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Jeffco EDC celebrates 25 years, honors companies

Miller Coors received the top honor, the Pioneer Award


Jefferson County businesses were recognized for their contribution to the county April 11 at the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation's 25th annual Industry Appreciation Awards breakfast held at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities.

“As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of this event, business is thriving in Jefferson County,” said Jeffco EDC board chair Liz Geislemann. “The Jeffco EDC's work to promote and expand the county's most innovative industries is paying off.”

According to Kristi Pollard, Jeffco EDC's president and CEO, the organization facilitated projects in 2017 that will create more than 2,100 primary jobs and $149 million in capitol improvement.

“The companies we honor today have helped fuel this outstanding economic growth and are continuing to build Jefferson County's future,” Pollard said.

The top recognition of the morning, the Pioneer Award, was given to MillerCoors Brewing Company — founded 145 years ago in Golden. The award is given each year to a Jefferson County company that demonstrates a pioneering attitude within its industry and among businesses in the county.

“MillerCoors pioneered the beverage production industry for not only the state but the nation,” Pollard said. “It's long-term commitment to Jefferson County has catalyzed the industry as one of our six leading growth sectors.”

Bandimere Speedway in Morrison was also recognized with the top honor of the Genesis Award for the Economic Developer of the Year.

Four businesses were recognized for showing growth in primary employment, sales and/or capital investment in the last year — Zimmer Biomet Spine, of Westminster; Pilatus Business Aircraft, of unincorporated Jefferson County; SAS Manufacturing, of Arvada; and PICOCYL, of Golden.

SustainAbility, of Arvada, was recognized with the Community Champion Award for its efforts to influence and improve the quality of their community.

Other honors included the Innovative Technology Award given to Trimble Inc., of Westminster; and the Chairmans Choice Award given to Greg Stevinson and Denver West Partners, of Lakewood.

A new award this year recognized an organization or program that is the next generation in innovation and that will contribute to the future economic vitality in Jeffco. This recognition went to the Wheat Ridge High Schools STEM Program.


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