LONGMONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP HIRES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Longmont, CO (December 15, 2020) – Longmont Economic Development Partnership announced today that it has hired Stephanie Pitts-Noggle as an economic development specialist.

As Longmont EDP’s economic development specialist, Pitts-Noggle will be responsible for bringing new ideas and creative approaches to the long-term retention and growth of Longmont’s existing primary industry base.

Pitts-Noggle brings her keen knowledge of data and metrics to tell larger, compelling stories about the impact of an organization, community, and business ecosystem. Throughout her career, she has advised hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs, small businesses, and organizations across multiple industries; spent countless hours delivering presentations to partners and organizations throughout the community; and organized dozens of events drawing thousands of people. Her experience is broad and includes serving as the COO of the Business Elevator of Champaign-Urbana, a business specialist librarian at the Champaign Public Library, and a member of the iVenture Accelerator.

“Stephanie brings to Longmont EDP an extensive background in creating inclusion and innovation for entrepreneurs and small businesses,” said Jessica Erickson, president and CEO of Longmont EDP. “This role is vitally important to connecting Longmont’s existing primary industry businesses with the resources, talent, and infrastructure they need to continue to grow and thrive in Longmont.”

“Filling this economic development specialist position comes on the heels of having recently filled a collective impact program coordinator position,” Erickson added. “These new roles are designed to enhance Longmont’s novel approach to economic development that champions growth, prosperity, and inclusion as the pillars of a successful, vibrant, and resilient local economy.”

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ABOUT LONGMONT EDP: A 501(c)6 non-profit organization founded in 1981, Longmont EDP is funded with both public and private dollars. More than 120 private sector businesses join the City of Longmont, Boulder County, and Platte River Power Authority as our economic partners. Longmont Economic Development Partnership leads a comprehensive approach to building an economic ecosystem that not only supports but champions businesses and their owners. From world-famous brewers to smart manufacturing plants, specialized business catalysts to world-class research facilities, our businesses in Longmont build an economy that champions growth, prosperity, and inclusion. Longmont’s newly launched economic development strategy, Advance Longmont 2.0, focuses on quality job creation and business investment. We activate a powerful civic infrastructure that identifies problems, creates innovative solutions, and implements these programs across partner organizations. For us, Advance Longmont means doing it together. Learn more at www.longmont.org.

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