Earlier plans to incorporate Olympic Valley has been shelved as the plan no longer seems workable. According to the California Local Agency Formation Commission, the plan seemed unviable. This comes as good news for the area, who experienced drought the past seasons. Thanks to winter storms bringing in an earlier season, the area has seen a boom in business as resorts have opened before their usual time. Business owners and denizens alike are rejoicing the change in the decision of those interested in the incorporation the area. For inhabitants and companies, this means they can stay in business as usual.
Andy WirthCEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC, received the news well since he put in efforts to oppose the backers of the incorporation. The battle over land usage was taken to California officials, where it was decided that the plan was not viable. Without the incorporation initiative, he is able to expand real estate and invigorate more business in the area. To ensure the incorporation didn’t happen, Wirth opposed the efforts, spending hundreds of thousands in the process. Since the incorporation is no longer happening, the focus has turned to issues more relevant to the community.
Wirth’s determination was fueled by his experience in the Olympic Valley area. He has an extensive background in business and started out in 1986 working for Steam Boat as an intern. He then began working in the marketing division. He later founded the Mountain Village Partnership and served as president of the board of directors. During his time with both companies, he was instrumental in the 2001 and 2006 American Olympic team send-off celebrations. In 2010, he became the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Resort, where he is still in position today. As head of Squaw Valley, the resort increased in popularity. They are now one of the top 20 ski resorts in America.
He is also a philanthropist who donates his time and money towards various charities. He has served in leadership roles on the boards of several charities, which includes Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and the California Ski Industry Association. Wirth helped develop the Wounded Warrior Support Ironman team to support the Navy SEALs. He felt compelled to help Americans who were wounded while serving their country. The proceeds raised through the Ironman competitions go to the Navy SEAL Foundation.
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