Meridith Marshall, the Health and Wellness Champion and Senior Regional Manager for Regional Development for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, has been selected as a winner in the economic development profession’s 40 Under 40 awards, the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development profession.
An independent six-member selection committee evaluated and chose the winners based on their exceptional contributions to the economic development industry. The award’s program was managed by Development Counsellors International (DCI), a New York-based firm that specializes in economic development marketing.
Meridith designed, developed and implemented the State of Colorado’s economic development plan Blueprint 2.0, which included an innovative approach to utilizing regional assets to grow the local economy. This statewide effort utilized the needs identified by leadership from communities across Colorado to develop 10 initiatives with the flexibility to be tailored to meet the diverse needs of the local communities. These initiatives include everything from technical assistance for growing a community’s creative backbone to marketing and place making assistance for communities with limited resources.
Meridith’s nomination application said, “She was able to craft a plan that met the communities at their level and included program elements capable of advancing the local economic development strategies and plans. Blueprint 2.0 sets a new precedent for states to respond to the needs of citizens by providing an efficient and low-cost solution and this was all made possible with Meridith’s strong leadership and innovative thinking.”
Meridith is responsible for implementing the strategic action plan for Colorado’s health and wellness industry “Healthy Economy, Healthy Colorado.” Her previous work includes overseeing multi-million dollar business programs for both the State of New Jersey and the State of Iowa and was a contributing author to the American Bar Association’s 2013 publication Building Community Resilience Post-Disaster.
In 2009, she graduated from Drake University with a minor in neuroscience, a bachelor of science in business administration with a major in economics and a master of business administration.
DCI’s 40 Under 40 award was designed to discover the economic development profession’s rising stars.
“The people chosen by the selection committee represent a bright future for the economic development world,” said Andy Levine, president of DCI. “They are a new breed of results-driven place makers. We’re very pleased to see Meridith among the winners.”
“I was impressed by the energy and dedication of these developers,” said Zach Patton, Executive Editor at GOVERNING Magazine and 40 Under 40 selection committee member. “Their passion for good economic development really stood out in their smart innovations, thoughtful programs, and cool ideas.”
DCI officially announced the winners last night at an awards ceremony during the International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit in Jacksonville and will feature an in-depth profile of each on its website during 2017.
For more information on DCI’s 40 Under 40 winners, visit www.aboutdci.com/40under40.
Considered the leader in marketing places, Development Counsellors International (DCI) specializes in economic development and tourism marketing. The agency has worked for more than 400 cities, regions, states and countries since it was established in New York City in 1960. www.aboutdci.com