Businessman Phil Lane will direct the long-range economic development strategy, known as Operation60ThirtyFive.
The plan, developed by Austin-based consultant Angelou Economics, was released during 2009. The first step was to find a business and community leader to head the project.
Lane will work for free, and he will be responsible for inviting local leaders to the process, as well as enhancing community collaboration. Creating more interest in economic development in Colorado Springs was the first task listed in Angelou’s analysis of the city.
Lane has a master’s degree in management and owner of Lane Affiliated, the Pepsi distribution center in Colorado Springs. It was sold during December 2008 to the Pepsi Bottling Group, the largest bottler of the soft drink in the world. The Lane family had owned the company for 72 years.
He is a member of the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. Foundation Board and the Pikes Peak Region YMCA Board of Directors. He is the former chairman of the board for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and previously served as the general co-chairman of the 2008 United States Senior Open.