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Sam Bailey serves as Vice President of Economic Development at the Metro Denver EDC. As Vice President of Economic Development, Sam oversees the business recruitment, retention, and expansion efforts of the Metro Denver region working in partnership with state, county, and local economic developers to secure job creation and capital investment projects. Prior to joining Metro Denver EDC, Sam served as president and Chief Executive Officer of the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation where he oversaw a major reorganization of the Board of Directors and governing bylaws, county and municipal partnerships, and revamped the county’s economic development marketing. Sam’s start in economic development began at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) in May 2011 where he served for six years focused on global business development, incentive analysis and negotiation, and site selection. Between 2011 and 2017, Sam supported the recruitment and expansion of nearly 16,000 jobs from companies such as; Amazon, Arrow, Agilent Technologies, Coyote Logistics, Craftsy, Five Stars, General Assembly, Gusto, HomeAdvisor, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Osprey, Partners Group, the J.M. Smucker Company, Sunrun, Vertafore, Viega, Webroot, and more. As a 2014 graduate and 2015 coach of the Denver Leadership Foundation’s Impact Denver program, Sam has been recognized by ColoradoBiz Magazine as one of Colorado’s Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals and has received the Public Service Recognition Award from the State of Colorado and United States Congress. He graduated from Regis University in 2011 and is a native of Chicago, Illinois.