Michael Martinez has eight-plus years of economic development experience, working in a variety of roles in workforce development, business retention, expansion, attraction, and key strategic projects previously with Denver’s Office of Economic Development. A native of Adams County, Michael possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado-Denver. As the BEDC Executive Director, Michael is responsible for creating and maintaining partnerships with Brighton business owners and stakeholders in the community as well as spearheading our retail attraction and expansion efforts.
Michael has worked extensively with the Healthcare, Bioscience and Technology clusters amongst others and has vast industry knowledge and experience in creating sound, beneficial partnerships. Michael also serves as the Past President of the Colorado Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (CAHREP) and currently sits on their board of directors.
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A proud Colorado native, Patrick joined the Brighton Economic Development Corporation (Brighton EDC) in July of 2016 as Assistant Director. He leads business retention and expansion efforts for the Brighton EDC which includes entrepreneurship and innovation program development. Patrick came to the Brighton EDC after spending 13 years with the city of Denver at the Denver Office of Economic Development, most recently as Economic Development Supervisor, where he led a team of business development representatives in business retention and expansion activities for Denver and implemented many components of Denver’s annual economic development strategic plan. He also worked as a Business Analyst and Business Specialist in workforce development while in Denver.
Prior to working in Denver, Patrick was a manager in the telecommunications industry for several years with MCI Worldcom, TCI, and Rhythms NetConnections leading national deployment teams and handling high profile escalations for large business customers, among other duties. Patrick also previously worked as a Congressional Aide for U.S. Representative Pat Schroeder in Colorado’s 1st Congressional District.
Patrick has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Metropolitan State University of Denver.
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Regina Welch comes to us with unique marketing and communications experience from a number of different roles that she has held. After earning her Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in both Political Science and Communications, she worked on the Digital and Social Media team for CSU. Following her time at CSU she was the Communications Manager at a non-profit in Washington, D.C. (National Campus Leadership Council).
With strong roots in Colorado, she made the move back home and worked at an insurance agency in Burlington, Colorado before she started in her role with the Brighton EDC.
Regina is excited to bring her digital and social media experience as well as strategic communications planning to the Brighton EDC. She will be using marketing and communications to promote the Brighton community regionally and locally and will be an advocate for investors as well.