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Leaders to talk tourism
There’s been ample speculation of an unprecedented wave of tourists soon to break over Jackson Hole. So, local economist and Jackson Town Councilor Jonathan Schechter wants to get everyone together to talk about it.
“Like everybody else, I think this summer is going to be crazy,” Schechter said.
The conference, now in its ninth year, is Schechter’s “22 in 21: The State of Our Community,” and this year the focus is tourism. Participants will be able to weigh in during breakout chatrooms, which will break up the 4-hour conference, set for 8 a.m. through noon on May 12.
Registration is capped at 250 people. Sign up at 22in21.com/signup.
Middle school contractor chosen
Construction on Jackson Hole Middle School is set to start this month.
At a special meeting Wednesday, the Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees approved a contract with Century Contractors for additions and remodeling at the middle school. The contract is for $3.36 million with construction to begin this month.
START budget may grow
Jackson town councilors and Teton County commissioners are weighing a START bus budget ask that’s a million dollars higher than the current fiscal year’s budget.
The two bodies met jointly last week as budget discussions began in earnest. The proposed budget includes the introduction of on-demand “microtransit”; restoring three driver positions from pre-COVID-19 levels and adding two additional driver positions; and the acquisition of as many as 11 new buses for the START fleet.
The operations plan for FY22 also includes further implementation of START’s new route plan.
Housing metric stabilized?
A town and county report says that a key metric tracking what percentage of the workforce is living locally seems to have plateaued around 59%.
April Norton, director of the Jackson/Teton County Housing Department, took that as good news, even though, hovering between 58% and 59%, the community is underperforming its goal of 65%.
But town of Jackson Planning Commissioner Thomas Smits questions questioned whether the percentage of workers living locally could actually be lower.