The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel editorial: A nod to the godfather
Author: The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel - May 17, 2017 - Updated: May 17, 2017
To know Tom Clark is to know the story of Denver’s transformation from a smog-choked city trying to rebound from its own boom-bust energy rut of the early 1980s to the economic powerhouse that millennials flock to today.
The long-term strategy he developed with other key players 30 years ago has made the Front Range metro area the envy of economic development chiefs across the country.
Clark recently stepped down as the CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.
He’s synonymous with several bricks-and-mortar projects that have shaped the Denver metro area: Denver International Airport, the city’s commuter rail system, the stadium at Mile High, Coors Field and the Colorado Convention Center, to name a few. But his legacy is more about the way he set the table for business — through collaborations and by leveraging amenities and quality of life into workforce development gains.