Colorado names new economic development director

Colorado’s leadership shuffle continued last week when Governor Bill Ritter announced the appointment of state Representative Don Marostica as the new director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

In June, Gov. Ritter announced that Don Elliman was going to be the state’s first Chief Operation Officer, moving him from his current position as head of Economic Development.

Rep. Marostica is a member of the legislature’s Joint Budget Committee and a respected Loveland, Colorado business owner.

“At this crucial time in Colorado’s history, getting our economy moving again is one of our highest priorities,” Gov. Ritter said. “Don will bring the right mix of skills, experience and expertise from both the public and private sectors to the job at OEDIT. There is no better person than Don to help us re-boot Colorado’s economy and lead the state back to a path of economic growth and sustainable prosperity.”

Colorado was ranked as the third best state for business in a national poll conducted by CNBC. Virginia and Texas finished ahead of the Rocky Mountain State who moved up to positions from their 2008 ranking. Colorado’s economy and business-friendly political environment helped it to secure the number three position.

“The most pressing issue facing all of us is to get through these difficult times,” Rep. Marostica said in a statement. “The best way to accomplish that is by creating more jobs and attracting more businesses and more trade to Colorado.

Also see: “Colorado names first COO”

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