steve_bachMayor Steve Bach announced today the reappointment of Valerie Hunter and appointment of Zachary McComsey to fill two positions on the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority Board. Additionally, the Mayor reappointed Roland Laning to serve on the Colorado Springs Housing Authority Board.

 Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority Board

Valerie Hunter has a background in business, strategic and tactical planning, fiscal and program management. She is a business owner and is currently president and co-owner of the Hunter Group USA, LLC. Hunter has served on various boards including the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. She was appointed to fill a URA board vacancy and was confirmed on March 24, 2014 for a one-year term which expires April 1, 2015. Based on recommendations from the board’s leadership, Hunter has been reappointed for an additional five-year term expiring April 1, 2020.

Zachary McComsey has a background in business, strategic planning, financial analysis, real estate and is familiar with the city’s development review process. He is the founder and executive director of Atlas Preparatory School and has a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and masters in theological studies. McComsey also serves on the board of directors for the Colorado Springs Health Foundation.  He has been appointed to fill the remaining two-year term of a vacant position with his term expiring April 1, 2017.

 Colorado Springs Housing Authority Board

Roland Laning is a business banker/risk analyst with 37 years of experience in sales, commercial lending, credit analysis and management. He has served on the Housing Authority board since 2006 and has been selected for another five-year term in part because of his special financial expertise. In addition to serving on the board, Laning has served the community through the board of directors for the Community Partnership for Child Development, Partners in Housing, Small Business Development Center/University of Colorado, Greenlands Reserve, Black Forest Soaring Society and Soaring Society of Boulder. His five-year term will expire April 1, 2020.

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“The three people we have selected display solid skills and experience, fresh ideas and proven community leadership that will add greatly to the success of these two Boards. It is gratifying to see the level of leadership and initiative from our citizens wanting to serve our City,” said Bach.

 Bach’s selections will now go to City Council for confirmation, Tuesday, Feb. 10. Each Appointee’s term will begin on April 1, 2015.