Airport Advisory Groups

Airport Vision Committee Community Character Working Group Airport Experience Working Group Technical Working Group (TWG) 


Serving on the Airport Vision Committee and Topic-Focused Workgroups

The formation of community advisory groups is a key function of the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport public involvement process. Our goal is to convene community collaboration across a diverse and inclusive cross-section of interests to provide feedback, share project information, and ultimately inform Pitkin County’s decision-making process.

The program’s four advisory groups have distinct charges and focus areas to facilitate a two-way flow of communication between the community and the County. Through this process the we are committed to ensuring that our airport’s future is reflective of our collective community character and values.

If you are interested in participating in an advisory group, please review the information below and submit your application through the project website, email or in-person at the Pitkin County Administration and Sheriff’s Office, 530 E. Main St., or at the Airport Administration office in the airport terminal. Applications will be accepted until December 7, 2018, and appointments will be made before the end of the year.


Airport Vision Committee

The role of the citizen-driven Airport Vision Committee (AVC) is to serve as the overarching project advisory committee focused on holistic project development. Recommendations from the AVC, along with input from the topic-focused Work Groups and overarching community, will inform the County’s decision-making process.

The AVC will generally be composed of approximately 20-25 representatives from a diverse and inclusive group of County Caucus, community, civic and business interests. Beginning in early 2019, the AVC will be convened at key project milestones to:

  • Establish guiding principles for the airport visioning process and facilitate a two-way community-focused dialogue
  • Provide input on preliminary project concepts and refine information for community-wide outreach
  • Identify priority issues and consider input from the project’s topic-specific Work Groups
  • Serve as project ambassadors to share information and help identify community priorities

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Community Character Working Group

The role of the Community Working Group (CCWG) is to evaluate and provide input on priority issues related to community values, neighborhood character and quality of life. A chairperson from the CCWG will sit on the Airport Vision Committee (AVC) to ensure the Working Group’s feedback accurately informs the recommendations made to the County.

The CCWG will generally be composed of approximately 10-15 representatives from a diverse and inclusive group of County Caucuses, neighborhood organizations and homeowners’ associations. Beginning in early 2019, the CCWG will be convened at key project milestones throughout the visioning process to:

  • Consider and provide input on community-oriented focus areas identified by the AVC and the community as a whole, as well as the focus areas established in the Pitkin County Strategic Plan:
    • Livable and Supportive Community
    • Flourishing Natural and Built Environment
    • Prosperous Economy
  • Present findings and make recommendations to the AVC
  • Facilitate a two-way community dialogue by serving as project ambassadors to share information and identify community priorities

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Airport Experience Working Group

The role of the Airport Experience Working Group (AEWG) is to evaluate and provide input on how the overall airport experience integrates with the regional community. A chairperson from the AEWG will sit on the Airport Vision Committee (AVC) to ensure the Working Group’s feedback accurately informs the recommendations made to the County.

The AEWG will generally be composed of approximately 10-15 representatives from a diverse and inclusive group of mobility/transportation, social justice, sustainability, tourism and economic development thought leaders. Beginning in early 2019, the AEWG will be convened at key project milestones throughout the visioning process to:

  • Consider and provide input on regionally-oriented focus areas identified by the AVC and the community as a whole, as well as the focus areas established in the Pitkin County Strategic Plan:
    • Livable and Supportive Community
    • Flourishing Natural and Built Environment
    • Prosperous Economy
  • Present findings and make recommendations to the AVC
  • Facilitate a two-way community dialogue by serving as project ambassadors to share information and identify community priorities

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Technical Working Group (TWG)

The role of the Technical Working Group (TWG) is to evaluate and distill complex technical topics into readily understandable concepts for community-wide discussion. A chairperson from the TWG will sit on the Airport Vision Committee (AVC) to ensure the Working Group’s feedback accurately informs the recommendations made to the County.

The TWG will generally be composed of approximately 10-15 representatives with demonstrated technical, planning, design and public policy expertise. Beginning in early 2019, the TWG will be convened at key project milestones throughout the visioning process to:

  • Consider and provide input on technically-oriented focus areas identified by the AVC and the community as a whole, as well as the focus areas established in the Pitkin County Strategic Plan:
    • Livable and Supportive Community
    • Flourishing Natural and Built Environment
    • Prosperous Economy
  • Present findings and make recommendations to the AVC
  • Facilitate a two-way community dialogue by serving as project ambassadors to share information and identify community priorities

CLICK HERE TO APPLY


Airport Advisory Groups Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this a paid position?
    • These are volunteer positions.
  • What is the time commitment?
    • Beginning early 2019, each advisory group will convene at key milestones throughout the 12-month visioning process. No more than six meetings are anticipated and members should plan on a time commitment of approximately three to five hours per month. At the end of this 12-month process, the advisory groups will evolve as the project transitions into its subsequent phase.
  • What are the eligibility requirements?
    • All interested citizens are encouraged to apply. Final appointments will consider experience and expertise relevant to each specific group. Learn more about participation guidelines and expectations below.
  • What is the decision-making process?
    • Recommendations made by the citizen-driven Airport Vision Committee, along with input from the topic-focused Airport Advisory Groups and overarching community, will inform the County’s decision-making process.

Participation Guidelines and Expectations

The Airport Advisory Groups comprise representatives from neighborhood groups, businesses organizations, civic interests, and other engaged individual community members. Advisory group members will be expected to:

  • Act as a representative of the community. Although everyone has diverse personal opinions, advisory group members will put aside personal interests and participate in a manner that represents the best interest of the community as a whole, and the organizations they may represent.
  • Bring ideas and collaborate. Airport vision meetings will be productive forums for ideas, issues, solutions, and feedback. Prior to meetings, advisory group members will solicit input and feedback from their constituents.
  • Respect the ideas of others. Even though advisory group members may disagree with some ideas brought to the table, it is important to listen and consider everyone’s input. At times, members will agree to respectfully disagree.
  • Be available. It is anticipated that each advisory group will meet no more than six times throughout the 12-month vision process, and members should anticipate a time commitment of approximately three to five hours per month.
  • Focus on the task at hand. Advisory group members will be asked for input tailored to specific topics and to focus on the task at hand (e.g. identifying issues and providing input, rather than jumping to conclusions) to facilitate positive outcomes.
  • Serve as a project partner and share information. Advisory group members are expected to share accurate project information and encourage others to get involved.

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