Westminster, Colo., April 20, 2020 – Adams County Economic Development (ACED) and the Metro North Chamber of Commerce (MNCC) have united into a single organization today after a vote by the groups’ Boards of Directors and MNCC membership. The new partnership will move forward as Adams County Regional Economic Partnership (ACREP).
More than 50 years ago, two remarkable organizations were formed—the Denver Boulder Partnership and Adams County Economic Development. Those entities have experienced many transformations throughout their histories. However, one thing always remained at the forefront of these organizations—how best to serve the communities they represent.
“The blending of these two organizations at this time shows a level of commitment and determination that ensures the future of the metro north region as a leading voice for our communities and state,” said Dana Talarico, President of The Talarico Company and former Board Chair and whose father was a founding member of the MNCC 50+ years ago.
Over the years, ACED was instrumental in bringing to fruition Denver International Airport and Coors Field developments and in creating a trusted Adams County representative position for the north region and state. The Denver Boulder Partnership, now the MNCC, has provided a regional voice and membership engagement for small and large businesses alike.
During the past two years, these two legacy organizations have met regularly to determine opportunities for the organizations to collaborate and partner on growth and development projects, legislative priorities, and events—while continuing to serve their communities at the highest level.
Leaders from both organizations believe this is the time to come together around a common goal—as one community, with one voice—to better support our businesses and communities to meet the challenges brought by COVID-19, so that Adams County and its communities can emerge stronger and more united than ever before.
“Over the last half-century of public service, these two organizations have represented Adams County on projects large and small. Now more than ever, we need all efforts to join together to stabilize our economy. By working together, we will be focused on our shared goals, that Adams County is economically resilient, vibrant, and strong for the future,” said Board of Adams County Commissioners Chair, Emma Pinter.
The nonprofit, public/private sector organization’s vision is developing Adams County and the north metro region into a leading 21st-century global community by promoting economic development, increased job opportunities, placemaking, and investment, which is needed now more than ever.
The organization will be led by Bo Martinez, President and CEO, who took the helm at ACED in March after a nationwide search. Martinez will oversee all strategic efforts to enhance the region’s competitiveness in the global marketplace. The organization offices will be located at 12200 Pecos Avenue, Suite 100, Westminster, Colo. 80234.
“We’re excited to chart a new, shared strategic mission, vision, and five pillars of success that will guide this new partnership going forward,” said Bo Martinez, President & CEO of ACREP. “As we come together as one business community with one voice, we will have a greater impact collectively to enhance economic opportunities, business climate, and placemaking throughout Adams County and the metro north region.”
Jared Carlon, of Norris Design and former chair of the Metro North Chamber of Commerce, Nicole Milo with Centura Health, Andy Dorsey of Front Range Community College, and Troy Whitmore from United Power will join ACREP’s Executive Committee, including Chair Tom Stone, Adolfson & Peterson Construction; Vice Chair Susan Fakharzadeh, Great Western Petroleum; Past Chair Rita Connerly, Fairfield and Woods P.C.; Secretary Carolynne White, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Rory Blakemore, Cowley Companies; Butch Fiore, Fiore & Sons, Inc.; Commissioner Eva Henry, Adams County; Mayor Meredith Leighty, Northglenn; Commissioner Emma Pinter, Adams County; and Josh Shipman, The Bromley Companies.
“As a long-time member of both organizations, United Power welcomes this partnership and sees great opportunity in the focused efforts of one business organization advancing greater economic opportunity in the north region,” said Troy Whitmore, Government & Regulatory Relations Officer for United Power. “The timing of this alliance couldn’t be more perfect given the economic challenges facing businesses in Colorado.”
About Adams County Regional Economic Partnership
Adams County Regional Economic Partnership (ACREP) is a public/private, nonprofit organization that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports businesses, and promotes Adams County as a leading global location for business. An economic champion for the north metro region, ACREP leads five pillars of success: Marketing, Branding, and Placemaking; Business Expansion/Location; Membership and Investment; Strengthening and Diversifying our Economy; Leadership Development; and Business Advocacy. For more information and updates, see our website www.adamscountyrep.com or follow us on Twitter.