Cecilia Harry, chief economic development officer, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC. (Chancey Bush/ The Gazette) Her first year on the job was not one Cecilia Harry could ever have envisioned. She stepped into her role as chief economic development officer for the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC in December […]
She stepped into her role as chief economic development officer for the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC in December 2019. She and her family had moved from Wisconsin, where Harry had been president and CEO of Envision Greater Fond du Lac, the combined chamber of commerce and EDC for that community. She was eager to dive in, to shake hands with business and city leaders, to attend gatherings and visit key employers.
And then the pandemic took hold.
“I got my 90-day review in quarantine,” she recalls.
Unique challenges were ahead.
“This role is supposed to be so visible and so connected throughout the business community and the greater Colorado Springs community,” she says. “There’s been so many lost opportunities to better understand the region, through touring facilities and being in the same room as people.”
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