2021 Advance Longmont Economic Summit presented in partnership with Xcel Energy
FEBRUARY 25th AND 26th, 8 – 10:30am MST


2021 Advance Longmont Economic Summit presented in partnership with Xcel Energy
FEBRUARY 25th AND 26th, 8 – 10:30am MST
Thank you for joining us for the 2021 Advance Longmont Economic Summit. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Day 1 agenda:

  • 8:00-8:30 Welcome, Eric Wallace, Board Chair, Longmont EDP
  • 8:30-9:10 Longmont EDP 2020 Impact & 2021 Outlook – Jessica Erickson, CEO, Longmont EDP
  • 9:10-9:20 Sponsor Break
  • 9:20-10:05 KEYNOTE: Regional Economic Forecast, Patty Silverstein, President & Chief Economist, Development Research Partners
  • 10:05-10:25 Q&A w/ Patty Silverstein
  • 10:25-10:30 Closing Remarks & What to Expect on Day 2, Eric Wallace, Board Chair
Day 2 agenda:
  • 8:00-8:15 Welcome, Eric Wallace, Board Chair, Longmont EDP
  • 8:15-9:00 Advance Longmont 2.0: Target Industry Panel
    • Smart Manufacturing: Chris Pearson, CEO, Roccor
    • Food & Beverage: Eric Wallace, Co-Founder & CEO, Left Hand Brewing Company
    • Business Catalysts: Lori Jones, CEO, Avocet Communications
    • Knowledge Creation & Deployment: Sally Dyer, Vice President Operations, Novartis Gene Therapies
  • 9:00-9:15 Sponsor Break
  • 9:15-10:00 Advance Longmont 2.0: Focus Area Panel
    • Talent: Matt Wiggins, Director of Community & Business Development, SVVSD
    • Place: Kimberlee McKee, Executive Director, Longmont Downtown Development Authority
    • Industry: Sergio Angeles, CEO, Innovate Longmont
    • Connectivity: Phil Greenwald, Transportation Manager, City of Longmont
  • 10:00-10:30 CLOSING KEYNOTE: Iffie Jennings, Founder, The Kindness Network
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Chart showing NextLight having the fastest ISPs in the United States in 2018
Map of the United States showing corporate income tax percentages in each state
Chart showing average electric rate in Longmont lower than Colorado overall and neighboring utilities
Price to income ratio chart showing Longmont's income ratio starting below 3 and rising to almost 5 between 2012 and 2018

Rigid Bits

“Longmont has been my home off and on since I moved to Colorado more than 12 years ago. I fell in love with the community and in 2015 decided to make it my permanent home. Because of the strong ties with the community, there was no question when I founded Rigid Bits in 2017 that it is where we would set our roots down. As an added bonus, NextLight is the fastest internet service provider in the country, which is a great fit for us.

Rigid Bits provides cybersecurity services to businesses nationwide, providing valuable insight to prevent attacks and respond immediately to cybersecurity events. Since 2017, we have supported 70 businesses across 17 states and a variety of industries. We have experienced 300% year-over-year growth with no signs of slowing down. Our plans are to continue to expand Rigid Bits’ services to support businesses in all industries with their cybersecurity needs, changing the way we work as the industry and threats change. As our growth continues, we will bring on new employees and just last month moved into larger office space in Longmont in preparation for our future”.

– Jeff Oden, Founder