A morning of inspiration & knowledge.

2024 Advance Longmont Economic Summit

Tuesday, February 27th, 2024 • 8:00am-12:00pm • Longmont Museum

Tuesday, February 27th, 2024
Longmont Museum


Breakfast, proudly sponsored by NextLight, will be served. And so will a generous portion of key insights that will guide you through 2024 and beyond.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Cameron Grant
Lyons Gaddis Law
Board Chair, LEDP

Cameron Grant will set the stage for the Advance Longmont Economic Summit by delivering the welcome and opening remarks. 

Presenting Sponsor

Iffie Jennings, Area Manager Community Relations
Boulder Region & Mountain Communities

Xcel Energy

Iffie Jennings, representing Xcel Energy as the presenting sponsor, will provide a special introduction. Her participation underscores Xcel Energy’s commitment to fostering economic growth and innovation in Longmont.

Keynote Speaker

Liza Adams, Fractional CMO & AI Advisor, GrowthPath Partners

Highlighting the transformative impacts of Artificial Intelligence on customer behaviors and business practices, including benefits across key industries and the importance of responsible integration.

Regional and State Forecasts

Meredith Moon
Chief Economist and Director of Economic Competitiveness
Metro Denver EDC

Dive into the future with insights from the chief economist of Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. 

Phyllis Resnick, PhD
ED and Lead Economist
Colorado Futures Center

Phyllis Resnick will illuminate the ColoradoCast Economic Forecast and provide insights on housing.

State of Industry

Erin Fosdick
President & CEO
Longmont EDP

Which trends and insights are impacting Longmont businesses? Hear from Erin Fosdick, President and CEO of Longmont EDP.


Daniel Ryley, CEcD
VP of Corporate Attraction
Metro Denver EDC

Daniel Ryley joins our panel to share strategies on attracting top-tier companies. Learn how to elevate Longmont’s economic landscape! 

Danica Powell
Trestle Strategy Group

Danica Powell, Founder of Trestle Strategy Group, brings her expertise to our panel. Explore innovative approaches to sustainable urban development and strategic planning. 

Richard Werner
President & CEO
Upstate CO Econ. Development

Discover key insights from Rich Werner, President & CEO of Upstate Colorado ED, at our panel discussion. Uncover the secrets to fostering regional growth and prosperity!

Your Seat

Limted Seats

Presented in Partnership with:


Patty Sliverstein

President & Chief Economist,
Development Research Partners

Stephanie Pitts-Noggle

Interim President & CEO
Longmont EDP

Your Seat

Limted Seats

AGENDA - Tuesday 2/28

8:30 AM: Breakfast/Coffee - Longmont Museum Atrium

9:00 AM: Stephanie Pitts-Noggle - Welcome

9:15 AM: Stephanie Pitts-Noggle - State of Industry

9:25 AM: Panel 1 - State of Industry

  • Stephanie Pitts-Noggle
  • Pam Hora – Tetra Tech
  • Eric Wallace – Left Hand Brewing
  • Tony Fraij – AGC Biologics

10:15 AM: Break

10:25 AM: Panel 2: Onward! AL 2.0 --> AL 3.0

  • Tim Waters – Councilman
  • Jack Bestall – Bestall Collaborative
  • Kimberlee McKee – Longmont Downtown Development Authority
  • Mark Ward – Ward Electric

11:15 AM: Patty Silverstein - Keynote Speaker + Q&A

12:00 PM: Closing

AGENDA - Tuesday 2/27

8:00 AM: Breakfast/Coffee - Sponsored by NextLight Internet | Longmont Museum Atrium

8:30 AM: Welcome

  • Cameron Grant – LEDP Board Chair, Lyons Gaddis Law

8:40 AM: Presenting Sponsor Remarks

  • Iffie Jennings – Xcel Energy

8:45 AM: State of Industry

  • Erin Fosdick – Longmont EDP

9:00 AM: Economic & Housing Outlook

  • Phyllis Resnick – Colorado Futures Center

9:35 AM: Regional Demographic and Workforce Overview

  • Meredith Moon -Metro Denver EDC

10:10 AM: Coffee Break/Networking

10:25 AM: Panel Discussion: Regional Considerations for a Competitive Longmont


  • Meredith Moon – Metro Denver EDC


  • Danica Powell -Trestle Strategy Group
  • Daniel Ryley – Metro Denver EDC
  • Richard Werner – Upstate Colorado Economic Development

11:15 AM: Keynote: Inspiring What’s Possible With AI to Advance Economies & Humanity

  • Liza Adams – GrowthPath Partners

12:00 PM: Closing






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Cameron Grant


Lyons Gaddis Law Firm
Cameron Grant is a real estate attorney and Shareholder of the Lyons Gaddis law firm, a primary employer in Longmont with offices in Louisville and Littleton.

Cameron represents real estate developers, property owners, and investors in all aspects of real estate and land use, as well as businesses and individuals with entity formation and other transactional matters. Cameron also manages the family land and real estate business. Cameron is a 4th generation Longmont native.

Cameron graduated from Colorado College in 1991 and, in 1995, from the University of Colorado School of Law, where he met his wife, Erika. They now have three sons, Caden, who practices law in Washington, D.C.; Nicholas, who is an engineer in Palo Alto, CA; and Connor, completing his degree in Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Cameron is the former Chair of the Longmont Housing Authority and has served on the boards of various non-profit entities, including the Longmont United Hospital Foundation, Longmont Council for the Arts, and the Imagine Foundation. In his free time, Cameron is an avid skier and an occasional classical singer. Cameron is currently the Vice-Chair of the Longmont Housing Authority and has served on the boards of various non-profit entities, including the Longmont United Hospital Foundation, Longmont Council for the Arts, and the Imagine Foundation. In his free time, Cameron is an avid skier and an occasional classical singer.

Iffie Jennings

Area Manager, Community and Government Affairs at Xcel Energy
Collaborative, inspirational, and proactive Program Development & Community Engagement executive with extensive experience developing and executing strategic cross-organizational programs as related to fostering diversity, developmental education, and health equity within the community.
Adept at consistently delivering robust strategy to maximize organizational goals as defined for organizations grossing up to $1.19 billion annually while managing project budgets independently.
A hands-on leader proficient at fostering collaboration and alignment to drive business initiatives and exceed targets. Conducts research and leverages data to evaluate program effectiveness and is able to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization to inspire changes when necessary.

liza adams

Fractional CMO and AI Advisor | GrowthPath Partners
A trailblazer in AI, Liza Adams has over 20 years driving growth for tech companies. As Managing Partner at GrowthPath Partners, she provides strategic guidance as a fractional CMO, advisor, and AI consultant.
Previously, Liza held executive roles at leading tech companies including Smartsheet, Juniper Networks, Brocade (Broadcom), and Pure Storage in Silicon Valley and the West Coast, in addition to successful Colorado companies like Encompass Technologies and Level 3.
An engaging speaker and thought leader, Liza frequently writes and presents on AI adoption, responsible AI practices, the future of work, and ethical AI implementation. Her keynote will equip leaders to leverage AI as a transformative force.

Meredith moon

Chief Economist and Director of Economic Competitiveness | Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
Meredith Moon currently serves as the Chief Economist and Director of Economic Competitiveness at the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation after working for the State of Colorado since 2017.
At MDEDC, Meredith’s team provides economic and demographic data, economic forecasts, and industry cluster analysis for their economic development efforts, as well as providing similar consulting services to other economic development partners in the region.
She first served as an economist for Legislative Council Staff, where she contributed to the quarterly economic and revenue forecast and performed fiscal analysis on tax-centric legislation and ballot measures.
In 2021, she transitioned to the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting as Chief of Fiscal Strategy, where she led the office’s efforts on the $700 million Colorado Recovery Plan and on Senate Bill 21-260, which overhauled transportation finance in the state. She led on FY 2022-23 budget
development as Deputy Director and then headed up the Governor’s quarterly economic and revenue forecast and economic development team. 
Prior to moving to Colorado in 2015 to pursue her Master’s in International Economics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, she worked in Hispanic-focused marketing and advertising in Dallas, Texas, after living abroad for several years.

Phyllis resnick

Executive Director and Lead Economist | Colorado Futures Center
Dr. Resnick is one of the co-founders of the Colorado Futures Center and serves as both executive director and lead economist. Her research spans macro-fiscal forecasting, analyzing fiscal and budget decisions and an expended portfolio focused on economic security for Colorado households.
She is the lead modeler for the center’s quarterly ColoradoCast, the state’s only short-term forecast of economic activity. Most recently, her work at the center has focused on housing, social determinants of health, neighborhood displacement, disproportionately impacted communities and other studies associating social factors with economic security.
As a volunteer and independent consultant in Africa, the MENA countries and east Asia, Dr. Resnick has worked with central and local governments as well as civil society on issues of macro-fiscal forecasting, tax policy analysis, open budgets and transparency, and fiscal decentralization. 
For her volunteer work she was recognized as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year from the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance.
Dr. Resnick holds an MA and PhD from the University of Colorado.



Erin 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. She serves on the Commuting Solutions Board of Directors and the Board for the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association. She is passionate about placemaking and loves Longmont!


Daniel Ryley

Vice President, Corporate Attraction | Metro Denver EDC
Daniel was born and raised in Colorado, holds a Bachelor Degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University, earned the Certified Economic Developer designation through International Economic Development Council in 2018, and an Executive Certificate in Commercial Real Estate from the University of Colorado in 2023.
He has a combined twenty-one years of economic and workforce development experience. As Vice President of Corporate Attraction for Metro Denver EDC, Daniel oversees business development strategies, including promoting and positioning the region for corporate investment, expansion and relocation. His economic development team facilitates assistance and services for the site selection process, including support of new and expanding businesses, property owners, and developers that engage with communities in the region at all levels, as well as advocacy for business incentives at the State and local levels.
Daniel’s team also facilitates the Front Range Economic Collaborative, made up of economic development professionals from nearly 80 communities across the Front Range, supporting regional collaboration in economic development, best practices and professional

In previous roles, Daniel served as Executive Director of Arvada Economic Development Association (AEDA) and Manager of Economic Development with the City of Arvada, where he was responsible for leading the AEDA Board of Directors, guiding staff on strategy, prioritizing projects and overall leadership of the organization, including the organization’s loan and grant funding, business retention, attraction, development and marketing activities.
Prior, he served as the Director of Business Retention for Adams County Economic Development, and served in a Business
and Economic Development capacity for Adams County Workforce & Business Center and Arapahoe/Douglas

Daniel currently serves as Past President of the Board of Directors for B:Side Capital and B:Side Fund, and as Chairman of Community Advancement for the International Council of Shopping Centers Rocky Mountain Region. He recently championed the passage of House Bill 23-1189, a tax credit for businesses to contribute to home down payment savings for employees.

Danica Powell

Owner/Founder | Trestle Strategy Group
Danica Powell brings new vision and ideas to projects in order to build capacity, develop strategic alliances, empower community support, and implement innovative solutions. Working as a consultant to developers, nonprofits, governmental agencies, schools and universities, Danica has a proven track record for directing and managing a diverse portfolio of projects.
Her background in urban planning, real estate, environmental science, marketing, and sustainability, combined with a community focused mindset, provides a unique perspective for pursuing non formulaic approaches to design and urban planning challenges.
As an advocate for affordable housing solutions and community focused outcomes, Danica has partnered with local municipalities to implement several post flood recovery and
resilience based projects in Colorado, including affordable replacement housing in Lyons and a multi-year stabilization project for an existing mobile home park in Boulder.

Danica currently serves as the Co Chair of the Community Affairs Council, and on the Board of Directors for Boulder Chamber. She is a former Planning Board member for the City of Boulder, a former board member of the Downtown Boulder Foundation and Flatirons Habitat for Humanity, and a former Chair of the Board of Directors for the I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County, 

Richard Werner

President & CEO | Upstate Colorado Economic Development
Rich has 19 years of experience in all facets of economic development. He joined Upstate Colorado Economic Development in his current role as President & CEO in 2015. Upstate Colorado operates in Weld County in Northern Colorado where they have partnered with local communities to support the unprecedented growth making Northern Colorado one of the fasted growing areas in the United States.
Prior to joining Upstate Rich worked in Southern Colorado for six years. Rich has previously served as the Associate Director for the State of Colorado Small Business Development Centers for Former Governor Bill Owens and Bill Ritter. Prior to his appointment by the State he acted as the Director of Marketing and Community Affairs for the Boulder Technology Incubator (CTEK).
Rich spent his early career in the private sector in Washington DC after receiving degrees in Political Science and Communications from The American University.