City and Urban Renewal Authority of Wheat Ridge
Steve is the Economic Development Manager for the City of Wheat Ridge and the Executive Director of the City’s Urban Renewal Authority. Steve promotes intelligent growth for the community while promoting the values of Wheat Ridge. He has been with the City for almost 6 years. Steve has been an integral part of new development in Wheat Ridge through the City’s Renewal Wheat Ridge, the City’s Urban Renewal Authority. This work has allowed Wheat Ridge to see unprecedented City growth over the past 36 months with the development of new housing options, shopping centers, and the creation of a new downtown along 38th Avenue. Steve was born and raised in California and relocated to the Denver area in 2011 where he lives with his wife Peggy.
Grand County Economic Development
DiAnn Butler is the Grand County Economic Development Coordinator. Her initiatives over the past two years are community based, grassroots efforts that focus on growing and strengthening the people and economy of Grand County. With a background of 21 years in owning a private business and strong ties to Colorado, DiAnn is an advocate for business entrepreneurs.
Downtown Colorado, Inc.
Katherine Correll joined Downtown Colorado, Inc. in 2006 and has served as the Executive Director since 2007. Under Katherine’s direction the organization has restructured the Colorado Main Street state coordinating program for economic development through historic preservation and created the Development & Improvement District (DIDs) program to support urban renewal, downtown development authorities, and business improvement districts.
Southeast Regional Manager, Division of Local Government
Tara is currently one of the Best & Brightest Interns serving as Assistant City Managers in local governments around the state. In addition to her role in the City Manager’s office, Tara also serves the City of Trinidad as the Chairman of the Corazon de Trinidad Creative District, she heads up Trinidad’s Main Street Program and is in charge of the City’s Certified Local Government and Urban Renewal Authority activities. Tara is also the Director of the Colorado Welcome Center in Trinidad and works closely with the Colorado Tourism Office. She is facilitating over $2.5 million in grant funding and is the City’s liaison to many community groups throughout the Southern Colorado region. She recently served two years as the President of the Board of Directors of the Trinidad and Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce and spent the past three years on the Board of the Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre. Tara is one of the newest members of the Downtown Colorado Inc. Board and believes strongly in DCI’s role in supporting small rural communities such as Trinidad. Tara will finish her Master’s Degree from CU Denver this year in Public Policy and Local Government.
Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority
A professional who is committed to urban renewal, economic development, robust growth and sustainable strategic initiatives, using comprehensive leadership and communication skill sets. A problem-solver with experience in commercial and residential real estate brokerage, marketing and management, development and legislative and regulatory assessments and evaluations. Collaborative team and project leader, accomplished manager, mediator and presenter, offering financial and budget oversight across a broad spectrum. Politically savvy in local and state politics and someone who takes pride in forging and protecting relationships throughout the community. A seasoned board and committee member who understands board structure and governance and someone who is well versed in ethics and mediation.
Karen joined DHM in 2001 with experience in both private and public communications, media relations, business communication and design. With a degree in Communications, and 14 years of experience, Karen has developed the skills to create and implement marketing materials, public process materials, identity concepts, publications, signage, brochures and interpretive displays for a wide variety of projects. Karen also manages the proposal and interview process, including strategy, materials and team building for the firm.
Executive Director, Downtown Fort Collins Business Association
Rick Kron, is a director of the law firm of Spencer Fane in Denver. He holds a Bachelor of Urban Planning and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana (1975), an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1977) and a J.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder (1987). Rick worked for several years in community energy research at Argonne National Laboratory prior to, and during the early part of, law school. Since joining Grimshaw & Harring, P.C. in 1987, his practice has concentrated almost exclusively on special districts, business improvement districts, intergovernmental authorities, and the thrill of Colorado election law.
Progressive Urban Management Associates (PUMA)
As a senior associate with Progressive Urban Management Associates, Erin Lyng provides market research, community engagement, and strategic planning support for P.U.M.A.’s projects. Representative projects include 1) managing statewide outreach and technical assistance for the Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund, a public-private fund that has invested over $3 million in loans and grants to fund healthy food retailers in underserved communities throughout the State; 2) Developing a range of strategic plans from actions plans for Main Street organizations to economic development plans for rural counties such as Prowers County, CO. 3) Producing feasibility studies for historic properties, such as the Tabor Opera House in Leadville, CO, to inform reuse options and longevity. 4) Preparing and analyzing market data for a diverse range of communities from Norfolk, VA, to Colorado Springs, CO. 5) Researching case studies and best practices for topics ranging from public markets to transit alternatives to historic theaters. 6) Engaging the community through facilitated focus groups, interviews, outreach events, and surveys.
Assistant City Manager, Montrose, Colorado
Town of Eagle, Colorado
Brandy Reitter is an experienced public sector professional and has over 10 years of experience working in local economic development, community planning, and public administration. Having worked for communities large and small, Brandy has helped several municipalities to implement economic development strategies. As the former Town Administrator for the Town of Gilcrest, CO, Buena Vista, CO, and Interim Manager in Saguache, Brandy secured grant funding to provide infrastructure to bring potential oil and gas companies to town. She completed a broadband assessment and infrastructure project that resulted in community Wi-Fi with more bandwidth for the town. She developed a comprehensive economic development strategy and established a successful downtown revitalization plan. Brandy received a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver in 2008 and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arizona in 2004. Recently Brandy was appointed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Creative Industries Council in the Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
Executive Director, Downtown Grand Junction
Downtown Boulder Partnership
Terri Takata-Smith is an experienced marketing and PR strategist with over 20 years in the industry and 10 years marketing downtown Boulder. She specializes in developing and implementing comprehensive marketing, promotional & communication plans and campaigns. As the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the Downtown Boulder Partnership (DBP), Takata-Smith provides strategic leadership and management of the organizations’ initiatives – both brand and event marketing. Throughout her ten years with DBP, Downtown Boulder has launched an extremely successful and well-received social media program, responsive website and other creative initiatives keeping Downtown Boulder at the forefront of innovative marketing and communications among downtown districts.
Takata-Smith earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Advertising degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Her career history includes agency work, corporate and non-profit. She is a Colorado native and volunteers as a team manager for both of her sons’ Broomfield Blast competitive soccer teams.
Commercial Loan officer, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
Justin Vause is a Commercial Loan Officer at Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. In that role he market’s CHFAs small business lending programs, coordinates with lending partners, evaluates projects for eligibility and assists applicants throughout the application phase. Justin has a Master’s degree in International Development from the University of Denver with a concentration in micro-finance. Prior to working with CHFA Justin spent four years working for Accion, a non-profit micro-lender operating in Colorado.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Based in the firm's Denver office, Carolynne is a Shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. She works in the Land Use, Government Relations, Real Estate and Natural Resources groups. Ms. White has a deep background in land use issues, municipal and administrative law, real estate transactions, water and natural resource matters, and state and local legislative law. Carolynne's practice focuses primarily on the zoning and entitlement process, with an emphasis on complex projects.
JENNIFER HENNINGER (REGIONAL COUNCIL)
Ms. Henninger has extensive experience in the public and private sectors of community planning, including a strong command of the municipal planning process, development review and design review standards, as well as ordinance revision and creation. Her work has been predominantly with municipalities and other governmental entities.
Crowe GHP Horwath LLP
Sunny Song has been with Crowe GHP Horwath since 2008, and brings to DCI over 10-years of audit experience ranging from working with small private companies to large complex public entities with multiple subsidiaries and operating segments worldwide, and everything in between. She specializes in compliance audit services of publicly traded companies including those in the life sciences, high technology, agricultural, manufacturing, and distribution industries. Sunny works to understand client's business environment, and builds a lasting professional relationship, and adds value every step of the way. Sunny has joined the DCI Fiscal Sustainability Committee in 2016 and has been providing oversight for our reporting and accounting efforts.