Colorado State University Honored with Northern Colorado Business Report Bravo! Regional Spirit Award for Economic Development

The Northern Colorado Business Report on Wednesday honored Colorado State University economic development efforts with a Regional Spirit Award at its 2008-009 Bravo! Awards in Greeley.

"This is high recognition of Colorado State University’s economic development outreach and engagement initiatives, particularly in bringing higher education’s ability to effectively collaborate in workforce and community development," said Lou Swanson, vice provost for Outreach and Strategic Partnerships who oversees the university’s economic development programs.  "Interim President Tony Frank and Hunt Lambert, now associate provost for Continuing Education, created a structure that more efficiently and effectively transfers faculty innovations to the private sector."

The publication honored Colorado State at its annual awards banquet in Greeley Wednesday.

Swanson praised Lambert and Sarah Hach, formerly CSU director of economic development in northern Colorado, for their efforts to strengthen Colorado State’s connections to the business community in the region.

"We have been very successful during the last five years in working with businesses in the state to create jobs and new opportunities in economic development," Swanson said. "Going forward, we hope our economic development programs will complement what’s happening in our other outreach divisions – CSU Extension and Continuing Education in particular – enabling us to more effectively deliver the talent we have on campus to rural Colorado as well as to the Front Range."

The Northern Colorado Business Report each year presents a Regional Spirit Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of businesses and business leaders who have made significant contributions to Northern Colorado’s business community.