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OCCA executive director retires; business group mulls next step

Dave Van Ness in Old Colorado City's 2400 block.
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Dave Van Ness, who had been executive director of the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group since the fall of 2011, retired in April.
       OCCA President Julie Fabrizio said there are no immediate plans to fill the position, but that's not because it isn't important.
       “We're trying to break it down, to see what we really need,” she summarized.
       When Van Ness was hired, it was meant to be part-time (20 hours a week), but he routinely put in extra hours, Fabrizio pointed out.
       His work included developing OCCA membership, supporting the OCCA's special events, attracting shoppers and collaborating with other area organizations.
       A former business owner himself, he also helped start the Old Colorado City Foundation in 2013 as a charitable nonprofit affiliated with the OCCA. The OCCF has sponsored the five Taste of OCC events since then, raising money for improvements in Bancroft Park and Old Colorado City as a whole.

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(Posted 5/8/17; Business: Changes)

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