LONGMONT, CO (May 3, 2023) – The board of directors of Longmont Economic Development Partnership announced today that it has unanimously selected Erin Fosdick as the organization’s president and CEO. Fosdick recently held the position of principal planner for the Town of Erie and served 17 years on the City of Longmont’s planning team.
“I am thrilled to be back in Longmont,” Fosdick said. “Longmont EDP is known nationally for its progressive and innovative approach to economic development. Programs like Advance Longmont 2.0, its focus on building talent pipelines, fostering a collaborative business environment, and collective problem solving set the standard for Boulder and Weld Counties, Colorado, and the country.”
Advance Longmont 2.0 champions growth, prosperity, and inclusion as the pillars of a prosperous, vibrant, and resilient local economy. The Collective Impact strategy, a transformative approach unique in the nation, focuses on social change through equity, empowerment, and collaboration by bringing together public and private entities to collectively advance entrepreneurship, innovation, and growth opportunities.
Fosdick will be responsible for the following:
- Providing leadership and vision in furthering the economic development strategies and initiatives of the community,
- Implementing an aggressive business attraction program focused on key growth industries that value the locational assets of the City of Longmont,
- Providing support for the existing business retention and expansion program that assists Longmont’s established primary industry base, and
- Overseeing and continuing to implement Longmont EDP’s strategic plan for new growth and capital investment.
“Erin’s return to our community is a win for everyone,” said Cameron Grant, chair of Longmont EDP’s board of directors and shareholder of the Lyons Gaddis law firm. “We are building a world-class business culture here in Longmont. Over the last several years, we have implemented many impactful initiatives to bring more businesses – from those representing cutting-edge research in MedTech and BioTech to advanced manufacturing and others – to Longmont. We look forward to working alongside Erin and benefitting from her incomparable leadership skills as we continue advancing our strategic initiatives in 2023 and beyond.”
Fosdick has worked in local and regional planning for nearly 20 years. She is a recognized expert in public engagement and tactical and strategic leadership. Fosdick specializes in continuous improvement, collaboration, creativity, long-range planning, and community involvement. She earned her master’s in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado Denver in 2007.
“I have always loved Longmont, its pulse and vitality. I look forward to continuing the amazing work that this organization has achieved and watching Longmont grow and thrive,” Fosdick said.
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 economic partners. Longmont Economic Development Partnership leads a comprehensive approach to building an economic ecosystem supporting and championing businesses and their owners. From world-famous brewers to smart manufacturing plants and specialized business catalysts to world-class research facilities, 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.