Boulder Economic Summit


Join us for the 2016 Boulder Economic Summit: Peak Economy?, the signature annual event hosted by the Boulder Economic Council.

May 17, 2016
7:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
University Memorial Center • CU-Boulder

Register here



Welcome, Introduction, Sponsor Recognition
Kim Campbell, Macerich
Clif Harald, Boulder Economic Council
John Tayer, Boulder Chamber
Chancellor Philip DiStefano, CU-Boulder

The Economics of a Peak Economy…Where is Boulder?
Presented by Brian Lewandowski, CU-Boulder Business Research Division

Feature Panel: Boom! Expansions, Acquisitions and Investments
Moderated by Clif Harald
Chris Moody, Twitter
Derek Krause, NetApp
Darren Dasburg, AstraZeneca

Breakout 1: Where’s the money/financing?
Moderated by Kim Campbell, Macerich
Gretchen Wahl, First National Denver
Ceyl Prinster, Colorado Enterprise Fund
Peter Adams, Rockies Venture Club
Steve Hughes, Sunrise Strategic Partners LLC
Danielle Osler, Senator Bennett’s Office

Breakout 2: Where’s the commercial space?
Moderated by Liz Hanson, City of Boulder
Jeff Wingert, The W.W. Reynolds Companies
Becky Callan Gamble, Dean Callan & Company, Inc.

Breakout 3: Where’s the talent in full employment?
Moderated by Kendra Prospero, Turning the Corner LLC
Lisa Lovett, CU-Boulder
Andy Dorsey, Front Range Community College
Nora Rossman, Celestial Seasonings

Breakout 4: Where’s the housing?
Moderated by Stephanie Iannone, Housing Helpers
D.B. Wilson, ReMax Boulder
Blake Schaefer, Elevations Credit Union
Betsy Martens, Boulder Housing Partners
Leslie Durgin, Boulder Chamber

Closing Plenary: Does Growth Pay Its Own Way?
Moderated by Frances Draper, CU-Boulder
Danica Powell, Trestle Strategy Group
Susan Richstone, City of Boulder
Steve Pomerance
Will Toor


2016 Boulder Economic Summit: Peak Economy?
Much has changed in Boulder’s economy since the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Boulder has experienced significant economic expansion, including growing consumer demand, unemployment rates approaching historic lows, shrinking housing inventory and commercial real estate vacancies, and rising prices for real estate and other services.  Is our economy performing now at or near its peak?  Are we operating at full or near-full capacity?  The strong economy has led to many new economic opportunities for companies in Boulder and the employees who work here, but it also raises challenging consequences, such as demand for office space, people, money, and housing.  It also raises the prospect of new business regulations to manage growth. Will there be a contraction anytime soon? How can we address some of the peak economy consequences?  These are the kinds of questions the 2016 Boulder Economic Summit will address.

Program Agenda
7:30 – 7:50 Registration / Breakfast
7:50 – 12:15 Boulder Economic Summit
The opening session will set the stage by highlighting the economics of a peak economy and how Boulder and the region is performing.  Our feature panel will then dive deeper into the exciting opportunities our economy has generated, featuring some of the investments, acquisitions and expansions that are taking place here.  The four break-out sessions will then examine the economic consequences of such a strong economy, including the need for space, people, money, and housing.  We will then close the program with a plenary policy panel asking the question: “Does growth pay its own way?”

More details on sessions and speakers to come.

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