DENVER SOUTH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP WELCOMES THE NEW VP OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT   September 19, 2019, Englewood, CO – Denver South Economic Development Partnership (EDP) is proud to announce and welcome Christine Shapard as VP of Economic Development. Christine will be responsible for working with an all-star team focused on business growth and retention in the Denver South Region while continuing the organization’s focus on improving and highlighting the Region’s economy and high-quality of life.  Christine joins the Denver South EDP team with over 20 years of experience in Colorado’s economic development, public sector
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