Decisionmakers: Ron McIntyre |

Decisionmakers: Ron McIntyre

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunRon McIntyre

For Ron McIntyre, serving the community is an integral aspect of his responsibility as a local resident.

“I think the business community has a responsibility to participate in solving community-wide problems,” he said. “The ebbs and flows of the problems in the community are the responsibility of the people who live here.”

A North Tahoe resident for more than 40 years, McIntyre’s leadership experience in Tahoe surpasses the usual expectations ” from serving on the Tahoe Truckee Sanitation Agency’s first board (at a time when the region’s sewer infrastructure was just developing), to serving on boards for the Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, the Placer County Transportation Agency and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Advisory Planning Commission, among others.

McIntyre said his decisions in all of his roles are based on a guiding principle ” to promote and stimulate the economy within the North Lake Tahoe area.

“It’s terribly important that we maintain and sustain an economy in North Lake Tahoe, or else we’ll be totally a down-valley economy where people are commuting to work,” he said.

Beyond that principle, McIntyre said his three priorities are workforce housing, infrastructure development and public transit.

“I think those are critical to help solve the problems,” he said. “So that we have housing and get out of our cars.”

Recently, McIntyre was also appointed to the California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

But it’s his role as president for the Tahoe City Recreation Association that McIntyre said he values the most. The group has raised more than $150,000 over 40 years for local youth activities, he said.

After raising five children, who are now grown and scattered throughout the world, McIntyre said Tahoe “is the greatest place to live and raise your family in the whole world.”

“I feel I was one of the luckier people in life to have had the opportunity to be here,” he said.

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