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EDIE Awards

EDCC’s Annual EDIE Award recognizes outstanding economic development achievements by our members, organization volunteers, communities, companies and legislators.

EDIE Awards Criteria

Please review EDIE Awards Criteria prior to submitting your nomination.

Nominate Today!

Do you know someone who should be recognized for excellence in your community and economic development.

Deadline for nominations is
August 15, 2022

Past Winner’s Circle

Meet our past winner’s going back to the inception of the EDIE Awards.

Thanks goes to our 2021 EDIE Awards Reception Sponsor! 

Congratulate the 2021 Winners

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SMALL COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR

Leadville/Lake County

Leadville Lake County was selected this year as the ‘Small Community of the Year’ for its achievements in the following activities:

  • It’s abiding commitment and dedication to its Economic Development Organization
  • Collaboration among all its Economic Development partners within the county to align resources and strategies for the betterment of the community
  • It’s continued support for its small businesses and citizens especially during a time of disruption caused by the pandemic.

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MEDIUM COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR

Montezuma County

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.

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PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR  AWARD

Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Center

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.

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LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR

Sen. Bob Rankin (D-8)

Sen. Rankin was selected this year for one of two ‘Legislators of the Year’ awards for his outstanding achievements in the following activities:

  • Rankin has been a member of the Joint Budget Committee for six years, helping to determine the states’ budgetary priorities.
  • During his time in the legislature, he has been an endless advocate for our tourism industry. Consistently supporting efforts to provide resources and funding for various tourism efforts.
  • Additionally, he has led efforts to equalize our property tax rates to alleviate the cost of doing business in the state.
  • Understanding the need for resources for our local economic development organizations, Sen. Rankin was one of two legislators who led the charge for funding to Colorado’s Economic Development Organizations. EDCC owes a lot of gratitude for his support for this program as nearly 83 organizations applied. Thank you, Sen. Rankin for listening and supporting the very organizations that will help power the economic comeback.

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LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR

Rep. Julie McCluskie (D-61)

Rep. McCluskie was selected this year for one of two ‘Legislators of the Year’ awards for her outstanding achievements in the following activities:

  • McCluskie has been a member of the Joint Budget Committee for two years, helping to determine the states’ budgetary priorities.
  • Over the past few years, she has been a champion for various economic development issues, particularly funding workforce development programs, increasing access to broadband services, and promoting technical training and higher education.
  • Additionally, she has sponsored and funded many workforce development programs to build a solid pipeline of skilled workers in the state.
  • Understanding the need for resources for our local economic development organizations, Rep. McCluskie was one of two legislators who led the charge for funding to Colorado’s Economic Development Organizations. EDCC owes a lot of gratitude for her support for this program as nearly 83 organizations applied. Thank you, Rep. McCluskie for listening and supporting the very organizations that will help power the economic comeback.

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LEGISLATOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Sen. Chris Holbert (D-30) 

Sen. Holbert was selected this year for the ‘Legislator Lifetime Achievement Award’ for its achievements in the following activities:

  • Over his twelve years as a legislator, Sen. Holbert has been a champion of reducing business personal property tax, creating tax incentives and credits, and reducing barriers for small business, all to help a vital business climate for Colorado.
  • Beginning in 2014, Sen. Holbert ran legislation to extend the ability of local governments to negotiate business incentive agreements as a way for communities to attract and retain businesses.
  • In 2015, he sponsored legislation for sales & use tax refunds for clean technology and medical device firms (HB 15-1180), and data centers (HB 15-1158). He continued this trend in 2016, by running HB 16-1119 to expand the sales & use tax exemption for aircraft.
  • When the pandemic hit in 2020, Sen. Holbert reached bipartisan consensus to provide emergency assistance and housing relief to many Coloradans through SB 20B-002 Housing and Direct COVID Emergency Assistance.
  • Then in the 2021 legislative session, he sponsored numerous federal stimulus bills – HB 21-1329 American Rescue Plan Act Money to Invest Affordable Housing, SB 21-252 Community Revitalization Grant Programs, and SB 21-291 Economic Recovery and Relief Cash Fund.
  • Holbert has been an endless champion for economic development efforts which contributes to our vital economy.

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STATESMAN OF THE YEAR

Stewart Meek | Farm to Spaceship

The Statesman award is meant to go to an EDCC Member who has provided exemplary service to the organization advocating for EDCC in a non-partisan way, demonstrating leadership in strengthening Colorado’s economy through public policy achievement, and being a leading voice behind the scenes on bills aimed at strengthening Colorado’s economy. Stewart was selected this year for the ‘Statesman of the Year’ award for his outstanding achievements in the following activities:

  • Stewart committed a lot of time and effort towards the success of EDCC’s Public Policy Committee and should not be overlooked.
  • Stewart actively built consensus among PPC members to encourage/discourage the passage of legislation and express their positions whether in favor or against.
    • Activated PPC members on numerous anti-business bills which would increase tax rates or cut tax incentives, litigation cases and expenses for businesses, and place mandates or restrictions on businesses.
    • Activated PPC member to support numerous pro-eco deco bills to create or fund workforce development programs, outdoor recreation office, economic development organizations, affordable housing options, tax credits and exemptions, etc.
  • For high importance issues, Stewart would draft letters and statements of support on behalf of EDCC – this included reaching out to state legislators, congressional members, national advocacy efforts and state partners.
  • Worked with our partners (CML, C3, Denver Chamber, DCI, and others) to work collaboratively in promoting good public policy.

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ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Emily Meisner | La Plata County Economic Partnership

Emily was selected this year for the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award for her outstanding achievements in the following activities:

  • A self-taught, action-oriented individual, Emily coordinated with multiple organizations to enact an emergency response and recovery effort for area businesses. Emily facilitated a bulk program that gave businesses access to the coveted personal protective equipment at reduced prices and in some cases free.
  • Emily implemented and managed the COVID-19 Five-star program for her community
  • Additionally, Emily manages their Bond for Business program to help local small contractors secure large scale local contracts as well as coordinates and directs their annual Economic Summit.

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CHAIRMAN’S CHOICE AWARD

Michelle Claymore | City of Commerce City 

Michelle was hand selected by this year’s Board Chair, Laura Lewis Marchino for the ‘Chairman’s Choice’ award for her many achievements over the past 25 years in the following activities:

  • Michelle has served on EDCC’s Board of Directors and Professional Development Committee in many different capacities over the past highly committed 13-years of service.
  • As a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), Michelle found the importance and value of well trained professionals in our industry. She took it upon herself to develop and implement EDCC’s Basic Economic Development Course. This highly regarded, International Economic Development Council (IEDC) accredited course, is held every year – even during a pandemic! Michelle is the course instructor and brings in many of our talented professionals, here in Colorado, as guest speakers.
  • Michelle routinely advocates for increasing the number of CEcD’s and successfully brought IEDC’s course exam to Colorado to help save on time and money spent in taking the exam.
  • Michelle’s professional achievements are many including her time in Jefferson County where she directly worked with expanding and relocating businesses including Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Ball Corporation, Terumo BCT, Trimble Navigation, The Coleman Company, and CoorsTek.
  • Michelle is a friend, a mentor, and a highly regarded economic development practitioner here in Colorado and we are fortunate to have her building the economic vitality for the City of Commerce City!

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACHIEVEMENT

Adam Krueger | City of Thornton Economic Development

The Economic Development Achievement award is EDCC’s highest honor, celebrating an economic development practitioners outstanding achievements including their commitment to personal professional development, success in the development and retention of businesses within their community, and furthering the development of the Economic Development profession in Colorado. Adam was selected this year for the ‘Economic Development Achievement’ award for his outstanding achievements in the following activities:

  • Adam obtained his certification as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) in 2016
  • Adam has led the Primary Employment retention and attraction efforts for the City of Thornton since 2011
    • His role includes attracting developers to build speculative space, augmenting land use and regulatory policy for industrial use, cultivating relationships with local brokers, developers, and site selectors, building a rapport with existing primary employers, and bringing incentive requests before City Council, to name a few.
  • Three million square feet of new speculative space has been developed, resulting in doubling the primary job employment base for the City of Thornton.
  • Adam is the single point of contact for primary employers and consultants as they make location and expansion decisions.
  • Adam is active with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC), where he joined EDCC’s Board of Directors representing Metro Denver and co-chairs the Professional Development Committee
  • Adam also serves on Adams County Regional Economic Partnership Board of Directors as well as the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties program committee.

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