July 26, 2021
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Dan Bartholomew, Aspen/Pitkin Airport Director, 970.975.3162, firstname.lastname@example.org
Aspen/Pitkin County Airport Advisory Board Accepting Applications
Apply at PitkinCounty.com/CitizenBoards through September 9th
Pitkin County, CO- Pitkin County is now accepting applications for the new Aspen/Pitkin Airport (ASE) Advisory Board. This board creates a formalized structure for community members to get involved and provide advice on how ASE can accommodate the community’s air service needs and reflect changes in the air service and aviation industry, while also remaining true to the character and values of the community. Creation of this board is in recognition of the fact that the activities of the Airport affect the community in a myriad of ways requiring governance and ongoing community input.
Creation of the Airport Advisory Board was one of the key community safeguard recommendations that came out of the robust 2019-2020 ASE Vision community engagement process and the resulting ASE Common Ground Recommendations. For more information about the ASE Vision and BOCC processes, please visit: https://pitkincounty.com/164/Airport.
“We are excited to make the community’s suggestion of an Airport Advisory Board a reality,” says Dan Bartholomew, Aspen/Pitkin County Airport Director. “Participation in this board creates an ongoing opportunity for interested members of the public to engage in shaping the Airport’s future and its connection with our community and community goals. This is one of the many ways in which we are using, and will continue to use, the ASE Vision Committee’s input going forward.”
“Interested community members are encouraged to apply to the new Airport Advisory Board,” Board of Pitkin County Commissioners Chair Kelly McNicholas Kury stated. “We hope to have diverse representation from Pitkin County and the Roaring Fork Valley. We’re looking for people who are passionate about our airport and its role in our community; and, who are willing to dive deep into technical and operational questions in order to advise the BOCC on how to achieve the best possible airport now and into the future."
Residents of the Roaring Fork Valley who are interested in the future of ASE are encouraged to apply at PitkinCounty.com/CitizenBoards. Applications close on September 9, 2021 and interviews for final round candidates will be held soon after with the Board of County Commissioners. In order to be considered, applicants must be available to attend (either virtually or in person).
Board membership can include users, service providers, neighbors, and community members with a shared interest of achieving high quality of life and exceptional service delivery in association with the Aspen Pitkin County Airport. There will be seven (7) voting board members, three (3) non-voting ex-officio members, and two (2) alternates. The City of Aspen, Town of Snowmass Village, and Town of Basalt will appoint the non-voting ex-officio members. Members will serve in staggered three-year terms. The Airport Advisory Board will meet approximately once a month. Sub-committees or special task forces can be created, depending on the need. As with all of Pitkin County’s citizen boards, meetings are open to the public, with the exception of executive sessions.
Additional background information about the board, including its bylaws, is available at https://pitkincounty.com/698/Airport-Advisory-Board.