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Kelly Peters-Jones will lead Economic Development Department

Post Date:12/22/2016 4:55 PM

Contact:  Tom Hacker, 962-2302

One of Northern Colorado’s most respected and experienced economic development professionals will take the post of Economic Development Director for the City of Loveland.

Kelly Peters-Jones, whose record includes high-level economic development positions in the region’s local government and private nonprofit sectors, emerged from a field of five finalists for the job. City Manager Steve Adams announced her appointment today.

Following a national search, yielding a strong field of five candidates who interviewed for the position, Adams said his choice was clear.

“Kelly stood out among that group with her breadth and range of experience,” Adams said.

“Kelly is also deeply rooted in our community, and throughout our discussions I felt a strong sense of commitment to Loveland’s economic vitality.  I have great faith in her ability, intelligence and instincts, and I can’t think of a better way to begin the new year than by adding her to our team.”

Peters-Jones will assume her new post Jan. 9, earning an annual salary of $126,000.

“I am so honored by this opportunity, and feel a deep sense of pride in accepting it,” Peters-Jones said.

“This feels like ‘coming home’ for me.  I have had the privilege to work within this community for almost 20 years and am grateful to have a head start with many businesses, staff and community leaders whom I call friends.”

Peters-Jones is currently the executive director of the Warehouse Business Accelerator, a non-profit support organization for second-stage startup businesses in Loveland, and also serves as Director of the Loveland Business Development Center (LBDC). Her prior experience includes positions as:

  • Vice President of the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corp.

  • Director of Corporate Solutions at Front Range Community College.

  • Chief Operating Officer at the Rocky Mountain Innosphere.

  • Policy and Project Manager for the City of Fort Collins.

Peters-Jones holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University, and is certified in Economic Development Finance. She is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.

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