Westminster Economic Development

About Us

Our Team

The Economic Development team is a group of seasoned and talented individuals who bring a variety of skills to the City of Westminster. While we focus on the core functions of business attraction, expansion and retention, our work begins at the intersection of business, places and people.

We understand that a vibrant and inclusive community can only be created when a holistic approach is taken toward growth and prosperity. Our affordable housing policies and programs are a step toward ensuring that our residents have options for attainable housing. Our development and redevelopment projects, including Downtown Westminster and Westminster Station, will feature modern amenities that our residents want, while keeping an eye on sustainable design, multi-modal transportation options and the City’s commitment to open space. All of these efforts are helping us attract and retain a labor pool that companies are seeking.

Please feel free to contact any one of us with your questions. We look forward to working with you!

 

Economic Development Department Overview

Stephanie Troller, CEcD

Business Development Manager
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John Burke, P.E., CFM

Downtown Development and Construction Manager
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Mona Choury

Downtown Management Analyst
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Chase Evans

Real Estate and Development Administrator
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Chris Gray

Economic Development Officer
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Caroline Joy

Economic Development Marketing Coordinator
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Molly Tayer

Housing Coordinator
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Shelby Wood

Business Resource Management Analyst
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Boni Leuenberger

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Technician
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Stephanie Troller, CEcD

Business Development Manager
stroller@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2318

Stephanie joined the Economic Development Office in early 2017. Her primary focus will be assisting in the revitalization of south Westminster and business retention. Stephanie brings over 13 years of economic development and project management experience. She has a strong background in helping communities achieve their short-term and long-term goals through facilitated strategic planning processes.

She previously served as the Colorado Main Street Coordinator at the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Prior to that, she served as a Regional Economic and Community Development Manager in New Mexico. Her professional background includes business retention, downtown revitalization, affordable housing, public facilitation, policy, and practical problem solving.

Stephanie is a Certified Economic Developer, CEcD, with focus on strategic planning and neighborhood revitalization. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from New Mexico State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver.

John Burke, P.E., CFM

Downtown Development and Construction Manager
jburke@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2021

John worked as a Civil Engineer in the private sector for 10 years, and has invested the last 12 years working for the City of Westminster. Currently John is the Downtown Development and Construction Manager. Prior to that, he managed over $30 million dollars in infrastructure projects to complete Westminster Station which is part of RTD’s Commuter Rail system called the B-Line. He is now turning his focus to help the City in bringing the vision of becoming the next Urban Center on the Front Range to fruition.

Mona Choury

Downtown Management Analyst
rchoury@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2038

Mona joined the City of Westminster in 2004 assisting Economic Development. In 2016 she began supporting the development of Downtown Westminster as a Downtown Management Analyst. Her primary focus is development and real estate transaction support, maintaining project schedules, managing the Downtown-related budgets, as well as performing focused research and special tasks relating to the development of Downtown.

Mona is a Westminster native and previously worked for a local Westminster business as an Operations Manager.

Chase Evans

Real Estate and Development Administrator
ccevans@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2111

Chase joined the Economic Development Department in 2018 as the Real Estate Coordinator.  Chase oversees developable City owned land as well as the acquisition, disposition, leasing, and management of the City’s real estate assets. Chase also works to identify opportunities to entitle or develop land in the form of public private partnerships, community land trusts, or other collaborative arrangements which align with the City’s goals and objectives.

Prior to joining the Economic Development Department, Chase was previously in the private sector where he was a Manager at PwC. While at PwC, Chase served numerous real estate clients in areas including valuations, risk analysis, due diligence, portfolio analysis, purchase price allocations, market analysis, and lease analysis for various property types.

Chase earned a B.S. in business administration with concentrations in corporate finance and commercial real estate from Colorado State University as well as an MBA from Mississippi State University. Chase is also a Certified General Appraiser in multiple states.

Chris Gray

Economic Development Officer
cagray@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2112

Chris joined Economic Development Office in 2011. Chris’s core responsibility is to operate the business attraction function of the office.

Chris has extensive experience in the Denver metro economic development market having served in business development capacities with the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, the Aurora Economic Development Council and the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center at Colorado State University.  He has also coordinated aerospace industry outreach for Metro Denver WIRED, a strategic workforce development program and served as Director of the San Luis Valley Economic Development Council.

A native of the Cleveland, Ohio area, Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Northwestern University, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado/Denver.

Caroline Joy

Economic Development Marketing Coordinator
cjoy@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2110

Caroline Joy joined the Economic Development Office in 2016. Her responsibility is to manage the business and development branding, marketing, and communications efforts for the City of Westminster.

Caroline has more than 20 years experience in marketing and communications and has done extensive work in the metro Denver market. After graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder’s School of Journalism, she worked as a copywriter for long-time Colorado retailer, Fashion Bar. She has also worked for the Denver Athletic Club, and spent eight years with Bank One (currently JP Morgan Chase) throughout the 1990’s, eventually serving as the vice president of marketing for Colorado.

She has a broad writing background, working as a grants specialist for the Children’s Museum of Denver, as well as communications director at the Colorado Bankers Association. She fell in love with branding and place marketing while working as director of communications for Atlas Advertising in Denver, and had her own marketing and communications consulting business before joining the City. Prior to permanently moving to Colorado in 1985, Caroline hopped around the country (and across the border) living in Ohio, New Jersey, Canada and New York.

Molly Tayer

Housing Coordinator
mtayer@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2414

Email Molly: mtayer@cityofwestminster.us

Molly Tayer joined Economic Development in February 2018 as the Housing Coordinator.  The new position will identify opportunities to partner with private and non-profit developers and local housing authorities to build and retain affordable and attractive housing to address the growing need in our city for housing for the middle.

During the housing needs analysis accompanying the 2017 Affordable and Workforce Housing Task Force process, the Westminster City Council prioritized housing as a emergent area of concern and designated staff resource to focus on Westminster’s housing challenges and guide the implementation of identified solutions.  Molly’s work plan is informed by the Affordable Housing Task Force Recommendations, as well as emergent opportunities identified in proposed development and redevelopment, and current and long-range planning objectives.

Molly brings to our organization a background seasoned in both municipal government and private sector policy analysis; ranging from managing Affordable Housing and Small Business investments in Santa Fe, New Mexico – to crafting community involvement processes and impact dialogues with neighbors and community stakeholders across Colorado. Molly holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado in which she focused on organizational leadership and facilitation of complex community issues. Molly has also served as an adjunct professor at the School of Public Affairs at CU-Denver where she taught Public Involvement: Theory and Practice.

Shelby Wood

Business Resource Management Analyst
swood@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2168

Shelby has worked for the City of Westminster since 2012 and joined the Economic Development Department in 2016. Her primary focus is helping the City’s small businesses. She does this by managing the Small Business Assistance programs, providing technical assistance and conducting outreach. She is also responsible for the management of the Department’s budget. Shelby also works collaboratively with regional partners in developing business trainings, ongoing small business tools, and with other partner engagements.

Before joining the City, Shelby worked in the private sector as an Operations Manager at various companies in Florida and Colorado. Shelby is a graduate of the City’s Leadership Development program and is working towards becoming a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Tampa where she graduated cum laude.

Boni Leuenberger

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Technician
bleuenberger@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2102

Boni has worked for the City of Westminster since 1993, and joined the Economic Development Office in 2016. She has handled the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) quarterly reporting, established and maintains CDBG project folder, Integrated Disbursement Information System (IDIS) set-up, draws and accomplishments, Davis Bacon compliance, assistance with the Emergency and Essential Home Repair program, yearly reports to the State Historical Preservation Officer (SHPO), reconciliation of funds, invoice payment and other staff support.