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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

  • Website: www.necom.org
  • Industry Focus: Advanced Manufacturing
  • Contact Name: Kylee Thompson
  • Contact email:  necolomfg@gmail.com
  • Contact phone number: 970-520-7801
  • Convener name: Kylee Thompson
  • Business Chairs: Kelvin Harless, Barry Walter, Eric Tribelhorn, Rob Nichols, Jason Hazlett
Region 2

Northern Colorado Manufacturing Sector Partnership

Northern Colorado Health Sector Partnership  

  • Website: https://nocohealthsector.org/
  • Industry Focus: Health & Wellness 
  • Contact Name: Anna Von Dreele
  • Contact email: anna.vondreele@columbinehealth.com  
  • Contact phone number: 970.460-5005
  • Convener name: Anna Von Dreele
  • 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

  • Website: coming Spring 2023
  • Industry Focus: Hospitality – hotel, restaurant, beverage, and retail
  • Contact Name: Yvonne Myers
  • Contact email: ymyers@fcchamber.org
  • Contact phone number: for all partnership listings please use 970-482-3746
  • Convener name: Yvonne Myers
  • Business Chairs: Jeff Brown, The Still Whiskey and Randi Johnson, Randi Michelle Events
     

Northern Colorado Construction Sector Partnership

  • Website: https://www.nococsp.com/
  • Industry Focus: Construction and Infrastructure
  • 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

Boulder Area Manufacturing Sector Partnership

Boulder Area Food, Beverage & Hospitality

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

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

  • 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

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