ACED Honors Area Companies at ACE Awards Luncheon

DENVER, Colo. – April 8, 2019 – Adams County Economic Development (ACED) honored seven companies for their significant achievements and support of economic development at the Adams County Excellence (ACE) Awards Luncheon April 4 at the Westin Westminster.

“This is an exciting and optimistic time for Adams County,” said Tricia Allen, Interim President/CEO of ACED. “Our robust growth is due to the County’s diverse economy, significant available land for development, and a deep belief in regional cooperation.”

The ACE Awards spotlighted area companies using innovation and creativity to impact Adams County’s economy. Award winners included:

Business Retention Award – Watermill Express
The company is the largest drive-up pure drinking water company in the nation and the green alternative to prepackaged water. Watermill Express recently purchased a larger facility in Brighton where it will expand its headquarters operation and add staff.

Resilience Award – Garrett Brown Designs (GBD)
The founder and president, Garrett Brown, creates furniture, custom interior spaces, and art inspired by nature. He started GBD in his apartment but has now expanded into a 3,500-square-foot wood-working/metal fabrication shop employing eight people in Westminster.

Excellence in Innovation Awards – Colorado Air and Space Port & Fitzsimons Innovation Community
America’s hub for commercial space transportation, research, and development, the Colorado Air and Space Port received the nation’s 11th site operator license from the FAA in August 2018. The Space Port (formerly Front Range Airport) has 3,200 acres of developable land that will provide a boost to the statewide economy as well as Adams County.

The Fitzsimons Innovation Community is fueling industry growth for Adams County and the state through its redevelopment of the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Hospital in Aurora. The Community houses 75 innovative, growing companies with a combined 750 employees and more than $800 million in grants.

Summit Award – Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center
The definition of a gamechanger for the region, Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center is spurring development near its 85-acre site in Aurora. The Resort opened in December 2018 with 1,501 rooms, 485,000 square feet of convention space, and 1,500 employees.

Developer of the Year – Prologis

A multinational real estate development company and one of the world’s largest owners of warehouses and distribution centers, ACED recognized Prologis for its Prologis Park Center project in Unincorporated Adams County. The 681,649-square foot, the master-planned industrial park provides prime space in the North I-25 corridor.

Development of the Year – Tradecraft Industries
The area’s first coworking facility for the design and construction industry, this 19,000-square-foot innovatively designed space in Unincorporated Adams County contains offices, conference rooms, material and equipment storage, and a professional affiliate network for members.

Colorado-based Boom Supersonic is making the world more accessible through supersonic air travel. Kate Gregory, Boom’s Program Manage, Airliner Program, keynoted the event and brought area business leaders up-to-speed on Boom’s plans to make supersonic flight the new standard for business travel.

“Our vision at Boom is not just to provide supersonic travel for the ultra-wealthy but to ‘remove the barriers to experiencing the planet.’ We want to initially introduce a supersonic aircraft that is equivalent in cost to current business class travel with the goal of advancing technologies to enable affordable economy class supersonic travel,” said Gregory.

Boom received $100 million in Series B funding in early 2019 to advance development of the world’s first economically viable supersonic airliner called Overture. The Overture aircraft will have between 55 and 75 seats, a targeted cruising speed of Mach 2.2 (2.2 times the speed of sound and 2.6 times faster than current commercial aircraft speeds) at 60,000 feet above the earth. It recently began a site selection process for the Overture manufacturing site, which will begin passenger service in the mid-2020s.
Sponsors of the ACE Awards Luncheon include Fitzsimons Innovation Community, The Bromley Companies, and United Water and Sanitation District. Photos from the event and Twitter conversations can be viewed online.