The environment has recently been having a large impact on the economy of California in the view of Squaw Valley CEO and President Andy Wirth, which has led to him throwing his backing behind the Clean Power Plan being considered across California. In an article printed in the Reno Gazette-Journal the former volunteer firefighter and Edinburgh University graduate has expkained why he believes the plan will be of benefit to the Olympic Valley region. In his article, Wirth explained that by accepting the Clean Power Plan the Reno area would see a boost to its economy and improve the environment that is vital to the tourist industry.
Andy Wirth arrived at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in 2010 as CEO and President of the group after a successful resort management career that included time in North American and Carribean resorts. The German born executive has been a major supporter of many community based programs in Olympic Valley, which include working for the Lake Tahoe Winter Olympics Committee. Following a skydiving accident that saw Wirth almost lose an arm the tourism expert has also been working to raise funds for a number of groups, including the families of Navy Seals.
Andy Wirth believes the Clean Power Plan can benefit the Reno region as a whole in a number of ways. Firstly, a switch to burning less fossil fuels should see the quality of air in the Olympic Valley region improve and see a return of greater numbers of tourists. The area remains popular, but Wirth believes any action to aid the environment of the Reno area will be a positive in bringing in new visitors and adding an extra aspect to the economy.