President & CEO
Jessica Erickson has served as president and CEO of Longmont Economic Development Partnership since 2015 where she has overseen the complete re-design, and re-building of the organization around a collective impact strategy that champions growth, prosperity, and inclusion as the pillars of economic development. During that time, Longmont EDP has spearheaded projects that have helped attract or expand more than 150 businesses, brought more than $1 billion in new capital investment, and impacted the creation of more than 2,000 primary jobs.
Prior to joining Longmont Economic Development Partnership, Jessica Erickson was the Senior Industry Development Manager for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade focusing on retention, expansion and recruitment of businesses specializing in Advanced Manufacturing, Infrastructure Engineering, Electronics, Financial Services, and Technology & Information.
Before her time at OEDIT, Jessica served as the Manager of Business Retention & Expansion and Interim Director of Economic Development for the City of Thornton Office of Economic Development. There she focused on the retention and expansion of the city’s existing primary employer base and spearheaded redevelopment efforts in a 600-acre Urban Renewal Area. Jessica spent the first half of her economic development career in the City & County of Broomfield at the Broomfield Economic Development Corporation and served as president and CEO of the organization from 2009-2011. She has also served on the Boards of Directors of the Economic Development Council of Colorado and Colorado Lending Source, and currently serves on the Boards of the NoCo Manufacturing Partnership and Commuting Solutions and is co-chair of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation Economic Development Professionals group.
Jessica received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She is also a graduate of the Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).
Collective Impact Coordinator
Marisa Baylón Guillén is Longmont EDP’s Collective Impact Coordinator, a position created to help Longmont build an economy that champions growth, prosperity, and inclusion. Marisa is an exceptional strategist with a career’s worth of experience perfectly suited to lead the implementation of Longmont’s economic development strategy: Advance Longmont 2.0. Her primary focus is implementing this strategy and coordinating 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, Marisa was a labor organizer for Service Employees International Union (SEIU), where she collaborated and integrated with community organizations, executives, and political affiliates. She also 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. She has an array of experience ranging from local non-profits to international businesses and from small businesses to Fortune 500s. The Collective Impact Program Coordinator is a high-visibility role and Marisa is responsible for maintaining and building a strong community network, designing new programs in collaboration with partners, and coordinating program implementation.
economic development specialist
Stephanie is a highly motivated and innovative economic development professional with many years’ experience supporting businesses and entrepreneurs. Since 2016, she has worked tirelessly to leverage her master’s degree in Library and Information Science to provide organizations with critical market research, educational programming, and capacity-building partnership opportunities. Her diverse experience includes serving as the data and reporting analyst at EnterpriseWorks, the startup incubator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; building the business services program as the business specialist librarian at Champaign Public Library; and co-founding the Business Elevator, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to increase the share of successful minority-owned businesses. Throughout her career, she has advised over 325 aspiring entrepreneurs, small businesses, and organizations across multiple industries; spent over 150 hours delivering presentations to community partners and organizations; and organized 170 different events with a combined attendance of over 2,200 people. Her background in information science along with her passion for community development inform her focus on using data-driven decision-making to create tangible economic impacts. As Longmont EDP’s economic development specialist overseeing the ELEVATE Longmont business retention and expansion program and Longmont EDP’s Real Estate Services programs, Stephanie’s role is vitally important to connecting Longmont’s existing primary industry businesses with the resources, talent, and infrastructure they need to continue to grow and thrive in Longmont.
Lisa Jarko is a Certified Administrative Professional who has worked in the field for many years. She is an important part of our team in the support of the needs of Longmont EDP. She greets everyone who comes into the office with a friendly welcome! Lisa enjoys reading, music, painting, spending time with family and friends, and is content in living in the moment every day.
“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