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LAEC chief Cody Developer of the Year

By Tony Kindelspire
The Daily Times-Call

ESTES PARK — The head of the Longmont Area Economic Council received statewide recognition this week at the semi-annual gathering of the Economic Developer’s Council of Colorado.

John Cody was presented with the “Economic Developer of the Year” award Thursday at the conference in Estes Park.

Cody, president and chief executive officer of the LAEC, was honored for his “major contribution to Colorado’s economy and the profession,” according to one of the participants.

“It means a lot to me because I believe in my profession and I believe the highest honor you can get is to be recognized by your peers,” Cody said.

“It’s a tremendous honor from my perspective.”

Past winners of the award include former Gov. Roy Romer; Tom Clark, the president and CEO of the Jefferson Economic Council; and Don Dunshee, longtime president and CEO of the Broomfield Economic Development Corp.

“It was one of those awards where nobody had to ask why he got it,” Clark said of Cody. “He richly deserves it.”

Cody is in his fourth year with the LAEC. Prior to that, he had spent seven years working for Adams County Economic Development Inc.

Having earned a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Cody worked for a planning and development firm in Louisiana and ran his own consulting business in Wyoming prior to his arrival in Colorado.

Tony Kindelspire can be reached at 303-776-2244, Ext. 291, or by e-mail at tkindelspire@times-call.com.