EDCC & OEDIT Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

Economic Development Council of Colorado & Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from
the International Economic Development Council


WASHINGTON, DC (Sept. 19, 2017) The Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) and Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) won a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its “How Colorado Came Together to Market Economic Development” campaign, a project in the category of Innovation in Economic Development Week (EDW) of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 19, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held Sept. 17 – 20, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, congratulations to the Economic Development Council of Colorado and Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community; but also, their participation in the awards program sheds light on their stellar projects which other communities can now use as a benchmark.”  – Michael Langley, FM, CEO of GREATER MSP, Minneapolis–St. Paul, MN, and 2017 IEDC Board Chair

The mission for both OEDIT and EDCC is to increase awareness and economic prosperity for Colorado. The two teamed up this year to promote EDW. OEDIT created an Economic Development Toolkit that was specific to Colorado to help economic development organizations with their campaign promotions.
Campaign elements also included a press release from Colorado’s Governor pronouncing Economic Development Week in both a video and Proclamation, a blog from the director of OEDIT on LinkedIn, and a social media campaign populated by economic development organizations from around the state.
The goal of this promotion was to market and educate the importance of economic development organizations across the state. This opportunity brought together the economic development community, gave them a platform to share their economic development success stories and best practices, and to elevate their work within their communities.

“The awards process is a thorough, non-biased and multi-layered process. These are extraordinary accomplishments for all winners, and an overall great effort by all participants. We look forward to next year’s awards competition,” Langley said.


About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. Among many activities which benefit the economy, IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs and develop vibrant communities. www.iedcONLINE.org.

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon | Oct. 5-9 and 12-15

Please come to the upcoming Solar Decathlon 2017!  The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, energy-efficient, solar-powered, sustainable houses. The winner most successfully blends design excellence, smart energy strategies, innovation, and market potential. Free to visitors, October 5 – 9 and 12 – 15, 2017, at the 61st & Peña commuter rail station near Denver, Colorado’s International Airport, the event features a sustainability expo and professional, consumer, and middle school education events.  Visit and/or volunteer at Solar Decathlon 2017!

Since the first Solar Decathlon was held in Washington, D.C., in 2002, the competition has expanded to Africa, China, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East to involve more than 200 teams and 35,000 collegiate participants worldwide.

Solar Decathlon provides unique hands-on experience and training that prepares competing students to enter the clean energy workforce. The competition creates awareness about more efficient technologies for homes and buildings for the visiting public. And, technologies and solutions used in Solar Decathlon houses have advanced the residential building industry both in the United States and abroad.

The 10 contests for Solar Decathlon 2017 are:

  • Architecture
  • Market Potential
  • Engineering
  • Communications
  • Innovation
  • Water
  • Health and Comfort
  • Appliances
  • Home Life
  • Energy.

For more information: www.solardecathlon.gov for general information and https://www.solardecathlon.gov/2017/visit.html for information about visiting.  Follow Solar Decathlon on Facebook: @DOESolarDecathlon, Twitter: @Solar_Decathlon, and YouTube: DOE Solar Decathlon

University of Denver’s Project X-ITE and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade launch ‘Colorado Solutions Summit’

Colorado Startups to Participate in Bootcamp to Accelerate their Companies with Emphasis on the Sustainable Development Goals

The Colorado Solutions Summit (COSS) is a 3-day bootcamp designed to support Colorado-based startups through curated mentoring teams and workshops. Hosted in partnership with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Project X-ITE at the University of Denver created the COSS as a way to support Colorado-based companies that are working to fulfill the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Colorado Solutions Summit will kick off on October 26 at a reception at the University of Denver, featuring Megan Smith, the former US Chief Technology Officer under President Obama. In 2015, Ms. Smith, in partnership with the UN Foundation and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Services launched the UN Solutions Summit to highlight global entrepreneurs working on the SDGs.

“We are thrilled to host the Colorado Solutions Summit because we understand the power of collaboration and new perspectives,” says Nina Sharma, Co-Director of Project X-ITE at the University of Denver. “Creating a space where entrepreneurs can innovate and brainstorm with a diverse group of thinkers and doers is paramount to their ability to succeed and scale.”

The COSS was modeled after Flight to Denver, a Project X-ITE bootcamp that drew from the original Solutions Summit to support global entrepreneurs. The COSS will leverage Colorado’s collaborative spirit to support burgeoning entrepreneurs and their startups. The COSS will help accelerate companies attracting mentors from the state’s innovation ecosystem who are willing to roll up their sleeves, share their experiences, and help entrepreneurs from across the state tackle their biggest business challenges.

“We are excited to partner with Project X-ITE to support entrepreneurs through this unique bootcamp,” says Anna Ewing, COO of OEDIT. “We have talented entrepreneurs who hail from all corners of Colorado, and this summit gives them the opportunity to meet, collaborate, and help each other solve problems in ways they couldn’t on their own.”

The Colorado Solutions Summit will kick off on Thursday, October 26. Full-day working sessions will take place on October 27 and 28. A final pitch event will take place on October 29. For more information, please visit www.coloradosolutionssummit.org.

September 6: Deadline for Entrepreneur Applications
September 22: Entrepreneurs Selected
October 13: Deadline for Team Member Applications
October 26-29: Colorado Solutions Summit

CO-LABS Announces Winners of 2017 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research

Ninth Annual Event Honors Colorado’s Top Scientists and Engineers for Projects Having a Significant Impact on Society

CO-LABS has announced the four winners of the 2016 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research. Now in its 9th year, the event gathers scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and government officials to celebrate the exceptional and groundbreaking work of scientists and engineers from Colorado’s federally-funded research labs and institutions.

​“The projects in this year’s CO-LABS High-Impact Awards spotlight what makes Colorado a leader in innovation It’s terrific to see research advance its partnerships with the private sector. The range of crucial and profound discoveries coming from these labs are a national asset,” said Governor John Hickenlooper.  “I congratulate the scientific teams for their groundbreaking work and am excited to see the mark they will leave on our state and society as a whole.”

The winners will be formally recognized and celebrated Thursday, October 5, 2016 from 5:30pm-9:00pm at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard in Denver, Colorado. See more details on each project and REGISTER today.

2017 WINNERS: 

  • JILA and Dr. Tom Perkins’ New twists in the molecules of life
  • NIST  – Seeing More with a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • NOAA/CU-Boulder/UCAR –  GPS Reflections: Innovative Techniques
  • CIRA – GOES-16 the New Generation of Geostationary Weather Satellite

Also for 2017 there are three Honorable Mentions:

  • USDA ARS – Sugar Beet research with High Impact in Colorado, the USA and the World
  • CIRES – Snow Research Improves Avalanche Safety, Water Resource Management
  • NOAA ESRL– Science on a Sphere and SOS Explorer visualization systems

See the full research and project details for each at www.co-labs.org.

“We are thrilled and truly honored to be recognized with the Governor’s Award for High Impact Research.  The vision of Drs. Keller, Geiss and Rice, to envision new and innovative ways to use a scanning electron microscope, coupled with their hard work at developing and validating the techniques, led to this impactful achievement, which has already resulted in broad scientific accomplishment and commercial success, said Dr. Jim Feteke, Chief of the Applied Chemicals and Materials Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). “Thanks so much to the CO-LABS Board of Directors and the Award Selection Committee for selecting our scientists for this prestigious honor.”

“Colorado has one of the highest per capita concentrations of federal science, research and engineering facilities in the nation, with renowned scientists whose research has global impact in a range of fields including agriculture, climate and weather, earth science, materials science, natural resource management, renewable energy, space physics and telecommunications,” said CO-LABS Executive Director Dan Powers. “This prestigious event provides a unique opportunity to connect with leading scientists, lab directors, business leaders and policymakers in an informal and celebratory setting, as we highlight the labs’ role in innovation and their significant contribution to the state economy.”

Started in 2009 by then-Governor Bill Ritter, this recognition effort starts with CO-LABS convening a special committee of academic researchers, technology transfer experts and science and engineering professionals to review nominations from the more than 30 federally-funded labs and research institutes in Colorado. Through a thoughtful and thorough process this group selects projects that have had a significant global, national or state impact resulting from a scientific breakthrough, change in public policy or development of a new technology.

New Economic Development Manager Chosen for Evans

The City of Evans is pleased to announce the selection of Paula Mehle to serve as the next Economic Development Manager.  Paula comes to Evans from the Town of Erie, having served as their Economic Development Coordinator since 2012. In Erie, she was responsible for the Town’s economic development strategy; which included local business retention and expansion programs, business attraction, strategic business alliances and business ombudsman activities. She was also responsible for the management of the Town of Erie Urban Renewal Authority, which includes five redevelopment areas.

Ms. Mehle’s work in Evans will include collaborating with the Evans Economic Development Advisory Council, a unique city advisory group made up of both residents and local business owners. Chairman Cruz Moncivais relates, ”The Evans Economic Development Advisory Council is looking forward to welcoming Paul Mehle to Evans. She will be an excellent addition to the City of Evans and we are excited to be working with her.”

Paula actively participates in several international and national organizations that focus on key aspects of economic development, redevelopment, and marketing. In 2000, she joined the International Council of Shopping Centers. In addition, she is a member of the International Economic Development Council, Economic Development Council of Colorado, American Planning Association, and the International City/County Managers Association.

Jim Becklenberg, Evans City Manager stated, “Paula brings important experience in both attracting new business and supporting local business communities. Her passion for economic development, along with her energy and enthusiasm will help take Evans’ game to the next level.”

About her selection as Evans Economic Development Manager, Paula said, “I am thrilled to be joining the City of Evans team and to have the opportunity to work in partnership with the Evans business community in strengthening the City’s economy.” Ms. Mehle joins the Evans team in late August.


Inocucor announces plans to open U.S. headquarters and production facility in Denver

Inocucor Corporation, a developer and producer of powerful biological crop inputs for agriculture, announced on July 27, it will open its 30,000-square-foot U.S. headquarters and commercialization office at 7304 South Joliet Street in Centennial, Colo.

Inocucor uses a patented fermentation process to combine multi-strains of bacteria and yeasts into powerful soil and plant optimizers that are safe for people and the environment. These products naturally improve crop yields, shorten growing periods and create healthier, more resilient soils for farmers and greenhouse growers.

Concurrent with the Denver headquarters and production facility opening this fall, Inocucor will be doubling its existing 10,000-square-foot lab and offices in Montreal. The Montreal facility will become its Technical Center of Excellence for technology innovation, new-product development, fermentation process development and pilot production. This entity will continue to be called Inocucor Technologies Inc. and will remain its Canadian headquarters.

Inocucor currently employs approximately 30 people in Montreal and the U.S. The company plans to add another 50 high-level scientific and managerial staff in both in its Montreal and Denver operations over the next 18 months.

The company’s move to Denver is supported by a performance-based Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit of $1,322,918 approved by Colorado’s Economic Development Commission.

“Inocucor is a leader in the emerging sector of specialty ag biologicals,” said Inocucor’s President and CEO Donald R. Marvin, a Denver resident. “We are one of a handful of companies that have successfully commercialized microbial crop inputs based on a microbial consortia technology that improve the plant microbiome, which translates into healthier soils and improved water quality. The result for the grower is improved crop yields and reduced need for pesticides and chemical fertilizers.”

Marvin said Inocucor will grow organically with its patented proprietary microbial consortia technology while also pursuing strategic acquisitions and product development partnerships in North America, Latin America and Western Europe.

Inocucor’s flagship product, Garden Solution®, soon to be rebranded in the U.S. as Synergro™, is a live-cell formulation for high-value produce, such as strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce and broccoli. Synergro Free™ is a cell-free bio-fertilizer additive to existing plant nutrients for commodity row crops, such as soybean, corn and wheat. Inocucor’s new-product development pipeline includes bio-control formulations that combat economically devastating diseases in crops such as strawberries, tomatoes and potatoes.

In the U.S., Garden Solution (Synergro) is OMRI Listed® nationally and OIM-registered in California for organic production. It is registered for use in 22 U.S. states. Synergro Free is registered in 17 U.S. states. Both products are among the first microbial products of their kind to be registered in Canada. Synergro is also a Pro-Cert Approved Input for use in organic growing in Canada.

Inocucor recently completed the $38.8 million CAD ($29 million USD) first close of its Series B financing round, with lead investor TPG Alternative and Renewable Technologies (San Francisco) and participation from Cycle Capital Management (Quebec), Desjardins Innovatech (Quebec) and Closed Loop Capital (U.S.).

The Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. announces vice president of economic development

The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) is pleased to announce that Sam Bailey will join the organization as its vice president of economic development beginning on August 7, 2017.

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Bailey most recently served as president and Chief Executive Officer of the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation in Golden, where he managed a team of four staff members, led business recruitment and expansion activities, and enhanced public and private sector engagement in the community’s economic development efforts.

Previously, Bailey worked as a senior manager of global business development for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, where he managed recruitment and expansion deals totaling $220 million in performance-based incentives supporting the creation of more than 14,400 net new jobs. In addition, he advised legislators and economic development stakeholders on business engagement, proactive recruitment strategies, and process improvement for statewide business development efforts.

“We are truly excited to have Sam Bailey joining our team. His energy and experience combined with his drive for innovation will help transform our work supporting economic vitality throughout Colorado and in the Metro Denver region in particular,” said J. J. Ament, Metro Denver EDC CEO. “He has the right combination of local expertise and international initiative.”

In his new role, Bailey will manage economic development efforts and develop strategic initiatives to expand the Metro Denver region’s economic competitiveness and ability to attract leading industries and talented workers.

Bailey serves as Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors for Colorado Companies to Watch and serves as a Professional Development Mentor and Board Member of the Regis University Young Alumni Board.

Just Another (Grand) Day in Colorado’s Grand Valley

The Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) launched on July 25, “Another Grand Day”, a video that follows local adventuress Stephanie Carville as she embarks on a series of outdoor activities – ten in all – across Colorado’s Grand Valley with her family and friends, all accomplished in just one day.

“Another Grand Day” is part of a series of videos produced by Grand Junction-based Vitality Films for GJEP and partners to showcase the remarkable outdoor playground Grand Valley locals enjoy every day. The series launched in 2016, with male lead Mason Klebold and friends delving through seven high-intensity sports from skiing on top of the Grand Mesa, to downhill mountain biking and ending with wakeboarding at a lake outside Grand Junction as the sun set.

“As soon as we launched the original Grand Day video, people started asking about the next one and chiming in on other activities we could include. So our goal for a sequel became to capture an equally inspirational day without repeating sports,” said Cilia Kohn, GJEP marketing director. “We also wanted to make sure that the activities felt accessible to everyone – perhaps you won’t do it all in one day, but you could feasibly do a few activities in a day or over the weekend, and bring the whole family. That’s how close we live to this plethora of outdoor fun.”

The sequel includes an even more impressive array of family-friendly activities, including: hiking, Go Karts at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway; riding ATVs on public lands; rappelling; SUP; fishing; riding motorcycles across the Colorado National Monument; and golfing at Redlands Mesa. The video also includes a special preview of the Cameo Shooting Complex opening soon in Palisade – and Carville received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to throw out the first pitch at the 2017 JUCO World Series.

GJEP plans to use the video in its business recruitment efforts.

“Almost a quarter of our prospects operate in the outdoor recreation industry, and I’d say nearly 100 per cent are attracted to the Grand Valley because of the quality of place, which is closely tied to this amazing outdoor playground we have. Alongside the original video, this will be a great tool for GJEP,” continued Kohn.

The Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB), the City of Fruita and the Town of Palisade sponsored the sequel, alongside several local businesses, such as XLR Industries and Home Loan Insurance.

“Tourism and economic development go hand-in-hand, so when Vitality Films and GJEP approached the Visitor & Convention Bureau to again sponsor a second Grand Day video, we quickly accepted,” stated Mistalynn Meyeraan, spokesperson for the Grand Junction VCB. “The first video was a project that the VCB was able to use in social media, and we look forward to using the 2.0 video to further market our community as a vibrant, adventure-filled destination.”

View “Another Grand Day”, as well as the 2016 original film and behind-the-scenes footage on www.GrandDayCo.com.


Colorado Outdoor Recreation Office Welcomes New Deputy Director Janette Heung

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) announced on July 24, that Janette Heung will serve as the new deputy director for the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office (OREC), effective Aug. 10, 2017.

“Janette is joining us at an exciting time with record growth for our outdoor recreation industry, and she’s just the person to help take us to the next level,” said Luis Benitez, OREC director. “We are thrilled to have her experience and knowledge on our team.”

In her new role as the deputy director, Heung will support economic development within the industry, work to build a dynamic workforce, advance conservation and stewardship, and encourage the intersection with public health and wellness in the sector. She will also develop new initiatives to further Colorado’s outdoor recreation growth. The position manages day-to-day operations of the office and serves as a liaison in the community.

“Colorado is rapidly becoming the epicenter of the outdoor recreation industry,” Heung said. “I’m tremendously excited for the opportunities that lie ahead”.

Heung was born in the US, but grew up in the concrete jungles of Hong Kong. Returning to study as an adult, she soon became mesmerized by the wildness of the North American continent.  She experienced her first winters in New England during school, and eventually followed the call of winter to Alaska, the Alps, and the Andes. When she discovered Colorado and its outdoor recreation community, she immediately relocated here and started adventuring at an extraordinarily high level.

Many classic alpine mountaineering routes in the US and Canadian Rockies followed, and she has managed to complete first ascents in New Zealand and Bolivia, including on the south face of Mount Aspiring in New Zealand.

“Janette’s love for the outdoors directly feeds into her zeal for protecting it-when she’s not exploring outside, she is working on a range of environmental policy, public health and business challenges,” said Benitez. “She is a real asset to our office and the State of Colorado.”

Before accepting the deputy director role she was a consultant who specialized in strategic planning and program management with a focus on conservation and health. Throughout her career, she has consulted for public, private, and non-profit sector clients, including Fortune 500 companies, the City and County of Denver, and The Nature Conservancy. Previously, she was a senior management consultant at Deloitte Consulting in the greater Washington DC area.

Heung is the also co-founder of Unleashed, a winter climbing community event that features storytelling by community champions with the proceeds supping outdoor education non-profits. Heung holds bachelor degrees in physics and biomedical engineering from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Environmental Health from Harvard University.

Outdoor Recreation is a booming industry in Colorado with $34 billion in consumer spending and $994 million in state and local tax revenue. The industry provides 350k jobs with earnings of more than $4 million. Over 80% of Coloradans participate in trail-related activities on a regular basis according to the 2014 Scope Report.

Governor John Hickenlooper launched the OREC office in 2015. OREC is one of only three offices in the nation that provides a central point of contact, advocacy, resources and support at the state level for the diverse constituents, businesses, communities and groups that rely on the continued health of the outdoor recreation industry.
The OREC office is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

Janette Heung – New Deputy Director of OREC

Advanced Industries (AI) Export Accelerator Grant Program: Now Accepting Applications

The Advanced Industries (AI) Export Accelerator Grant program is now accepting applications from current and aspiring Colorado exporters in the Advanced Industries who are looking to offset international business development and marketing costs.

Grants are available for up to $15,000 for eligible costs for small and medium-sized AI businesses in aerospace, infrastructure engineering, advanced manufacturing, energy and natural resources, bioscience, electronics, and technology and information.

Grants can be used to help cover the costs of trade missions and trade shows, translation services for a contract or official document, intellectual property protection, conducting due diligence or credit reviews on potential buyers or distributors, and production and design of international marketing materials.

The AI Export Accelerator grant program is administered by the Global Business Development division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). The application and eligibility requirements are available here.

Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. This is a competitive grant process with limited opportunities for funding. First year grant applicants will be given preference during the application review process. The deadline is rolling and projects and/or travel must be complete by June 30, 2018. Questions can be emailed to Laura Brindle at laura.brindle@state.co.us

Companies that are considering exporting or those that are currently exporting are also encouraged to use the Global Consultant Network as a complement to the AI Export Accelerator program.

The Global Consultant Network provides a network of international consultants who connect Colorado companies to global opportunities. Colorado companies have access to international consultants in major markets including Canada, Mexico, Brazil, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, UAE and China that provide valuable in-country market research.

These consultants can assist Colorado companies to:

  • Understand the opportunity for a product or service in their international market
  • Navigate the local regulatory and business environment
  • Identify potential in-market partners
  • Set meetings with potential partners and attend meetings upon request

Colorado companies pay $500 for services provided by the Global Consultant Network and OEDIT covers the remaining amount of the services. Learn more about Global Consultant Network here.