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A Note from the EDCC Board Chair

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Economic Development Council of Colorado’s (EDCC) Board of Directors, conference steering committee and staff, we are so glad to see all of you in person for the 2021 Drive|Lead|Succeed Conference in Steamboat Springs. 

The next few days will provide numerous opportunities to collaborate and connect with your peers across Colorado.  Whether your communities are experiencing strong economic success, or perhaps continuing to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference will provide a variety of ideas and success stories to inspire and motivate you in your work. As your state association, EDCC is focusing on the  “Positive Chaos” change brings and the resiliency that results.

The goal of this year’s event is to support your work by providing growth opportunities as well the exploration of critical topics to successfully navigate all of our unique economic environments.

We extend our sincere appreciation to all our speakers for sharing your valuable time and expertise with our membership. Your contributions will help advance and improve the practice of economic development in Colorado and strengthen our economy.  Finally, thank you to our sponsors. Without your support, the EDCC would not be able to fulfill its aim to promote the highest standards of knowledge and skill for economic development professionals, educate local and state leaders, and advocate for public policies that enhance economic opportunity for all Coloradans.

Finally, we encourage all attendees to engage, build relationships, ask questions, and provoke substantive discussion with the many intelligent people around you – we learn from one another.  EDCC’s 2021 Drive|Lead|Succeed “Positive Chaos” conference is a wonderful opportunity to do just that.

Warmest regards,

Laura Lewis Marchino, CEcD
2021 EDCC Board Chair
Executive Director, Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado

Professional Development

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June 13-17, 2021 | Denver, CO

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Agenda

OCT 20 | Wednesday

Noon – 4:30 p.m.

REGISTRATION OPENS | EXHIBITOR SHOWCASE

10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Registration Required
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP:INTRO TO DATA & DASHBOARDS  —  Xcel Energy Room (Burgess I)

The CU Leeds Business Research Division, in partnership with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, is offering a data tools workshop to teach people how to access, interpret, and analyze public data via a step-by-step tutorial. This interactive four-hour workshop is intended for data practitioners working in business, economic development, nonprofits, and city and county governments. Examples of data sources that may be examined in the workshop: U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Colorado Dept. of Revenue, Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs. Bring your laptops! 

Presenters:

  • Brian Lewandowski, Executive Director, CU Leeds School of Business
  • Jacob Dubbert, Research Economist, CU Leeds School of Business

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

EDCC NEW MEMBER NETWORKING/CONFERENCE ORIENTATION  —  Korbel Foyer

If you are new to economic development and/or to EDCC, or just want to meet new people in a small setting, then this session is intended for you. Join other EDCC members to network and learn more about EDCC and its goal to help you lay a strong foundation for your own professional development growth and provide resources to support your needs along the way. You will be introduced to EDCC member representatives from throughout the state that can share helpful tips on training opportunities, getting the most out of your conference experience and general economic development best practices based on their own experiences. Join us and help strengthen your professional support system.

EDCC Member Representatives: Co-Chair Adam Krueger, City of Thornton; Co-Chair Stephanie Troller, CEcD, City of Westminster; Michelle Claymore, CEcD, City of Commerce City; Tyler Purvis, Pueblo West Metropolitan District; Jill Mendoza, Town of Superior; Shannon Hein, City of Ft. Collins

2 – 2:15 p.m.

OPENING REMARKS: WELCOME FROM THE EDCC BOARD CHAIR & STEAMBOAT – CHFA Ballroom (Korbel Ballroom)

Laura Lewis Marchino, EDCC’s board chair, will kick off the conference and give an overview of what attendees will expect in the coming days and join in welcoming attendee’s along with Routt County’s Leadership, Commissioner Melton, Routt County.

Presenters:

  • Laura Lewis Marchino, CEcD, Board Chair, Executive Director, Region 9 EDD
  • Commissioner Melton, Routt County

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.

PLENARY SESSION 1: WELCOME AND UPDATE FROM THE COLORADO OFFICE OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE (OEDIT)

Presenters:

  • Pat Meyers, Executive Director & Chief Economic Recovery Officer, OEDIT

3:05 – 4:50 p.m.

REGIONAL CONVOCATIONS

If there is one thing we learned since the onset of the pandemic, is that we can move “mountains” when we join forces, by understanding where challenges lie, and working together to solve for them. We don’t want to go back to the way things were. The success of our great economic comeback will be measured by how well we continue to collaborate, share our strategies, and best practices.

In the same spirit as our Regional Pandemic Zoom calls brought, we will convene our economic development stakeholders into regional convocations lead by EDCC’s Regional Board of Directors. Our direct intent is to learn from one another, forge meaningful connections, and power Colorado’s great economic comeback.

Moderators:
Metro Convocation: – CHFA Room (Korbel Ballroom)

  • Adam Krueger, City of Thornton
  • Christine Shapard, Denver South

Northeast Convocation: – Manufacturer’s Edge Room (Spring Creek I)

  • Stacy Miller, Town of Windsor
  • Greg Thomason, OEDIT

Northwest Convocation: – Xcel Room (Burgess I)

  • Steve Jozefczyk, Grand Junction Economic Partnership
  • John Bristol, Steamboat Springs/Routt County

Southeast Convocation: – Comcast Room (Burgess II)

  • Kimberly Bailey, City of Fountain
  • Jeff Shaw, Pueblo EDC

Southwest Convocation: – Manufacturer’s Edge Room (Spring Creek II)

  • Trish Thibodo, Region 10
  • Laura Lewis Marchino, Region 9

5 – 6 p.m.

OPENING RECEPTION: – Lakewood Tent (Emerald Mountain Tent)

Be a “Yampavore” for a night! A taste of the Yampa Valley and samplings from Colorado Breweries

Hosted by:

Presenter:

  • Robert Smith, Economic Development Director, City of Lakewood

6 – 8 p.m.

REGIONAL DINNER GATHERINGS (Dinner not provided by EDCC)

Every year we let our attendees lose on the town to explore, experience the culture, and connect with other attendees. This year we thought we could continue the discussions and networking with your regions by going to dinner together! Our Regional Board Directors will be in contact with you in coordinating the restaurant selection and transportation logistics. Be on the lookout for correspondence in the next couple of weeks.

6 – 8 p.m.

EDCC BOARD DINNER: – Peak View

OCT 21 | Thursday

7 – 8 a.m.

NETWORKING BREAKFAST | EXHIBITOR SHOWCASE – CHFA Room (Korbel Ballroom)

Hosted by:

Presenter:

  • Kelly Flenniken, Director of Community Relations, Xcel Energy

8 – 8:15 a.m.

WELCOME FROM EDCC’S EVENTS & PROGRAMMING CO-CHAIR

Presenter:

  • Julie Jacoby, CEcD, Retail Administrator, City of Thornton

8:15 – 9 a.m.

Keynote Speaker Show-stopping performance, life-changing messages Watch Dan in Action!

Presenter:

  • Dan Thurmon, World-class Keynote Speaker and Author

9 – 9:45 a.m.

PLENARY SESSION 2:
WORKFORCE HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:

AT THE CROSSROADS

“Housing is Economic Development” is a mantra that has gained momentum in recent years and especially now that affordable and attainable housing is one of the top concerns of communities around the state of Colorado.

The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted gaps in affordable and attainable housing in mountain resort communities where workers who serve the local community cannot afford to live and labor shortages have impacted business’ ability to operate. This session will highlight the challenges of creating housing units for the workforce, gaining public support, and successful efforts that have been done in recent years by a local developer and housing authority. We will also discuss a unique program involving an innovative partnership between a home lender and an economic development agency that offers employees of local companies a dedicated team focused on serving their home buying needs, whether they are relocating across the country or across town.

Moderator:
Steve Johnson, Director – Community Development, CHFA

Panelists:

  • Terry Barnard, Manager – Multifamily Lending, CHFA
  • Melanie Bimson, Business Development Officer, Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc.
  • Kimball Crangle, Colorado Market President, Gorman & Company
  • Jessica Erickson, President & CEO, Longmont Economic Development Partnership
  • Jason Peasley, Executive Director, Yampa Valley Housing Authority

9:45 - 10 a.m.

NETWORKING BREAK | EXHIBITOR SHOWCASE

Hosted by:

10 – 11 a.m.

DISCOVERY WORKSHOPS: AFFORDABLE & ATTAINABLE HOUSING FINANCING ACROSS COLORADO

WORKSHOP #1: AFFORDABLE & ATTAINABLE HOUSING FINANCING ACROSS COLORADO
– Xcel Room (Burgess I)
Moderators:

  • Terry Barnard, Manager, Multifamily Lending, CHFA
  • Steve Johnson, Director, Community Development, CHFA

WORKSHOP #2: PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS TO CREATE WORKFORCE HOUSING
– Comcast Room (Burgess II)
Moderators:

  • Kimball Crangle, Colorado Market President, Gorman & Company
  • Jason Peasley, Executive Director, Yampa Valley Housing Authority

WORKSHOP #3: START TO HOME: AN INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIP OPENING THE DOOR TO HOME OWNERSHIP FOR YOUR WORKFORCE
– Manufacturer’s Edge Room (Spring Creek I & II)
Moderators:

  • Melanie Bimson, Business Development Officer, Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc.
  • Jessica Erickson, President/CEO, Longmont Economic Development Partnership

11:20 – 12:15

PLENARY SESSION 3:STARTUPS, JOB CREATION & COLORADO’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY – CHFA Room (Korbel Ballroom)

Small business formation is critical to a thriving Colorado economy. It’s imperative that we nurture a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem that is resilient and pandemic proof. Colorado has led the way in innovative state and local programs designed to support startups, small businesses, job creation, and ultimately, Colorado’s great economic comeback.

Moderator:Brian Lewandowski, Executive Director, CU Leeds School of Business

Panelists:

  • Glenn Plagens, Director of Business Support & Rural Prosperity, OEDIT
  • Jamison Shelton, Program Director, Global Trade Activator Program, World Trade Center – Denver
  • Mike Landes, Director of Opportunity Zones Business Funding & Incentives, OEDIT

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

NETWORKING LUNCH:

It doesn’t have to be all seriousness all the time does it? It’s been a tough year-and-a-half and we all need a bit of laughter in our lives. Throughout the conference, EDCC is incorporating Steamboat talent, culture, and images that depict the history and culture of our hosting town. Join us in welcoming comedians Kyle Ruff and Matt Newland from Steamboat Comedy!

Hosted by:

Presenters:

  • Tom Bugnitz, Manufacturer’s Edge – Retired
  • Kyle Ruff, Owner & Producer, Steamboat Comedy
  • Matt Newland, Comedian, Steamboat Comedy

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

PLENARY SESSION 4: EMERGENCE THROUGH THE PANDEMIC: INDUSTRIES STRENGTHENING THEIR “IMMUNITY” AND “RESILIENCY” IN COLORADO

For many industries, the pandemic exposed their fragility to the large-scale disruption that it caused. Economic developers found themselves emersed in triaging local businesses, an action unfamiliar to our industry. Now that we are beginning to emerge, it’s time to take a step back and look at the industries that triumphed during the unprecedented time. What about them made them successful and resilient to the disruption? Are these industries just a trend or new breakout industries we need to keep at the forefront of our development strategies?

Moderator: Brian Rose, Deputy Director, Region 9 Economic Development District

Presenters:

  • Molly Pitts, Executive Director, Colorado Timber Industry Association
  • Vicky Lea, Director, Aerospace & Aviation, Metro Denver EDC
  • Libby Christensen, FCS & 4-H Agent, CSU Extension
  • Samantha Albert, Deputy Director of Outdoor Rec, OEDIT

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: 

BO 1:AFORESTRY AND WOOD PRODUCTS
– Xcel Room (Burgess I)

Moderator:Molly Pitts, Executive Director, Colorado Timber Industry Association

Panelists:

  • Tim Reeder, Program Specialist, Wood Products Utilization & Marketing, Colorado State Forest Service
  • Brian Rose, Deputy Director, Region 9 Economic Development District

BO 2: AEROSPACE INDUSTRY
– Manufacturer’s Edge Room (Spring Creek I & II)

Moderator: Vicky Lea, Director, Aerospace & Aviation, Metro Denver EDC

Panelists:

  • Major Gen. Jay Lindell, Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion, OEDIT

BO 3: AGRI-TECH INDUSTRY
– Comcast Room (Burgess II)

Moderator: Libby Christensen, CSU Extension

Panelists:

  • Brandon Hernandez- CEO/Founder- Whole Brain Consulting
  • Greg Thomason, Rural Opportunity Representative, OEDIT
  • Bill Miller, Professor. Precision Agriculture, Morgan Community College

BO 4: OUTDOOR RECREATION INDUSTRY
– CHFA Room (Korbel Ballroom)

Moderator: Joel Hartter, Professor of Outdoor Rec Industry, CU Boulder

Panelists:

  • Joel Hartter, Professor of Outdoor Rec Industry, CU Boulder
  • Samantha Albert, Deputy Director of Outdoor Rec, OEDIT

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

NETWORKING BREAK | EXHIBITOR SHOWCASE

Hosted by:

3:35 – 4:45 p.m.

PLENARY SESSION 5: SHIFTS IN RECRUITMENT STRATEGIES POST-PANDEMIC

Regional economic development strategies are key in powering the great economic comeback. Why? Because we can’t do it all on our own. Aligning assets among regions not only helps promote unique qualities in an area, but it also helps define priorities, spark transformational projects, and creates a unified approach to development greater than the local base.

Moderator: Stacy Miller, Economic Development Director, Town of Windsor

Panelists:

  • J. J. Ament, President & CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Steve Jozefczyk, Interim Executive Director, Grand Junction Economic Partnership
  • Jeff Shaw, President & CEO, Pueblo Economic Development Corporation

6 – 9 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENT: EDIE AWARDS RECEPTION, DINNER, & AWARDS CEREMONY

Each year, EDCC recognizes outstanding achievement by our members, volunteers of local organizations, large and small communities, companies, and legislators, for economic development excellence. All attendees are invited to partake in an evening of celebration, recognition and coming together for future collaboration.

Reception Sponsor:

Master of Ceremonies:

  • Sandy Head, Executive Director, Montrose EDC

Tribute:

  • Michelle Claymore, Economic Development Director, City of Commerce City

Chairman’s Choice Award:

  • Laura Lewis Marchino

**This event is included in the full conference registration. Day passes excluded. Families, colleagues, and friends are invited to join us! We have individual tickets and tables available for purchase.

OCT 22 | Friday

7 – 8 a.m.

NETWORKING BREAKFAST | EXHIBITOR SHOWCASE – CHFA Room (Korbel Ballroom)

Hosted by:

Presenter:

  • Andy Davis, Director of Regulatory & Government Affairs, Comcast

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.

EDCC A YEAR-IN-REVIEW, ELECTED BOARD APPOINTMENTS & MORE

Presenter:

  • Laura Lewis Marchino, CEcD, Board Chair, Executive Director, Region 9 EDD

8:20 – 8:45 a.m.

PUBLIC POLICY EFFORTS, 2021 RECAP, 2022 OUTLOOK

Presenters:

  • Rich Werner, Public Policy Chair/Past Board Chair; Executive Director, Upstate Colorado
  • Jennifer Cassell, EDCC Lobbyist and Committee Administrator, Bowditch & Cassell

9:05 – 9:50 a.m.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MARKET PLACE – ROUND #1

Hosted by:

As stakeholders in the industry, we rely heavily on the expertise of our strategic partners, industry insiders, and specialized services. We get asked daily where and how to access these coveted industry partners. Look no further… we brought them to you! The Events and Programming committee has hand selected four industry partners to present their knowledge with us. Attendees will get to select two out of the four breakout sessions to attend. I know… this will be tough to decide on. Select wisely!

BO 1: MAKING WAY FOR SMALL INVESTORS
– Xcel Room (Burgess I)

Economic development is often stymied by community policies that may not accurately reflect the development, redevelopment, and investment vision for the community. Downtown Colorado, Inc. has been working with partners across professional and geographic silos to investigate the impacts of policy, access to capital, and access to expertise in our invitations to investment with patient capital. Join a dynamic discussion to consider the barriers and solutions for Colorado communities in aligning regulation to encourage private investment in the community vision around housing, historic preservation, and entrepreneurship through infill and re-use of existing buildings.

Moderators: Kat Correll, Executive Director, Downtown Colorado Inc.

Panelists:

  • Troy Bernberg, Managing Director of Public Finance, Northland Securities
  • Jesse Silverstein, Executive Director, Colorado Brownfields Foundation
  • Jeff Owsley, Community Relations Manager, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA)

BO 2: TAPPING TALENT FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY
– CHFA Room (Korbel Ballroom)

A skilled workforce is critical to a robust, resilient, and inclusive economy. This presentation will focus on the strong relationship between economic and workforce development through case studies, local examples, and current data. Attendees will learn about the collaborative programs that can help re-skill, up-skill and new-skill your community’s existing workforce and lead to greater competitiveness for your community, existing firms, and prospects.

Moderators: Jacob Castillo, Director, Larimer County’s Economic & Workforce Development Department

Panelists:

  • Tony Anderson, Director of Workforce Services, City and County of Denver
  • Traci Marques, Executive Director & CEO, Pikes Peak Workforce Center
  • Kelly Folks, Executive Director, ADWorks! Workforce Center
  • Christina Oxley, Regional Business Services Coordinator, NW Colorado Rural Consortium

BO 3: WHAT’S NEXT FOR RETAIL?
– Comcast Room (Burgess II)

Join Retail Coach as they examine what’s next for the retail industry in Colorado and the importance of cultivating a strong local and regional retail base. Many small “Main Street” businesses were negatively impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic. This session will identify ways to build a stronger “Amazon proof” retail base in your community.

Presenters:

  • Kelly Cofer, CCIM, Founder & CEO, Retail Coach
  • Aaron Farmer, President, Retail Coach

BO 4: THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF YOUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE
– Manufacturer’s Edge Room (Spring Creek I & II)

The worst of the pandemic is behind us and competition between locations to attract new investment, jobs and remote workers is intensifying. During this fast moving and engaging session, economic developers will learn what it takes to stand out from the crowd and what they need to prioritize when promoting their location to site selectors, remote workers, and new residents. This is an essential session for small and large communities a like. Don’t miss it!

Presenters:

  • Dave Parsell, CEO, Localintel Economic Development

10:05 – 10:50 a.m.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MARKET PLACE – ROUND #2

BO 1: MAKING WAY FOR SMALL INVESTORS
– Xcel Room (Burgess I)

BO 2: TAPPING TALENT FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY
– CHFA Room (Korbel Ballroom)

BO 3: WHAT’S NEXT FOR RETAIL?
– Comcast Room (Burgess II)

BO 4: THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF YOUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE
– Manufacturer’s Edge Room (Spring Creek I & II)

10:50 – 11:05 a.m.

NETWORKING BREAK | EXHIBITOR SHOWCASE  – CHFA Room (Korbel Ballroom)

Hosted by:

11:10 – 11:55 a.m.

PLENARY SESSION 6: COLORADO’S CHANGING POPULATION – short and long run

Initial Census 2020 data show a rapidly changing US population not only in its characteristics but also in its geographic shifts. These data reveal critical trends impacting Colorado for the next few years and decades. This session will provide key findings from Census 2020 for the US and Colorado and discuss the short and long run implications for economic developers, businesses, and others to help them adapt to the challenges ahead.

Presenters:

  • Elizabeth Garner, Colorado State Demographer, Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA)

11:55 – 12:30.

COMMUNITY BASKET GIVEAWAY AND CLOSING COMMENTS BY INCOMING EDCC

BOARD CHAIR
Every year we celebrate all the amazing businesses in our communities by giving away community baskets of goodies. Over 20 different baskets will be on display throughout the conference and raffled off at the end. You must be in attendance to be a recipient of these highly coveted baskets!

Presenter:

  • Stacy Miller, In-coming Board Chair, Director of Economic Development, Town of Windsor

12:30 p.m.

ADJOURN CONFERENCE

Are you staying to enjoy all the beauty and splendor of that Steamboat Springs has to offer??

The hotel is offering the same group rate for EDCC attendees two days prior to arrive and two days post conference to enjoy more of Steamboat. Bring you family – or have them join you!

Visit the Steamboat Chamber and Visitor Bureau for the top 20 things to do this fall in Steamboat.

Breakout Room Assignments:
CHFA – Korbel Ballroom
XCEL – Burgess Creek I
Comcast – Burgess Creek II
Manufacturer’s Edge – Spring Creek I & II

Speakers

Troy Bernberg, Managing Director, Northland Securities

Troy Bernberg joins Northland Securities as a 15-year public finance veteran, responsible for covering Colorado, the Rocky Mountain West, as well as the Midwest. Troy has worked on over $1 billion in financings for a variety of borrowers including municipalities,...

Kelly Cofer, CCIM, Founder & CEO, Retail Coach

Kelly Cofer leads The Retail Coach with more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of retail real estate and economic development. Mr. Cofer’s professional background encompasses market research and site selection, advisory and leasing services, and property...

Kat Correll, Executive Director, Downtown Colorado, Inc

Katherine Correll is known for her ability to spark creativity and bring the energy to make positive change and empower ideas. Kat has been honored to lead the Downtown Colorado, Inc. team and share her philosophy that each challenge is an opportunity waiting to be...

Jeff Shaw, President, Pueblo Economic Development Council

Jeff, a native of Pueblo, has been involved with PEDCO since 1998.  Jeff served on the Board of Directors and was Chairman of the Board in 2008.  Jeff took over the role of Vice President in February 2015 and President/CEO in 2016. Jeff earned a Bachelor of Arts from...

Dave Parsell, CEO, Localintel Economic Developments

Dave has 15 years’ experience working in senior consulting and local government roles where he specialized in economic development and strategic planning. He holds a Masters of Public Administration, Masters of Environmental Planning and Bachelor of Commerce.

Aaron Farmer, President, Retail Coach

Aaron Farmer brings to The Retail Coach knowledge of the most current research on retail and marketing trends. Prior to joining The Retail Coach, Mr. Farmer was employed in marketing research and retail development where he worked on projects for some of America’s...

Matt Newland, Comedian, Steamboat Comedy

Matt Newland is a stand up comedian. His short observational jokes will give you insight into the afterlife. He was a finalist in Boise’s Funniest Person 2016. He has spent the last five years performing in various states across the northwest opening for people way...

Brandon Hernandez, CEO/Founder, Whole Brain Consulting

Brandon Hernandez is a Senior Partner at Whole Brain Consulting, which operates nationally out of its two offices in Colorado and Chicago. After earning his degree in Biology from Colorado State University (Go Rams! – Please don’t hold it against him, Boulder!),...

Kyle Ruff, Owner & Producer, Steamboat Comedy

Kyle Ruff is a Steamboat Springs comedian originally from the midwest. He founded and operates the stand up comedy and entertainment production company "Steamboat Comedy" and produces the "Steamboat Comedy Podcast." He has performed on shows with Sean Patton, Shane...

Steve Johnson, Director, Community Development, CHFA

Steve Johnson began working for CHFA in 1996 and was promoted to Director of Community Development Lending in 2010. In that role he leads CHFA’s multifamily lending, Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) allocation, and small business lending teams.  Steve serves as a...

Dan Thurmon, Inspirational/Motivational Speaker

A teacher of peak performance, an author of impactful books and presentations, and a lifelong student of success, happiness, and achievement, Dan Thurmon is on a mission. To encourage attendees' uniqueness and contributions. To discover a sense of purpose and...

Commissioner Beth Melton, Routt County

Beth was elected as a Routt County Commissioner in November 2018 and initially sworn into office on January 8, 2019. Beth moved to Routt County in 2012. She and her husband Will first lived in Stagecoach, then bought their first home in Hayden before moving to...

Presentations

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: INNOVATIONS & ADVANCES IN DEVELOPMENT FINANCE

PLENARY SESSION 2 & DISCOVERY WORKSHOPS ON HOUSING

                  PLENARY SESSION 3: STARTUPS, JOB CREATION’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY

          

PLENARY SESSION 4:EMERGENCE THROUGH THE PANDEMIC: INDUSTRIES STRENGHTHENING THEIR “IMMUNITY” AND “RESILIENCY” IN COLORADO

          

Breakout 2: Aerospace Industry

PRESENTER: Vicky Lea, Director, Aerospace & Aviation, Metro Denver EDC Major Gen. Jay Lindell, Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion, OEDIT   Description: For many industries, the pandemic exposed their fragility to the large-scale disruption that it...

Breakout 3: Agri-Tech Industry

PRESENTER: Libby Christensen, FCS & 4-H Agent, CSU Extension Bill Miller, Professor-Precision Agriculture, Morgan County Community College Greg Thomason, Rural Opportunity Representative, OEDIT   Description: For many industries, the pandemic exposed their...

Breakout 4: Outdoor Recreation Industry

PRESENTER: Joel Hartter, Professor of Outdoor Rec Industry, CU Boulder Jonathan Ballesteros, Owner, Geyser Technologies Samantha Albert, Deputy Director of Outdoor Rec, OEDIT   Description: For many industries, the pandemic exposed their fragility to the...

EDCC A YEAR-IN-REVIEW, ELECTED BOARD APPOINTMENTS & MORE

PUBLIC POLICY EFFORTS, 2021 RECAP, 2022 OUTLOOK

Public Policy Efforts, 2021 Recap, 2022 Outlook

PRESENTER: Rich Werner, Public Policy Chair/Past Board Chair; Executive Director, Upstate Colorado Jennifer Cassell, EDCC Lobbyist and Committee Administrator, Bowditch & Cassell   Description: Public Policy Efforts, 2021 Recap, 2022 Outlook

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MARKET PLACE – ROUND #1:

BREAKOUT 1: MAKING WAY FOR SMALL INVESTORS

BREAKOUT 3: WHAT’S NEXT FOR RETAIL?

BREAKOUT 4: THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF YOUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE

PLENARY SESSION 6:  COLORADO’S CHANGING POPULATION

Plenary Session 6: Colorado’s Changing Population

PRESENTER: Elizabeth Garner, Colorado State Demographer, Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA)   Description: Initial Census 2020 data show a rapidly changing US population not only in its characteristics but also in its geographic shifts. These data reveal...

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EDCC Board Members and Commitees

The Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) has six actively
working committees made up of volunteer members. We invite you to
become involved! By bringing your talent and expertice, you help bring value
to EDCC’s membership. Committee work fosters partnerships, collaboration,
and sharing of ideas. You will also gain insite on programs and resources that
will assist you in your economic development efforts.

Board Members:

Chair – Laura Lewis, Marchino Region 9 Economic Dev. Dist. of SW Colorado
Vice Chair – Stacy Miller, Town of Windsor
Treasurer – Drew Kramer, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Assoc
Secretary – John Bristol, Steamboat Springs Chamber & Resort Assoc
Immed. Past Chair – Michelle Claymore, City of Commerce City
Metro Denver (2022) – Adam Krueger, City of Thornton
Metro Denver (2021) – Christine Shapard, Denver South
Northwest (2022) – Bonnie Petersen, Associated Governments of Northwest CO
Northeast (2022) – OPEN
Northeast (2022) – Josh Birks , City of Fort Collins
Southeast (2021) – Jeff Shaw, Pueblo Economic Development Corp
Southeast (2021) – Kimberly Bailey, City of Fountain
Southwest (2022) – Steve Jozefczyk, Grand Junction Economic Partnership
Southwest (2021) – Trish Thibodo , Region 10 League for Ecomonic Assistance and
Planning
Special Appt. – Kittie Hook, Newmark, Knight, Frank (NKF)
Special Appt. – Carolynne White, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck
Special Appt. – Lindsay Van Meter, BNSF Railway
Special Appt. – Trent Thompson, Economic Development Administration
Special Appt. ALT. – Stephanie Troller, City of Westminster
Special Appt. – Kelly Flenniken, Xcel Energy
Ex-Officio – DOLA – Kate Guibert, Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Ex-Officio – OEDIT – Glenn Plagens, Colorado Office of Economic Development &
International Trade (OEDIT)
Ex-Officio – CWDC – Britta Blodgett, Colorado Workforce Development Council
Ex-Officio – CCC – Mike Macklin, Colorado Community College System
Ex-Officio – CHFA – Wyatt Jones, Colorado Housing & Finance Authority

Operations:

Operations Director
Kim Woodworth, Economic Development Council of Colorado

Administrator
Bobbi Vanden Huevel, Economic Development Council of Colorado

Lobbyist
Jennifer Cassell, Bowditch & Cassell Public Affairs

EVENTS & PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE:

  • CO-CHAIR – Julie Jacoby, CEcD, City of Thornton
  • CO-CHAIR – Ryan Dwiggins, BNSF
  • John Bristol, CEcD, Steamboat Springs Chamber & EDC
  • Stacy Miller, Town of Windsor
  • Kate Guibert, DOLA
  • Bonnie Peterson, AGNC
  • Brian Rose, Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest CO
  • Trish Thibodo, Region 10 Economic Development
  • Trent Thompson, Economic Development

DATA COMMITTEE:

  • CHAIR – Kimberly Bailey, City of Fountain
  • Tatiana Bailey, UCCS Economic Forum in the College of Business
  • Josh Birks, City of Fort Collins
  • Tom Bugnitz, Manufacturer’s Edge
  • Josh Dostert, Business Intelligence Center, CO Secretary of State
  • Jean Doughtery, Colorado Workforce Board
  • Elizabeth Garner, State Demographer
  • Ryan Gedney, Dept of Labor and Employment
  • Steve Jozefczyck, Grand Junction Economic Partnership
  • Brian Lewandowski , University of Boulder – Business Research Division
  • Laura Lewis Marchino, CEcD, Region 9 EDD
  • Sara Lobato, El Paso County
  • Michael Macklin, Colorado Community College System
  • Michelle Morelli, Dept of Labor and Employment
  • Tiffany Pehl, AGNC
  • Dan Salvetti, OEDIT
  • Greg Thomason, Rural Representative, OEDIT
  • Stephan Weiler , CSU – Professor in Economic and Research

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE:

  • CO-CHAIR – Kittie Hook, Newmark, Knight, Frank (NKF)
  • CO-CHAIR – Wyatt Jones, Colorado Housing & Finance Authority
  • Kimberly Bailey, City of Fountain
  • Josh Birks, City of Ft. Collins
  • Karl Dakin, Dakin Capital
  • Steve Jozefczyk, Grand Junction Economic Partnership
  • Drew Kramer , Tri-State Generation & Transmission Assoc
  • Adam Krueger, CEcD, City of Thornton
  • Bonnie Petersen, Associated Governments of Northwest CO
  • Glenn Plagens, OEDIT
  • Christine Shapard, Denver South
  • Jeff Shaw, Pueblo EDC
  • Trish Thibodo, Region 10 Economic Development District
  • Trent Thompson, Economic Development Administration
  • Lindsay Van Meter, BNSF Railway
  • Carolynne White, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck

PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE:

  • CHAIR – Rich Werner, Upstate Colorado Economic Development
  • Jennifer Cassell, Bowditch & Cassell
  • Steve Art, City of Wheat Ridge – Economic Development
  • Clarke Becker, Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium
  • John Bristol, CEcD, Steamboat Springs Chamber – Economic Development
  • Emily Meisner, La Plata County Economic Development
  • Britta Blodgett, Colorado Workforce Development Council
  • Walt Elish, Town of Berthoud
  • Kelly Flenniken, Xcel Energy
  • Jeff Holwell, City of Lone
  • Jeff Keener, South Metro Denver Chamber
  • Drew Kramer, Tri State Generation and Transmission Assoc
  • Azarel Madrigal-Chase, First Southwest Loan Fund
  • Michelle Magelssen, Town of Firestone
  • Michael Martinez, Brighton EDC
  • Rob Obsorn, Colorado Springs Utility
  • Bonnie Peterson, AGNC
  • Scott Prestidge, Colorado Oil and Gas Assoc.
  • Jeremy Rietmann, Town of Gypsum
  • Diane Schwenke, Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce
  • Jeff Shaw, Pueblo Economic Development Corp.
  • Eric Thayer, Southern Ute Tribe
  • Greg Thomason, Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT)
  • Carolynne White, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
  • Kevin Wilkins, San Luis Valley Development Resources Group

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE:

  • CHAIR – Greg Thomason, OEDIT
  • Ashley Arnold, PAX8
  • Dani Barger, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC
  • Britta Blodgett, Colorado Workforce Development Council
  • Kelly Flenniken x, Xcel Energy
  • Caroline Joy, City of Westminster
  • Lauren Klook, B Side Capital
  • Greg Olson, Growl Agency
  • Allison Trembly, Arvada Economic Development Assoc

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE:

  • CO-CHAIR – Stephanie Troller, CEcD, City of Westminster
  • CO-CHAIR – Adam Krueger, CEcD, City of Thornton Economic Development
  • Josh Birks, City of Fort Collins
  • Michelle Claymore, CEcD, City of Commerce City
  • Tyler Purvis, Pueblo West Metropolitan District
  • Jeff Shaw, Pueblo EDC
  • Jill Mendoza, CEcD, Town of Superior
  • Kate Guibert, Colorado Department of Local Affairs
  • Marc Dettenrieder, CEcD, Elbert County