This last week our Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation hosted its 13th annual meeting. It was particularly meaningful, as we said thank you to Tom Clark and welcomed his successor J.J. Ament. (J.J. officially joins the team on April 5.)
We’ve been talking about history a lot this year as we celebrate our 150th anniversary. Milestone years (like a 150th birthday) and transitions of a CEO provide the perfect opportunity us to reflect on our history while preparing for our future.
We’ve been part of some amazing things in that 150 years: helping the University of Denver erase its debt, supporting the arts through the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and investing in important infrastructure. Each of those pivotal decisions reflect the leadership of our organization and remind us how important those leaders are to our region and state’s successes. Tom Clark has been one of those leaders.
Tom got us to work together before it was cool or even considered smart. And, he helped get some amazing work done with that approach, from delivering Denver International Airport to Major League Baseball to FasTracks. He helped establish the Civic DNA of our region.
Tom’s legacy isn’t just the incredible accomplishments he was part of but the shared values he helped define for how we work in Colorado. Those values will ensure our success long beyond any individual.
Here’s a video highlighting those very values—Colorado’s Civic DNA™.
Thank you, Tom! And, with regard to that quote by Abraham Lincoln you recently shared: “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so this place with be proud of him.” Tom said he was proud of the place he lives. Well, Tom, this place is very proud of you.
We love you.
Kelly Brough is the president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber.