Friday, April 23, 2010

CDC appoints new board president

Tom Unger takes reins from Neil Bradshaw


Tom Unger

Board member Tom Unger has been elected board president of the nonprofit Ketchum Community Development Corp.

Unger has served on the CDC's board since 2008 and was chair of its Economic Development Team for two years. He's replacing Neil Bradshaw, who has spent the last three years at the helm of the organization and helped successfully implement a number of large-scale projects, including the Northwood Place affordable rental-housing development and the Ketchum Town Square, slated to open July 2.

Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall was at a meeting Tuesday, April 20, to present Bradshaw with a plaque in appreciation of his leadership to the city.

"Neil took the nascent KCDC and really provided the leadership to make it the successful organization it is today," Unger said of Bradshaw, who remains on board as head of the Affordable Workforce Housing Team and was also elected treasurer.


Unger's accolades for Bradshaw came on the heels of an open house for Northwood Place on Saturday. About 25 people participated in a walk-through of the project featuring a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units spread across five buildings of the property adjacent to the Wood River Community YMCA. The first of the rental units, funded through a federal tax-credit program, are scheduled to be completed and available for rent by August. Potential residents are already beginning to file applications.

The CDC is a volunteer-based organization that promotes economic development, a vibrant town design, sustainable use of energy and workforce housing.

Unger will lead the CDC at a time when other volunteer-led projects are already progressing. The town square has been approved and funded through a public-private partnership and is scheduled to be completed in time for a Fourth of July concert. A revolving loan fund will be handing out its first community loan soon, the CDC said.

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