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Leadership and collaboration

What will I do if I am elected as the at large representative for City Council? I will bring my proven ability to get things accomplished in this time of unique opportunity.

Over the next year, we will be challenged by the impacts of the bridge closure and replacement. But the result will be iconic road and pedestrian bridges. These bridges will lead to a vibrant redevelopment opportunity and will continue the revitalization effort begun by the Downtown Development Authority several years ago.

When I was appointed to the DDA, I realized the need to activate this organization so that it could meet its potential — the potential the citizens recognized when they created the DDA. I pushed to hire an executive director and we successfully hired Leslie Bethel. The economic downturn was impacting the entire region at that time, but the DDA realized that this was the opportunity to act.

Under my leadership the DDA took the lead to keep the library downtown, to move CMC to its new headquarters and to construct a much-needed parking structure. All of this was accomplished with a sensitivity to the character of downtown. The DDA and all of the partners were awarded Downtown Colorado Inc.’s prestigious Governor’s Award for Excellence for the Best Group project.

What’s important to me about this is that it’s all about leadership and collaboration. No longer can we be successful in our separate camps. This project was the beginning of coming together as a team to accomplish what is in the best interest of our entire community and working together to accomplish our goals.

It takes much more than talk, it takes action, and that’s the difference when you vote for me — proven action.

But the DDA’s work to revitalize Glenwood was just beginning. Seeing a need for outdoor dining and improved streetscapes, the DDA, using grant money, created the active, vibrant area along Seventh Street and the much-improved alley into the west Wing Street area. The City Council, noting the success of the DDA, charged it with assisting the city’s effort to mitigate the impacts of the bridge and to add design details to the new bridges so they better fit into the character of our community.

I will bring my decisive, creative, collaborative leadership skills to City Council and complete the redevelopment of Sixth and Seventh streets. I will use these skills to meet the infrastructure needs throughout the city — including a scheduled systematic replacement and repair of our streets. I will use these skills to find creative solutions to the city’s housing and transportation challenges. I will listen to your concerns and help lead the city while maintaining the wonderful small-town character that we all love.

Thank you for your support. Your vote is important to the future of the city.

Charlie Willman

Glenwood Springs

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