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November Luncheon is Now Posted on Meetup!

From: Lisa S
Sent on: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 7:47 PM
Denver?s Community Economic Development: An approach toward linking urban economics to community and business development


Presented by


Jeff Romine


The presentation will provide an overview of Denver?s approach to community economic development. This approach varies from the traditional view and practice of ?economic development?, which tends to be business centric. The Denver approach, which is one example of this newer wave, combines community development and economic growth ? resulting in a most comprehensive set of programs and services aimed at business, neighborhoods and the development community. For many the idea of ?place making? is not a new idea. Specific to Denver?s implementation, Mayor Hickenlooper traditional business development activities with housing and neighborhood development, small business lending, and workforce development to harness the combined resources and activities.

Romine will provide a framework for this work, link to urban/regional economic growth theory, and conclude a specific focus on Denver?s efforts to support entrepreneurial, small business and innovation in the Denver and metro economy.

Jeff Romine is the Interim Director of Business and Housing Services, and also leads the Business Development team. In these roles, he oversees the affordable and workforce housing, business attraction and development, business lending, and neighborhood development program activities of the integrated community economic development program for the City and County of Denver. These activities include a $35.0 million small business revolving loan program, housing lending and grant activities resulting in over 300 new affordable housing units this year, and supporting the City initiative for fresh food and urban agriculture.

His previous assignments were as the Strategic Advisor and Chief Economist for the Denver?s Office of Economic Development. In this role, he assisted the Executive Director and the Mayor?s Office in setting the policy and program direction for community economic development programs for Denver. He provided analysis and information used to support decisions impacting Denver?s business and development environment. Jeff also coordinated OED?s efforts related to the ARRA, the ?Economic Stimulus?. Last year, OED has been awarded over $24.0 million in economic stimulus funds for workforce and community development, including the competitive NSP 2 program.

Prior to joining the City, Jeff was the Chief Economist at the Maricopa Association of Governments (Phoenix metro), the Regional Economist for the Denver Regional Council of Governments, and on the economic research faculty of the Leeds School of Business, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has taught graduate classes in economic development, urban market analysis and micro- and macro-economics.

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