“People DRIVE economic prosperity”
In October 2015, hundreds of leaders DRIVING economic development gathered at the Denver Marriott West in beautiful Golden, Colorado to explore the developments, trends, and future of Colorado’s economic climate. They came from across the state, representing businesses and corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, universities and more. With inspiring speakers and interactive sessions, attendees will have the unique opportunity to exchange fresh ideas with influential leaders, leaving with new strategies and tools to take their organizations to the next level, and LEAD Colorado’s economic performance to new heights.
In everything we do, the EDCC is dedicated to successful, responsible economic development. We are committed to growing the economic climate of Colorado to the mutual benefit of employees, employers, governments and citizens.
Our Annual Drive | Lead | Succeed Conferences aim to provide the knowledge, tools, and connections that are vital to foster a growing Colorado economy:
- Gather the industry’s top influencers and thought leaders together to share knowledge and answer questions that no one else can.
- Offer new and vital tools and solutions to pressing economic issues facing Colorado’s professional economic development community.
- Facilitate quality collaboration and opportunity to exchange fresh, new ideas among Colorado’s leading Economic Development professionals, business and non-profit leaders, government officials and more.
A BIG THANK YOU TO THE DRIVE | LEAD | SUCCEED CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Rich Werner – Upstate Colorado
Kelly Flenniken – Xcel Energy
Melodie Reagan – Crazy Good Marketing
Michelle Alcott – EDCC
Lulu Davis – Crazy Good Marketing
Preston E. Gibson – Xcel Energy
Frank Gray – Castle Rock Economic Development Council
Melodie Reagan – Crazy Good Marketing
Event Management, Marketing & Videos
Crazy Good Marketing
Lulu Davis, Joel Georgia, Amy Goldsmith,
Melodie Reagan, Margo Swanson
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
The vision of the Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is that every Colorado business has access to a skilled workforce and every Coloradan has access to meaningful employment, resulting in statewide economic vitality. The mission of the CWDC is to create and sustain a business-led Colorado talent system that appropriately integrates the work of economic development, education, training and workforce development to meet the needs of businesses, students and job-seekers.
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.
| www.colorado.gov/cwdc | 303.318.8038
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
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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 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
Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the University of Colorado Boulder has a breathtaking view from campus. CU-Boulder and its nationally and internationally recognized faculty have built a global reputation for outstanding teaching, research and creative work across more than 150 academic fields. We don’t claim that we can change the world. We teach, inspire and encourage our students, faculty and researchers—so they can. | www.colorado.edu
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
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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
Upstate Colorado Economic Development is a public/private non-profit economic development corporation that provides services to all of Weld County. Our work focuses on supporting primary employers, those that bring equity into the local economy by supporting the retail, service and professional sectors.
We envision a region with a healthy and sustainable economy that creates wealth, preserves the quality of life and improves the standard of living for area residents. Our mission focuses on facilitating and attracting investment, creating new job opportunities, stimulating income growth and expanding the local community tax base. | www.upstatecolorado.org