This message has the headline, “Something Remarkable in Greeley.” That may be a bit misleading given the many great things happening in our city. However, the idea of Greeley Remarkable and an event by that name held on September 27 ties directly to our 2017 Achieving Community Excellence (ACE) priorities: Workforce Development and Community Leadership.
The City hosted the Greeley Remarkable event at the new Hilton DoubleTree hotel and with support from Greeley businesses worked to begin aligning workforce development efforts, i.e. high school and college educational offerings, with real-life employment opportunities. That alignment, coupled with community leadership development, has the power to create valuable assets for students, educators and industry.
There were three key messages embedded in the event and simultaneously three desired outcomes:
- raise funds for high school internships (also known as the Mayor’s Workforce Initiative);
- increase connections and improve the City's relationship with businesses and the community; and
- impress upon event participants that when we work together in aligned principled relationships we can accomplish great (aka Remarkable!) things for our community.
The event included a business forum and banquet, featuring guest speakers ranging from the State of Colorado demographer Elizabeth Garner to Chick-fil-A VP of Marketing David Salyers. These and other speakers impressed upon the attendees how important it is to be future oriented, matching career readiness to employment needs, all the while understanding how incredibly important it is to value each individual we encounter.
The forum and banquet were definitely a success, hosting close to 350 Greeley business and education leaders and raising much needed funding for the internship program. This message wouldn’t be complete without acknowledging the supporters who created this success on so many levels: our presenting sponsor First National Bank, and our other major sponsors Ehrlich Toyota, SRC Energy, Chick-fil-A and the DoubleTree by Hilton-Greeley at Lincoln Park.
Roy H. Otto