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MEET ARNE

Valuing our people. Valuing our place.

As a Jackson native, I have been honored to invest my time and energy working for the people of Jackson as a Vice Mayor on the Jackson Town Council.

I have been an architect for 30 years providing me with a well-rounded awareness of the role of the built environment in Jackson and Teton County. Starting in 1989, I played a key role in the formation of the Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust and Teton County Housing Authority, serving on the Housing Trust’s founding board. This experience reinforced my strong focus on community housing issues and need to celebrate the critical positive benefit of our affordable housing owners and renters in our community. I also served for over 20 years on the board of the Wyoming Community Foundation, most of which was spent as Chair or as a member of the Distribution Committee. This experience instilled in me a deep understanding and appreciation of Wyoming as well as a focus on how to invest limited resources to improve the lives of our citizens.

During my four years in office — and especially in the last two years — I have seen the real-life stressors and pains of making ends meet in an increasingly more expensive region. I will continue to provide a thoughtful positive voice to our dialogues in a way that improves the place that we have been fortunate enough to call home for all community members — not just the loudest in the room.

 

During my time on the council, I have built a record of accomplishments including:

  • Housing: Affordable rental housing for our most vulnerable community members through federal funding via Low-income Housing Tax Credits, which — after significant work with the State of Wyoming and four attempts — was successful in 2021.

  • Environment: Creation of an Ecosystem Stewardship position. Also, partially addressing County water quality by opening up access to failing systems adjoining Jackson’s wastewater service area, allocating limited existing capacity to address short term water quality issues.

  • Pandemic: Relying on expertise embedded in the local Teton County Health Department to address and support our community's COVID-19 response.

  • Budgeting: Increasing transparency and implementing strategic budget review processes, including data-backed five-year projections and focusing on achieving long-term stability.

 

It is urgent we address our issues of growth and inequity. We are at a tipping point between becoming a resort only in place of a community first. We should view our discussions through this lens and be sure that we are looking to reinforce a community of people while respecting place.

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