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Announcing 2022 ‘Medium Community of the Year’ – City of Northglenn

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

PUEBLO, COLORADO (Oct. 20, 2022) – The Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) announced the 2022 EDIE award recipients, recognizing economic development excellence during its annual Drive|Lead|Succeed Conference at Pueblo Convention Center in Pueblo, Colorado last week. Since 1989, EDCC has recognized over 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 11 individuals, communities, partners, and legislators.

City of Northglenn was selected as this year’s ‘Medium Community of the Year’ (community population between 20,000 to 59,999) for their achievements in the following activities:

  • With the support of the City Council, the property owners, and the community, a 64-acre master-planned community is under construction that will provide commercial development, a wide-range of housing opportunities, parks, and a trail system with many other amenities for residents and visitors. All of which will have economic multipliers providing construction and service jobs, diversified housing opportunities, and new retail and dining options.
  • In an effort to help build a vision for the property, Northglenn partnered with the Urban Land Institute and coordinated a Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) to evaluate the property and determine the highest and best uses for the property.
  • The vision of the Karl’s Farm development through the TAP effort was to create a new neighborhood village for the City of Northglenn that reflects the important agricultural and historical heritage of the farm, as well as its role in the growth of the local community.
  • Karl’s Farm incorporates “placemaking” attributes, including the following:
    o Housing for various stages of life
    o Connections that promote access to all forms of transport
    o Open areas for recreation and a connection to nature
    o Development character that reflects a common aesthetic and helps memorialize the heritage of activities that once occurred on the property
    o Maximize the development opportunities provided by the area’s proximity to the FasTracks Eastlake Station.

“We celebrate and honor the winners of this year’s EDIE awards, their dedication and hard work towards the progression of our industry across the state and beyond is astounding,” said Stacy Miller, 2022 Board Chair of the Economic Development Council of Colorado and the Director of Economic Development for the Town of Windsor. “These individuals and organization’s’ contributions to our communities will help to advance the state for years to come.”

Pueblo, the Steel City, introduced a new generation of the EDIE award fabricated in steel. The EDIE Award was handcrafted by Johnny’s Boiler Shop & Metal Works which has been a staple of craftsmanship and skill in Pueblo Colorado since 1946. This handcrafted award was made with heart and soul by Pueblo metal workers from American steel. The stainless rod, depicting water, was cut from a legacy drill rig which provided drilling service throughout the Southern Colorado region. The base of the award was handcrafted from a 1940’s Denver and Rio Grande Western Box car floor which carried goods throughout the region.

Each of these winners, gives 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 navigate the ever-changing headwinds our economy is facing. EDCC is honored to represent these winners and their important work and achievements in keeping Colorado economically viable.