Western Pathways Conference 2017 – Special offer to EDCC Members

Western Pathways Conference 2017
May 11-13, 2017 | Denver, CO

Economic Development Council of Colorado:  EDCC2017WPC

The 2017 Western Pathways Conference is uniquely focused on an issue central to the future of our economy and society: how can we build an education and workforce development system that will prepare ALL young adults for careers leading to economic independence? This will be an action oriented conference in which teams from the participating states will work together to develop plans for addressing such issues as the skills gap, strengthening connections between business and education, providing high-quality career development and career pathways, and much more. The Western Pathways Conference will attract national leaders from business, education, government and philanthropy to share knowledge, experience, ideas, and best practices.The Conference is organized and hosted by the Global Pathways Institute at Arizona State University in partnership with the Colorado Business Roundtable, Education Commission of the States, Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, and Business-Higher Education Forum.

The Global Pathways Institute at Arizona State University hosted the 2015 and 2016 Southwest Pathways Conferences in Scottsdale, Arizona. Last year’s conference attracted 500 participants from 28 states and over 90% of surveyed attendees said they would recommend that a colleague attend this year’s conference. Because of this success and the requests from states outside of the Southwest to get involved, the Global Pathways Institute and our partners have expanded the conference to include all 19 western states.
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The Global Pathways Institute at Arizona State University is committed to creating an America in which all young people are prepared to lead productive and successful lives. We believe that providing young people with high-quality career development and multiple pathways is the best way to help them discover and develop their potential and achieve economic independence.

In Partnership With:
Colorado Business Roundtable
Business-Higher Education Forum
Education Commission of the States
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Colorado Workforce Development Council

Mesa County, CO: Adaptive Towers Approved for Rural Jump-Start Tax Credit

The Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) is pleased to welcome the latest company to join Colorado’s Rural Jump-Start Tax Credit program in Mesa County. Adaptive Towers, approved last month by the Colorado Economic Development Council, will immediately begin work on a new manufacturing facility in Grand Junction and expects to hire upward 13 new employees in Mesa County before year-end.

“We are very pleased to be accepted and approved for the Colorado Rural Jump-Start program,” said Tracy Harmer, President & CTO, Adaptive Towers. “We are excited to bring our new division to the Grand Junction area and thank all those that have helped us achieve this major step.”

Adaptive Towers, a new division of Adaptive Communications LLC, will manufacture self-standing, self-supporting, rapid-deployment communications towers that provide Internet and cellular connections in remote, underserved areas. The patent-pending towers require no in-ground foundation and can be assembled onsite in under three hours, minimizing engineering and construction costs.

“The applications for these towers are near-endless,” said Kristi Pollard, GJEP Executive Director. “Think of military bases, emergency response operations, oil rigs or any companies working in remote locations with minimal infrastructure to support traditional communications towers. Adaptive Towers will provide a much-needed service to these organizations and we foresee large growth potential. We are excited to have the company join our growing family of Jump-Start businesses that are revolutionizing how and where we do business from the heart of Colorado’s Grand Valley.”

Adaptive Towers is the eighth company to be accepted into the Jump-Start program in Mesa County. The statewide tax credit program allows businesses to operate virtually tax-free for up to eight years, provided they add at least five net new jobs to the local economy and form a partnership with Colorado Mesa University.

With the inclusion of Adaptive Towers, Jump-Start Mesa County is projected to add over 600 jobs and $25 million in new, annual salaries to Mesa County, Colo., by the end of 2020.

For more information about Adaptive Towers and parent company Adaptive Communications, visit www.adaptive-towers.com or www.adaptive-internet.com

AGENDA ANNOUNCED: Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) Travels to Northern Colorado for its Regional Economic Development Forum

On June 8, 2017 representatives from economic development organizations from around the state, elected officials, and local business leaders, will gather in Northern Colorado at The Ranch Event Center, for Economic Development Council of Colorado’s (EDCC) Regional Economic Development Forum (click for more information and to register), the second in a series of forums scheduled for 2017.

The EDCC is taking a comprehensive approach to how we share information. Each region of Colorado is unique, but can often be similar in assets and challenges. By using examples from the host region, attendees are learning about new tools and resources they can apply in their own communities. The objective of these forums is not to recreate the wheel, but to come together and share best practices to ultimately better Colorado’s economy as a whole.

Hosting this one-day event is Region 2, Larimer and Weld Counties (click for preliminary agenda). Attendees will hear specific presentations on regional transportation and how to leverage partnerships to address critical infrastructure needs at the local level; the importance of sector partnerships as it pertains to healthcare and manufacturing; and how to address the growing need for a talent pipeline as our regions across the State continue to grow. Elizabeth Garner our State’s Demographer will give us a comprehensive view of this region and how it impacts other parts of our State.

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 keynote the day’s luncheon. This will be a great opportunity to meet Stephanie and get a glimpse into her plans for the next two years.

Event supporters:
Presenting Sponsors, City of Fort Collins, Upstate Colorado, Town of Windsor, Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) | Gold Sponsor, Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media | Platinum Sponsor, Poudre Valley REA, Metro Denver EDC | Media Sponsor, Loveland Reporter Herald


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