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    Grafton Leaves Westminster Economic Development Post -- John Hall to Become New Director

    6/18/2015

    Incoming Westminster Economic Development Director John Hall replaces 25 year veteran Director Susan Grafton.

     
    Susan Grafton will leave her position as director of Westminster's Economic Development Office after nearly 25 years with the city.  During her tenure in Westminster, she created the city's economic development program and led city efforts in several high profile real estate projects including development of the 1 million square foot Orchard Town Center at 144th Avenue & I-25.  Her efforts also culminated in the recruitment to Westminster of companies such as McKesson, Ball Aerospace and DigitalGlobe.
     
    Westminster has seen the creation of over 4 million square feet of retail and over 3 million square feet of office and light industrial space; business growth to approximately 4,000 licensed businesses; and a 58% increase in median household income since Grafton came to the city in 1991. 
     
    In 2014, the Economic Development Council of Colorado awarded Grafton its Economic Achievement Award, the organization’s highest honor for accomplishments by a Colorado economic development professional.

    After taking some time off, Grafton will take on consulting projects in the economic and community development arenas.

    John Hall comes to Westminster after serving as director of economic development and urban renewal in Parker, Colorado.  Prior to that, Hall was business development officer for the City of Westminster.  He has 25 years of experience in economic development and private land use development consulting.
     
    Prior to his times with Parker and Westminster, Hall served as business recruitment officer for the Portland Development Commission, business development coordinator and enterprise zone program manager for the State of Oregon, and senior associate with Leland and Hobson Economic Consultants.
     
    Hall holds a bachelor’s degree in economic development from Willamette University in Oregon and a master’s degree in economics from Portland State University.
     
    Hall will commence his duties in Westminster on July 13.
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