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Six appointed to Breck economic advisory committee

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BRECKENRIDGE ” Following recent interviews with six candidates for the Breckenridge Economic Development Advisory Committee (BEDAC), Breckenridge Town Council decided to appoint them all.

The newly-appointed members include three who have previously served and three new members. In the past, the advisory committee included six appointed members and representatives from Town Council and Breckenridge Resort Chamber (BRC). Now, all nine members are council-appointed.

Bonnie Smith-Allen, owner and managing broker of Exclusive Mountain Retreats Real Estate, Inc., and Steve Graham, who runs a locally-based national technology business, have served on the committee since it began in 2005. Leon Fetzer, who has practiced law, operated convenience stores and started a daily newspaper in Northwest Oklahoma, has been a member since January.

All were re-appointed.

Richard Sosville, Dell Bush and Thomas Smits are new to the committee. Sosville has experience in marketing, economic planning, advertising, communication and information systems. He has volunteered with Breckenridge Ski Resort in guest services and is a part-time instructor.

Bush is self-employed as a independent contractor, selling credit card processing services to businesses. Also, he is a member of the BRC, a BRC ambassador and diplomat for the Summit County Chamber. Smits is the branch manager and vice president of the Bank of the West in Breckenridge and previously served on the Gunnison Valley Economic Development Corporation.

The mission of BEDAC, which meets once a month, is to advise the council and the community on economic issues that will sustain, enhance and diversify the Town’s economy while maintaining a focus on the Breckenridge Vision Plan, according to the Town’s website. Also, long-term goals include evaluating the Economic Development Strategy, monitoring and analyzing the overall economic trends and health of Breckenridge and other mountain towns.

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