BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
As the three-day freeze finally thawed and the sun peeked out on October 30, 100 people came to the Hilton Inverness Hotel in Englewood to say goodbye and pay tribute to Denver South Economic Development Partnership’s (DSEDP) highly revered senior vice-president, 12-year veteran Lynn Myers.
Myers has said that her favorite part of her job was “the spirit of regional cooperation and the celebration of successes across the jurisdictions.” Cities in the south metro area are well-known for their commitment to not directly compete with one another for companies relocating to the area, rather to work together to identify the best location in the south metro region, agreeing that the synergies of new economic development benefit all.
Nancy Sharpe, Arapahoe County Commissioner and DSEDP board member, talked about the crucial role Lynn has played in bringing noteworthy companies to south metro Denver. Among those are Arrow Electronics, Fidelity Investments, Comcast, Visa, and Charles Schwab.
Buz Koelbel, vice-chair of the board of DSEDP and president and CEO of Koelbel and Company, a prominent Denver land development company continuously operating since 1952, said that Lynn “was the glue that kept things going. She has written the book on establishing relationships and connecting people in a way that made this area so successful.”
When her turn came to address her many friends and admirers, Myers said, “Everything I know I learned from being a realtor and a county commissioner. I love local government. Mayors and city council members do the day-to-day work.” She talked about her interactions and efforts with hundreds of companies in her 12 years at DSEDP, pointing to Arrow Electronics and Fidelity Investments as examples of “primary job generators who keep the whole system going.”
Among the many elected officials and business leaders who came by to pay their respects to Myers were the current and former CEO’s of DSEDP, Tom Brook and Mike Fitzgerald, Arapahoe County Commissioners Nancy Sharpe, Kathleen Conti and Jeff Baker, Douglas County Commissioners Lora Thomas, Roger Partridge, and Abe Laydon, Aurora mayoral candidate Mike Coffman, RTD Chair Doug Tisdale, former Arapahoe County Commissioner Polly Page, outgoing Aurora Mayor Bob LeGare, Denver City Council Member Kendra Black, state Rep. Susan Beckman and Bruce Beckman, former Douglas County Commissioner Melanie Worley, outgoing Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky and Margaret Rakowsky, from Centennial, former Mayor Cathy Noon and Jim Noon, Mayor Stephanie Piko, and City Council Members Kathy Turley and Mike Sutherland, Lone Tree City Council Member Wynne Shaw, state Rep. Colin Larson, Alpine Bank DTC President Charlie Kercheval, Bye Aerospace SVP Diane Simard, Arapahoe County Communications and Administrative Services Director Michelle Halstead, mortgage lending executive and High Line Canal Conservancy board vice chair Mike Rosser, and Wings Over the Rockies’ Air and Space Museum President and CEO John Barry.
Prior to joining DSEDP, Myers served as an Arapahoe County Commissioner for seven years. She also chaired the Centennial Airport Board and the E-470 Public Highway Authority Board.
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