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Announcing 2021 ‘Legislator of the Year’ – Senator Bob Rankin

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

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO (Oct. 21, 2021) – Senator Rankin 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.

Sen. Rankin was selected this year for one of two ‘Legislators of the Year’ awards for his outstanding achievements in the following activities:

  • Rankin has been a member of the Joint Budget Committee for six years, helping to determine the states’ budgetary priorities.
  • During his time in the legislature, he has been an endless advocate for our tourism industry. Consistently supporting efforts to provide resources and funding for various tourism efforts.
  • Additionally, he has led efforts to equalize our property tax rates to alleviate the cost of doing business in the state.
  • Understanding the need for resources for our local economic development organizations, Sen. Rankin was one of two legislators who led the charge for funding to Colorado’s Economic Development Organizations. EDCC owes a lot of gratitude for his support for this program as nearly 83 organizations applied. Thank you, Sen. Rankin 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.