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Town of Frederick selected as the 2023 ‘Small Community of the Year’

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

GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO (Oct. 19, 2023) – The Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) announced the 2023 EDIE award recipients, recognizing economic development excellence during its annual Drive|Lead|Succeed Conference at Grand Junction Convention Center in Grand Junction, Colorado, Oct. 18 – 20, 2023.

The most recognized award in economic development in Colorado, the EDIE represents outstanding achievements by its members, organizations, communities, companies, individuals and legislators for their outstanding achievements in economic development in the State of Colorado. Since 1989, EDCC has celebrated the achievements of over 200 award winners. This year, 12 awardees were recognized.

Town of Frederick was selected as this year’s ‘Small Community of the Year’ (community population up to 19,999) for its achievements in the following activities:

  • The Town doubled down and formed an Economic Development team to serve as the concierge for its local businesses.
  • Launched a grant program for brick-and-mortar businesses to be used for property improvements or purchase of new equipment.
  • Five notable Business Attraction projects won as a result of multiple site selection and negotiations including precision manufacturing and automation, retail, and distribution, totaling over 135,000 sq. ft. of industrial space, 500 new jobs, and millions in new capital investment.
  • Completed a study assessing the viability in creating a downtown district to support future activation of its downtown.
  • And finally, partnering with several organizations and grant programs in pursuit of the construction of the community’s first ever income-restricted multigenerational workforce housing initiative.

“The historic Avalon Theatre in downtown Grand Junction was the perfect place to honor this diverse and talented cast of contributors to Colorado’s economic development community,” said Drew Kramer, EDCC Board Chair and Economic Development Program Manager for Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. ”Each of the winners represents a key piece of the complex puzzle we must complete to ensure an economically viable future for Colorado – from large and small communities to national corporations and local businesses to elected officials and individual professionals and advocates.”

Kramer further noted the hard work that EDCC Executive Director Kim Woodworth, her staff and several volunteers put in to make the Drive|Lead|Succeed Conference such an effective gathering of the state’s economic development professionals, policymakers and business leaders. An estimated 300 attendees converged in Grand Junction for an agenda rich with content covering everything from housing and the impacts of the outdoor recreation industry to leadership development and demographic trends. Taking place, the second night of the conference, the EDIE Awards ceremony was held at the recently renovated Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction’s Main Street District.

2023 Small Community of the Year - Town of Frederick2023 Class of EDCC's EDIE Award Winners