Business district appoints new director

United Way CEO to take reins in Jan.

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The Business Improvement District has named a new executive director to head the organization after Bob Kunkel resigned in September.

Tim Walsworth, current president and CEO of United Way of Southwest Colorado, will begin the job Jan. 2.

Were pretty happy with the decision. We wanted someone who understands and communicates with the entire community, said Bob Allen, chairman of the BID board of directors. Im hoping that Tim will be able to represent our constituents and improve the business climate in the district.

Walsworth has been with United Way of Southwest Colorado since 2003 and was with another chapter of the organization before that. His appointment as executive director of BID is contingent on the city approving BIDs budget at its Dec. 11 meeting. BID is a special taxing district comprised of downtown business owners that aims to support the vitality of the citys downtown through marketing initiatives and special events.

The first item on his to-do list is to reconnect with business owners in a different capacity from his United Way role and see where they would like BID to go in the future.

Its a fresh start for BID. Im trying to meet with every business and property owner that has some time to find out what they think, he said. Its important to me that I have an opportunity to give back in one way or another.

He has Kunkels support, who remains the manager of downtown business development for the city.

From my standpoint, from what I know about the job, I think (Walsworth) is a good choice, Kunkel said.

jdahl@durangoherald.com

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