into it goes out to local businesses.

According to the town, Silverthorne awarded $40,000 in Business Improvement Grants to seven local businesses this year, including Studio B Dance Center, Bakers' Brewery, JH Mountain Auto, Dillon Arms, Blue Valley Ski and Board, Charles D. Jones Co. and the Angry James Brewery.

For more information about the town's business grants programs, go to Silverthorne.org and click the "Business" tab.

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