FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, May 5, 2006
Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, Mayors Office
Stacey Sargeson, Office of Economic Development
Mayor Hickenlooper Announces New Deputy Director of
Denver Office of Economic Development
(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper has named the City’s Workforce Development Director Cecilia “Cec” Ortiz as the new Deputy Director of the Denver Office of Economic Development. Former Deputy Director of Economic Development Myrna Hipp recently retired after 25 years of service with the City and County of Denver.
“Myrna Hipp’s long history with the City and record of accomplishments leaves big shoes to fill,” said Hickenlooper, “but we know Cec Ortiz’s vast economic development experience, success in leading the Workforce Development division, and commitment to Denver’s economic growth will provide an excellent foundation for new and exciting opportunities.”
Betty Sparrow, assistant director of Workforce Development, will serve as acting director of Workforce Development until a permanent replacement is selected.
As Deputy Director of Economic Development, Ortiz is charged with strengthening and continuing to integrate the Office of Economic Development’s customer service, neighborhood revitalization, and business outreach and development efforts.
Ortiz has more than two decades of experience working with workforce training, human resources management, and community/economic development issues for both the public, private and non-profit sector. Appointed by Mayor Hickenlooper to head Denver’s Workforce Development Division in 2003, she spearheaded the Division’s move toward a market-driven system, in which the needs of business play a predominant role in the direction of workforce training.
Prior to joining the City, Ortiz was a partner at Catalyst Resources, Inc., a consulting firm that helps corporations, government agencies, and foundations reach out to diverse populations, providing expertise in designing and managing community and economic development programs. In this capacity, she served as a consultant on a wide range of policy issues affecting small, minority and women-owned businesses, including procurement, workforce development, technology access and utilization, and business training opportunities.
Ortiz served under Governor Roy Romer as the State Director of the Colorado Small Business Development Lead Center (1996-1998) and as the State Director of both the Governor’s Minority Business Office and Women’s Business Office (1994-1996). She spent five years as the Executive Director of Mi Casa Resource Center for Women, a nationally recognized, community-based employment and training center for minority women and girls.
Ortiz has been recognized in the Denver Business Journal's 1995, l996 and l997 “Who's Who in Business” and received her baccalaureate degree in business with an international focus from Regis University.
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