Decisionmaker: Carol Savary |

Decisionmaker: Carol Savary

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunCarol Savary

Carol Savary is a dedicated volunteer in the Kings Beach community.

Not only is she the board president of the downtown business group, the North Tahoe Business Association, but she is also a docent at the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society and volunteers for the Sierra Business Council.

Volunteering was Savary’s connection to the North Shore when she first moved to Tahoe from the Bay Area in the winter of 2002/2003.

“My favorite part of moving up here was getting involved in the community,” she says, smiling and petting her fluffy, black Bernese Mountain Dog, Otto.

Savary, who formerly worked in the high-tech industry at E-bay, moved up to the basin to seek a lifestyle change with a slower pace and more balance between life and work. She is now a Realtor at her husband’s firm, Century 21 Tahoe Sierra Real Estate.

Savary first got involved with the association when she went through training for the Mainstreet program, a volunteer-based, grassroots organization dedicated to downtown revitalization. It was the training that sparked her interest in the business association.

“The work that we’ve done is really to support the community,” Savary said.

Mainstreet focuses on involving the locals into community decisions; it asks them what they want from their community, Savary said.

Savary also chairs the association’s economic restructuring committee which addresses business retention, expansion and recruitment.

Most recently, the committee is working to develop a property-based improvement district.

For Savary, public investment and infrastructure development is a necessary, and critical, step toward improving Kings Beach business.

“We need basic infrastructure that more updated downtowns have,” Savary said. “For safety and for public enjoyment.”

Savary also wants to help businesses receive and take advantage of county resources, especially with small-business loan programs. And she hopes the North Tahoe Business Association Web site will be a valuable resource with important information for its members and the community.

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