Update 9-23-10 @ 7:00 p.m.:
Late this afternoon I received a letter dated yesterday from the Mayor of Ketchum and the President of the newest iteration of the marketing board. I have put a link to it here so you can read it yourself. I think they were attempting to clear up some of the issues, but in reality I see their response as only more confusing. I have also put a link to the newest marketing board’s original press release of 9-14-10 here so you can get a feel for some of the issues we have been facing.
Original Post 9-22-10 @ 4:48 p.m.:
Note: The local print media has not fully reported the story of why the proposed new resort area marketing program has taken a drastic turn from what the Sun Valley City Council agreed in concept to support during its FY11 budget deliberations. Because of that lack of news reporting, I feel it is important to share my thoughts directly with you on why I cannot support the recently revised marketing organization. It is important to understand that this significant change was made without the advice and consent of the Sun Valley City Council prior to its announcement by this most recent group.
Nearly nine months ago we embarked on an effort to clean up the ineffective and wasteful use of Sun Valley’s tax dollars by the Chamber of Commerce.
The clear recommendations we expected the five member Sun Valley Resort Area Marketing, Inc. board to follow would have benefitted the economic vitality of both Sun Valley and Ketchum in a focused, rational manner.
We were well on a path to making dramatic improvements in the area marketing system when some of the very people responsible for the Chamber were successful in slowing and then derailing the new resort area marketing program.
Now that they have done that, it would be imprudent to go back to what would be the same failed system of essentially providing public funds to private businesses. It defeats the entire goal of our effort to clean up the proven ineffective and wasteful use of Sun Valley’s tax dollars.
It is obvious there are some in the area’s business community who are still unable to see and accept the wisdom and need for real change, even with the clear and convincing data that was presented showing the existing system was not working.
If positive change is what they are so adamant to resist, then there is no reason to stand in their way and no reason to fund it.
It also came to our attention, directly from the spokesman of the most recent group, that they have been less than honest with the Chamber and the public regarding the actual voting structure of the most recent organization. I cannot knowingly vote to involve our City with an organization that cannot be trusted.
Fellow Council member, Bob Youngman, also explained his position on why he cannot support this sudden change in direction the marketing organization has taken, all with which I agree. The link to his comments can be seen by clicking here.