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EDCC Presented Special Recognition Award to Former Arvada City Manager Craig Kocian

ARVADA, CO – The Economic Development Council of Colorado, only presents a Special Recognition award to someone affiliated with the profession who demonstrates outstanding support for its efforts to improve the economy of the state or one of its local communities. Former Arvada City Manager Craig Kocian was recently presented this award.

Craig was instrumental in the success of Arvada's Economic Development efforts during his tenure as City Manager and continues to serve on the Business Retention Committee. He has worked with large and small businesses and helped create a business environment in Arvada that is recognized locally, nationally and internationally. He served as City Manager of Arvada twice, once in 1976 as the youngest City Manager in the nation for cities over 50,000 and again 14 years after leaving the job to be City Manager in Oakland, California. His most recent tenure was from 1997 until September of last year.

During his time in Arvada, Craig focused on redevelopment of Olde Town Arvada. He also 
focused on the infrastructure necessary to meet Arvada's growth needs as Rocky Flats closed. His focus on business retention in Arvada was a driving force in its recognition as a world-class city in this regard. Craig has won numerous awards including the recent Lifetime Achievement award from the Colorado City and County Management Association.

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