Business & Economic Development Leader Lisa D. Hough Named President/CEO of Adams County Regional Economic Partnership

Westminster, Colo., April 15, 2021 – The Board of Directors of Adams County Regional Economic Partnership (AC-REP) is pleased to announce its selection of Lisa D. Hough as the organization’s new President/CEO (click here to download Hough’s headshot).

AC-REP, a public/private, nonprofit economic development organization, is working to write the next chapter in Adams County and the metro-north Denver region by amplifying its unique business story, advocating for area businesses and industries, engaging area leaders, and focusing on placemaking initiatives and new infrastructure development.

Hough is a creative and dynamic business leader who thrives on developing business partnerships and being highly engaged in the community. Most recently, she served as Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. There, she managed key industry affiliates including the Colorado Resource Council as well as the Colorado Investment Services Coalition and focused on creating and expanding a cluster that promotes Colorado’s food and beverage production and innovative agricultural technologies.

“What makes economic development different in Colorado is our commitment to collaboration – and Lisa Hough is a gifted executive who can bring businesses and people together for the betterment of our region and state. We will miss her day-to-day contributions in our office but are very excited that a key partner has gained such a valuable leader,” said J. J. Ament, CEO of the Metro Denver EDC.

Her extensive private-sector career has focused on representing highly regulated industries, starting with various telecommunications companies and later moving into the energy business, working for both an international energy company and a Colorado energy startup. In her external affairs role, she has advocated at state legislatures, worked with national trade organizations, and engaged with local communities.

AC-REP Board Chair Tom Stone, Vice President of Project Procurement for Adolfson & Peterson Construction, says Hough’s deep industry, policy, and economic development experience will enable her to promote even stronger partnerships throughout the region and to bring more awareness to the business attributes of the metro north area.

“Our leadership is very excited to have Lisa join our team and organization. We sought an action-oriented collaborator who takes pride in driving results and fulfilling our mission; we found that in Lisa. She is the best choice to take AC-REP to the next level and beyond,” said Stone.

Hough will take the helm at AC-REP on May 5, where she will lead efforts for greater collaboration with government and community leaders, advocate for business and industry by overseeing AC-REP’s public policy efforts, execute the organization’s new strategic plan, expand private-sector participation in AC-REP, and advance AC-REP’s value proposition: One Community. One Voice. 

“We had a large number of amazing, well-qualified candidates. Lisa stood out as a leader from the north metro region who already serves this community, lives in this community, and has relationships in this community that can help us unite businesses and other stakeholders in the region. We welcome her to the team,” said Adams County Commissioner Steve O’Dorisio.

Hough and has been involved in multiple area community organizations including as a founding member of the Adams County Foundation, a former Board Member of the Butterfly Pavilion, an Advisory Board member of CU Denver’s Global Energy Management Program, and Co-Chair of the Energy Subcommittee of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade’s Advanced Industries Grant Committee.

“I’m thrilled to lead AC-REP’s bold strategic plan for the metro north region, the area I’ve called home for many years. Together with our public- and private-sector partners, we will champion the region as the best place for businesses to thrive, for residents to find outstanding careers, and for new companies to establish their Colorado roots,” said Hough. “Many thanks to the AC-REP Board for their confidence in my leadership. I look forward to building new relationships while strengthening my existing network in the Adams County region.”

Hough holds a B.A. in History and Canadian Studies from Duke University and a J. D. from the University of Denver. She continues to support Duke as a volunteer leader in several Colorado and national efforts.


About Adams County Regional Economic Partnership
Adams County Regional Economic Partnership (AC-REP) is a public/private, nonprofit organization that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports businesses, and is an economic champion for the north metro region as a leading global location for business. AC-REP leads four Core Strategies: Economic Development & Placemaking; Business Advocacy & Public Policy; Membership Development & Engagement; and Marketing, Branding & Communications. For more information and updates, see our website or follow us on Twitter.

Janet Fritz, Director, Marketing & Communications, 303-475-4194