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.
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.
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.
Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
Wyatt Jones is a Senior Commercial Lending Officer for the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA). Wyatt is in his thirteenth year working within the Community Development Division of CHFA concentrating on Industrial Development Bonds, 501c3 Tax Exempt Bond Financing, New Market Tax Credits, Brownfields, and direct commercial real estate financing.
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.
North Fork Valley Liaison
Elaine came to the Western Slope of Colorado from Washington DC in 2005. Her experience spans health care, corporate management and organizational development consulting. She has over thirty years experience in facilitation, strategic planning and management in commercial, non-profit and governmental sectors. From the North Fork Valley, Elaine has been consulting with businesses, nonprofit organizations and community development projects. Currently, she is on the boards of The Friends of the Paradise Theatre and the Western Colorado Community Foundation and is an advisor to the Orton Family Foundation and Citizens for a Healthy Community. She has a passion for local food and enjoys cycling, hiking and gardening. She wants to see local rural economies thrive and survive and is committed to conserving the beautiful lands of Western Colorado.
Progressive Urban Management Associates J.J. Folsom is taking the lead for PUMA on placemaking planning and design services to create healthy places and more livable downtowns. He facilitates community outreach processes, conducts quantitative and qualitative best practice research and participates in strategic planning projects. A seasoned urban designer and transportation planner, J.J. brings 20 years of experience that includes transit oriented development, downtown planning, streetscape design, complete streets and alternative transportation projects. J.J. has worked in several of Colorado’s most respected transportation planning and urban design consulting firms, including Charlier Associates, Civitas and MIG. J.J. is an active member of the Colorado Chapter of the Urban Land Institute and serves on both the transit-oriented development and healthy places committees. He holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado Denver and a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Arizona.
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.
Elena is a landscape architect and planner, and since starting with Norris Design in 2003, has worked on a broad range of projects in both professional realms. She believes that the success of a project is intimately tied to the planning process and the framework that is created and followed throughout the course of design. In Elena’s nine years at Norris Design she has worked in many realms as a project manager, site planner, public facilitator and landscape architect. Elena has a broad range of experience in urban and rural communities and with private and public sector clients. Her ability to communicate makes her an effective project manager able to resolve challenges from a technical perspective as well as community related issues, evaluation of alternatives and creating solutions for all projects. In 2008, Elena moved to Summit County, Colorado to direct Norris Design’s mountain region office. Her involvement in mountain and river valley projects has broadened her expertise and experience in planning projects, especially integrating development into sensitive natural environments, affordable housing initiatives, downtown revitalization and the incorporation of sustainable design practices.
City of Trinidad
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.
Mary Jane Loevlie is co-owner and CEO of Shotcrete Technologies, Inc., which specializes in the tunneling and mining industry. The company has operated on hundreds of challenging and unique projects in the global marketplace since the 1980s, from the Washington, D.C. Metro to the San Roque Hydro Project in the Philippines. Mary Jane is originally from Idaho Springs, Colorado, where she and her husband are currently based.
Town of Buena Vista
Brandy Reitter has devoted her career to public service. Currently she is the Town Administrator for the Town of Buena Vista. Prior to assuming her position in Buena Vista, Brandy worked as the Town Administrator for the Town of Gilcrest. Having worked for the City of Longmont, the Government of the District of Columbia, and the City and County of Denver’s Office of Economic Development she brings diverse experience to her position. Brandy has knowledge of business development, revitalization, Main Street USA, workforce development, affordable housing, and understands the importance of having solid infrastructure to accomplish economic development goals. In addition to her experiences in municipal government, Brandy received a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs in 2008. Brandy really enjoys her work in the Town of Buena Vista and works towards accomplishing the goals of the community.
Downtown Boulder Partnership
Sean Maher is the Executive Director of the Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District. Prior to joining the BID, Sean headed both private and public economic development efforts in Boulder as head of the Boulder Economic Council. While at the BEC, Sean co-founded the Boulder Innovation Center and worked with City Manager, Frank Bruno to create Boulder’s first ever business incentive program. Prior to the BEC, Sean brought the first Ben & Jerry’s stores to Boulder and Denver and also worked as a marketing consultant with Sterling-Rice Group. He holds an MBA from the University of Colorado.
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.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Based in the firm's Denver office, Carolynn 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.
Colorado State Library
In her role as the Senior Consultant for Public Libraries and Community Development, Jacqueline provides support to public libraries and communities in a number of areas. Her 15 years of experience as a local government and library attorney is helpful in providing governance, policy development, and legal guidance. Jacqueline also offers meeting facilitation services to library boards/staff, community groups and local governments, and strategic and action planning assistance to library boards. Jacqueline has formed and counseled numerous library districts throughout the State. She was the principal drafter on changes to the Library Law in 2009 and testified at the State legislature on the new provisions. Jacqueline’s background in municipal planning provides context for downtown economic development and joint library-city-county and commercial projects in urban, suburban and rural areas. She frequently attends meetings of civic and business leaders, where she promotes Colorado libraries to non-library people.
Fiscal Advisory Services
Colorado Department of Local Affairs