West Slope officials win economic development awards

State Senator Don Coram
Sandy Head

A Western Slope official and state legislator are among the latest recipients of annual awards recognizing efforts to promote economic development in Colorado.

Sandy Head, executive director of the Montrose Economic Development Corp., received the Economic Development Achievement Award.

State Sen. Don Coram, a Republican from Montrose, was one of two lawmakers to receive the Legislator of the Year Award.

The Economic Development Council of Colorado presented the awards during its annual conference in Colorado Springs.

“EDCC is proud to honor the men and women who have dedicated their careers to bringing economic vitality to our communities across Colorado,” said Tammy Fields, chairwoman of the EDCC board of directors.

Head was recognized for her work to recruit and retain businesses in Montrose, including a project to provide land at the Montrose Airport Industrial Park to accommodative the expansion of the Polystrand facility and support of Hansen Weatherport that enable that company to increase staffing from 8 to more than 200. The MEDC also was involved with efforts to retain Montrose Forest Products and Ross Reels.

Coram was recognized for his work on legislation to transfer $30 million a year from the Unclaimed Property Trust Fund to the Housing Development Grant Fund to increase access to affordable housing and maintain the work forces in rural communities. In the 2018 legislative session, Coram also was involved in legislation to reallocate funding from the Public Utilities Commission’s high cost support mechanism to support broadband development across Colorado.

State Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, a Democrat from Arvada, also received the Legislator of the Year award.

The Economic Development Council of Colorado is comprised of members from chambers of commerce, industry, organizations and universities from across the state. The council promotes effective and responsible economic development.