Downtown Development Authority Board

Downtown Development Authority Board Website

Regular Meetings

  • 3rd Tuesday of each month at 11:30 am
  • Please refer to the Board calendar as locations and dates may change.  Meetings will be held in person.
  • City Hall
    101 West 8th Street
    City Council Chambers
    Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
  • Chad Lee; Chair
  • Kurt Carruth; Vice Chair


  • Steve Boyd, Chief Operating Officer/Treasurer
  • Jillian Sutherland, DDA Executive Director
    Term Expires: 06/2027
  • Charlie Willman
    Appointed: 09/2023
    Term Expires: 06/2027
  • Kevin Brady
    Appointed: 06/2019, 06/2023
    Term Expires: 06/2027
  • Paula Gorra
    Appointed: 09/2023 (to fill)
    Term Expires: 06/2026
  • Shelley La Due Fishbein
    Appointed: 05/2022
    Term Expires: 06/2026
  • Matthew Cooke
    Appointed: 05/2022
    Term Expires 06/2026
  • Chad Lee; Board Chair
    Appointed: 06/2017, 07/2021
    Term Expires:  06/2025
  • Kurt Carruth; Vice Chair
    Appointed: 06/2016, 08/2020
    Term Expires: 06/2024
  • Kevin Flohr
    Appointed: 12/2022 (to fill) 
    Term Expires: 06/2024

Council Liaison

  • Marco Dehm
  • Mitchell Weimer (Alternate)

Composition of the Downtown Development Authority Board

(Per the Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority (GSDDA) Amended and Restated Bylaws; Article III Section 1)

The affairs of GSDDA shall be managed by a Board of no more than eleven (11) members. The Glenwood Springs City Council shall appoint nine (9) of these members from the general public and qualified to serve pursuant to C.R.S. § 31-25-806. The Mayor shall appoint two (2) members annually from City Council, a regular and an alternate. Such member’s sole function will be to serve as a liaison between Council and the GSDDA Board and he/she shall not be a voting member of the Board except when there is a tie vote amongst the Board or when necessary to have a quorum. Each appointed member from the general public, shall reside within, be a business lessee within, own real property within, be an officer or director of a corporation, member or manager of a limited liability company, limited or general partner of a partnership having its place of business within the GSDDA district or be an employee of a entity with its place of business within the GSDDA as long as such employee is considered by the business to be a manager or assistant manager.

Powers and Duties of the Downtown Development Authority Board

(Per the Colorado Revised Statutes; Title 31 - Government - Municipal Powers and Functions of Cities and Towns; Article 25 - Public Improvements, Part 8 - Downtown Development Authorities; § 31-25-801. Legislative Declaration; Universal Citation: CO Rev Stat § 31-25-801)

The Powers and Duties of the Downtown Development Authority Board shall be:

  1. The general assembly declares that the organization of downtown development authorities having the purposes and powers provided in this part 8 will serve a public use; will promote the health, safety, prosperity, security, and general welfare of the inhabitants thereof and of the people of this state; will halt or prevent deterioration of property values or structures within central business districts, will halt or prevent the growth of blighted areas within such districts, and will assist municipalities in the development and redevelopment of such districts and in the overall planning to restore or provide for the continuance of the health thereof; and will be of especial benefit to the property within the boundaries of any authority created pursuant to the provisions of this part 8.
  2. The general assembly determines, finds, and declares that because of a number of atypical factors and special conditions concerning downtown development unique to each locality, the rule of strict construction shall have no application to this part 8, but it shall be liberally construed to effect the purposes and objects for which it is intended.