JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Local architect Arne Jorgensen announced recently he is running for the Jackson town council.
Jorgensen is owner of Hawtin Jorgensen Architects founded in 1999. He’s been in the field for nearly 30 years. In addition to a lengthy career, Jorgensen can also boast extensive volunteer experience which he says gives him a strong foundation and a well-rounded awareness of the role of the built environment in Jackson and Teton County.
Jorgensen says one reason he decided to run was to add a positive voice to the community dialogue about housing.
“We live in an incredible community of people in an incredible place. I want to advance our conversation beyond arguments for and against growth to conversations that do justice to us as community members and our legacy of conservation,” Jorgensen said.
Jorgensen played a key role in the formation of the Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust and Teton County Housing Authority as far back as 1989 when he served on the Housing Trust’s founding board.
“This experience has 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,” Jorgensen said.
Jorgensen also served more than two decades on the board of the Wyoming Community Foundation, most of which was spent as chair or as a member of the distribution committee. It was an experience Jorgensen says instilled a deep understanding and appreciation of Wyoming, as well as equipping him with a focus on how to invest limited resources to improve the lives of our citizens.
“We can do better aligning our priorities, such as housing, wildlife and transit, with how we manage public resources to pay for these wants and needs,” Jorgensen said.
Lastly, Jorgensen said he is motivated to get involved because now is a critical time that will define the Jackson Hole we all want to live in and be able to call home.
“We are at a tipping point between becoming a resort only in place of a community first. We should view our community discussions through this lens and be sure that we are looking to reinforce a community of people and place,” Jorgensen said.