Wednesday, October 1 – Friday, October 3, 2014
Held October 1st to 3rd, 2014 EDCC’s Annual Drive | Lead | Succeed Conference was a gathering of leaders and innovators in business, government, non-profit and the economic development community from across the state to provide the knowledge, tools, and connections that are vital to foster a growing Colorado economy.
With inspiring speakers and interactive sessions, participants had unique opportunities to exchange fresh ideas with influential leaders and key decision makers, leaving with new strategies and tools to lead their organizations and communities to the next level.
Master of Ceremonies: Frank Gray, 2014 Chair, EDCC
A Big Thank You to the Drive | Lead | Succeed Conference Committee
“Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
Jessica Erickson – Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade
Michele Alcott – EDCC
Preston Gibson – Xcel Energy
Frank Gray – Castle Rock Economic Development Council
Rich Werner – Pueblo Economic Development Corporatioon
Steve Art – City of Wheat Ridge
Ryan Johnson – City of Westminster
Kari Linker – Morgan County Economic Development Corporation
Tom Livingston – Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation
Andrew Ratchford – Gruen Gruen + Associates
Allison Trembly – Arvada Economic Development Association
Event Management, Marketing & Videos
Crazy Good Marketing
Lulu Davis, Anne Dew, Leven Ozgur
Tiffany Ramsdell, Melodie Reagan, Louise Richardson, Carol Wiley
Our name reflects our core value — excellence in energy products and services. We are committed to customer satisfaction by continuously improving our operations to be a low-cost, reliable, environmentally sound energy provider. We have been successfully proving this to our customers for more than 130 years and will work hard to continue with this commitment in the future. | www.xcelenergy.com | CustomerService@xcelenergy.com | Residential – 800.895.4999 | Business – 800.481.4700
Founded in 1968, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck practices in the areas of corporate, natural resources, real estate, public policy and litigation. The firm, once referred to by the New York Times as “one of the most powerful firms in the West…,” has more than 250 attorneys and legislative consultants in offices across the western US and in Washington, DC, and Atlantic City. The firm works in industries ranging from private equity, banking and finance, gaming, hospitality, water, energy and health care to real estate, telecommunications, technology and construction. | www.bhfs.com | 303.223.1100
Crazy Good Marketing (CGM) is a national, full service offline and online marketing agency that delivers crazy good results with a twist. Stir, don’t shake…We are not your traditional brick and mortar firm…ok, you can shake too. We are a team of seasoned free agents and partners that enable CGM to bring together the right talent, seasoned in all the right ways, to quickly deliver on your marketing needs. Any marketing need – we are your one stop shop for marketing. With our flexibility and genius talent, we always keep it fresh and cutting-edge, and you can count on high performance. | www.crazygoodmarketing.net | ReallyGood@CrazyGoodMarketing.net | 720.325.2517
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with statewide partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor John Hickenlooper, we strive to advance the state’s economy through financial and technical assistance in support of local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado.
We offer a host of programs and services tailored to support business development at every level including business retention and relocation services; business finance and incentive programs; the Colorado Tourism Office; Creative Industries; the Colorado International Trade Office; the Colorado Small Business Development Centers; Film, TV & Media; minority and women-owned business services and economic research. | www.advancecolorado.com | 303.892.3840
The Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is a powerful collaboration of state agencies, local partners, and industry – led by business – are working to ensure that Colorado’s workforce development, education, and training efforts are aligned to meet the needs of Colorado’s economy. The CWDC was formed under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and is responsible for the continuous improvement of the workforce system, oversight of Workforce Investment Act funds, and ensuring a statewide strategic vision created from the bottom up through Council members and local partners. The CWDC advises the Governor and the Colorado Legislature on policy matters related to all programs and activities funded by the Workforce Investment Act (reauthorized as the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act in 2014). Additionally, under state statute and executive order, we are charged with aligning the efforts of economic development, education, workforce development, government and business stakeholders at the local, regional and state levels. We convene partners, leverage resources and work to remove communication and regulatory barriers in order to help businesses create jobs, retain jobs and access a highly competitive workforce. | www.coworkforcecouncil.org | 303.318.8038 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Excellence. It is the foundation of everything we do. What began in 1884 with two hardworking brothers has grown into a Fortune 500 construction, mining and engineering powerhouse.
Kiewit’s ethical, forward-thinking workforce continues to build upon the company’s reputation of safe, high-quality engineering. Consistently ranked among the top five of the Engineering News-Record Top 400 Contractors, our company is a leader in a variety of market sectors throughout North America and, most recently, Australia. | www.kiewit.com
Land Title Guarantee is proud to serve Colorado homebuyers and sellers, real estate professionals, commercial property professionals, builders and others involved in residential and commercial property transactions. Land Title Guarantee Company seeks to be the best title company in town as viewed by our customers, employees, and competition. | www.ltgc.com
| (303) 321-1880
An affiliate of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) is the nation’s first regional economic development entity, bringing together more than 70 cities, counties, and economic development agencies in the nine-county Metro Denver and Northern Colorado region. The Metro Denver EDC focuses on six areas to expand the regional economy: national marketing, new and existing business, mobility, DIA/international flights, tax reform, and special opportunities. The organization also leads three industry-focused affiliates: the Colorado Energy Coalition, the Colorado Space Coalition, and the Metro Denver Aviation Coalition. www.metrodenver.org | email@example.com | 303.534.3200
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 44 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Tri-State’s mission is to provide our member systems a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity while maintaining a sound financial position through effective utilization of human, capital and physical resources in accordance with cooperative principles. | www.tristategt.org
Anadarko’s mission is to deliver a competitive and sustainable rate of return to shareholders by developing, acquiring and exploring for oil and natural gas resources vital to the world’s health and welfare. | www.anadarko.com
Every day, we improve life with energy. We’re an investor-owned utility and part of the Black Hills Corporation family. Our more than 600,000 customers live in hundreds of communities throughout Colorado, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. We strive to be the energy partner of choice. Whether our customers are served by our regulated or non-regulated businesses, we want them to value our service and business relationship. Every day, we want to be improving life with energy. We produce, market and deliver the vital electricity, coal, oil and natural gas that our customers need. Through our efforts, products and services, we also share our personal energy to strengthen our communities and support growth and development. | www.blackhillsenergy.com
The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) is dedicated to advancing economic prosperity for the City of Denver, its businesses, neighborhoods and residents. Working with a wide variety of community partners, OED operates to create a local environment that stimulates balanced growth through job creation, business assistance, housing options, neighborhood redevelopment and the development of a skilled workforce. | www.denvergov.org
The Denver Regional Council of Governments is a nonprofit collaborative association governed by a Board of Directors representing county and municipal governments. Board members work together to make life better in the Denver region for people of all ages, incomes and abilities. Through Metro Vision, the plan to manage growth over the next 25 years, the region’s local governments work cooperatively to address development, land use, transportation, environmental quality and older adult issues. | www.drcog.org
The City of Lone Tree a transit-oriented community that offers unprecedented access to one of the fastest growing communities in the nation. Located at the junction of C-470, E-470, I-25, and RTD Light Rail, Lone Tree is immediately accessible to Centennial Airport, the Meridian International Business Center, the Denver Tech Center, Downtown Denver and Denver International Airport. With abundant development opportunities and a highly-educated workforce, the City of Lone Tree is a great place to start, expand or relocate a business. | www.cityoflonetree.com
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. Learn about our mission, values, and key facts.
NREL develops renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advances related science and engineering, and transfers knowledge and innovations to address the nation’senergy and environmental goals. | www.nrel.gov
The Parker Economic Development team provides full-service economic development assistance to existing, expanding and relocating businesses, as well as retail development. The team is committed to providing services and resources for businesses, including incentive packages, available properties, demographics and data.