June 13, 2014
Jim DeFrancia, a principal and co-owner of Lowe Enterprises, speaks to a group Friday during the Welcome Home Steamboat housing forum at Citizen’s Hall. DeFrancia was addressing the audience as the noon time speaker and has worked as a developer in other mountain communities.
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The challenge of providing affordable or workforce housing isn’t unique to resort communities or Colorado, said James DeFrancia, the keynote speaker of Friday’s housing forum at Citizen’s Hall, but a smaller employment and tax base could mean greater struggles for a municipality the size of Steamboat Springs.