Economic Vitality Committee
Purpose: The purpose of the Town of Eagle Economic Vitality Committee (the "Committee") is to provide additional expertise to the Town Council and the Town Manager necessary to enhance and facilitate economic development in the Town, and to act as a catalyst between the Town, developers, residents and the business community to expand and improve the Town’s economic climate within the context of the Town’s commitment to social and environmental objectives.
Meetings: The Economic Vitality Committee meets on the third Monday of each month at 1pm, via Zoom. Agendas, minutes, and meeting information can be found on the Town of Eagle's website, here.
If you would like to speak with the committee or an individual member about doing business in the Town of Eagle, please reach out to Bill Shrum, Assistant Town Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A. Authority. The Committee is authorized to take any of the following actions, consistent with its purpose:
1. Make recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding economic development programs and priorities which may help strengthen Town and business partnerships and attract new business;
2. Promote economic vitality and business development in the Town; and
3. Encourage development that provides employment opportunities for existing and future residents and provides for a diverse and stable economic base.
B. Duties. In exercising its authority, the Committee shall perform the following duties:
1. Present a semi-annual written report to the Board of Trustees on the ongoing projects under review by the Committee;
2. Provide input to the Town Manager regarding provisions of the Town’s Building Code or Land Use Code which may hinder economic development;
3. Formulate and evaluate new economic development strategies and policies in furtherance of the economic development goals adopted by the Board of Trustees;
4. Review planned economic proposals and proposed developments in the Town, upon request by the Town Manager; and
5. Perform any other activities related to economic vitality that could promote a positive economic environment in the Town or will help with the implementation of the Town’s economic and strategic business plan, as assigned by the Board of Trustees or Town Manager.
Economic Vitality Committee Member Profiles
I have been a resident of Eagle County since 1974. I met my wife, Mary Beth, in Vail 45 years ago. Our two children, Sarah and Christopher, were raised in this wonderful community. I serve our community as a Financial Advisor. I have over 35 years of experience in banking and finance. Previously, I have served as the Mayor Pro-Tem for the Town of Eagle, Chairman of the Town of Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission and leadership roles in several civic and educational organizations. I have a passion for assisting existing businesses and potential new businesses in our Town achieve their financial goals.
Kat Conner - Vice Chair
Kat has over 20 years as an Art Director, Production Manager and Graphic Designer with global corporations to mom-and-pop publishing companies. She is one of the creators of the Downtown Business Alliance in Eagle. Recipient of the 2019 Town of Eagle Community Impact Award, and small business owner of Katch of the Day on Broadway Street.
Maren Cerimele - Secretary
Maren is passionate about fostering a sustainable community through social, environmental, and economic vitality. As Director of Membership at Vail Valley Partnership, the regional chamber of commerce, Maren engages daily with the business community connecting them to the resources they need to succeed.
Rick Beveridge - Member
Rick Beveridge, owner and broker of Beveridge Real Estate Inc., has been a licensed Realtor since 1990.
Over a period of thirty years, Rick has gained valuable knowledge in real estate and has successfully closed hundreds of transactions. Unlike many brokers in the Vail Area who only specialize in Resort Properties, Rick is an expert all facets of the local market. His area of expertise includes; First Time Homebuyers, Golf Course Homes, Ski Homes & Redevelopment opportunities, Commercial properties, Multifamily Residential Developments, Ranches and Small acreages. In addition to being a successful businessman, Rick is also very involved in the local community. He has served on many boards and committees, including; Eagle Chamber of Commerce, Vail Mountaineer Hockey Club, Western Eagle County Recreation District, Eagle Flight days, Eagle Centennial Committee, Eagle County Fair Board, Vail Valley Foundation World Mountain Bike Championships organizing committee and Eagle Chamber of Commerce. Rick is a frequent sponsor and volunteer in local events.
Prior to his Career in Real Estate, Rick managed the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo, was the Director of Sales for the Vail Valley Foundation and was the Event Manager of the Ford Downhill Professional ski race series.
Rick and his wife LaVina have two children, Remy and Joey.
Mick Daly - Member
In 1990, after 20 years with IBM in England and 3 in Dallas, Mick and family settled in the US, becoming successful ‘homepreneurs’. In Eagle since 2009, the Daly’s love living minutes from their family including 7 grandchildren, running their international home-based business, and traveling for business and for fun.
Kari McDowell Schroeder - Member
Kari McDowell Schroeder is the owner of McDowell Engineering, a traffic and transportation consulting firm serving the Mountains and Western Slope communities in Colorado. She is also a commercial property owner on Broadway. Kari is excited about helping create a vibrant, diversified economy in Eagle. Kari is passionate about making Eagle a great community for her family to grow up in, valuing connections with friends in our small community, and helping small businesses thrive.
Levi Rozga - Member
Levi is a professional that has spent his 20-year career working in a variety of financial roles, from Commercial Banking to Start-up Private Equity, to Financial Consulting. Levi was born and raised on the Western Slope of Colorado and has a particular affinity for small-town, rural, and resort business. He received formal education with a business degree from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business prior to beginning a career in commercial banking. After a short stint in a leadership role for a start-up company in the oil and gas industry, Levi started his own practice consulting for small business owners in the area of finance and organizational structure.
Town of Eagle Staff, Ex-Officio Members, and Town Council Liaisons
David Gaboury is a civil engineer by education with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a master’s degree from MIT, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advance Management Program. For 17 years he was CEO of Terracon, a consulting engineering firm dedicated to improving the built and natural environment, with 150 offices and 5000 employees nationwide. During his career, he has been committed to and gained valuable experience through community and professional service. As examples, he served on the Board of Directors of the Olathe, Kansas (population 140,000) Chamber of Commerce and its Economic Development Council. He also served on the Board of Trustees, and subsequently as Chair of the Board, of Olathe Health, a not-for-profit full-service hospital and doctor clinics. David has served on the Board and in leadership positions for numerous national professional and not-for-profit organizations. Today he continues to serve on the Board of Directors of four national private companies. David has enjoyed being a part-time and then full-time resident of Eagle for nearly 15 years. He served on Eagle’s Charter Commission that prepared the town’s recently adopted Home Rule Charter. David is currently a member of the Eagle Town Council.
Chad Phillips, A.I.C.P.
Director, Town of Eagle Community Development Department
Chad has spent all 28 years of his professional planning career in the state of Colorado. While some of that time was along the front range, the vast majority was spent focusing on development and preservation in mountain resort and rural communities. He specializes in communication with the public and advancing the community’s goals.