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Announcing 2021 ‘Partnership of the Year’ – Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Center

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

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO (Oct. 21, 2021) – Arapahoe/Douglas Works Workforce Center was awarded the ‘Partnership 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.

Arapahoe/Douglas Works was selected this year as the ‘Partnership of the Year’ for its achievements in the following activities:

  • Initiated a Business Recovery Taskforce for both Arapahoe and Douglas Counties in 2020, encouraging collaborative discussions with economic development, workforce, and local government partners in the Denver South region for business support and recovery efforts related to the pandemic. Both taskforces continue to meet today.
  • Led efforts for both Arapahoe and Douglas Counties in the execution and distribution of CARES Act funds and is playing a pivotal role to strategically utilize ARPA funds.
  • The entire AD Works! team are passionate partners in the Denver South region and play an integral role in how Economic Development Organizations retain and grow primary employers. AD Works! advocates for and ensures businesses have access to talent, while continuing to explore innovative programs to improve the talent pipeline for businesses in the Denver South region.

“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.