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    Susan Grafton Awarded Colorado's Economic Achievement Award

    5/22/2014

    The Economic Development Council of Colorado’s highest level of recognition

     
    Susan Grafton, left, is shown with Westminster City Councillor Emma Pinter.  Grafton was recognized by the Westminster City Council for her achievements in the profession of economic development.
    The City of Westminster’s Economic Development Director, Susan Grafton, has been awarded the Economic Development Council of Colorado’s Economic Achievement Award.  The award was bestowed at the organization’s conference held last week in Grand Junction.  It is considered the highest level of recognition that can be given to one of its members.

    Grafton, who is currently leading the redevelopment efforts for site of the former Westminster Mall, has been with the City of Westminster since 1991.  She has been a part of every major development that has occurred in Westminster over those 23 years, including:

    - Rocky Mountain Butterfly Pavilion
    - Westin Hotel and Conference Center
    - Westmoor Technology Park
    - Circle Point Technology Center
    - The Shops at Walnut Creek
    - The Orchard
     
    Current projects in which she has played a role include:

    - The development of the 50 acre St. Anthony North Hospital medical campus at 144th Avenue and I-25
    - The Park 12 Hundred redevelopment occurring at the site of the former AT&T manufacturing facility at 120th Avenue and Huron Street
     
    In reflecting on her career with Westminster, Grafton notes her establishment of the City’s economic development program from scratch, building upon it over the years; and resulting in:

    - over 4 million square feet of new & diverse retail
    - over 3 million square feet of office and light industrial space;
    - doubling the number of city businesses; and
    - Achieving a 58% increase in Median Household Income for city residents.
     
    “My goal has always been to build a strong, sustainable economy for the City of Westminster. Being able to listen and mediate has been important, as has understanding how the many small parts fit into a bigger picture; matching the needs of the private sector with the desired outcomes of the public sector,” Grafton said.

    “Susan has proven her capabilities over the years as Westminster’s Economic Development Director.  She is equally at home facilitating new development projects, bringing major employers to town, or working to promote local, small businesses.  She always acts for the betterment of Westminster with an eye towards long term sustainability.  It has been my pleasure to work with her over these many years promoting Westminster’s local economy,” said City Manager Brent McFall.

    During her tenure in Westminster, Susan has served as President of the Metro Denver Economic Development Council, served on the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) and has provided economic development and retail development training and mentoring to several communities and individuals.

    Grafton is a native of Louisiana and has a son, Paul, who took his first steps at an EDCC conference almost 21 years ago.
Westminster Colorado Economic Development Office 4800 West 92nd Avenue Westminster, CO 80031