Colorado’s Energy Economy
What is Colorado’s national and global position in the energy economy?
Colorado is a strong performer in the oil, natural gas, coal, wind, solar, and building efficiency sectors. While many states are typically strong in either fossil fuels or cleantech, Colorado is a leader in both, reflecting the state’s success with a balanced energy approach. Join Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation’s CEO Tom Clark and Energy Industry Manager Scott Prestidge for an overview of the state and country’s competitive position in the areas of oil, coal, natural gas, renewables, power generation, environment and sustainability, policies and programs, and employment and industry.
Tom Clark, Chief Executive Officer
Tom Clark is the Chief Executive Officer of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation and Executive Vice President of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. He has over 30 years of economic development experience at the state, regional, county and city levels.
Mr. Clark’s recent accolades include the 2012 Denver Business Journal’s Power Book Award in the Economic Development and Government category and being named the 2012 Denver Post Business Person of the Year.
Mr. Clark’s career spans four decades from Director of Commercial and Industrial Development for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, through positions with the Fort Collins, Colorado Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Denver Corporation, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, the Jefferson Economic Council, and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. He holds bachelors degrees in speech and psychology from Minnesota State University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Illinois. Mr. Clark was the founder and first president of the Metro Denver Network, the Metro Denver region’s first economic development program, for which he received the Arthur D. Little Award for Excellence in Economic Development. He was chosen as one of the nation’s top economic development professionals by the Council on Urban Economic Development. In 2007 Clark was awarded the Business Person of the Year by the Colorado Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
Scott Prestidge, Energy Industry Manager
Scott Prestidge is the Energy Industry Manager at the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (EDC). His work is focused on economic development, policy formation, and management of the in-house energy trade association, the Colorado Energy Coalition. Prior to joining the Metro Denver EDC, Scott worked as the Metro Regional Director for U.S. Senator Mark Udall. Scott has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado in Boulder, as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Colorado in Denver.
*The seminar, Colorado’s Energy Economy, is offered for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal or other professional advice. Consult with an attorney or other professional concerning your own needs and circumstances. The views and opinions expressed by the speakers are not necessarily those of Vectra Bank Colorado, its parent or affiliates.