Friday, October 17, 2014

Ketchum’s planning manager to leave

Joyce Allgaier accepted job offer with planning firm SE Group

Express Staff Writer

Joyce Allgaier is leaving the Ketchum Planning and Zoning Department for a new job in Breckenridge, Colo. Photo by Roland Lane

    After almost three and a half years with the city of Ketchum, Planning Manager Joyce Allgaier is leaving to work with mountain and resort consulting firm SE Group at its Breckenridge, Colo., location beginning Nov 10.
    Among her accomplishments as planning manager is a successful rewrite of the city’s comprehensive plan, she said.
    “[It] captures the real future vision of Ketchum citizens after involving over 700 people in the process,” she said.
    Allgaier’s co-workers credit her with improving communication among city departments, an emphasis on community development and improving fairness and efficiency in city code and processes.
    Allgaier came to Ketchum after living and working as a city planner throughout the country, originally hailing from Connecticut. With stints in Aspen, Gunnison and Snowmass Village, she spent a large part of her life in Colorado and forged many connections and friendships there.
    She moved to Ketchum in late spring 2011 with her youngest child, Gunnar.
    National consulting company SE Group offered Allgaier a job several weeks ago and she decided to take it. She said SE Group, formerly Snow Engineering, “was at the threshold of developing ski areas across the country when skiing became popular.”
    The firm did Sun Valley Co.’s master plan, she said, and has worked with 85 percent of the country’s ski areas. It has multiple locations, and Allgaier’s new job as lead community planner will entail travel.
    “I’m ready to be surrounded by that kind of momentum again,” she said. “Also, I’ve honed my skills and I’m ready to back and contribute to that, too.”
    She said she wishes nothing but continued success for her co-workers at the city of Ketchum.
    “I feel lucky to have worked with such a committed planning commission that truly strives to make the best decisions for the whole of the community,” she said. “[They] really care about this town.”

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