Lawyer selected to oversee state economic development efforts

A Denver lawyer long involved in business transactions has been selected to oversee economic development efforts for the state of Colorado.

Ken Lund is the new executive director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).

Lund previously served as chief legal counsel for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. Lund will remain a member of the governor’s senior staff and continue to provide legal advice.

At OEDIT, Lund succeeds Dwayne Romero as executive director.

Romero returns to the private sector as president of Related Colorado, a real estate firm in Snowmass Village. However, Romero expects to work with Lund on implementing a statewide grassroots economic development plan. Romero also will serve on the Economic Development Commission, a panel created by the State Legislature to promote economic development in Colorado.

Hickenlooper said Lund constitutes a good match for his new role with the OEDIT.

“Ken Lund has a fierce passion for expanding business,” Hickenlooper said. “As managing partner for one of Colorado’s largest transactional law firms, Ken was intimately involved with growing businesses at all stages of their evolution. He’s almost obsessed with how to grow Colorado companies. Ken will build on the grassroots plan we are creating and continue efforts to attract new jobs to Colorado.”

Lund was hired in December to become Hickenlooper’s chief legal counsel. He previously worked as managing partner of Holme Roberts & Owen in Denver.

Lund previously served as a board and executive committee member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and as a board member of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. He serves on the board of directors of the Metro Denver Sports Commission.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and a law degree from Denver University.

Lund said he’s looking forward to his new responsibilities at the OEDIT.

“I am honored to serve in this critical economic development role and look forward to continuing the momentum created by Dwayne Romero and his team,” Lund said. “Our focus will be on helping to execute the local, regional and statewide economic development plans developed over the past six months. We want to attract, retain and help grow businesses all over Colorado. We will work our way out of the recession by building partnerships and supporting businesses to create jobs.”