Vail candidate profile: Moffet focused on economy, middle class
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – Greg Moffet has eight years of on-the-job council experience – it’s one of many reasons why he thinks he should be elected to the next Vail Town Council.
Moffet has a long list of local government experience, but it’s his business experience in the private sector that he really thinks sets him apart. He owns an advertising company that he said is perfect experience for the job as a council member.
“I have the best job for a town councilman,” Moffet said. “I’m extremely connected to the local economy.”
Moffet’s campaign platform has been straightforward – he wants Vail to flourish economically.
He also wants to grow Vail’s middle class, something that has to be figured out in order to keep the community of Vail intact. It’s something that was important to him the last time he was on council, too, and it’s something he’ll never give up on.
Part of the solution is providing the right mix of housing that middle class folks can afford. Moffet said it’s a shame that those who weren’t lucky enough to buy real estate in Vail by the early 1990s lost out on the chance to live in town.
“Most people moved to Vail because they liked the way the town felt,” Moffet said. “All of us want to live in a town.”
Moffet said the town could work more closely with Eagle County to make sure policies are aligned and coherent. There are ways to be more strategic with local housing, he said, and there needs to be more creativity in thinking about local housing. He points to Timber Ridge as the perfect example of a project in need of a creative solution should the current development deal fall through.
Moffet, who has served on the planning commission both at the town of Vail and at Eagle County, said it’s time to bring ideas together that will help house the middle class. Without a community that’s friendly to families, the middle class will disappear, he said.
For Moffet, serving the town is a no-brainer. He can’t imagine not doing it.
“It’s a very hard town to move to and not engage,” he said. “How can you not want to give back and serve?”
Moffet said anyone who’s interested in where he stands on an issue should just ask. Moffet is the kind of guy that will talk – and he’ll admit he’ll sometimes talk and talk – openly.
“I’ve got a very public record,” he said. “You don’t have to guess where I stand on stuff.”
The national economic uncertainty means there’s more work to be done in Vail. He said it’s important to continue to focus on the quality of the Vail product. One way to do that is to ensure marketing remains a focus.
“You don’t stop marketing when times are good,” Moffet said.
He said he’d listen to the argument for increasing the Commission on Special Events budget, although he added that he suspects events have gotten less expensive to produce in recent years.
Moffet thinks the economy has probably hit bottom by now, but the country – Vail included – “isn’t going to be singing ‘We’re in the Money’ in the next 24 months.”
“I don’t have a lot of confidence that D.C. is going to pull us out of this, so it falls to the private sector,” Moffet said. “It’s pretty hard not to have confidence in the American private sector, but it’s not going to happen fast.”
Besides seeing local cash registers continuing to ring, Moffet would like to get a sense the Vail real estate market is off the bottom and starting to see some low percentage growth. He’s not sure it’s happened yet, but he thinks it’s close.
Moffet can’t overstate his love for Vail, he said. He wants to make decisions for town residents that will help the greater good of the town.
He also jokingly questions his own sanity for actually enjoying council meetings that can last all day and well into the evening.
Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.