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Incorporate Olympic Valley

With the epic drought over the past several years, the north shore communities of Lake Tahoe have dealt with many difficulties since the winter season is the prime season for small business in the town. But the drought was not the only problem. The community also faced opposition from a political perspective with a battle over incorporation of the picturesque Olympic Valley, which is home to Squaw Valley Resort in addition to the small businesses. The Olympic Valley is America’s most iconic winter sports terrain in the north.
Andy Wirth believes there can be a relief on both fronts. Andy Wirth is the CEO of Squaw Valley Holdings LLC. Over the last four years, it has been difficult for business to thrive. Being able to make this small town turn around is essential. A lot of what needs to be done relies on mother nature. With plans to move to improve real estate would need to grow the residential and commercial development. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski areas will be connected via a gondola as well.

Incorporation backers feared city council and decided to go through Placer County Board of Supervisors to deal with land issues. Wirth rejected this idea because the incorporation raised several hundreds of thousands of dollars. However spending overcome California’s Local Agency Formation Commission which determined the proposed town wouldn’t be financially viable. With the incorporation dead in the water, Wirth decides to transportation and other issues to make the community more cohesive. Wirth is not just a CEO, he is also a major contributor to community service organizations and the enviroment in the Lake Tahoe Area, with a strong focus on improving the entire area for people of all ages. Andy has worked in the hospitality industry for many years and has also served his communities as a volunteer fire fighter. Andy Wirth is not a typical CEO. He does not do what he does for personal gain only. He puts thought and consideration into the communities he is surrounded in and puts money back into those communities. He works on different boards to make vital decisions for local communities. He is married and has three children from a previous marriage. With family and work, Andy has managed it all and is a huge success. Andy has even been the recipient of multiple community service awards back in 2012, 2009 and 2002.

Source:Reno-Gazette Journal

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