The Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corporation and the Chamber of Northwest Douglas County — previously the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce — have joined forces.
The business membership organizations announced they would be merging on Jan. 1. Both serve the Highlands Ranch, Roxborough, Sterling Ranch and Highway 85 corridor and have worked as strong partners in the past, a news release says.
“The future will definitely be bright for the Northwest Douglas County business environment as we develop and deploy resources to better support the evolving landscape in which our members operate," Chris Bigger, Schomp Automotive Group and Chairman of the Northwest Douglas County EDC, said in the release.
In October, to be more inclusive of surrounding communities, the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce changed its name to the Chamber of Northwest Douglas County.
Since its inception in 2000, the chamber has grown to 275 business memberships, representing more than 17,000 employees from Highlands Ranch and Lone Tree. The chamber offers networking events, educational programs and resources to help businesses succeed.
Formed in 2011, the Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corporation promotes infrastructure improvements and public policy and markets the region as a premier place to locate or expand a business, its website says.
Talk of the merger began last summer. The board of directors for both organizations voted on a formal plan with unanimous support in December, the news release says.
The two organizations will continue to operate with separate branding, memberships and programs, but will now operate as one administrative office, the release says. The Northwest Douglas County EDC Board of Directors will be the governing body for overall policy and management. Representatives from the chamber will serve on the board.
The staff for both organizations will remain the same.
Tim Lindsey, owner of Bear Mortgage and chairman of the chamber's board of directors, looks forward to the strengths of both organizations coming together.
“With their expertise in bringing new business to our region, and our expertise with fostering businesses, this partnership will help local businesses continue to grow and flourish as our state and region continue to grow in population,” Lindsey said in the release.
Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas expressed similar support.
“This merger will lead to singularly-focused, collaborative and positive energy benefitting all businesses in Northwest Douglas County,” Thomas said.
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