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Announcing 2021 ‘Medium Community of the Year’ – Montezuma County

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

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO (Oct. 21, 2021) – Montezuma County was awarded the ‘Medium Community 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.

Montezuma County was selected this year as the ‘Medium Community of the Year’ for its outstanding achievements in the following activities:

  • Developed and assembled a regional economic development team consisting of representatives from the County, three municipalities, Region 9, and local stakeholders, including planning staff and leadership.
  • Team commitment to continued education on economic development through webinars, trainings, and literature.
  • The County’s continued support for its small businesses as a result of the pandemic. The County committed four-rounds of “Montezuma CARES,” distributing $500k to county businesses, including paying Chamber dues for those businesses for one year, supporting three Chambers of Commerce.

“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.