Tim Kirkpatrick: Collaborative approach brought to leadership
Growing up, I spent most of my summers on a small ranch south of Yampa, learning how to irrigate, fix fences and work with horses. From a young age, I knew that somehow, I’d wind up spending my life in Routt County.
My education took me to Connecticut and Tennessee, and my business took me across the country for trade shows and seminars. Throughout these travels, I’ve yet to find a place I’d rather spend my life than Steamboat Springs.
I’ve been a Steamboat resident for most of 17 years, I’ve chosen to purchase commercial real estate in town, and my wife and I recently purchased our first home together in Fairview – I am invested in this town, and I am excited to participate in its success.
The recent community survey sheds some light on current resident morale toward the city. On the positive side, residents overwhelmingly appreciate the quality of life and sense of community the city provides. The strong quality of life sentiment can be attributed to continued support of schools and educators as well as continued support for parks and recreation.
I support the construction of a new school but I am not convinced moving the high school out of downtown is the best decision. I support the continued expansion of our trail systems.
The strong sense of community comes from the fact that Steamboat was a town well before it was a resort; we appreciate our western heritage and small-town values.
I support smart development that addresses the local need for affordable rental housing. I support continued collaboration between city council, the resort and the chamber.
On the negative side, residents see problems with local economic health and public trust. The economic climate will improve in Steamboat if our human infrastructure has access to safe, nearby and affordable rental housing and with improved collaboration between city council and business owners.
I support creating incentives for developers and builders who construct affordable rental housing. I support increased communication between council and business owners to increase sales.
Public trust starts with government transparency; great leaders lead from within a population rather than above it. Public trust improves when residents elect leaders with integrity and with track records of local civic and business involvement.
Public trust improves when council appoints a city manager who works openly and closely with the council, the departments and the residents. I support reasonable, practical decision making with increased community involvement.
I am qualified to help lead this city because I am a sharp listener who believes in transparency and trustworthiness. I enter the race with years of experience in local business, civic involvement and attracting visitors.
I have driven tens of thousands of miles back and forth across the country selling Steamboat as a better spot for visitors to consider rather than other mountain town competitors. I have worked for the Steamboat economy and now I hope to work for the residents. I am fortunate to live in a town as wonderful as Steamboat; I welcome the opportunity to serve it.
If you like what you hear, I ask for your support now and on Nov. 3. If you have questions, please let me know.
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