Letters to the Editor
September 18, 2013
As Park City’s Mayor for the past 12 years, I have avoided endorsing candidates in local elections because I would be working with whoever won. I did not want to create any conflicts as they entered city government. I will, however, be leaving office in January and want to voice my support for the candidate I would like to replace me.
Every candidate over the past decade has emphasized several common themes. We all wanted more open space, trails, walkability, preservation, affordable housing, green initiatives and preservation of Park City’s small town ambience. We have made great strides in these areas and, more importantly, have put in place mechanisms that will continue to achieve these goals regardless of who is in office.
In my opinion, the single most critical issue that is currently before us is growth. There are several large projects, both new and redevelopment, that are either being considered now or will be in front of the city over the next few years. The issues raised by these projects are large and complex and will require serious deliberation by elected officials, planning commissioners and the community. For that reason, among others, I will be supporting Jack Thomas to be the next mayor.
I have known and worked with Jack for many years and I think that his education and career in design and planning uniquely qualify him to lead us as we confront these difficult issues. Jack has already served the city for eight years as a planning commissioner and we have also relied upon his expertise as a consultant on planning and zoning.
Moreover, as an architect, Jack has been involved in every neighborhood in the city, including the restoration of the Egyptian Theatre and the design of St. Mary’s Church. As
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a long-time resident and having raised children here, Jack has been involved in the community for decades and is recognized by his friends and neighbors for his maturity and sound judgment.
Jack’s background as a citizen and his family’s deep roots give him the perspective to keep Park City on course as a vibrant community grounded in its past while intelligently planning for its future. Please join me in supporting Jack Thomas for Mayor of Park City.
Park City Community Foundation now accredited
For almost six years, Park City Community Foundation has been working with local donors and nonprofits to provide solutions that address pressing community needs and provide innovative support to local nonprofits. Programs such as Save Our Snow, dealing with climate change, and Live PC Give PC, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, have been embraced by the citizens of Park City and Summit County. We are now pleased to announce that PCCF has been recognized nationally as an organization that meets the highest standards for community giving.
National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations are the most rigorous benchmarks in philanthropy. Park City Community Foundation achieved National Standards accreditation this August. In short, accreditation says that PCCF has established rigorous policies and responsible practices in every essential area of grant making and operations far exceeding acceptable standards.
This is an accomplishment the whole community can be proud of. Making a difference in Park City and Summit County is something that can’t be done alone. It requires the generosity, support and good will of community members, community leaders and local businesses in partnership with the excellent nonprofit organizations that exist in town. With your help, PCCF is well positioned to unite and strengthen our community.
Thank you to everyone who has helped Park City Community Foundation meet the highest standards for local philanthropy. We’re excited to continue our good work together, right here in Park City, for Park City.
Board & Governance and Education Committee Member, Park City Community Foundation
Andy is the right choice for mayor
Andy has the positive enthusiasm, energy, and the ability to unite by finding common sense solutions to challenges as well as thorough insight of the Park City tourism based economy.
I know that as Mayor, Andy will bring the same solution based leadership to the office of Mayor that he demonstrated while with the Historic Park City Association. At a difficult time, Andy confidently stepped into a leadership role with the HPCA and was able to unite the members who then worked collectively with Andy’s leadership to complete a strategic plan for Park City’s historic business district.
Andy is one of those rare individuals who can check his ego at the door and see the bigger picture. Andy is an analytical thinker who is always willing to jump into the fray and work to find long term solutions.
In the race for Mayor, Andy is distinctively qualified to understand the Park City area economy and the tourism industry. Andy will bring to the Mayor’s office the important perspective and insight he has gained from his marketing background, his management position at the Treasure Mountain Inn, and his involvement with HPCA. Andy’s direct involvement in the lodging industry and his face to face contact with visitors gives him valuable insight into Park City’s tourism product. Andy understands the importance of our Meeting and Convention business and the unique profiles of our Summer and Winter
Visitors. Andy uniquely has experience working with the many events that we host here in Park City and how those events impact residents, businesses and visitors. Understanding the needs and behavior patterns of Park City’s diverse visitor profiles is a must for the Mayor’s office and our economic future.
Alex Butwinski still gets my vote
Three years ago I wrote a letter supporting Alex Butwinski for Park City Council. I took a look at that letter again to see what he has accomplished as a member of Park City Council. In that letter I said Alex "walks the talk" and he certainly has done that. In his three years on the council he has taken the lead and devoted his time serving this community.
Now Alex can truly say that "Experience Counts." We have many important issues facing Park City and we need people who have that experience and background on these subjects. As an example, Alex has worked with the Western Summit County Project and mitigated the movie studio project at Quinn’s Junction. He is a liaison to five city boards and commissions as well as two state committees.
Most people don’t realize the time and commitment that is required of our members on City Council. Alex is always there devoting his time and willing to listen to his constituents concerns. I encourage you to take a serious look at Alex
Butwinski and his dedication to his position on the Park City Council and vote for him on Nov. 5, 2013.
Thanks for supporting Red Apple Gala
On behalf of PCEF, I would like to thank the literally hundreds of parents, students, teachers, businesses, and community members who helped make the Red Apple Gala an incredible success. It was another fabulous night hosted by Montage Deer Valley, and presented by Zions Bank. The Gala has become a wonderful celebration of our past year, and an optimistic look ahead. The money raised will support PCEF’s work, which funds over 35 programs and impacts nearly 96% of the PCSD student body.
This year, PCEF plans to invest $750,000 into our schools to support programs that drive academic excellence. The reason we can provide this level of funding is because our community knows their contributions, whether financial or by volunteering, are the smartest investment they can make.
So thank you, Park City, for supporting PCEF, and more importantly, for helping us to open doors, launch dreams, and ignite passions in our kids!
Events, Marketing, and Communications Manager, PCEF