Andy Wirth is the CEO and president of Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows. Wirth wrote an article for the Auburn Journal in which he recounted the process the local residents and businesspeople undertook to reach a consensus on smart development and growth for the region(http://www.auburnjournal.com/article/10/28/15/another-view-community-input-shaping-squaw-valley’s-future). The points out that the group met over 500 times to discuss Squaw Valley’s growth and its future and strategies for overcoming the obstacles it faces.
The economy of the Squaw Valley region is dependent on tourism for much of its income. While local stakeholders want to see the region grow economically, they also have the desire to maintain its mountain resort culture. Responsible environmental stewardship is also very important to people in the region.
In the article Andy Wirth praise the people involved for their willingness to make compromises to ensure that their large goals are achieved. In they end they came up with a plan that promised moderate growth for Squaw Valley along with job and business creation efforts that would benefit the people living and doing business in the area. Read more: andy wirth | POWDER Magazine and Squaw Valley’s Andy Wirth appointed chair of Reno airport board
Crucial to Squaw Valley business owners and residents were infrastructure and economic improvements, fair wages, an increase in tax revenue, and improved local services. Vital to their plan is the creation of mountain recreation opportunities year-round along with improved environmental stewardship.
Andy Wirth has been involved in projects promoting enjoyment of natural resources while promoting environmental sustainability. His grandfather, Conrad Wirth, was the director of the US National Park Service and Andy Wirth has been involved with outdoors all his life.
He spent many years as a Rocky Mountain National Parks backcountry ranger as well as a San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area wilderness ranger. Wirth was also with the Northern New Mexico based Hot Shot Wild Land Fire Crew.
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Andy Wirth has worked in the hotel and mountain resort industry for over 30 years. He began his career at the Steamboat Springs Resort in 1986. During that time Wirth has been given numerous awards for his work in business and community development. In 2014, Disabled Sports USA named him Citizen of the Year.