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About The Durango BID

Business sustainability within Durango

Improving conditions for businesses, attracting and retaining businesses, and improve the overall experience for those who use the district.

History of BID & Board Of Directors

Business Improvement Districts (BID) exist throughout the country, in large cities and small, and each one has a unique scope of work. What all BIDs have in common, however, is their underlying purpose to improve conditions for businesses in a specific area; attract and retain businesses; and improve the overall experience for those who use the district. A BID enables stakeholders to decide which services to provide to meet the district's unique needs.

To that end, the Durango Business Improvement District was formed in 1997 with a mission that has evolved from the original narrow focus of studying the feasibility of a possible Conference Center, to a broad brush of sustainability within the District through marketing programs, special event support and management, and capital projects that helps support businesses in the District. The District’s boundaries are the Central Business District and North Main Avenue to the city limits.

The Durango BID is funded by a 2 mill levy, an additional property tax constituents in the district have assessed on themselves, through 2025. Support funding for specific projects has also been provided by the City of Durango, the Durango Area Tourism Office, and the Durango Chamber of Commerce.

BID has a physical office located at 850 1/2 Main Ave., Suite 2. It has assisted in acquisition of a steadily-expanding reserve of event equipment and supplies to facilitate special events in the District. BID produces four seasonal marketing programs that collectively support activities in and around Downtown - Spectacular Spring, Sunsational Summer, Fabulous Fall and Wondrous Winter. BID has also added four shop local campaigns to its annual marketing work. BID works with the City on the flower barrels in Downtown each summer, and operates a gum removal machine to keep the sidewalks free of unsightly gum. BID also partners with the City, DATO, and Chamber on the Downtown Ambassador program. BID also manages a handful of events, and provides guidance, planning assistance and marketing for other events.

Please consider signing up for BID's weekly E-Newsletter that is published every Wednesday. You will receive accurate and timely information from us once a week.

BID also hosts a monthly meeting for Downtown and North Main District business owners, and anyone interested in activities in the District. BID's Coffee and Conversation meeting is held every month on the second Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 am at First National Bank of Durango. Everyone is invited!

Board of Directors

John Mahoney, Board Chair

John Mahoney, Board Chair

John Mahoney is an owner/partner of Coldwell Banker Heritage House Realtors.  He began with the company in 1981 as a sales agent and first became the manager in 1989.  He, together with his current business partner, Gina Piccoli, purchased into the company in 2001.  Some years ago he retired from his day-to-day manager duties but remains an active partner in the business.

John was born and raised in Perth, Australia.  His first work experience was in a government department, working for the Western Australian Housing Commission.  During the Vietnam era he was drafted into the Australian Army and spent 18 months overseas in the infantry in Borneo, Singapore and Malaysia.  Following his army service he attended Curtin University in Perth and graduated with a bachelors degree in Social Science. 

Following graduation John began traveling and lived and worked in London and New York, then traveled throughout the States before returning to Perth and then later, moving to Durango in 1979. 

John has been very connected to the soccer community ever since moving to Durango.  He was the first president of the Durango Soccer Association, which morphed into the now enormously successful DYSA.

He also refereed local soccer for 25 years and is currently the play-by-play radio broadcaster for Fort Lewis men’s and women’s soccer games.

John is married to the local and nationally known textile artist and teacher, Ilze Aviks.  He became an American citizen in 2009.

Carly Van Hof Thomson, Incoming Board Chair

Carly Van Hof Thomson, Incoming Board Chair

Originally from Rhode Island, Carly Van Hof Thomson earned a BS in Restaurant & Resort Management from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. After several years training managers for Breads of the World (Panera Bread), Carly moved to Durango in 2009 with her husband, Chris, a Corporal for the Durango Police Department. In Durango, Carly continued to develop her career at Purgatory Ski Resort for over 7 years, eventually leading the Food & Beverage team and overseeing operations of nine Food & Beverage outlets. In 2017, Carly joined the team at Zia Taqueria. Now co-owner of Zia Taqueria and SAGE – Farm Fresh Eats, Carly represents the North Main District on the BID board.

Carly is the proud mom to two active Durango kids, Ada (14) and Grady (9) and enjoys living, working, and giving back in our amazing community.

James Allred, Board Treasurer and Secretary

James Allred, Board Treasurer and Secretary

When James Allred first came to Durango as a boy to ski Purgatory in 1982, little did he realize that he would return 25 years later to realize a notable career and raise a family. James, his wife Stephanie and their daughters Annissa and Abigail are happy to live in such a vibrant community. 

Originally from Flagstaff, Ariz., James is General Manager/Owner of Eolus Bar & Dining in the heart of Downtown Durango. He admits the desire to play (mainly ski) during the day, and work at night, led to a career in the restaurant industry. Stints in Jackson, Wyo., Boca Grande, Fla., Eugene, Ore., Salt Lake City, and Telluride convinced James that the place to live was southwest Colorado, and Durango was a perfect spot to reside and raise a family.

In 2007 the Allred family moved to Durango to fulfill his vision. The Allreds are active in a wide variety of activities, including skiing, hiking, biking, disc golf and, of course, playing with their much beloved Golden Retriever, Chapman.

Sebastian Hartley, Board Member

Sebastian Hartley, Board Member

 Sebastian is a proud husband to Brooke Hartley, a Registered Nurse at Mercy Centura Hospital, and a proud father of two children Gage, 3 and Alida, 1. Sebastian was an owner of the Prudential Triple S Realty franchise that ultimately became the Keller Williams Realty (KW) franchise now residing at 700 Main in downtown Durango. Sebastian was instrumental in helping bring KW, the world's largest real estate company, to Durango in 2011.

A native of Bar Harbor, Maine, Sebastian came to Durango in 1990 to attend Fort Lewis College and now considers himself a Durangoan. Graduating in 1995 with honors degrees in Communications and Environmental Policy, Sebastian went on to help launch Steamworks Brewery and then open Durango's rock climbing gym Animas City Rock (now The Rock Lounge) prior to landing in real estate with Prudential in 1999. 

Sebastian is very active in real estate sales and development and several local charities including a 15+ year stint on the Durango Area Association of Realtors Community Services Committee. As a Main Avenue investor in Keller Williams Realty, with almost 70 employees, Sebastian is heavily involved in downtown Durango as well. In 2015, Keller Williams Realty was proudly nominated by the Durango Area Chamber of Commerce for its coveted Business of the Year Award.

Sebastian is the Lead Agent for his top-area and award-winning real estate team, The Sebastian Group. Flanked by team members Logan Austin, Buyer Specialist, and Team Manager Jamie Zogg, The Sebastian Group is known for providing exemplary real estate service and creating an unsurpassed real estate experience for their clients. Sebastian considers it an honor and privilege to be a part of the BID, giving him a chance to give back to the community that has been so good to himself, his Team and his family.

Ashley Gonella, Board Member

Ashley Gonella, Board Member

Bio coming soon

 

Tanya Clegg, Director of Marketing and Communications

Tanya Clegg, Director of Marketing and Communications

Tanya Clegg is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Business Improvement District.

Most recently Tanya served for four years as Underwriting Manager/Assistant Development Director for KSUT Public Radio. Over the years, her position also evolved into managing the station’s fundraisers, including the popular Annual Silent Auction and Party in the Park. As Underwriting Manager, she worked closely with some 300 businesses in the region and led KSUT to record underwriting sales each year.

A graduate of Colorado State University with a BA in Speech Communications, Tanya was raised in Breckenridge, Colo. enjoying ski racing, horseback riding and the “mountain life.” After spending time in Fort Collins and Denver following her graduation from CSU, she moved to Durango in 2001 to reconnect with small-town life as well as family.

She served as Volunteer Coordinator for the Adaptive Sports Association for nearly five years upon her arrival in town, and her subsequent positions, before joining KSUT, include Volunteer Events Coordinator for the Humane Society and, with San Juan BOCES, helping secure employment for students with disabilities.

Tanya lives in Durango with her husband Vance and their 8-year-old son. tanyac@downtowndurango.org

Tim Walsworth, Executive Director

Tim Walsworth, Executive Director

Tim Walsworth has served as the Executive Director for the Durango Business Improvement District since January 2013. Since he has been hired, BID has grown its budget, taken on the management of the San Juan Brewfest and Durango’s 4th of July celebration, relocated its office, added new programs, and improved its service to its constituents.

Prior to assuming the position of Executive Director of the Durango Business Improvement District in January 2013, Tim Walsworth served as the President and CEO for United Way of Southwest Colorado for 10 years. Additionally, he has more than 15 years of nonprofit management experience and worked for two leading United Way chapters prior to arriving in Southwest Colorado.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, with a Bachelor’s in Journalism with a focus on Public Relations, Tim began working for United Way/Capital Area in Austin in 1996. Within three years, he rose to the senior staff for the organization’s Community Investment department, responsible for investing United Way resources for the improvement of the overall health of the community.

In Oct. 1999, Tim took on a consulting role with Pikes Peak United Way in Colorado Springs, but soon secured a permanent position as a lead fundraiser overseeing the fundraising activities for nearly 300 accounts. He supervised loaned employees (employees of other businesses that are loaned to United Way to augment campaign staff as part of the business’ support of the annual campaign) and other support staff. In 2001, he accepted the Director of Marketing and Communications position within the same United Way.

In January 2003, Tim moved to Durango to assume the position of President and CEO for United Way of Southwest Colorado. During his tenure, United Way of Southwest Colorado generated more than $6.1 million in funding for local needs and revamped the process it uses to invest the funds raised each year. timw@downtowndurango.org