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Leadership chosen for ski town nonprofit association

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DILLON — The Colorado Association of Ski Towns has selected Margaret Bowes as the group's new executive director. Bowes brings to the position almost 20 years of experience working with nonprofit coalitions representing local government and private sector interests. Bowes has worked with the Interstate 70 Mountain Corridor Coalition for the past nine years and will continue to serve as that organization's director. Prior to that, she served as the Colorado Rural Development Council's deputy director for 10 years.

"Margaret has demonstrated a real ability to create and nurture partnerships, and her strong communication and association management skills will help advance the mission of this organization." said Vail Town Manager Stan Zemler, Colorado Association of Ski Towns president.

In her new position, Bowes will stay abreast of issues of importance to mountain communities, handle internal and external communications, organize membership meetings, develop and nurture relationships with various state agencies and industry partners, and work with the board of directors to track relevant legislation and develop legislative strategies.

As a 26-year resident of Summit County, Bowes has first-hand knowledge of resort communities and the issues they face. An avid skier, cyclist and lifelong outdoor enthusiast, she brings an ongoing commitment to the group's mission to keep mountain communities strong and viable.

The Colorado Association of Ski Towns is a nonprofit membership organization of 31 municipalities and four counties whose economies are largely dependent upon the ski industry and tourism. The association was formed in part to recognize that mountain communities face unique challenges in providing municipal services to residents and visitors. The organization supports actions that keep mountain communities livable, protect the mountain environments and promote responsible land use, viable transportation, affordable housing and sustainable tourism.

For more information, visit http://www.coski towns.com/.