Logan County Economic Development Corporation (LCEDC) is a not-for-profit corporation formed in 2001 to expand the economic base of Logan County, Colorado. Pictured above (L-R): Trae Miller LCEDC Executive Director, Logan County Commissioner Dave Donaldson, City of Sterling Mayor Dan Torres, Logan County Commissioner Bryon Pelton, Colorado Lt. Governor Donna Lynne following announcement of 2018 Blueprint 2.0 Certified Small Business Community award. (courtesy photo – Lisa Young, Journal-Advocate)
What We Do
- Retention and expansion of existing businesses
- Recruitment of diverse and complementary new businesses
- Infrastructure development
LCEDC functions as a point of contact to assist with the acquisition of financing; local and state incentive packages; and state, federal and private grants. It also serves as a liaison between industry and local government to facilitate industry establishment and expansion. LCEDC also hosts East Colorado Small Business Development Center , providing startup assistance and consulting services for existing businesses.
Who We Are Staffed with a full-time Executive Director and part-time Assistant Director with board oversight, we are the entry point for economic development. LCEDC’s leadership team includes board members and staff with diversified industry and management experience in real estate, construction, telecommunications, project management, finance, operations, and small business. The Board includes representatives from the Sterling City Council, Logan County Board of County Commissioners, and Sterling Urban Renewal Authority. The depth and breadth of our team contributes to accomplishing our mission to grow Logan County’s economy.
Trae Miller, Executive Director – As a native of Logan County with strong business experience, Trae brings a local perspective combined with a strong business approach and strategic thinking to his leadership role. His previous experience included Business Development Analyst, Feed Formulator, and Buyer at J.D. Heiskell & Co, Lead Buyer and Account Manager for Cargill Food Distribution in Denver and Salt Lake City. Board involvements include NECALG, Progressive 15, AMPT, NECO Manufacturers Alliance, NECO Economic Developers, and Logan County Chamber of Commerce. Trae is a graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Business Administration with Marketing Concentration and Financial Analysis Certificate.
Laurie Jones, Assistant Director – Laurie is also a Business Consultant for East Colorado SBDC and NJC adjunct instructor. She brings global corporate, entrepreneurial and consulting experience to her work. She is a board member of Logan Chamber of Commerce and the Girl Scouts of Colorado. She is a co–founding board member of the Colorado Venture Capital Authority and former Vice Chair of the Colorado Economic Development Commission. Laurie holds a B.A. in Economics, University of California – Davis and MBA, Pepperdine University.
President – Heather Brungardt, Bookstore Manager Northeastern Junior College
Vice President – Kathy Guerin , Branch Manager Bank of the West
Secretary – Tom Kiel, owner Better Electric
Treasurer – Rich Robirds, Senior Vice President and CFO Equitable Savings and Loan
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Ryan Etl – Sterling Urban Renewal Authority, Vice President Bank of Colorado
Jay Lee – President Northeastern Junior College
Bob McCarty – Sterling City Council, Broker Town Square Realty
Joe McBride – Logan County Commissioner
Chip Powell – owner Kentec Communications
Janice Rice – Sterling City Council, Logan County Human Services Supervisor
Hoyt Skabelund – CEO Sterling Regional MedCenter and CEO Banner Health’s Rural Division
Amanda Steele – Edward Jones Senior Branch Office Administrator
Glenna Phelps – Aurich (Ex-Officio) – Executive Director Logan County Chamber of Commerce
Don Saling (Ex-Officio) – Sterling City Manager
LCEDC is a membership supported organization. By becoming a contributing member, your business will have direct input on our strategic direction and opportunities to serve on committees. Investment levels vary and provide a range of benefits. All members receive quarterly Executive Director Newsletters, are invited to the Annual Meeting, and receive a Colorado Enterprise Zone tax credit for contributions.