About Us

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.

OFFICERS:
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

 

Membership

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.

IRS Form I990

Membership Contribution Form

2018 LCEDC Membership

 Membership
Presidents Council

City of Sterling     Logan County

Sterling Urban Renewal Authority

Bank of Colorado Bank of the West Banner Health Premier Farm Credit Aero Applicators
Executive Council
Adams Bank & Trust NextEra Energy
Colorado Highlands Wind Nichols Tillage & Tools
East Cheyenne Gas Storage New Method Cleaners
Edward Jones – Pam Werner Sonnenberg Agency
Equitable Savings & Loan TBK Bank
Invenergy Wells Fargo
Lauer, Szabo & Associates Xcel Energy
Investors
101-105 Main St Building Mr. D’s Ace Homecenter
Alan & Cindy Hoal NJC Bookstore
Better Electric Northeastern Junior College
Fetzer & Company Rich Robirds
First Farm Bank Simon Contracting / McAtee
George & Ann Hunt Sterling Ethanol
Highline Electric Association  Vis-Op-Oil
Jackson Agency Williamson & Associates
Journal Office Supply  Wright Law Firm
Kentec Communications
Contributors
Johnson & Associates Platte Valley Real Estate
Journal Advocate / Sentinel Reata Petroleum
KSIR/KPMX – NECO Broadcasting Sterling Professional Building
Media Logic Stewart Title
Pilkington Financial  Town Square Realty
Circle L Irrigation

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