Join CREW for our Northern Colorado Economic Development Update as we focus on the current activity in our municipalities, expected growth for 2021 and projects in the pipeline. Our panel of experts include Richard Werner, President & CEO of Upstate Colorado, Stacy Miller, Director of Economic Development for the Town of Windsor, Kelly Jones, Economic Development Director for the City of Loveland and Benjamin Snow, Director of Economic Health and Housing for the City of Greeley.
This event is sponsored by
Richard Werner | Upstate Colorado, President & CEO
Rich has 16 years of experience in all facets of economic development having most recently joined Upstate in 2015 as President & CEO. Prior to Upstate Rich worked as VP at the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation where he was responsible for all attraction, retention and expansion activities. Rich has previously served as the Associate Director for the State of Colorado Small Business Development Centers for Former Governor Bill Owens and Bill Ritter. Prior to his appointment by the State, he acted as the Director of Marketing for the Boulder Technology Incubator (CTEK).
A New York native, he has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Communications from The American University in Washington DC. Rich enjoys trying to ski and golf but his favorite activities center around spending time with his bride of 15 years and three young children.
Stacy began working for the Town of Windsor in April 2011. She has been involved in economic development for over 22 years and thoroughly enjoys working with companies to supply them with the resources that they can use to operate more efficiently and effectively. Prior to working for the Town of Windsor, she worked for Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC), a regional economic development organization that served all of Larimer County. Stacy also worked for the City of Lakewood Economic Development Department.
Stacy has been able to bring in over $600 million worth of investment to Windsor since 2011. That has equated to almost 1.6 million square feet of space being built or acquired in the Town. Those companies will create over 2,600 jobs with an annual payroll of over $154 million. Stacy has handled over 1,000 prospects since starting the department.
Kelly Jones | City of Loveland, Economic Development Director
Kelly Jones is the Economic Development Director for the City of Loveland. In this role, since January 2017, she oversees the business development and tourism components of the City. Her primary functions include corporate relations and retention, expansion and attraction assistance to primary industry. Previous to this, she was the Executive Director of the Warehouse Business Accelerator, Vice President of Northern Colorado Economic Development, Director of Corporate Solutions at Front Range CC, Chief Operating Officer for the Innosphere, Policy and Project Manager for the City of Fort Collins, Greeley’s first Economic Development Manager as well as 7 years in the capacity of Executive Director of the Loveland Center for Business Development.
Benjamin Snow | Director of Economic Health and Housing for the City of Greeley
Mr. Snow is an energetic and driven executive with a passion for connecting people, building networks and gaining new knowledge and insights into how people think, how economies behave, and the role each person and organization has in growing the economy and making a positive difference in the community. He currently serves as Director of Economic Health and Housing for the City of Greeley, Colorado, where he actively works to drive economic development and prosperity for residents of Greeley and Northern Colorado.
He has over 24 years of experience working with leaders in both the public and private sectors, serving in various capacities of commercial real estate acquisitions, development, investment analysis, project management and market research as well as economic development. During his career, he has had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and interface with multiple communities, both large and small, while completing many successful real estate and community development projects.