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Announcing 2021 ‘Legislator of the Year’ – Representative Julie McCluskie

Top people, places and projects in economic development honored at annual awards dinner and ceremony.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO (Oct. 21, 2021) – Representative McCluskie was awarded ‘Legislator of the Year’ award for 2021. The honor was presented at EDCC’s annual EDIE Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with its annual Drive|Lead|Succeed Conference held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado last week.

Since 1989, EDCC has recognized nearly 200 members, volunteers, communities, companies, and legislators for their outstanding achievement in economic development in the State of Colorado. This year, EDCC celebrated the achievements of 10 individuals, communities, partners, and legislators.

Rep. McCluskie was selected this year for one of two ‘Legislators of the Year’ awards for her outstanding achievements in the following activities:

  • McCluskie has been a member of the Joint Budget Committee for two years, helping to determine the states’ budgetary priorities.
  • Over the past few years, she has been a champion for various economic development issues, particularly funding workforce development programs, increasing access to broadband services, and promoting technical training and higher education.
  • Additionally, she has sponsored and funded many workforce development programs to build a solid pipeline of skilled workers in the state.
  • Understanding the need for resources for our local economic development organizations, Rep. McCluskie was one of two legislators who led the charge for funding to Colorado’s Economic Development Organizations. EDCC owes a lot of gratitude for her support for this program as nearly 83 organizations applied. Thank you, Rep. McCluskie for listening and supporting the very organizations that will help power the economic comeback.

“This year’s winners represent the forefront of economic development achievement and premier talent that contribute to the overall health and vibrancy of our Colorado’s communities,” said 2021 EDCC Board Chair and Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado, Executive Director, Laura Lewis Marchino. “We are so proud to recognize and showcase these individuals and organizations, that improve the quality of life for our citizens.”

Each of these winners, give a glimpse into what our professionals and stakeholders – here in Colorado –  are doing, in keeping Colorado’s economy moving forward. More than ever, the value and importance of sustainable economic development, needs to be shined upon as we power the great economic comeback. EDCC is honored to represent these winners and their important work and achievements.