Douglas County Influencers: Meet Amy Sherman & the NWDCEDC
Sterling Ranch roads, water, business attraction and more are on the agenda for the Northwest Douglas County EDC
Amy Sherman (middle) and The Chamber of Northwest Douglas County team
One of my favorite parts about the Sterling Ranch Roundup is getting to meet our wonderful community, business, and government leaders in Douglas County. There are so many talented people focused on making Douglas County – and Sterling Ranch – one of the best places to work and live not just in Colorado, but the entire country.
One of the talented Douglas County influencers with a strong eye on Sterling Ranch we’ve had the pleasure of meeting is Amy Sherman, President & CEO of the Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corporation (EDC). We were fortunate to catch up with Amy and ask her about not just the EDC, but also Sterling Ranch and what the EDC is focused on when it comes to our new community here in Douglas County.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a Douglas County native, raised in Castle Rock. My husband and I have lived in Roxborough since 2000 and have twins at ThunderRidge High School. I LOVE our community and have been active with many non-profits such as Roxborough PTIC, One Roxborough, Lamb Spring Archaeological Preserve, Roxborough Music Festival, The Education Foundation for Douglas County Schools, and Douglas County Community Foundation.
Amy (near center) and team at a Douglas County groundbreaking
How did the Northwest Douglas County EDC come about?
I have always been in the chamber of commerce/economic development profession. In late 2011, I founded the Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corporation with the support of Sterling Ranch, Douglas County, Highlands Ranch Community Association, FirstBank, Wells Fargo, and Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers as our first investors. We also helped start the Roxborough Business Association, that merged into The Chamber of Northwest Douglas County. Then on January 1, 2019 we all merged into one business organization. I am the President & CEO of the Northwest Douglas County EDC and have two wonderful staff running The Chamber of Northwest Douglas County. We serve Roxborough, Sterling Ranch, the Santa Fe Corridor, and Highlands Ranch as a one-stop shop for all business needs.
What are some of the key issues/policies the Northwest Douglas County EDC is focused on that might impact Sterling Ranch and its residents?
The Board of Directors for the Northwest Douglas County EDC is very focused on improving infrastructure (roads, water, wastewater, fiber) in the region, solving workforce and talent pipeline issues, business attraction, retention and expansion, and advocating for business with all levels of government.
What excites you the most about Sterling Ranch?
My husband and I were early supporters of Sterling Ranch and their vision. We believe in community and gathering with neighbors and friends, and being able to connect with nature. We believe in sustainability and walkable communities. The smart city technologies are incredible. Sterling Ranch is the model for 21st Century neighborhoods for people to live, work and play in one place. As an economic developer, I am really excited to see the new businesses open too!
How can individuals and businesses get involved with the Northwest Douglas County EDC?
We are a catalyst for business growth, convener of leaders and influencers, and a champion for the community. We welcome businesses to get involved in the EDC and/or The Chamber depending on your business needs. The EDC helps businesses with site selection and has a search feature for available properties to purchase or lease. We work more in the development arena. The Chamber helps businesses succeed through networking, professional training, events, and more.
Anything else you'd like to mention?
Northwest Douglas County is a wonderful place and we are blessed to play a part.
Thanks for chatting with the Roundup, Amy!
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