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Placer approves new committee appointments to recommend projects for lodging tax funding in eastern Placer County

March 08, 2018

The Placer County Board of Supervisors, March 6, approved the appointment of four members and confirmation of nine proposed appointees to the new Capital Projects Advisory Committee - a 13-member group representing broad economic and geographic interests throughout eastern Placer County.

The committee, co-chaired by the county and North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, will evaluate project proposals based on how well they advance key priorities outlined in the county’s Tourism Master Plan for the region, and will make recommendations to the county Board of Supervisors on which projects should receive funding.

The board approved the appointment of:

● Danielle Grindle, Squaw Valley resident and Squaw Valley Public Service District employee, representing Squaw Valley on the county general committee seat;
● Mike Staudenmayer, Northstar Community Service District general manager, representing Northstar on the county general committee seat;
● David Hansen, Community Foundation board member and business owner, representing Tahoe City and West Shore on the at-large committee seat (housing, social service, arts and culture) and
● Rick Stephens, Truckee Tahoe Airport District board member, representing Martis Valley and North Lake Tahoe on the at-large committee seat (housing, social service, arts and culture).

The board also confirmed the appointment of:

● Dave Wilderotter, business owner, representing North Lake Tahoe on the business association committee seat;
● Krista Voosen, business owner, representing Donner Summit on the business association committee seat;
● Sarah Coolidge, North Tahoe Public Utility District board member, representing Kings Beach and Tahoe Vista on the special districts committee seat;
● John Wilcox, Squaw Valley resident and former Squaw Valley Public Service District board member, representing Squaw Valley on the special districts committee seat;
● Alex Mourelatos, business owner, representing Tahoe Vista on the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association committee seat;
● Ron Parson, business owner, representing West Shore on the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association committee seat;
● Jaime Wright, Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association executive director, representing eastern Placer County on the transportation committee seat;
● Drew Conly, Resort at Squaw Creek hotel manager, representing Squaw Valley on the lodging committee seat and
● Greg Dallas, Sugar Bowl chief executive officer, representing Donner Summit on the ski resorts committee chair.

“This advisory committee will help ensure that people from all parts of eastern Placer County are represented,” said District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery.

Soon after the committee’s orientation and review of the Tourism Master Plan, members will begin their primary objective of reviewing grant applications for transient occupancy tax-funded projects.

Grant funding for the projects is drawn from lodging tax revenue, and is intended to help accomplish the goals of the Tourism Master Plan. Previously funded projects include the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project, the Tahoe City ice rink and many improvements to regional trails throughout eastern Placer County. Current funding priorities include trail development, bus shelters and wayfinding signage.

Capital Projects Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public. Those interested in receiving committee meeting notifications, please contact Erin Casey at ecasey@placer.ca.gov.

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