BRIGHTON — The annual awards gala presented by Brighton Economic Development Corp. witnessed a number of businesses along Brighton’s Energy Employment Corridor receive recognition.
The event, held July 17 in the Waymire Dome at the Adams County Fairgrounds, was billed as a way for BEDC “to celebrate the economic development accomplishments of the community,” according to a news release acknowledging the winners.
The evening’s event was themed, “Tomorrow Grows in Brighton,” echoing the new campaign launched to attract new businesses, residents and shoppers to Brighton. Music was provided for the attendees by the After Midnight Jazz Band.
“From advanced energy production and sustainability - to the attraction of jobs, capital investment and the development of the future workforce – tomorrow definitely grows in Brighton,” the release stated.
The major award winners from the BEDC gala included:
Excellence in Partnership Award: Brighton
This award, recognizing an organization or individual who has partnered to further Brighton’s economic development goals, was given to the Brighton Housing Authority for its partnership with BEDC and the Brighton Small Business Development Center to develop the Section 3 Assistance Program.
The program, funded through an Adams County Community Service Block Grant, provides training to residents to help them obtain certification and licenses for business.
Business Development Award: LEED Fabrication
This award, honoring outstanding business retention, expansion or entrepreneurial efforts, was given to LEED Fabrication Services, Inc., for its growth and expansion, including new facilities in Greeley and Loveland. By year’s end, LEED plans to add about 100 to 175 workers.
Regional Partnership Award: Adams County Workforce & Business Center
This award, honoring those embracing regionalism and promoting larger-scale economic development, was given to the Adams County Workforce & Business Center in part for their efforts partnering with BEDC to convene the Sustainable Manufacturing Sector Grant, which provides training funds to manufacturers to assist them with sustainability. The center’s work on the BEDC Board and Business Advisory Committee was also cited in the honor.
Vestas Wind Systems
The wind energy giant was honored for adding hundreds of jobs in Brighton during the past year while also supporting local causes and having a representative serve of the BEDC Executive Committee.
Project of the Year Award: FMC Technologies
The award recognizes the $12-million project slated for Brighton’s Energy Employment Corridor, including a 50,000-square-foot facility. The project development is being handled by Central Development of Denver.
Sponsors of the 2014 Awards Gala included: United Power, Anadarko, FMC Technologies, LEED Fabrication, Vestas Wind Systems, 1st Bank, Adams County Economic Development (ACED), Brighton Fire Rescue District, City of Brighton, ConocoPhillips, DePaul Real Estate Investment Group, Inc., Front Range Community College, Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce, Halliburton, Platte Valley Medical Center, Transwest, and Valley Bank & Trust.