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Sector Partnerships

About Sector Partnerships

Sector partnerships are partnerships of business leaders, from the same industry and in a shared labor market region, who work with education, workforce development, economic development, and community organizations to address the workforce and other competitiveness needs of their industry. View the Sector Partnership Overview

Sector Partnership Acknowledgement Form

The CWDC has developed the Sector Partnership Acknowledgement Form as a more transparent and easy to use process to clarify which partnerships are recognized on CWDC’s website. Active sector partnerships in Colorado are listed on this page of the CWDC website (see the directory below), determined by the parameters outlined in the Acknowledgement Form. Active sector partnerships are eligible for grant funding and technical assistance to support their priorities. Complete the brief diagnostic tool to better understand the current state of your partnership and submit to be recognized on the website.

Sector Partnership Evaluation (2021-2022)

In fall of 2021, the CWDC Sector Steering Committee requested an external evaluation of Colorado’s sector strategy and sector partnerships to ensure effectiveness as Colorado works proactively towards economic recovery. The evaluation was completed in fall of 2022.

Economic Development Regions

Colorado has been launching and growing sector partnerships since 2005 through a framework that fosters industry-driven alignment across economic development, workforce development, and education.

The state has invested in regional, public-private partnerships targeting key industries that are vital to our regional economies. There are currently active sector partnerships in 5 regions and in diverse industries such as retail, healthcare, tech, and more. Connect with a sector partnership in your region or industry using the directory below

 

 

Sector Partnership Directory 

Economic Development Regions

View current Sector Partnerships by region below (updated April 2023).
 

Region 1

No active partnerships at this time. If you are interested in exploring launching one in this region, contact the CWDC at cwdc@state.co.us.

Region 2

Northern Colorado Manufacturing Sector Partnership

  • Website: https://nocomfg.com/
  • Industry Focus: Manufacturing
  • Contact Name: Jill Foster
  • Contact email: jill@psc.biz       
  • Contact phone number: for all partnership listings please use 970-231-0316
  • Convener name: Jill Foster
  • Business Chairs: Andy Newcomb and Marcie Willard

Northern Colorado Health Sector Partnership  

  • Website: https://nocohealthsector.org/
  • Industry Focus: Healthcare
  • Contact Name: Nikki Lucas
  • Contact email: nikki@psc.biz
  • Contact phone number: for all partnership listings please use 970-231-0316
  • Convener name: Nikki Lucas
  • Business Chairs: JoAnn Herkenhoff and Evan Hyatt

Northern Colorado Hospitality Sector Partnership

  • Website: coming Spring 2023
  • Industry Focus: Hospitality – hotel, restaurant, beverage, and retail
  • Contact Name: Amanda Miller
  • Contact email: amanda@psc.biz
  • Contact phone number: for all partnership listings please use 970-231-0316
  • Convener name: Amanda Miller
  • Business Chairs: in the process of building the leadership team and identifying industry champions

Northern Colorado Construction Sector Partnership

  • Website: https://www.nococsp.com/
  • Industry Focus: Construction
  • Contact Name: Rochelle Reynolds
  • Contact email: rochelle@psc.biz                   
  • Contact phone number: for all partnership listings please use 970-231-0316
  • Convener name: Rochelle Reynolds
  • Business Chairs: Ten Johnson and Amy Powell
Region 3

Boulder Area Healthcare

Tech Talent Boulder/Broomfield 

Aerospace Sector Partnership

  • Website: N/A
  • Industry Focus: Aerospace
  • Contact Name: Jamie Fisher
  • Contact email: jfisher@arapahoegov.com
  • Contact phone number: 303-636-1619
  • Convener name: Jamie Fisher
  • Business Chairs: Sarah Turner, Lockheed Martin Space. Krystal Scordo, Astroscale U.S. Zach Pfeffer, Centennial Software Solutions LLC.

Freight Industry Sector Partnership (F.I.S.P.)

  • Website: N/A
  • Industry Focus: Transportation/Freight/Warehouse/Logistics
  • Contact Name: Joel Parriott
  • Contact email: jparriott@adcogov.org
  • Contact phone number: 720-523-2462
  • Convener name: Adams County Workforce and Business Center
  • Business Chairs: Erica Denney (Denney Transport) & Jennyce Houg (Houg Co.)

Metro Denver Construction Sector Partnership

  • Website: N/A
  • Industry Focus: Construction/Trades 
  • Economic Region: Denver Metro
  • Contact Name: Emily Berger
  • Contact email: Emily.berger@denvergov.org
  • Contact phone number: 720.913.1923
  • Convener name: Denver Workforce Services - DEDO
  • Business Chairs: Sarah VandeLaar, Joel Pennick

Metro Denver Retail Sector Partnership (MDRP)

  • Website: N/A
  • Industry Focus: Retail/Hospitality
  • Economic Region: Denver Metro
  • Contact Name: Daniel Houser
  • Contact email: daniel.houser@denvergov.org
  • Contact phone number: 720.913.1922
  • Convener name: Denver Workforce Services | DEDO
  • Business Co-Chairs: Tina Castro/Kim Tranter

Colorado Media Journalism

  • Website: Formerly cma.media, now moving to Colorado Press Association
  • Industry Focus: Colorado Media & Journalism
  • Contact Name: Rachel Pickarski 
  • Contact email: rachel@colopress.net
  • Contact phone number: 
  • Convener name: Rachel Pickarski  
  • Business Chairs: Laura Frank: CoLab, Sam Moody: Co Media Project, Tony Shawcross: Open Media

Colorado Tree Care Sector Partnership

  • Website: www.coloradotreecare.cosectors.com
  • Industry Focus:  tree care
  • Contact Name: Nikki Lucas
  • Contact email:  nikki@psc.biz
  • Contact phone number: for all partnership listings please use 970-231-0316
  • Convener name: Nikki Lucas
  • Business Chairs: Josh Morin

Boulder Area Manufacturing Sector Partnership

 

Region 4

Southern Colorado Regional Healthcare Sector Partnership

  • Website: N/A
  • Industry Focus: Health and Wellness
  • Contact Name: Petra Randol 
  • Contact email: petrarandol@elpasoco.com
  • Contact phone number: 719-412-3901
  • Convener name: Petra Randol
  • Business Chairs: Heidi Rayman, Children's Hospital Colorado; Nikki Carter, Children's Hospital Colorado; Kim Ivy, Nursing & Therapy Services of Colorado; Eric Hancock, UCHealth. 

Pikes Peak Retail & Hospitality Sector Partnership

  • Website: N/A
  • Industry Focus: Tourism
  • Contact Name: Petra Randol 
  • Contact email: petrarandol@elpasoco.com
  • Contact phone number: 719-412-3901
  • Convener name: Petra Randol
  • Business Chairs: Torrie Giffin, Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort; Katherine Coale, Garden of the Gods Resort; and Jamie Beard, Flying Horse Club & Resort. 

     
Region 5

No active partnerships at this time. If you are interested in exploring launching one in this region, contact the CWDC at cwdc@state.co.us.

Region 6

No active partnerships at this time. If you are interested in exploring launching one in this region, contact the CWDC at cwdc@state.co.us.

Region 7

No active partnerships at this time. If you are interested in exploring launching one in this region, contact the CWDC at cwdc@state.co.us.

Region 8

No active partnerships at this time. If you are interested in exploring launching one in this region, contact the CWDC at cwdc@state.co.us.

Region 9

No active partnerships at this time. If you are interested in exploring launching one in this region, contact the CWDC at cwdc@state.co.us.

Region 10

No active partnerships at this time. If you are interested in exploring launching one in this region, contact the CWDC at cwdc@state.co.us.

Region 11

Mesa Manufacturing

Region 12

No active partnerships at this time. If you are interested in exploring launching one in this region, contact the CWDC at cwdc@state.co.us.

Region 13

South Central Health and Wellness Sector Partnership

  • Website: wellstart.health
  • Industry Focus: Healthcare and Wellness Sectors
  • Contact Name: Diana Armstrong
  • Contact email: armstrong@fedc.co
  • Contact phone number: 719-275-8601
  • Convener name: Diana Armstrong
  • Business Chairs: Margaret “Peggy” Heil, LCSW and Becky Romano, LPC, NCC, New Beginnings Counseling

South Central Tech Sector Partnership

  • Website: southcentraltech.com
  • Industry Focus: Technology and Information
  • Contact Name: Diana Armstrong
  • Contact email: armstrong@fedc.co
  • Contact phone number: 719-275-8601
  • Convener name: Diana Armstrong
  • Business Chairs: Brad Rowland, Emergent Campus, Rimo 3

South Central Early Childhood Education

  • Website: N/A
  • Industry Focus: Early Childhood Education 
  • Contact Name: Diana Armstrong
  • Contact email: armstrong@fedc.co
  • Contact phone number: 719-275-8601
  • Convener name: Diana Armstrong
  • Business Chairs: Jennifer Contreras, Rocky Mountain Children’s Discovery Center
     and Kim Kneipper, Rocky Mountain Children’s Discovery Center
     
Region 14

No active partnerships at this time. If you are interested in exploring launching one in this region, contact the CWDC at cwdc@state.co.us.

 

Connect


  Sector Partnership Directory

Connect with a sector partnership in your region or industry.


  Sector Partnership Network Webinars

These webinars are for anyone involved in sector partnerships and will include sector strategy updates, partnership profiles, and presenters addressing areas of common concern.


  Learn more about sector strategies


  Access sector partnership resources