Regional Forum – Preliminary Agenda Announced

Regional Economic Development Forum | Region 3: Arapahoe & Douglas Counties
Regional Forum – Preliminary Agenda Announced

Lone Tree Arts Center | Lone Tree, CO
February 9, 2017


8:30 – 9 a.m.                      Registration and Networking

9 – 9:10 a.m.                      Welcome, EDCC Overview and Legislative Platform

Presenter: John Hall – EDCC Board Chair | Economic Development Director, City of Westminster

Hall will present an overview of EDCC and its core mission, including how the EDCC engages at the state level and its impact on communities around the state. Hall will discuss EDCC’s new legislative platform and its significance.

9:10 – 9:15 a.m.                 Welcome from the Counties

Presenters: Commissioner Nancy Sharpe – Arapahoe County, District 2
Commissioner David Weaver – Douglas County, District 1

9:15 – 9:45 a.m.                 REGIONAL OUTLOOK: Successfully Managing Growth

Presenter: Patrick Holwell – Workforce Economist, Arapahoe/Douglas Works

Transportation, housing and economic opportunity are the three largest factors of a region’s ongoing economic vitality, along with a strong infrastructure, and a good quality of life. Holwell will focus on how community leaders can work together to overcome barriers and support our diverse, robust and growing economy.

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.               AN ECONOMIC CATALYST: Transportation and Transit Oriented Development

Moderator: Lauren Masias – Public Information Officer & Director of Community Engagement, Denver South EDP

Masias will present an overview of the projects slated for the I-25 corridor along with a two-year study just completed on what drives business location decisions around light rail stops. This type of project has led to an increase in economic growth for the region.

Peter Coakley – Senior Vice President and General Manager, Opus Development
Jenny Engle – Senior Director, Fidelity Investments
Jeff Holwell – Economic Development Director, City of Lone Tree

The panel will engage in a discussion around the use of public private partnerships that has led to the success of this type of development; best practices and lessons learned along the way; and how each community can look at their transportation assets and turn them into an opportunity for economic growth.

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.              TRENDING: The Value of Place Making through Arts, Culture and Recreational Tourism

Moderator: Ed Sealover – Reporter, Denver Business Journal
Using statistical data, both state-wide and nationally, Ed will report on the economic impact that place making has made for communities around the state.

Cynthia Madden Leitner – President and Founding Director, Museum of Outdoor Arts
Elaine Mariner – Cultural Director, Town of Parker | Director, PACE Center
Ty Seufer – Owner, Castle Rock Zip Line Tours

11:45 – 12:45 p.m.             Keynote Luncheon

Presenter: Stephanie Copeland – Executive Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)
Copeland will provide an overview on the State of Colorado’s economic development priorities and upcoming initiatives.

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.               Educate & Prepare Tomorrow’s Workforce

How communities are not only adapting to meet the increasing demand for highly skilled and educated employees but responding to the specific needs of the employers.

Moderator: Frank Gray – President and CEO, Castle Rock EDC

Dr. Dianna Doyle – President, Arapahoe Community College
Luella Chavez D’Angelo, MBA – Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Development, University of Colorado, South Denver

We are starting to see a shift in how education is delivered. Both CU South Denver and Arapahoe Community College have re-imagined the traditional university campus. The panel will discuss what led to this trend and how it has impacted their communities.

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.                How Airports Play a Significant Role in Economic Development

Presenter: Robert Olislagers – Airport Director, Centennial Airport

Robert will discuss the significant role the airport plays in economic development and will explore current trends he is seeing in the aviation industry to help better prepare our communities.

2:00 p.m.                             Closing Comments

Presenter: Jeremy Rietmann – EDCC Board Vice Chair | Economic Development Director, Town of Gypsum


EDCC Travels to South Metro Denver for its Regional Economic Development Forum

On February 9, 2017 representatives from economic development organizations from around the state, elected officials, and local business leaders, will gather in South Metro Denver at the Lone Tree Arts Center for Economic Development Council of Colorado’s (EDCC) Regional Economic Development Forum (click for more information and to register), the first in a series of forums scheduled for 2017. This forum will be focusing on Region 3, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, in South Metro Denver. Attendees will learn about the attributes and challenges of these counties. The challenges of one region or community can be very similar to that of another. This is an opportunity for EDCC to come together as a true state-wide organization, meet member groups where they are and gain knowledge of issues, acquire tools and resources which we can implement in other communities, to ultimately grow Colorado’s economy as a whole.

During this one-day event, attendees will hear specific presentations on transportation – an economic catalyst; and “place making” – the new trend in economic development. Robert Olislagers, airport director for Centennial Airport, will discuss the significant role the airport plays in economic development and will explore current trends he is seeing in the aviation industry to help better prepare our communities.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker for the forum. The recently appointed executive director for Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), Stephanie Copeland, will be introduced for the first time to EDCC after assuming her new role. We get to meet Stephanie and get a glimpse into her plans for the next two years.

For more information and to register for the event, click here.

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Momentum Heading into 2017 – A Letter from EDCC’s Incoming Board Chair

Dear EDCC Members,

As we welcome a new year at EDCC, I look back at what we accomplished in 2016 and feel not only excited, but fortunate to be able to build on all that we’ve done. In 2016 we hired our first ever operations director, Kim Woodworth, launched our regional forums, and found new ways to strengthen the EDCC’s core principles in professional development, conferences and events, and public policy.

Moving forward into 2017, expect to see a continued focus on educating local and state leaders about the realities of economic growth, and advocating public policies that enhance economic opportunity for all of Colorado.

With the new legislative session upon us, we have an incredible and important opportunity to inform our legislators – including 20 new members of the Colorado General Assembly – about the impact economic development has on their local communities. Due to the budget deficit we are facing this year, transportation, K-12 funding, and affordable housing will all play a big role this session.

These issues are consistent with the pillars of our legislative platform:

  • A healthy business climate
  • Effective and well-maintained infrastructure
  • A capable, well-educated workforce

The EDCC public policy committee, made up of members from around the state, has been hard at work creating this platform, to use as a guide through the legislative session. This framework will be crucial as we advocate for policy that will create economic prosperity in our communities.

As the premier state-wide organization for strengthening our economy, it is our responsibility to look at all communities across Colorado and learn what attributes and challenges they face. For that reason, we will continue to host our regional forums and provide an opportunity for us to come together and gain knowledge of these issues, acquire tools and resources to implement in our communities, and to better the economy as a whole.

Our next forum, inspired by Region 3 – Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, will take place in Lone Tree on Thursday, February 9. I encourage all of you to register and look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you for your dedication to strengthening our communities and our state. Here’s to a productive and rewarding year!

John L. Hall
EDCC Board Chair (2017)