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DDA rolls out newsletter, nearly wraps up hire

The Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority Board has come to terms with a new executive director, but a physical exam and tests must be completed before he’s officially hired.

“It’s a done deal, but he still has to go through the city’s formalities,” DDA board Chairman David Osborne said of the new director, who will start in mid-December.

The director position, vacant since June 1, was nearly filled in August, but the DDA board decided instead to reopen the application process.

DDA board members said they’ll defer to Glenwood Springs Human Resources director Sebrina Hoffmeister to announce the executive director because it’s a city position. Hoffmeister did not return phone calls Friday.

DDA news is also in the news. A new four-page, full-color newsletter dubbed the “Downtown Update” hit the streets on Thursday.

“I’m very pleased,” Osborne said. “I think for our first effort it came out well.”

On its front page, the update includes a letter from the chairman, an explanation of the DDA’s role, and phone numbers and e-mails of board members.

Inside, the update gives reports on the progress and doings of the Downtown Retail and Restaurant Committee, information on the downtown parking study conducted in August and a list of new businesses in the downtown area.

On the back page, there’s a schedule of events and messages to downtown businesses.

“I like the color. I think she did a great job,” Osborne said of the newsletter’s designer, Debi Billings.

Billings, who runs Spotted Dog Designs (named after her two Dalmatians, Domino and Isis) is a graphic designer. She worked for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association from 1995 to 2001, designing the chamber’s Web site.

It took her about a week to design the Downtown Update.

“I just basically designed it and the Chamber helped print it,” she said. “I think it’s a really informative piece.”

DDA Board member Jock Jacober said although there’s not much news coming out of the DDA lately, when there is some news to tell, the newsletter will be a great way to inform property and business owners.

“This is the first shot. I think it needs to be an ongoing form of communication,” he said. “We’re pleased, of course, to finally get one out.”

Plans call for the newsletter to be published every two months, City Councilwoman and DDA Board member Jean Martensen said.

“We’re hoping to do it every other month and eventually every month,” Martensen said.

For its first edition, 500 copies of the newsletter were printed. They were passed out to nine block captains who delivered the newsletter to their neighbors.

The content, which came from the DDA board, will eventually be programmed by the DDA’s new director.

“It’s his responsibility, along with the promotions committee,” Martensen said of the long-awaited newsletter.

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