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More than 100 Business, Community Leaders gather to honor Five Award Recipients at BEDC Annual Award


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Regina Martel, Brighton Economic Development Corporation


More than 100 Business, Community Leaders gather to honor Five Award Recipients at BEDC Annual Awards Dinner

Brighton, CO – On Friday, August 3rd 2018 more than 100 business and community leaders attended the Brighton Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) Annual Awards Dinner at the Brighton Armory to reflect on and celebrate the business success that Brighton has witnessed over the last year.

Following brief remarks from U.S. Representative Mike Coffman, Michael Martinez, President/CEO of the Brighton Economic Development Corporation, gave an overview of the year highlighting that the business community is the backbone of our strong economy.

Earlier this summer, the BEDC Executive Committee identified and chose the five award winners for the evening:


The Next Big Thing Award: The Next Big Thing Award recognizes outstanding achievement in Business Retention & Expansion or Entrepreneurial efforts that help promote jobs, capital investment and increasing community value.

2018 Award Recipient: The 76 Commerce Center

Pictured: Paul Hyde, Hyde Development

Community Partnership Award: The Community Partnership Award honors an individual or organization that embraces a spirit of regionalism and demonstrates distinction in promoting economic development throughout our community.

2018 Award Recipient: Brighton Housing Authority

Pictured: David Leon, Brighton Housing Authority

Accelerating Business Award: The “Accelerating Business” award is presented to a forward-thinking business or individual in Brighton that is positively changing the community while displaying the innovative spirit that embodies our history.

2018 Award Recipient: Big Choice Brewery

Pictured: Tyler Ruse, Big Choice Brewery

Strengthening Our Community Award: Strengthening Our Community honors an individual or organization which has been involved in economic development efforts and has demonstrated commitment to the future and long-term success of Brighton’s economy.

2018 Award Recipients: Shereen Fink & Lani Dolifka

Pictured: Shereen Fink, Fink Ink & Chair DEI Council

Pictured: Lani Dolifka, Pres/CEO Watermill Express

About the Brighton EDC

Brighton Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is a 501c (6) Colorado non-profit organization serving the Greater Brighton Area. BEDC is the primary agent for economic development services. BEDC offers relocation, retention and expansion assistance and support to businesses. BEDC works to expand and diversify the local tax base by facilitating the creation of quality jobs and the attraction of retail development. BEDC encourages responsible, diverse growth and development that enhances Brighton’s quality of life as a desirable place to live, work, learn and play.

About Brighton, Colorado

Founded in 1887, Brighton, Colorado is located 20 miles northeast of downtown Denver and is home to a diverse population of approximately 39,000 residents. To learn more about Brighton, visit

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