Aspen, Colorado, has hired Emmy Garrigus to act as liaison to the business community and oversee the municipal government's short-term rental program. She is now the permanent and official commercial core program manager, which City Manager Sara Ott said "was created in response to the feedback we received from our community about short-term rental activity in Aspen, as well as from businesses about navigating commercial policies and regulations." Throughout 2020 and part of last year, Garrigus listened to concerns and provided training on public health order requirements. "During the height of the pandemic, the businesses, in particular, were lacking a human connection with the city," she explained. "It's important in a community like ours to maintain personal relationships, especially when so much now is based on digital interactions. I'm looking forward to getting back out into the community, engaging with people in person, and being helpful. I want to be the go-to person for businesses, to connect them with city services, listen, and be a partner in finding solutions to current and future issues." As liaison, Garrigus will remain a member of the Community Development Department and report directly to Community Development Director Phillip Supino; she will work with other city departments to determine the best ways to address area business needs.
Aspen Times (08/05/22) Carolyn Sackariason