Lawyer looks for business boost
Ed Woodland, 34
– Former tax attorney, now co-owns construction business specializing in civil infrastructure.
– Resident of Eagle for five years, lives in Terrace subdivision
– Community involvement: victim’s services volunteer with Eagle County Sheriff’s Office; board member and parent volunteer at St. Mary’s Pre-school; volunteer at Brush Creek Elementary School.
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– Most important issue: Economic development. Decreasing sales tax revenues strain our ability to provided day-to-day services and hampers ability to plan for the future.
We can capture a larger percentage of our residents’ disposable income by making existing businesses more accessible and familiar. Identify and attract new retail opportunities to supplement existing shopping base, encourage people to shop in Eagle. Encourage visitors to enjoy the recreational, cultural and business opportunities that exist here.
Attract responsible employers who can help shape community.
– Other issues: Many other issues closely aligned with economic development such as transportation, zoning, aging infrastructure and recreational facilities.
“The town has a lot on its plate. I don’t believe that a new direction is needed. Rather, we should focus on implementing and executing the projects, plans and goals that have already been defined.”
– Downtown redevelopment: Upgrading of infrastructure is the key and is the town’s responsibility. Also, a cooperative effort between the town and businesses on beautification. An attractive streetscape is going to draw new businesses and visitors. Both the town and local businesses should assume some financial responsibility for beautification projects.
Red Mountain Ranch will attract a different demographic than downtown. The key is to make sure the two areas are in balance and compliment one another.
We should not forget businesses located in the Chambers corridor when it comes to redevelopment spending.
– Big box development: Any big box retailer would need to immediately contribute to our sales tax base as opposed to contributing five, 10, 15 or 20 year down the road. It needs to be the kind of retail that won’t drive out our existing retail base. Issues such as traffic impact, employment opportunity and how the big box fits into the overall character of the community needs to be addressed.
– Open space management: Continue to acquire open space through developer contributions and purchases. We need to provide managed access for hikers, bikers, horseback riders and motorized vehicle users through our open space to federal land while still protecting wildlife habitat and preventing erosion.
Link the various trail systems near Chambers Avenue, the Bluffs, Bull Pasture, Eagle Ranch and the pool and ice rink.
– Growth policies: When revisiting the master plan, determine if growth boundaries established eight years ago still make sense. Remember the master plan is a guiding document. Evaluate future growth on case-by-case basis.
Growing from inside out is still a good overall philosophy, although the core of town is not where it was eight years ago. “Growth should follow a natural or geographical progression. Absent exceptional circumstances, I would not support ‘leap frog’ growth.” Supports adequate public facilities requirement. “It is not a good philosophy to have infrastructure chasing development.”
– What makes you a good candidate: I have invested my future in the town. My brother and I own a local business that employees 25 people. I have children in the local schools. “I have several reasons to be passionate about the direction this town is heading.”