Longmont EDP Announces it’s 2015 Annual Report

In 2015, the Longmont Economic Development Partnership focused on impacting the community by investing in:

  • Strengthening Longmont’s competitive position
  • Marketing Longmont as the ideal location for new, quality job creation and business investment opportunities
  • Serving as the gateway to Longmont for all businesses
  • Facilitating infrastructure investments that build capacity
  • Supporting the creation and retention of quality jobs
  • Advancing opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Advocating on behalf of all Longmont businesses
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Read more in the full 2015 Annual Report.

Colorado Change Leader Institute announced for spring 2016

Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) today announced the participants for this year’s fall Change Leader Institute, which will take place April 4-6, 2016 at the Garden of the Gods Club & Resort in Colorado Springs. The Institute creates a statewide network for creative professionals and community leaders, and supports CCI’s goal of enabling cultural and community leaders to work through environmental and organizational change. Change Leaders who complete the Institute will be more prepared for future challenges and will be better equipped to offer creative solutions in response to social and community needs.

The Change Leader Institute is a biannual, three-day program that offers professional development and teaches communication skills that can help leaders leverage and facilitate change in our communities. Highlights of what Change Leaders will learn at the Institute include navigating group dynamics, developing effective negotiation tactics, and building a strong community. Ongoing peer support through social media is an important component of the program.

“The Change Leader training is a great opportunity for individuals to gain leadership skills that can help organizations and communities grow,” said Margaret Hunt, director of CCI. “They also become part of a larger network of people committed to positive change in communities through the arts and creative development.”

Selections for the upcoming Institute were based on candidates’ passion and commitment to leadership and community-building through the arts. This April’s class is comprised of leaders from both non-profit and for-profit organizations representing geographic locales from around Colorado.


  • Carla Aguilar (Denver), Metropolitan State University
  • Bryce Alexander (Denver), Phamaly Theatre Company
  • Salim Ajanku (Denver), Creative Strategies for Change
  • Kristina Bad Hand (Lakewood), JeffCo Indian Education Program
  • Mary George (Paonia), North Fork Valley Creative Coalition
  • Leanne Goebel (Pagosa Springs), Pagosa Springs Art & Culture Project
  • Amy Kimberly (Carbondale), Carbondale Council on the Arts & Humanities
  • Crystal Bliss Lardy (Colorado Springs), Aspen Pointe
  • Ben Litwin (Denver), Colorado Creative Industries
  • Ryan Nisogi (Denver), Office of Governor John Hickenlooper
  • Jeff Owsley (Alamosa), SLV Small Business Development Center
  • Elizabeth VanDyne (Loveland), City of Loveland Cultural Services

Interested community leaders may apply online for future Change Leader Institutes. Visit www.coloradocreativeindustries.org for more information.

Jeffco EDC Honors FirstBank & Others at 23rd Annual Industry Awards

The Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation (Jeffco EDC) honored leading businesses in Jefferson County this morning at the 23rd Annual Industry Appreciation Awards breakfast. This awards program honors impressive businesses each year that have proven to be outstanding and innovative. These companies help fuel the economy in the county through their many contributions, including increased capital investment and primary employment.

“The companies that we recognized today epitomize why Jefferson County is a premier business location. These outstanding companies are making, and have made, a commitment to investing and creating jobs in Jeffco and we’re proud to have them,” said John Moore, Jeffco EDC’s Board Chair.

Congressman Ed Perlmutter, representing the 7th District of Colorado, attended this morning’s event and read the 2015 award winners into the Congressional Record of the 114th Congress.

FirstBank was awarded the highest honor- the Pioneer Award. This award is given to a company demonstrating a pioneer attitude within their industry and among businesses in the county. Past recipients of this award have provided standards for other businesses to follow in today’s rapidly changing world and have demonstrated significant and sustained growth in Jefferson County.

The Genesis Award, which honors a company that has contributed to the economic vitality of Jefferson County through creative leadership, innovation, facilitation, and collaboration in the community, was awarded Colorado Christian University.

Other awards included:

Innovative Technology Award –given to a company that is on the forefront of new and advanced technologies. There were two award recipients this year:

  • Skywriter MD, for its electronic medical record (EMR) software technology.
  • Steelhead Composites, for its lightweight, high-strength vessels used for energy and fuel storage.

Business Recognition Award – given to companies showing growth in primary employment and/or capital investment.

  • Award recipients: Cator, Ruma and Associates, Pat’s Back Country Beverage, Prescient, Premium Panels, Reed Group, and Spyderco.

Jeffco EDC’s Board Chair, John Moore, Martin/Martin Engineering, awarded Terumo BCT the 2015 Chairman’s Choice Award for its contribution to the Jeffco economy and its continued efforts being an outstanding community partner.

CBS4 Meteorologist Dave Aguilera, emceed the event held at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Jeffco EDC Joins Largest U.S. Delegation to Hannover Messe

Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation (Jeffco EDC) announced March 29, 2016, that they will be part of the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Hannover Messe, the world’s largest trade show for industrial technology, taking place April 25-29, in Hannover, Germany.

For the first time in the trade show’s history, the United States will be the Partner Country, a status that provides the more than 390 businesses and organizations in the U.S. delegation an unprecedented opportunity to be prominently featured throughout the event.

President Obama will also participate in this year’s event, themed Integrated Industry-Discover Solutions. “The U.S. business community and the Department of Commerce have a clear message for the world: the United States is open for business. We will demonstrate and deliver on that message at the 2016 Hannover Messe,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “We are proud to have some of America’s most innovative and forward-thinking economic development organizations joining the U.S. delegation at this year’s fair.”
Jefferson County will have strong representation in the Colorado delegation at the trade show, with organizations including CoorsTek, Epilog Laser, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Storion Energy, SulfaTrap, and many more.

“We are looking forward to being a part of the first-ever USA Partner Country presence at Hannover Messe and are excited to market Jefferson County, Colorado as a premier business location,” said Jeffco EDC’s Board Chair, John Moore.

Hannover Messe typically hosts more than 200,000 attendees from over 70 countries, including global investors, buyers, distributors, re-sellers and government officials. For more information about the trade show, please visit www.hannovermesse.de

Colorado Creates Grant Guidelines and Application Now Available

Guidelines are now available for Colorado Creative Industries’ (CCI) Colorado Creates grant program. These grants provide critical financial support to help nonprofit cultural organizations and communities produce and present arts and cultural activities, bringing jobs to their communities and enhancing quality of life.

“Colorado Creates grants support the arts organizations and artists who are critical to Colorado’s economy,” said Margaret Hunt, director of CCI. “By investing in this sector’s vitality, the state builds its reputation as a premier creative hub and reaps significant economic returns.”

Colorado Creates grants will now be on a two-year grant funding period for successful applicants. Two groups of prior grantees that have been approved for funding on a recurring basis over the past five years are invited to submit an abbreviated application that will also serve as a “first year/final report” for their most recent grant. For the first year of this new two-year cycle, invited organizations will be divided into two groups with a staggered application deadline. For a list of organizations eligible to complete an abbreviated application click here.

Over 165 grants totaling $1,260,500 were awarded in 33 counties across the state  in fiscal year 2015-2016.

Group A: Alternate Year Application Deadline 4 p.m., May 5, 2016
Group B: Alternate Year Application Deadline 4 p.m., July 7, 2016
Full Application Deadline: 4 p.m., June 9, 2016

Grant applicants for must be Colorado 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or independent components of Colorado public colleges or universities, or government agencies. Applicants must have been providing public arts or cultural heritage programs in Colorado for at least three years by the application deadline. Project grants, formerly available for organizations whose primary purpose and mission are not specific to arts or cultural heritage, are temporarily suspended.

Colorado Creates awards range from $4,000 to $10,000 and are awarded annually on a competitive basis. Proposals are reviewed by panels based on three review criteria:

  • Artistic excellence and merit of proposed activities
  • Community involvement and benefit from proposed activities
  • Implementation capacity, such as effective planning, management, and budgeting of the organization and the project.

Applicants seeking assistance are advised to contact CCI grant counselors well in advance of the application deadline. Both returning and first-time grant applicants will be using an online grant system, and must be registered and approved for eligibility prior to starting the application process. Guidelines and application information can be accessed at www.coloradocreativeindustries.org. Please contact a CCI grant counselor at 303-892-3802.

A resource handbook is available to assist with the application process. Online tutorials and staff assistance will also be available. Updates will be posted on www.coloradocreativeindustries.org.

EDCC Announces 2016 Regional Forum and Drive | Lead | Succeed Conference Dates

EDCC Regional Economic Development Forum
The Pinery at the Hill, Colorado Springs
June 13, 2016 | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m
What is a regional economic development forum?
  • The EDCC is taking a regional approach to connecting with our membership. Instead of a Spring Conference, these one day forums will cover topics that target regional issues and provide substantive content for all EDCC members
  • The forums will serve as an opportunity to get in front of members’ communities, businesses, and local leaders to support them in promoting successful and responsible economic development
  • They will provide a platform for the hosting region to showcase successful economic development initiatives and provide lessons learned to attendees
  • This is one of two forums the EDCC is planning for 2016. Stay tuned for the second being planned for August in a different region of the state

SPONSORSHIP INFO – Sponsorship opportunities available now

Vail Marriott Mountain Resort | Vail, CO
October 17 – 19, 2016

Sponsorship opportunities will be announced next month

Get more involved, participate on the conference committee, contact us today!

Vail Valley Partnership among 10 best economic development websites of 2015

Congratulations Vail Valley Partnership for being among 10 best economic development websites in 2015 according to Accrinet.

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Colorado Companies to Watch Selects 2016 Judging Panel

Colorado Companies to Watch (CCTW), now entering its 8th year, is excited to announce it has selected the 2016 judging panel. With over 1,000 companies nominated across the state, the judges now have the task of determining who will be among the CCTW winners, representing Colorado’s most innovative and impactful businesses.  Winners will be announced June 17, 2016 at the CCTW Gala Awards Dinner.

This year’s esteemed judges represent a collaboration of executives from the private-sector and public agencies that have experience with 2nd stage companies and are committed to the excellence of the program. The 2016 CCTW judges are:

  • Sanjai Bhagat, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Heather Callender-Potters, PharmaJet
  • Charles Fred, Reignite Group
  • Travis Gentry, Encore Innovation Investments
  • Jonita LeRoy, Governor’s Office of Information Technology
  • Jill Terry, Judge Facilitator, Colorado State University
  • Kate Waller, BEN Colorado
  • Jeff Wasden, Colorado Business Roundtable

“The companies competing for the Colorado Companies to Watch designation represent those with the boldest, most innovative ideas driving Colorado’s economy,” said Jill Terry, Director of Executive Programs at Colorado State University and judge facilitator for the 2016 selection process. “I am honored to be working with a respected group of community leaders who have been chosen to evaluate the applications of such remarkable companies.”

CCTW is a unique awards program that recognizes and celebrates the contribution, innovation and energy of diverse 2nd stage companies in Colorado.  These companies work behind the scenes generating the bulk of new, sustainable jobs and are powerful in fueling the economic fire in Colorado.

“The quality of the nominations this year is outstanding. They are a diverse and innovative group who are meaningfully contributing our local and state economies,” said Sean Nohavec, CCTW Chairman of the Board and Senior Vice President, Platinum Sponsor UMB Bank. “Our judges have an opportunity to unearth hidden gems in Colorado and award them due recognition.”

More information about the judges and the June 17th Gala Awards Dinner can be found at ColoradoCompaniestoWatch.org.

For more information on Colorado Companies to Watch, visit ColoradoCompaniestoWatch.org, facebook.com/ColoradoCompaniestoWatch and Twitter @coloradoCTW.


OEDIT Launches the Colorado Blueprint 2.0 Initiatives

Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the next phase for the Colorado Blueprint 2.0 – Blueprint Initiatives – which invites the state’s rural communities and regions to apply for specialized resources to help make their economies more robust.

“These initiatives are all outcomes of the informative roundtables we held in communities throughout the state last year,” said Hickenlooper. “We will be deploying the most requested resources across the state through Blueprint Initiatives.”

From March 15 – June 1, 2016, rural Colorado communities and regions can apply for specialized resources from the Colorado Office of Economic Development, other state agencies, and external partners to help address their own unique economic development issues. Regions and communities must apply through their local economic developer to ensure there is broad support in the community for the initiative. Selected communities will be announced in July for site visits accompanying the resources, with additional communities being selected for visits in 2017.

Resources communities can apply for:

  • Grow your outdoor recreation industry
  • Strengthen your local business brand
  • Industry attraction initiative
  • Analyze competitive advantages
  • Tourism promotion and development
  • Incubator/accelerator best practices
  • Tiny homes community master plan
  • Creative Industries initiative
  • Adaptive reuse workshop
  • Community-led initiative

Beginning August 1 through the end of 2016, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade’s (OEDIT) executive director Fiona Arnold and external partners will visit selected sites to connect them to the specialized resources they applied for. Additional visits will take place in 2017.

Interested applicants can visit the Blueprint 2.0 website to learn more about requirements and selection factors that the selection committee will consider when choosing community applications. The website also provides a list of local economic developers to contact about pursuing a Blueprint Initiative application.

For more information, please visit www.advancecolorado.com/colorado-blueprint-20. For a direct Blueprint 2.0 contact, please contact Meridith Marshall at meridith.marshall@state.co.us or Brad Revare at brad.revare@state.co.us.

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World Trade Center partners with local organizations

EDCC Members – Please share with your business communities!

The Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Minority Business Office of the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT), and Manufacturer’s Edge are pleased to announce partnerships with the World Trade Center Denver (WTCD), resulting in grant awards to qualifying companies. If you have been thinking about starting to expand your business through exports, now is time to check out the courses and services offered at the World Trade Center Denver to help you get there. Following are three programs where you may be eligible to earn grants, scholarships and recognition along with the main benefit of growing your business!

  1. Leading Edge for International OpportunitiesDeadline Mar. 31, 2016 – This international grant and training provided by SBDC and OEDIT’s Minority Business Office provides an educational pathway and equips small and medium size minority and women-owned Colorado businesses to develop a strategic plan for conducting international business, thus creating a new revenue stream within your operation. Come to an Informational Session on March 25th, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Recipients will receive their Certificate of International Trade from the WTCD. For more details, click here.
  2. Small Manufacturer’s AdvantEDGE – This program and potential awards brought to you by SBDC, OEDIT and Manufacturer’s Edge is intended to help Colorado’s small manufacturers under 20 employees to help with operations support, process improvement, export strategies, advising, and more. A manufacturer’s initial engagement could be acquiring education with the WTCD if you have never exported before or need a refresher. However, if you are an experienced exporter, a more thorough approach via a Gap Analysis on your international business practices may be what you need. For more details on this program, please email Sumer Sorensen Bain at Manufacturer’s Edge.
  3. Governor’s Award for Excellence in ExportingDeadline Apr. 15, 2016 – The WTCD is soliciting applications or nominations for the Governor’s Exporter of the Year, which will be awarded at this year’s World Trade Day on May 19th. Think of this award as an excellent way to share your export success. The Governor’s Office, the OEDIT and the WTCD will all promote the winners of this award and you will be recognized at the largest international business conference in the region.

If you have any further questions regarding these opportunities, contact:

Karen Gerwitz, President
World Trade Center