Carole Jourdan president of OCCA board for 2006

       Carole Jourdan, the new president of the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group, says she is looking forward to the challenge.
       A business and property owner in Old Colorado City, Jourdan said her hope is to “help empower the area to improve our economic health… We need more traffic, because that means more business, and the city benefits from that.”
       Jourdan, the owner of the Nice 'n Naughty retail shop, was elected for the year 2006 at the first meeting of OCCA's newly elected board Jan. 19. She replaces Nancy Stovall, who had been president for the past three years. Stovall, who did not seek a fourth year, will stay on as a board member and OCCA's paid executive director.
       Other officers are Charlie Cagaio, vice president; Mark Burris, secretary; and Julie Fabrizio, treasurer. OCCA represents Old Colorado City merchants.
       For Jourdan, a big part of the empowerment effort is doing what she can to put thriving businesses in the empty stores. “I'd like to help fill the spaces before summer,” she said. “I hope to meet with the property owners. It's certainly better when we have a full house.”
       Her concern is that some of the owners are asking higher rents than the market will bear. Although she knows many empty spaces are historically likely to refill on their own as the summer season nears, Jourdan is concerned about some that have remained empty for a while, such as the large storefront where Unique Boutique was once located (a year and a half). “I'd like to get together with some of these property owners, and ask them if they think an empty building is better than renting it (for a lower amount),” she said.
       Jourdan hopes to work with the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) board in efforts to better the Westside. She said she was encouraged by statements from the four newly elected OWN board members that they believe OWN should represent business as well as residential interests.
       Jourdan started her business in 1983. Last year was her first on the OCCA board.

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