Cortez Journal

Economic Development Council picks new director

Sept. 30, 1999

Journal Staff Report

The Montezuma County Economic Development Council (MCEDC) has appointed William J. Argo of Greeley as executive director. Argo will start on Oct. 1.

Argo has served as president of the Greeley/Weld Economic Development Action Partnership since July 1991. While in Greeley, he implemented an aggressive economic development program with emphasis on community awareness and involvement, business retention and expansion, and business attraction from national and international markets. He played a leading role in creating more than 7,000 primary-sector jobs with a capital investment of more than $500,000.

Prior to his position in Greeley, Argo served as president of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation. He brings 35 years of experience in program management, marketing, development, financing and engineering. Argo has worked in both profit and non-profit corporations throughout his career, including service as executive director for three other economic development organizations prior to coming to Cortez.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Florida, and is a certified industrial developer (C.I.D.) through the American Economic Development Council.

"MCEDC is pleased to have Bill on board," said Glenn Leighton, MCEDC president, "and we look forward to a very positive relationship between our organization and the community under his leadership."

Argo and his wife, Beverly, have two adult children and two grandchildren.

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