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.

Economic Development Regions

Colorado has been launching and growing sector partnerships since 2015 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 sector partnerships in 12 regions and in diverse industries such as retail, healthcare, education, tech, and more. Connect with a sector partnership in your region or industry using the directory below

 

 

Sector Partnership Directory 

Economic Development Regions

More than 750 businesses are actively involved in sector partnerships across Colorado. View current Sector Partnerships by region below or view and download the full directory.  
 

Region 1

Northeastern Colorado Manufacturing Sector Partnership (NECOM)
Contact Us: NoCoMfg@gmail.com
Web: http://www.northeastcoloradomanufacturers.com/
Industry Focus: Manufacturing
Business Chair(s):

  • Barry Walter, Jr., Barry Walter Sr Company
  • Erik Tribelhorn, Agri-Inject
  • Rob Nichols, Nichols Tillage Tools
  • Kelvin Harless, Signal Graphics

Convener(s):

  • Elinor Brown, Morgan Community College
  • Josh Gibbs, Fort Morgan Workforce
  • Trae Miller, Logan County Econ Dev.
  • Trisha Herman, Phillips County Econ Dev.
  • Ron Albo, Brush School District
  • Jamie Giacomini, Northeastern Junior College
  • Jason Hazlett, Northeastern Junior College
  • Karen Ramey, Torres - Colorado State University
Region 2

NOCO Health Sector Partnership
Contact Us: NocoHealthSector@gmail.com
Web: nocohealthsector.org
Industry Focus: Health & Wellness
Business Chair(s):

  • JoAnn Herkenhoff, UCHealth
  • Yvonne Myers, Columbine Health Systems

Convener(s):

  • Jonas McKinley, UCHealth
  • Anna Von Dreele, Columbine Health Systems 
  • Ann Hutchison, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Melissa Henry, University of Northern Colorado 
  • Evan Hyatt, Care Synergy
  • Carol Salter, Banner Health
  • Angela Richard, Banner Health
  • Jennifer Anderson, Banner Health
  • Helen Freese, Employment Services of Weld County
  • Jacob Castillo, Larimer County Economic Development
  • Lynn Vosler, Front Range Community College

NOCO Manufacturing​ Partnership
Contact Us: NoCoMfg@gmail.com
Web: www.nocomfg.com
Industry Focus: Manufacturing
Business Chair(s):

  • Heidi Hostetter, Faustson
  • Mina Cox, Specialty Products Company
  • Diana Precht, Vergent Products
  • Amy Macnaughton, Woodward
  • Jonathan Hall, Frontier Metal Stamping
  • Sylvia Robinson, Tolmar, Inc.
  • Andy Newcomb, Precision Machined Products
  • Jake Precup, Klinger IGI

Convener(s):

Region 3

Boulder County Healthcare Sector Group
Contact Us:  corine.waldau@boulderchamber.com
Industry Focus: Health & Wellness
Business Chair(s):

  • Julia Nelson, Boulder Medical Center
  • Sid Springer, HomeCare of the Rockies

Convener(s):

  • Corine, Waldau, Economic Development
  • Erin Jones, Workforce Boulder
  • Lynn Vosler, Front Range Community College

Colorado Media Journalism
Contact Us:  tony@openmediafoundation.org
Industry Focus: Media and Communications
Business Chair(s):

  • Tony Shawcross: Open Media Foundation
  • Justin Sasso, Colorado Broadcasters Association
  • Nancy Watzman, Colorado Media Project
  • Jill Farshman, Colorado Press Association
  • Amanda Mountain, Rocky Mountain Public Media

Convener(s):

  • Tony Shawcross, Open Media Foundation
  • Stephanie Pacheco-Davidson, Center for Work Education & Employment
  • Kelly Hummel, ResCare
  • Sara Holzberlein, Emily Griffith Technical College
  • Lynn Schofield Clark, University of Denver
  • Roger Palmer, Corporation for National & Community Service

Colorado Tree Care Sector Partnership
Contact Us:  CoTreeCarePartnership@gmail.com
Industry Focus: Energy & Natural Resources
Business Chair(s):

  • Adrian Camacho, Aurora City Forestry Department
  • Joshua Morin, Taddiken

Convener(s):

  • Kate Strebe, Colorado Tree Care Partnership

Denver Metro Construction Sector Partnership
Contact Us:  james.roina@denvergov.org
Industry Focus: Infrastructure Engineering
Business Chair(s):

  • Sarah VandeLaar, Hensel Phelps
  • Joel Pennick, JE Dunn

Convener(s):

  • James Roina, Denver Workforce
  • Ruthanne Zueger, Heggem-Lundquist Paint Co.
  • Norm Holden, Baker Concrete
  • Michael Smith, TEACH Construction Initiative
  • Randy Drennen, Colorado Contractors Association
  • Katrina Wert, Community College of Denver
  • Lisa Seaman, Association of General Contractors
  • Bryan Cook, Associated General Contractors

Denver Metro Tech Partnership (DMTP)
Contact Us:  Shannon.Jahn@denvergov.org
Web: TechTalentDenver.cosectors.com
Industry Focus: IT
Business Chair(s):

  • Michael Simpson, Pairin
  • Tanya Jones, Home Advisor

Convener(s):

  • Shannon Jahn, Denver Economic Development & Opportunity
  • Jamie Fisher, Arapahoe/Douglas Works!
  • Stephanie Mufic, Arapahoe/Douglas Works!
  • Kelly Stevens, CTA

Greater Metro Denver Healthcare Partnership (GMDHP)
Contact Us:  ken.arellano@denvergov.org
Web: http://healthcaredenver.com/
Industry Focus: Health & Wellness
Business Chair(s):

  • Corine Waldau, Boulder Chamber
  • Erin Jones, Workforce Boulder
  • Nora Saenz, Workforce Boulder
  • Chris Dewhurst, Broomfield Workforce
  • Brad Revare, Careerwise
  • Jeff Sidders, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Judy Emery, Colorado Urban Workforce Alliance
  • Jill Fowler, HealthONE

Convener(s):

  • Kenneth Arellano, City and County of Denver
  • Judy Emery, Colorado Urban Workforce Alliance
  • Brenda Garrett, Colorado Visiting Nurses Association

​​​Metro Denver Retail Sector Partnership
Contact Us:  shonta.trotman@denvergov.org
Web: MetroDenverRetail.cosectors.com
Industry Focus: Retail, Hospitality, Food & Beverage
Business Chair(s):

  • Tina Castro, Concession International
  • Rachel Shapiro, Elitch Gardens

Convener(s):

  • Dana Williams, Denver OED
  • Yohannes Mengistu, Denver OED
  • Shonta Trotman, Denver OED

Metro Manufacturing Sector Partnership
Contact Us:  nlaughli@jeffco.us
Industry Focus: Manufacturing
Business Chair(s):
Convener(s):

  • Nevine Laughlin, JeffCo Workforce
  • Leigh Seeger, Economic Development
  • Sheri Bryant, K-12
  • Melissa English, Community College
  • Sumer Sorinsen, Manufacturers Edge

Tech Talent Boulder/Broomfield Partnership
Contact Us:  corine.waldau@boulderchamber.com
Web: TechTalentBoulder.cosectors.com
Industry Focus: IT
Business Chair(s):

  • Lisa Husby, Zayo Group
  • Chris Magyar, Techtonic
  • Shannon Jahn/Denver Economic Development & Opportunity
  • Jamie Fisher, Arapahoe/Douglas Works!
  • Stephanie Mufic, Arapahoe/Douglas Works!
  • Kelly Stevens, CTA

Convener(s):

Region 4

Colorado Springs Health Sector Partnership
Contact Us:  tamara.moore@relevelllc.com
Industry Focus: Healthcare
Business Chair(s):

  • Edina Hanes, UCHealth.org
  • Lynette Crow, Conspire2Hire

Convener(s):

  • Tamara Moore, Relevel LLC
     

Colorado Springs Manufacturing
Contact Us: CFagnant@qualtekmfg.com
Industry Focus: Manufacturing
Business Chair(s):

  • Dave Jeffrey, JPM Manufacturing, Chair
  • Chris Fagnant, Qualtek Manufacturing, Vice-Chair

Convener(s):

  • Tamara Moore, Relevel LLC
     

Pikes Peak Regional Retail and Hospitality Sector Partnership

Contact Us: tamara.moore@relevelllc.com
Web: www.pikespeakrh.com
Industry Focus: Retail, Hospitality, Food & Beverage
Business Chair(s): 

  • Cindy Johnson, Broadmoor Hotel
  • Jeff Howell, The Lodge at Flying Horse 

Convener:

  • Tamara Moore, Relevel LLC.
Region 5

Region 5 Healthcare Enrichment Partners
Contact Us:  david.griffin@state.co.us
Industry Focus: Health & Wellness
Business Chair(s):
Convener(s):

  • David Griffin, CDLE
Region 6

Southeast Colorado Manufacturing​ ​Partnership
Contact Us:  dberg@oterogov.org
Industry Focus: Manufacturing
Business Chair(s):
Convener(s):

  • Danelle Berg , La Junta Economic Development
  • Ray Martinez, Workforce
     

Southeastern Colorado Healthcare Sector Partnership
Contact Us:  dberg@oterogov.org
Industry Focus: Health & Wellness
Business Chair(s):
Convener(s):

  • Danelle Berg, La Junta Economic Development
Region 7

Southern Colorado Healthcare Sector Partnership
Contact Us:  lindas.johnson@state.co.us
Web: SocoHealth.cosectors.com
Industry Focus: Health & Wellness
Business Chair(s):

  • Cara Dasher, CMHIP
  • Joe'l DeYoung, Parkview Hospital
  • Brian Moore, St. Mary-Corwin
  • Amanda Corum, Pueblo Community College
  • Diana Esquibel, Pueblo Workforce Center
  • Robyn Trinajstick, Pueblo Workforce Center

Convener(s):

  • Linda Johnson, Workforce
  • Mary Chavez, Pueblo Community College
  • Ruth DePalma, Colorado State University at Pueblo
  • Ginger Andenucio, Pueblo School District 70

Southern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership​​
Contact Us:  amanda.corum@pueblocc.edu
Industry Focus: Manufacturing
Business Chair(s):

  • Victoria Krage, Krage Manufacturing
  • Fran Alexander, Vestas

Convener(s):

Region 8

San Luis Valley Health and Wellness Partnership
Contact Us: (719) 587-2509,  hbrooks@ci.alamosa.co.us
Industry Focus: Health & Wellness
Business Chair(s):

  • Debi Tringham, Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc.
  • Bonnie Ortega, San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group

Convener(s):
 

San Luis Valley Value-Added Ag
Contact Us:  zenabuser@adams.edu
Industry Focus: Food and Agriculture
Business Chair(s):

  • Karla Shriver, Mountain Farms
  • Trudi Kretsinger, Kretsinger's Beef
  • Kathy Woods, Economic Development

Convener(s):

  • Zena Buser, Adams State University
  • Kathy Woods, Alamosa City Economic Development
  • Sarah Stoeber, Alamosa City Economic Development​​​​​
Region 9

Southwest Colorado Health Sector Partnership Alliance
Contact Us:  kate.hartzell@swcahec.org
Industry Focus: Health & Wellness
Business Chair(s):

  • Stephanie Clements, CNO Mercy Regional Medical Center

Convener(s):

  • Kate Hartzell, Southwest Colorado AHEC
  • Andy Burns, Durango 9-R Deputy Superintendent
Region 10

Mesa County Health Care Sector Partnership
Contact Us:  curtis.englehart@mesacounty.us
Industry Focus: Health & Wellness
Business Chair(s):
Convener(s):
 

Mesa Manufacturing Sector Partnership - Workforce Innovation Program F.K.A.: Job Connects
Contact Us:  curtis.englehart@mesacounty.us
Industry Focus: Manufacturing
Business Chair(s):

  • Alma Seculich, Innovative Textiles

Convener(s):

  • Curtis Englehart, Mesa Workforce
  • CJ Rhyne, GJ Chamber of Commerce
  • Diane Schwenke, GJ Chamber of Commerce
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

Upper Arkansas Area Technology Partnership
Contact Us:  erstevens@canoncity.org,  brad@fremontedc.com
Web: https://techstart.fremontedc.com/
Industry Focus: Technology & Information
Business Chair(s):

  • Chris Koehn, Second-61.com
  • Jason Veatch, Veatch

​​​Convener(s):

  • Brad Rowland, Fremont Economic Development

Upper Arkansas Healthcare Sector Partnership
Contact Us:  ccEconDevC@gmail.com
Industry Focus: Health & Wellness
Business Chair(s):

  • Jessica Scott, Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments
  • Wendell Pryor, Chaffee Economic Development
  • Charles Bogle, Custer Economic Development
  • Louse Delgado, Solvista Health
  • Jon Fritz, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center

Convener(s):

  • Jessica Scott, Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments
  • Wendell Pryor, Chaffee Public Health
  • Charles Bogle, Custer County Economic Development

Upper Arkansas Outdoor Recreation & Tourism Partnership
Industry Focus: Tourism & Outdoor Recreation
Business Chair(s):
Convener(s):

Region 14

Metro Denver Retail Sector Partnership
Contact Us: cyoung@huerfano.us
Industry Focus: Retail, Hospitality, Food & Beverage
Business Chair(s):

  • Sarah Jardis, Spanish Peaks Guesthouse

Convener(s):

  • Carl Young, Huerfano County and Huerfano County Economic Development Inc.
  • Aubrey Lykins, Spanish Peaks Business Alliance

 

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