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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.”



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.


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