Delta County Economic Development, Inc. (DCED) has selected Stacy Voigt as its new executive director filling the position created by the departure of Trish Thibodo. DCED is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit membership organization working in a public/private partnership to strengthen and diversify the economy of Delta County. The selection was made after an extensive search and selection process which included candidates from local, regional and statewide sources.
"Stacey comes to us from the Loveland Downtown Partnership & Development Authority where she served as a project coordinator on a variety of public/private initiatives," reported John Gavan, DCED board president. "We feel she will be a great addition to DCED and help to advance DCED's contributions to the community," Gavan pointed out that Voigt brings experience with renewal authorities and tax increment financing similar to the process going on in the City of Delta.
Voigt's first official day on the job will be Nov. 15 and she will meet with the DCED board the following day. Voigt is married and the mother of two elementary age boys. The family will be making Delta County home. Voigt grew up in a small farm community in eastern Washington.
Voigt's resume includes experience working with public/private partnerships, grant writing, business retention and expansion, as well as administration of nonprofit organizations. She is master's prepared in urban and regional planning from University of Colorado Denver as well as an undergraduate degree in design studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. Voigt serves as the vice president of the Parks, Recreations, Historic Preservation, & Arts Advisory Board for the City of Edgewater. She has also been involved with a number of committees for Jeffco Schools.
Voigt expressed her excitement about joining DCED. "I am extremely honored to be welcomed into the community of Delta County. The county has done a great job of building its core strengths, values of entrepreneurship, and leveraging its local assets, helping to create a synergy of economic vitality in the county. This new energy is ready to be harnessed and I am excited to roll up my shirt sleeves and get to work with the community to help them achieve their greatest economic potential. I think this is an amazing time for me to join DCED and I am looking forward to the opportunity to lead the county into an even more prosperous future."
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.