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San Juan Resident, Anthony Edwards named Economic Development Leader of the Year

September 23, 2016

Anthony Edwards, San Juan County resident, attorney and County Judge has been named the Economic Development Leader of the Year by the Region 9 Economic Development District (Region 9) Board of Directors.

Edwards was recognized at Region 9's Annual Meeting held September 22nd for all his work in San Juan County. He has served his community as Silverton's Public Information Officer in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill, advocated for broadband service in the county, helped start the local economic development group, San Juan 2000 Development Association, served on the Region 9 Board of Directors, has been a Small Business Development Center Business Consultant and instructor since 2012. His professional entrepreneurship includes, Main Street Crowd, in addition to a private law practice.

Ed Morlan, executive director or Region 9 said, "I worked with Anthony in the establishment of San Juan Development Association and then as an entrepreneur. He contributes an extraordinary amount of time and resources to Silverton and San Juan County and his dedication and experience is directly enhancing economic development in the community."

Every year, Region 9's Board of Directors honors a southwest Colorado resident that goes above and beyond his or her paid position and makes a significant positive impact in economic development efforts.

The Economic Development Leader of the Year award honors these individuals for their achievement and commitment as leaders in economic and community development efforts. The award was first given in 2001. Previous winners include: Joe Keck, retired Southwest Small Business Development Center Director; Tom Maley, Montezuma County resident; Emily Meisner, Ignacio Chamber; and the late Leonard Burch, Southern Ute Tribal Chairman. For more information, please contact Region 9 at 970-247-9621.