Economic Outlook: Castle Rock, Parker + Elbert Update
WHEN: Wednesday | January 31, 2024 | 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
WHERE: Parker Library | 20105 Mainstreet Parker, CO 80138
WHAT: To kick off the New Year, we are excited to announce three FREE in-person local Economic Outlook events in January. Think of these as localized spinoffs of everyone's favorite event, the DMAR Economic Summit. Our Economic Outlooks provide a unique opportunity for you to hear firsthand from local experts about the economic future of your community. What's even better? These events are entirely FREE for DMAR members!
For our Castle Rock, Parker and Elbert County update, we have the privilege of hosting Weldy Feazell, Director for Reinvestment Authority & Economic Development for the town of Parker, Frank Gray, President & CEO Castle Rock EDC and Chris Richardson, Elbert County District 1 Commissioner. Join us to gain valuable insights into the local economy, receive updates on upcoming projects and learn about their ambitious 2024 goals for economic prosperity.
PRICE: FREE for Members
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About Our Speakers
Weldy Feazell, Director for Reinvestment Authority & Economic Development
Weldy joined the Town of Parker in 2012 in the economic development department. She served as the primary contact for existing businesses. In addition, she managed Economic Development marketing efforts to increase businesses' awareness about the Town of Parker in the regional, national and international business communities. In 2017, Weldy moved from the Economic Development Department to be the first full-time staff working on P3's urban renewal efforts. Before coming to the Town, Weldy worked for ten years at Western Union in the Global Real Estate Department. Her role as a Global Transactions Manager provided her with extensive knowledge of working with commercial real estate on the national and international levels. Weldy obtained her undergraduate degree in Marketing and Finance from Regis University in Denver and a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver.
Frank Gray, President and CEO of Castle Rock EDC
Frank is responsible for attracting new businesses and helping existing industries thrive and grow in Castle Rock and Douglas County. Castle Rock EDC has been named the EDCC’s Large Community of the Year in 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2018. In 2011, Frank assumed responsibility for the Downtown Development Authority and the Downtown Merchants Association forming what is now known as the Castle Rock Downtown Alliance. Frank has worked for, started up and owned several small businesses. Frank earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado (Boulder) and the University of Uppsala (Sweden) in International Affairs and Finance, as well as a Master’s degree from the University of Lancaster (UK) in Diplomacy and Development Economics. Frank went on to work for the United Nations HQ in Geneva and Switzerland, then coached volleyball at Regis University, Baylor University and the USA Youth and Junior National Volleyball Program.
Chris Richardson, Elbert County District 1 Commissioner
Chris retired from the U.S. Army in 2011 as a colonel following 23 years of service. He has served as Elbert County District 1 Commissioner since 2017. By nature, he is a servant-leader and problem solver.