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THE 2021 ADVANCE LONGMONT ECONOMIC SUMMIT

Paving a Path to a Bright Future: February 25th and 26th

Longmont, CO (February 9, 2021) – Longmont EDP and the Advance Longmont Partners are leading the way in paving a path to a bright and resilient future for Longmont’s local economy. The Advance Longmont Economic Summit, hosted by Longmont Economic Development Partnership, provides an opportunity for Longmont-area business and civic leaders from the public, private, nonprofit, and education sectors to learn, share, and engage in addressing the opportunities and challenges Longmont faces in pursuing a transformative economic development strategy that seeks to develop an inclusive economy, align the community around collective impact, and move the needle on the issues that matter most.

The two-day virtual event, presented in partnership with Xcel Energy, will feature keynote speakers Patty Silverstein, president and chief economist at Development Research Partners, and Iffie Jennings, founder of The Kindness Network. Breakout sessions will feature some of Longmont’s thought leaders and innovators from both the public and private sectors, including:

  • Chris Pearson, CEO of Roccor
  • Eric Wallace, Co-founder and CEO of Left Hand Brewing Company
  • Sally Dyer, vice president of operations at Novartis Gene Therapies
  • Lori Jones, president and CEO of Avocet Communications
  • Mat Wiggins, director of community and business development at St. Vrain Valley School District
  • Kimberlee McKee, executive director of the Longmont Downtown Development Authority
  • Sergio Angeles, CEO of Innovate Longmont
  • Phil Greenwald, transportation manager for the City of Longmont

WHEN: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH, and FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH, from 8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. MST

Participants can register here.

“The Advance Longmont Economic Summit is a unique coming-together of bold and creative business and civic leaders,” said Jessica Erickson, president and CEO of Longmont EDP. “Every year the Advance Longmont Economic Summit brings together leaders who are changing the way we do business, who are instrumental in making Longmont a thriving and inclusive community. This year’s Summit promises to be not only informative, but also to serve as a call to action for leaders from across the community to engage in the work of Advance Longmont 2.0, the next evolution of economic development in Longmont.”

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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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LONGMONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP HIRES COLLECTIVE IMPACT PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Newly Created Role at EDP Unique in the Nation for an Economic Development Organization

Longmont, CO (November 17, 2020) – Longmont Economic Development Partnership announced today that it has hired Marisa Baylón Guillén as its collective impact program coordinator.

In this position, Baylón Guillén will serve as the “backbone” to the collective impact framework of Longmont’s Advance Longmont 2.0 economic development strategy. Advance Longmont 2.0 is a transformative economic development strategy that seeks to develop an inclusive economy, align the Longmont community around collective impact, and move the needle on issues that matter most to its residents and businesses.

“While the collective impact model is commonly used for social impact organizations, we aren’t aware of any other communities applying this model to an economic development strategy,” said Jessica Erickson, president and CEO of Longmont EDP. “Our Advance Longmont 2.0 strategy recognizes the need for a new approach to economic development, aligning organizations, people, and resources to implement what matters. Marisa is an exceptional strategist with a career’s worth of experience perfectly suited to bring leadership and  provide the needed support to the ongoing work of implementing Advance Longmont 2.0.”

Baylón Guillén said that her “sole focus in my new role as collective impact program coordinator will be on the implementation of Advance Longmont 2.0 and the coordination of both the working groups and the Advance Longmont Partners steering committee to identify and execute strategic initiatives within each of the focus areas of the strategy: place, industry, connectivity, and talent.”

Before coming to Longmont EDP, Baylón Guillén was a labor organizer for SEIU/Florida Public Services Union, where she collaborated and integrated with community organizations and political affiliates; served as the New Americans Citizenship Coordinator for the Florida Immigrant Coalition; and was director of operations and project manager for Intercambio Uniting Communities in Boulder, Longmont, and Lafayette, Colorado. The collective impact program coordinator is a high-visibility role and Baylón Guillén is responsible for maintaining and building a strong community network, designing new programs in collaboration with partners, and coordinating program implementation.

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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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Jessica Erickson, Longmont Economic Development Partnership President, Named Co-Chair of Metro Denver Economic Development Professionals Group

LONGMONT, CO (August 6, 2020) – It was announced last week that Jessica Erickson, president and CEO of Longmont Economic Development Partnership (Longmont EDP), has been named co-chair of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation’s Economic Development Professionals Group for 2020 and 2021.

Her co-chair is Ben Pratt, economic development director for the Town of Erie.

“I am honored to be a part of this amazing group of big thinkers and innovators, including my co-chair Ben Pratt,” Erickson said. I look forward to the serving the region in this capacity, and to leveraging this opportunity to ensure that Longmont has a strong voice in regional economic development strategy, marketing, and policy.”

According to Rich Werner, CEO of Upstate Colorado and outgoing chair of the Metro Denver EDC’s ED Professionals Group, the nomination of two co-chairs aligns the group with Metro Denver EDC’s executive committee and board of governors structure and provides diverse perspectives in the leadership of its economic development partners across the region.

“This is an easy example of why two is better than one,” Werner said. “Many of us have known Jessica for years and our group will be well served by her talent and experience. This new model will allow us to have options going forward that represent a variety of perspectives and experiences.

“Our group cannot be in better hands,” he added.

Erickson has served as president and CEO of Longmont Economic Development Partnership since 2015 where she has overseen the complete re-design and re-branding of the organization around a collective impact strategy that champions growth, prosperity, and inclusion as the pillars of economic development. During that time, Longmont EDP has spearheaded projects that have helped attract or expand more than 150 businesses, brought more than $1 billion in new capital investment, and impacted the creation of more than 2,000 primary jobs. Erickson has also led the charge to more than triple private sector funding for Longmont EDP. Prior to joining Longmont Economic Development Partnership, she was the Senior Industry Development Manager for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade focusing on retention, expansion and recruitment of businesses specializing in Advanced Manufacturing, Infrastructure Engineering, Electronics, Financial Services, and Technology & Information.

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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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COLORADO’S BEST-KEPT SECRET Longmont, Colorado – Ranked the #1 Boomtown in the U.S. – Launches National Campaign to Attract Top Talent

Longmont, CO (August 4, 2020) – Longmont, Colorado – a city 30 miles north of Denver with a population of nearly 100,000 – has launched a national campaign to attract top talent and job seekers to the area.

Funded by business investors and local partners and spearheaded by Longmont Economic Development Partnership (Longmont EDP), the campaign takes a novel approach to attracting and retaining top talent for Longmont’s existing and future employers.

“We are focusing on talent and people looking for jobs and wanting to relocate because we know that the quality of a workforce – their skills and talents, as well as their emotional well-being – is vitally important to executives in making location and expansion decisions,” said Jessica Erickson, president and CEO of the Longmont EDP.

The campaign will focus on key geographic areas, including Boston, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Portland, and Minneapolis. These areas were chosen, Erickson said, because they have a similar and high Industry Location Quotient (meaning high concentration in Longmont’s target industries) and a high Occupation Location Quotient (meaning high concentration in the talent pool that’s relevant to the city’s target industries).

“Longmont brings together innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial grit with an unparalleled quality of life,” Erickson added. “People live here because of the beautiful mountains, the access to outdoor activities, the brewpubs and nationally known restaurants, the weather…and they work here because of the strong work/life balance, advancement opportunities, and the innovative companies in Longmont.”

The campaign takes a multi-pronged and integrated marketing approach that will include paid and organic social campaigns, public relations and media relations outreach, and a website refresh.

Longmont is perfectly positioned for this push, Erickson added, noting that the city has had a 1.2 percent average annual economic growth since 2013. It is home to a number of advanced technology companies that are engaged in cutting-edge R&D, and the translation of ideas into products. Names like Intel, Seagate, Xilinx, Western Digital, Micron, Sticker Giant, AveXis, J.M. Smucker Company, Left Hand Brewing, Oskar Blues, and others populate Longmont’s industry landscape. In Longmont alone, more than 200 global companies have a presence and employ more than 11,000.

In 2019 Longmont was named the #1 Boomtown in the U.S. by smartasset.com

“We are Colorado’s best-kept secret, but it’s one that we want everyone to know about,” Erickson said.

Longmont’s key industries clusters include:

SMART MANUFACTURING: Longmont is a national center for the manufacturing of tomorrow, where leading companies are designing and building the next frontier of advanced manufacturing technology. Companies here are creating everything from optical devices to smart city technology, storage batteries to surgical tools. These are the companies that are building the devices that redefine the ways today’s industries operate and that make the reality of whole new industries happen.

JOBS: 2,154

PROJECTED 5-YEAR GROWTH: 1.8%

AVERAGE EARNINGS: $96,480

FOOD & BEVERAGE: Food and beverage companies are a well-established cornerstone of Longmont’s industrial diversity. We are not only home to national breweries, craft distilleries and artisan eateries, we are also a hub for national and international food companies and their manufacturing. This is a place where you can build a reputation and a career in the food & beverage industry while you tantalize taste buds and influence tastemakers across the globe.

JOBS: 699

PROJECTED 5-YEAR GROWTH: 15.7%

AVERAGE EARNINGS: $51,820

KNOWLEDGE CREATION & DEPLOYMENT: Longmont is a center for new knowledge and breakthroughs. We are a national hub for cutting-edge R&D and deployment in engineering, physical and life sciences. You will find numerous private research labs in our community, as well as medical, pharma, and bioengineering and biotechnology companies looking to hire innovative thinkers who can help them push the boundaries of our scientific knowledge.

JOBS: 1,857

PROJECTED 5-YEAR GROWTH: 5%

AVERAGE EARNINGS: $127,430

The second pillar of the national efforts will include outreach to site selectors and corporate relocation and expansion decision-makers.

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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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Longmont Economic Development Partnership Releases Survey Results 87% Of Respondents Reported They Would “Strongly Recommend” Longmont To Their Friends

LONGMONT, CO (August 4, 2020) – Longmont Economic Development Partnership (Longmont EDP) recently commissioned a Workforce Perception survey to get a pulse on how Longmont-based workers viewed living and working in Longmont.

62 people responded to the survey. Top-line takeaways include:

  • 87% would strongly recommend Longmont to a friend or colleague.
  • 80% felt that Longmont was a safe place to live.
  • 9 out of 10 said that the city had “a strong community vibe.”
  • 85% felt that Longmont supported a strong work/life balance.

Survey questions took respondents on a deep dive, posing questions that asked for their opinions in several categories including safety, hospitality, access to entertainment and restaurants, access to outdoor recreation activities for kids and adults, the quality of the schools, workplace advancement opportunities, and the innovation of the companies based here.

For more results of the Workforce Perception study, see the accompanying infographic.

“What Longmont has to offer is more than just the great quality of life, the affordability, the fast internet, and the gorgeous mountains that are only 20 minutes away,” said Jessica Erickson, president and CEO of Longmont EDP. “What the survey showed was that Longmont is a community that is supportive and energizing for families, individuals, entrepreneurs, innovators, and businesses. Despite some of the challenges we are all facing on a global scale, this is still a wonderfully vibrant and exciting time in Longmont.”

In the last five years, Longmont EDP has spearheaded projects that have helped to attract or expand more than 150 businesses to Longmont including Smucker’s, AveXis, Acertara, and Sticker Giant.

“With all the uncertainty today, we continue to see growth and expansion in Longmont,” she added. “Businesses are choosing to move here, and businesses are being creative in how they are responding to and adapting to the pandemic. Our city council, school district, and other civic organizations are coming together to help each other. People see and are encouraged by the opportunity they find here.”

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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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