Frisco committee to address development
FRISCO The town of Frisco is seeking advice on economic development again, but its not turning to consultants this time around. Officials have selected 11 citizens to ponder and plan for the towns economic future.The 11 residents, business owners and civic enthusiasts will convene for the first time in January as the Frisco Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC), charged with monitoring the pulse of the towns economic stability and looking for ways to administer a little economic CPR where necessary.Their mission is fairly broad, said community development director Mark Gage. Theyre advisers and liaisons to the town, looking at long-term economic sustainability. Well let them know what were doing right now, but Im sure theyll have their own ideas. Im expecting them to drive themselves.Mountain Gazette publisher and new EDAC member John Fayhee already has a few ideas brewing.I want to really provide a counterbalance to the mentality of building our way out of financial problems, Fayhee said. There are a lot of things the town of Frisco has going for it that people have a tendency to overlook. This town with its location by the interstate and Denver down the road can attract a light manufacturing component that is centered around the outdoor industry.Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters owner and Colorado Mountain College instructor Jim Rodkey, who will also sit on the committee, agrees that the town needs to diversify its economy.As a group, I would really like to see us say, Here are the types of businesses we need in town that we think are supportable. We dont need more of the same bars and restaurants and pizza parlors. Thats just going to slice the pie smaller. We need to figure out what businesses we can attract that we dont currently have that fill out the total picture and make us more attractive to tourists and locals, Rodkey added.Committee member Leslie Aaholm comes to the table with decades of work experience in the public sector.I worked for the city of Boulder as communications director for seven years and for CU Boulder for 16 years before moving to Frisco, Aaholm said. Its interesting how many similarities there are: parking, open space, affordable housing. I think my experience in a city environment will be useful.Bonnie Osborn, executive director of Summit Housing Authority, will also sit on the committee.I am interested in keeping our people in the county and with places to live, Osborn said. As far as keeping it an economically viable place to live, I think its always good to be open to new opportunities for business. And how we use the 10-acre parcel will be indicative of where the town is headed.We need to hear a little bit more, and Im going in with my mind open to do my best to deliver, Osborn added.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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