The Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) recently announced that the Board of Directors have hired Kimberly Woodworth as their first full-time employee. Woodworth has contracted with the EDCC for the past 2 years, and due to her hard work, the organization is in a position to take this next step.
“Hiring a full-time employee was a natural progression for EDCC, said Jeremy Rietmann, EDCC Board Chair and Economic Development Director for the Town of Gypsum. Our organization has been entirely volunteer driven since 1976, but with our growing membership base and high aspirations, we knew we needed a talented person to take EDCC to the next level.”
Woodworth will direct the EDCC’s daily operations, help plan and coordinate conferences, regional events and manage its annual budget. Prior to joining the EDCC, Woodworth served as Operations Manager for Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) and prior to that as the Marketing and PR Director for a 13-part Brass Ensemble.
“The EDCC is extremely fortunate to be able to hire someone of Kimberly’s caliber, said Rietmann. “Her tenure at Metro Denver EDC provided her with a wide network of contacts across the Front Range and her current location in the Western Slope gives her a good perspective of the economic development challenges communities are facing statewide.”
“I am extremely grateful to the board for trusting in me to continue my work in a more permanent role,” said Woodworth. “This organization is vital in how we execute successful and responsible economic development throughout the State. This organization has so much to offer and I am proud to be a part of it.”
The EDCC is a growing state-wide, nonprofit organization representing hundreds of economic development professionals as well as cities, businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, universities, community colleges, and individuals across the State.
The EDCC’s Board of Directors is made up of Officers and members from every region around the state. EDCC’s mission is to be the premier statewide organization for strengthening Colorado’s economy by promoting the highest standards of knowledge and skill for ED professionals, educating local and state leaders about the realities of economic growth, and advocating public policies that enhance economic opportunity for all of Colorado.
Rietmann said, “Through our public policy committee, EDCC is monitoring legislation making its way through the legislature and advocating on behalf of a healthy business climate, effective, well-maintained infrastructure and a capable, well-educated workforce. Our data committee is working to improve data utilization by economic developers statewide and provide them affordable access to economic impact analyses. Finally, the EDCC works to bring high quality professional development opportunities, such as International Economic Development Council (IEDC) courses, to Colorado.”