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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

Northeast Colorado Manufacturing

Region 2

Northern Colorado Manufacturing Sector Partnership

Northern Colorado Health Sector Partnership  

  • NoCo Healthcare Sector Partnership Website 
  • Industry Focus: Health & Wellness 
  • Contact Name: Bethany Cloud
  • Contact email: bcloud@fcchamber.org
  • Contact phone number:  for all partnership listings please use 970-482-3746
  • Convener name: Bethany Cloud
  • Business Chairs: Evan Hyatt – Pathways; Yvonne Myers – Fort Collins Area Chamber; Jonas McKinley– Select Health; Anna Von Dreele – Columbine Health Systems; Chris Heuston – Front Range Community College; Carol Salter – Larimer County; Andrew Chadwick – Employment Services of Weld County; Betsy Coldren - Emergency Physicians of the Rockies; Allie Steiner – North Range Behavioral Health;  Jenn Anderson – SummitStone Health Partners; Dawn Paepke – Kaiser Permanente; Anjanette Mosebar - UCHealth; Phoebe Phelps – Banner Health;  Joel Bitler – Columbine Health Systems.

Northern Colorado Hospitality Sector Partnership

  • NoCo Hospitality Sector Partnership Website
  • Industry Focus: Hospitality – hotel, restaurant, beverage, and retail
  • Contact Name: Bethany Cloud
  • Contact email: bcloud@fcchamber.org
  • Contact phone number: for all partnership listings please use 970-482-3746
  • Convener name: Bethany Cloud
  • Business Chairs: The Still Whiskey and Randi Michelle Events

Northern Colorado Nonprofit Sector Partnership

  • Website: Coming Fall 2024
  • Industry Focus:  Regional Nonprofit Community
  • Contact Name: Bethany Cloud
  • Contact email: bcloud@fcchamber.org
  • Contact phone number: for all partnership listings please use 970-482-3746
  • Convener name: Bethany Cloud
  • Business Chairs: Thompson Education Foundation and The Greeley Dream Team.

Northern Colorado Construction Sector Partnership

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.

Denver Metro 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: 720-768-3839
  • Conveners name: Emily Berger and Daniel Houser
  • Business Chairs: Hispanic Contractors of Colorado; Encore Electric; and JE Dunn Construction
     

Boulder Area Manufacturing Sector Partnership

Boulder Area Food, Beverage & Hospitality

Boulder Area Professional Services Sector Partnership

Cleantech Sector Partnership

Metro West Advanced Manufacturing Alliance

  • Website: N/A
  • Industry Focus: Advanced Manufacturing
  • Contact Name: Brea Granlund and Kylie Parks 
  • Contact email: bgranlun@jeffco.us; kylie@arvadachamber.org
  • Contact phone number: 
  • Convener (s): Brea Granlund, Jefferson County Business and Workforce Center and Kylie Parks, Arvada Chamber of Commerce. 
  • Business Chairs: Barber Nichols, Crusoe Industries, and Faustson Tool.
     

Metro West Construction Alliance 

  • Website: N/A
  • Industry Focus: Construction 
  • Contact Name: Brea Granlund and Kylie Parks 
  • Contact email: bgranlun@jeffco.us; kylie@arvadachamber.org
  • Contact phone number: 
  • Convener (s): Brea Granlund, Jefferson County Business and Workforce Center and Kylie Parks, Arvada Chamber of Commerce. 
  • Business Chairs: Snyder Building and Construction, SMACNA, Arvada Rent-alls, and Western States College of Construction.

Tech Talent Denver

  • Website: N/A
  • Industry Focus: Technology and Information
  • Contact Name: Deidra Smith 
  • Contact email: deidra@coloradotechnology.orgz
  • Convener name: Deidra Smith, Ross Gothelf, and  Ruth McCormick 
  • Business Chairs: Ardent Mills and Akkodis 
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. 

Pikes Peak Creative Sector Partnership

  • Website: N/A
  • Industry Focus: Creative Sector
  • Contact Name: Petra Randol 
  • Contact email: petrarandol@elpasoco.com
  • Contact phone number: 719-412-3901
  • Convener name: Petra Randol
  • Business Chairs: Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and Bee Vradenburg Foundation
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

San Luis Valley Healthcare Partnership

  • Website: N/A
  • Industry Focus: Health and Wellness
  • Contact Name: Harvey Greenwood
  • Contact email: harvey.greenwood@state.co.us
  • Contact phone number: 970-370-1930
  • Convener name: Harvey Greenwood
  • Business Chairs: Bonnie Ortega, San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group
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

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 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

South Central Tech Sector Partnership

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

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