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Advocacy for Leadership in your Community!

Advocacy for Leadership in your Community!

One of the many key responsibilities of a highly successful economic developer is to build community support and raise public awareness around economic development issues. Seems easy enough right? Yet, this is one of the hardest responsibilities to execute.

In this hour-and-half interactive exchange, attendees will engage with highly successful practitioners around the state, on garnering support for high-impact community strategies or projects, which in turn, brings community awareness back to the organization.

Elements of discussion will include:

  • Building Community Support
  • Raising Public Awareness
  • Developing Partnerships
  • Building Coalitions



  • Shannon Hein, Business Specialist, Economic Health Office of the City of Fort Collins


  • Jeff HolwellEconomic Development Director, City of Lone Tree
  • Marla Akridge, Executive Director, Leadville Lake County EDC
  • Cilia Kohn, Director of Marketing & Communications, Grand Junction Economic Partnership
  • Rich Werner, President & CEO, Upstate Colorado Economic Development


You may also like the following:

  • Grand Junction Economic Partnership Economic Development First Responder’s Article – CLICK HERE
  • Grand Junction Economic Partnership Economic Development Social Ambassadors Program – CLICK HERE
  • City of Fort Collins Council Buisness Engagement Guides – CLICK HERE