Monday March 23, 2015 0 comments
GREELEY - Richard C. Werner, VP of Pueblo Economic Development since 2009, has been appointed president and CEO of Upstate Colorado Economic Development, the organization's board of directors announced.
Werner replaces Eric Berglund, who served as Upstate's president and CEO since 2011.
"We're excited that Rich will be joining our experienced economic development team here at Upstate and feel confident that he is the professional to lead this organization and region toward great success," said Tom Haren, chair of Upstate's board.
"The opportunities available to Weld County continue to point to increased job creation. We are very optimistic about the area's future and the opportunities to diversify our economic base. The board is very appreciative of the support from our investors and community partners during this period of transition."
Upstate selected four finalists for the position after a national search, and Werner was chosen by a unanimous vote.
"Werner is well-known and highly regarded throughout Colorado and his enthusiasm, experience and skill set provides the perfect foundation to quickly advance our strategic plan and achieve its goals," Haren said.
"I am inspired by the board's confidence in me to continue the hard work and legacy of Upstate and am honored to have the opportunity to lead this organization and help drive new initiatives geared toward generating major investment and job growth in the area," Werner said.
"Upstate Colorado is well-positioned for continued success and has many resources which provide the necessary tools to fast-track economic growth."
Upstate Colorado, formed in 1987, is the economic development corporation that aims to attract and retain employers to Weld County.