New CEO of the EDC is HERE!
“To stabilize, strengthen and expand the economic base of the Lake County region and improve the quality of life for all residents through job creation and expansion.”
Your mission, should you choose to accept it . . . . enter (and welcome) Nicole Thompson, the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Lake County Economic Development Corporation (EDC).New CEO of the EDC: Nicole Thompson.
“There’s a new interest in making Leadville be all that it can be, without losing what it has been,” stated Thompson, in what could just become the county’s latest motto. And that’s just what the EDC is counting on.
The non-profit organization formally filed incorporation papers with the Secretary of State nearly ten months ago (11/29/2012) and concluded its search for a CEO, by hiring Thompson, who officially started on August 1.
Thompson comes to the position with a solid background in economic development, most recently serving as Director at the King George County Economic Development in Virginia. According to an online biography, she has almost twenty years of experience in community and economic development and has worked on the state government, local government, and non-profit/ community-based levels. Prior to King George County, Nicole worked for the City of Portsmouth, Fairfax County, the City of Norfolk, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and a statewide nonprofit organization in North Carolina. Nicole graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Urban Studies and received a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An avid runner, Nicole has participated in numerous half and full marathons, including the Boston, Chicago, and Marine Marathons. And now Leadville and Lake County, Colorado.
The Lake County EDC with Thompson’s guidance is in the process of creating the organization’s vision and mission.
“The overall mission is to improve the economy of Leadville and Lake County, of course,” explains Thompson, “but exactly how we’re going to go about doing that, we’re still working on that.” The group is currently developing a strategic plan and has a retreat scheduled for the EDC board, members and new CEO for next week.
“I would say for the first year, it’s going to be me more observing, bringing advice where I can,” said Thompson in a recent interview with Leadville Today. She plans to spend that time “observing the trends, seeing what makes the town roll, what the issues are, and trying to figure out the roll the EDC can play.”
Thompson got a pretty good taste of what makes Leadville roll when she arrived during the busiest month in town: August!
“It was good to see the very busiest time of the season,” said Thompson. “My hope now is coming back during the slower times and to meet with some of the businesses and hear what their thoughts are concerning economic development.”
The focus of the EDC is business retention and expansion in Lake County. It will also be prepared to work with new businesses that have a desire to locate in Lake County. Membership in the Lake County Economic Development Corporation is open to any individual or business. The organizing committee is soliciting individual and business members for the EDC.
The non-profit has found a (temporary?) office in the Tabor Home on E. 5th Street, although Thompson says the best way to contact the organization is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, by snail mail: PO Box 1503, Leadville, CO 80461, or call Thompson directly at 719-427-0118.
“I’m looking forward to working with the community. I think there’s a whole lot of potential,” she concluded.