Town of Vail

George Ruther is the Director of Housing in Vail, Colorado with more than 25 years of mountain resort community experience. Since its creation in 2018, the Housing Department, under George’s leadership, has realized a 51% increase in the total number of deed-restricted homes in Vail. The availability and affordability of housing remains, however, the #1 most critical issue facing the Vail community.

George earned a B.S. degree in Public Administration and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado. He is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, American Planning Association, HousingColorado, and the Urban Land Institute.

Housing Colorado recognized George for innovation in affordable housing with the 2019 Eagle Award acknowledging his work to ensure safe, fair, and affordable housing for all Coloradans. The highly innovative Vail InDEED program was the recipient of the 2020 Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award given by the Urban Land Institute.

Speaking at the Following:

Mar 28

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Housing Challenges in Resort Communities

10:45am – 12:15pm
Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Salon 1-2 (Salon Level 2)

In recent years, thanks to trends toward remote work accelerated by the pandemic, communities with resort/tourist amenities have seen a population boom that was unexpected and, in many cases, unplanned for. As a result, home and rent prices have increased creating affordability challenges for residents, particularly those who support the very industries that make those […]