We couldn’t agree more. Tayer brings a background and set of skills that will serve the organization well in the years ahead:
• His role in handling public affairs and community relations for Corden Pharma Colorado and, previously, Roche Colorado Corp., means he is well-versed in issues faced by large employers within the city. Through Roche/Corden, Tayer has been involved in many community groups and organizations.
• Tayer has lived in Boulder County for 23 years; he has seen the region weather numerous economic downturns.
• Tayer also serves as a director of the Regional Transportation District for the Boulder area and has been an unwavering advocate of the area’s interests at a critical time for RTD, which is trying to figure out how to extend FasTracks to the region.
• He also has extensive contacts not only in the business community but also among community and environmental activists. Those contacts — and the trust he has engendered among all sides — should serve the chamber and the community well, demonstrating that a strong economic climate and sound environmental policy are not mutually exclusive.
That trust should prove invaluable in dealing with the most contentious issue facing Boulder in many years: possible municipalization of the electric utility. This issue has divided Boulder’s business community and the population overall, and we expect Tayer to be a calming influence, in search of consensus.
Tayer is the right person at the right time.