DURANGO, Colo. – The Durango Business Improvement District (BID) board of directors has named Bob Allen, owner/principal of Allen & Associates, to serve as the presiding officer of the organization that works to sustain and enhance business within the district – which includes Historic Downtown Durango and North Main.
Allen was reappointed in January 2011 to the BID board for a three-year term by the Durango City Council. He has served on the BID board since 2005.
A graduate of Colgate University in central New York, Allen established Allen & Associates in Durango in 1989. He is currently one of the most well-known commercial appraisers in the region and a community resource for real estate and economic information, maintaining arguably the most comprehensive real estate database in the county. Annually, Allen provides a regional “trends” analysis as a public forum for the Wells Group.
A founding board president of Trails 2000, Allen has also served on the La Plata County Community Development Council, Durango School District 9R Finance Advisory Committee and the La Plata Forum, among other involvements.
“I look forward to the coming year with the Business Improvement District,” said Allen. “We, as a board, are anxious to respond in whatever way we can to concerns and issues raised through our 2010 constituent survey, including parking, marketing and shop-local campaigns.”
Allen assumes the presiding officer position from John Wells, partner/broker of the Well Group, who stepped down from the position but will remain a member of the BID board of directors.
“I do want to thank and recognize my long-time friend and out-going presiding officer John Wells for a job well done during some challenging years – including 2008, the year of the 700 block fire,” said Allen, lauding Wells for his initiative in launching the Community Emergency Relief Fund, which helped sustain the fire-impacted businesses.
Karen Barger, owner, Seasons Rotisserie & Grill, Tim Wheeler, owner, Durango Coffee Company, and Rod Barker, owner, Strater Hotel, round out the five-member BID board of directors, and they will serve as vice chair, treasurer and secretary, respectively.
For further information on the Durango Business Improvement District, visit www.downtowndurango.org.