Who We Are

Denver South is both the community of businesses and residents surrounding the I-25 corridor south of Denver and the organization of business leaders and public officials co-authoring the future of our shared community.

Our imperative is collaboration between and among public jurisdictions and businesses.

Our organizational vision is a sustainable, thriving Denver South community where all who live, work and play flourish.

Economic Development Staff

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Email: Christine@Denver-South.com

Chris leads the organization’s economic development strategy to grow jobs in the Denver South region. She and her team communicate with companies across the globe and down the street, to tell the Denver South story and connect them to the region’s people, places, policies and partners that will enable their success.

With over 20 years of experience in Colorado’s economic development, public sector and business communities, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge regarding Colorado’s business climate, industry sectors, government programs and the people responsible for them. She recently led the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association as founding executive director, helping to grow the industry with policy, innovation and partnering initiatives while managing the organization’s operations and staff.  Previous stints included leadership positions in the Colorado BioScience Association and serving Colorado Governor Bill Owens in the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

In her free time Chris enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

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Email: Becky@Denver-South.com

Becky is responsible for engaging companies in the Denver South region to facilitate the expansion and retention of primary jobs. She is passionate about connecting with people and businesses, linking them to industry resources, and advocating for the success of companies in Denver South.

Becky joined Denver South in December 2019 after nearly 8 years with Douglas County. With over 17 years of experience in state, county, and municipal capacities, she brings extensive knowledge of business retention program management, government programs, and the regional business climate. She received designation as a Certified Economic Developer in 2018 from the International Economic Development Council.

A fifth generation Colorado native, Becky is a graduate of the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

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Email: Eric@Denver-South.com

As the Director of Entrepreneurship, Eric primarily leads the entrepreneurial ecosystem and startup support work while providing support to the marketing and smart cities efforts at Denver South. Prior to joining the Denver South team, Eric spent nearly 10 years working in international development, where he led economic development, educational and small business support projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently, Eric was the Managing Director of 10.10.10, a new venture accelerator that works with serial entrepreneurs as they create new businesses that tackle challenges in a variety of sectors. Eric is an avid skier and fly fisherman, a soccer fanatic, and lends his time to supporting his family owned coffee business, Queen City Collective Coffee.