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Hazel Hartbarger Honored with Colorado Companies to Watch Legacy Award

The Colorado Companies to Watch Advisory Board recently established a Legacy Honor to acknowledge individuals whose contributions have been instrumental to the success of Colorado Companies to Watch and to the advancement of second-stage companies.  At the 2012 Colorado Companies to Watch Gala and Awards Celebration the first two Legacy Honorees, Hazel Hartbarger from Arvada and Chris Gibbons from Littleton were inducted on behalf of the program by Founding Program Director Stephanie Steffens and Founding Board Member Frank Gray.

Hazel Hartbarger, the Director of the Arvada Economic Development Association is recognized nationally as a leader in local industry programs. The Arvada Business Retention and Expansion program is a best practice that many communities have modeled with mentorship and support from Hazel.

As stated by Stephanie Steffens, Director of the Colorado Workforce Development Council and Founding Program Director, "Hazel has worked throughout her career to not only support existing businesses in her community but to raise awareness for the critical value of second-stage companies to our Economy in our State and our Nation. The City of Arvada was one of the very first funders of Colorado Companies to Watch and if it was not for Hazel’s vision and leadership, this program may have never come to Colorado. Hazel has been a model for me in my economic development career and it is with great pride we inducted Hazel as an inaugural member of Colorado Companies to Watch Legacy Honorees."

Arvada also celebrated two winning companies: LT Environmental and SkyFuel for being on the list of the top 50 Colorado Companies to Watch 2012. This honor energizes the state of Colorado by recognizing second-stage companies that are developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and creating new industries throughout the state.

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