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February 28, 2012
City Council Confirms Mayor Bach’s Urban Renewal Authority Board Selections
On February 28, 2012, Colorado Springs City Council confirmed Mayor Bach’s four selections to serve on the Urban Renewal Authority Board. Council voted unanimously for David Neville, Wynne Palermo and Jim Raughton. Robert Shonkwiler’s confirmation was six to one with the dissenting vote cast by Val Snider. Board members begin five-year terms on April 1, 2012.
David Neville is a Colorado Springs real estate attorney with Kraemer Kendall Benson Rupp Deen, LLC. Neville also worked for Hogan Lovells in their Business, Finance and Tax Practice Group. The former Naval officer and Northwestern graduate is also a member of the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs.
Wynne Palermo, a licensed Colorado Springs REALTOR® since 1982, is the CEO and President of her own firm. A Certified International Property Specialist, (CIPS) Mrs. Palermo has also served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak Association of REALTORS® and Colorado Association of REALTORS®. Her related volunteer work includes developing a partnership with the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corporation & Housing and Building Association known as the Quality Community Group. She also developed the Volunteer REALTOR® Program at Ft. Carson.
Jim Raughton’s resume lists urban planning in Aurora, Lakewood, Boulder and Lyons. A planner in private practice for Gathers-Devilbiss Architects and Planners, he was also a member of the Denver Planning Board. Once a consultant in traffic engineering for the City of Boulder, Mr. Raughton also served as the Vice President of the Colorado Community College System. Raughton owns Golden Square LLC, a real estate development company in Colorado Springs.
Robert Shonkwiler’s experience spans forty years in Boulder with planning and developing urban infill of business properties, residential condominiums, residential subdivisions, density transfer and conservation easement protections. Instrumental in the creation of the Pearl Street Mall, Mr. Shonkwiler also served as the Chairman of the Board of Boulder’s Downtown Management Commission. He was the founding Chair of the Front Range Community College System. He also is a member of the Colorado Springs Planning Commission and Chair of Mayor Bach’s Transit Solutions Team.
“The four people confirmed by City Council today bring a wealth of experience, innovative ideas and tested leadership which will be invaluable to the Urban Renewal Authority. We appreciate all who have stepped forward and offered to serve our City,” said Mayor Bach.
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