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Frisco seeks economic-minded citizens

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk A couple passes in front of the portal to the Frisco Lodge Tuesday afternoon heading west on Main Street. The portal to the Frisco Lodge, which was originally built in 1885, frames construction of the new building being erected on 4th Ave. and Main Street - Frisco Market Place.

FRISCO – If you have a thing or two to say about Frisco’s economic health, town officials want to hear it.The town is recruiting for a new citizens’ economic development advisory committee – “Frisco 2029.””2029 is the town’s 150th anniversary, and that’s the target we want these people to think about,” Mayor Bernie Zurbriggen said. “What will we look like in 2029, and how will we arrive at that vision?

“For me, one of the more important aspects of this whole thing is not economic growth, but economic sustainability and health for the community. I think it will be a valuable addition to the citizen advisory boards we have in town,” Zurbriggen added.The creation of the committee is part of a countywide trend to sharpen the focus on the local economy. Silverthorne has had a citizens’ economic development committee for more than a year, and Dillon is now in the process of forming one.The 11-member committee in Frisco will begin its work in January by brainstorming a list of targeted industries and businesses that would supplement Frisco’s tourism-based economy. Frisco 2029 will also identify priority locations for pedestrian enhancements.Other topics the committee may review include the fate of the 9.4-acre parcel of public land behind Safeway, strategies to concentrate retail businesses at street-level, entrepreneur-assistance programs and a possible increase in property taxes.

Frisco 2029 will serve as a liaison and adviser to the council on such issues.Eligible applicants for the committee include Frisco business owners, residents and second homeowners.The council has determined to make the committee as diverse as possible by seeking applicants from a variety of sectors, including retail, education, telecommunications, recreation, tourism and construction.

The Frisco Planning Commission and the Frisco Chamber will both have seats on the committee.Applications for Frisco 2029 are available at the town hall or online at and are due Oct. 31. The council will interview and select applicants in November. The committee will elect officers and hold a minimum of one regular meeting a month.-Julie SutorJulie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at

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