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 www.longmont.org.