Grand Junction manager wins state economic development award

Kelly Marlin, business development manager with the Grand Junction Economic Partnership, has won the Rookie of the Year award presented by the Economic Development Council of Colorado.

The statewide organization presents the annual award to an economic development professional who’s worked at least year in the industry in Colorado, but not more than three years, and demonstrates the abilities or leadership of a more veteran developer.

Kelly Marlin

Ann Driggers, president and chief executive officer of GJEP, nominated Marlin for the award. “Kelly is a phenomenal asset and talent. She has demonstrated exceptional performance in the 2 1/2 years she has worked in economic development in Mesa County,” Driggers said. “From working one-on-one with businesses to create jobs to development and implementing GJEP’s new marketing and communications plan, Kelly has already had much success.”

Driggers said the GJEB Web site at www.gjep.org recently was recognized as one of the best general purpose economic development Web sites for communities with 25,000 to 200,000 residents in large part because of Marlin’s efforts.”While this recognition was bestowed upon the organization, there is no doubt that the award was truly won because of Kelly and her exceptional work.”

“GJEP, Mesa County and the economic development profession are very fortunate to have her, and I am truly excited that her peers across the state have recognized this and presented her with the award,” Driggers added.