Former economic development chief to speak at summit

Stephanie Copeland
Stephanie Copeland

An executive with experience in economic development and communications is scheduled to deliver the keynote presentation at an economic summit in Grand Junction.

Stephanie Copeland, chief executive officer of the Governance Project and managing partner of Fourpoints Funding, will join other speakers at the summit.

The Western Colorado Economic Summit will include sessions on real estate, tech innovation and work force development. The event also serves as an annual meeting for the Grand Junction Economic Partnership and fund-raiser for the economic development organization.

Other speakers will include Erik Mitizek, president of Imagine Analytics and former chief innovation officer for the State of Colorado, and Mike O’Donnell, executive director of Colorado Lending Source.

Copeland joined the Governance Project and Fourpoints Funding at the beginning of the year. The Governance Project works with state and municipal leaders to use Opportunity Zone incentives to promote development. Fourpoints Funding invests in rural Colorado businesses and communities through various programs.

Copeland previously served as executive director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

Before her appointment, she worked as president of the Zayo Group, a communications infrastructure services firm. She previously worked as chief operating officer at WildBlue, where she was responsible for the operations of the $500 million rural broadband business.

In addition to Copeland’s luncheon address, GJEP will provide an update on its activities and present awards recognizing individual achievement in economic development and a business or organization demonstrating community awareness and involvement.

The Western Colorado Economic Summit is set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 at the Colorado Mesa University Center. Admission is $75 for the summit, $50 for the luncheon. To register or obtain more information, visit