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Economic development chief named

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By The Staff

COMMERCE CITY — On Aug. 5, City Manager Brian McBroom announced the selection of Michelle Claymore as the city’s new economic development director.

A certified economic development professional, Claymore has more than 25 years of experience and a proven track record of working closely with companies such as Ball Corporation, the Coleman Co., and Lockheed Martin Space Systems on major expansion or location projects.

  “Michelle’s depth of understanding about business needs and regional economic trends translates to creating primary jobs, expanding existing business operations and developing strong relationships within the real estate community,” said McBroom. “Her track record of success, coupled with decisive leadership and management skills will be an asset to Commerce City and help advance city council’s economic development goals.”

Most recently, Claymore served as vice president of the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation, where she was responsible for business attraction, retention and expansion efforts for one of the most populated Colorado counties. During her 19-year tenure, she was instrumental in the location and expansion decisions of many companies including Apria Healthcare, PMC Technology, SGB, Steelhead Composites, TerumoBCT and Trimble Navigation.

“Michelle Claymore is an experienced, tested economic professional. From great technical skills to training younger professionals, she has excelled in all aspects of economic development,” said Tom Clark, chief executive office of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. “I worked with Michelle for over five years, both as a person new to the profession and later when she handled significant portions of our recruitment and retention programs in Jefferson County. She is respected by her peers and we all join in congratulating her as she joins Commerce City’s team and its vision for the future.”

While at the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation, Claymore managed all business prospect handling, negotiated incentive agreements, implemented an existing business outreach program and managed a $100,000 contract with the American Job Center to better integrate workforce development services with the corporation’s economic development program.

“I am looking forward to joining the Commerce City team,” said Claymore. “The City has a strong industry base and lots of opportunities for business growth — especially with the property around Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, redevelopment of the former Mile High Greyhound Park property and growth at the northern edge of Denver International Airport. I feel privileged to be starting at such a terrific time in the City’s history.”

Claymore began her career in 1989 at the Denver Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce working in public policy, economic development, communications and membership throughout her six-year tenure. She worked on special projects that included bringing the Colorado Rockies to town as an expansion team and site selection conferences around the Denver Grand Prix.  

  A Colorado native and graduate of Colorado State University, she received a Certificate in International Marketing and Management from Front Range Community College. Claymore received the 2010 Economic Developer of the Year award from the Economic Development Council of Colorado and founded Colorado’s Basic Economic Development Course. She is a member of the International Economic Development Council and started with the city Aug. 4.