Longmont EDP hires investor- and community-relations manager

LONGMONT — The Longmont Economic Development Partnership has hired Kurt Harris as the organization’s investor- and community-relations manager.

His first day on the job will be Aug. 1.

Harris is relocating to Longmont from Concord, Calif., where he served as director of development for Mobility Matters, a nonprofit organization that connects  people with public-transportation options.

His primary role for the Longmont EDP will be to lead the organization’s fundraising efforts, and support its growth and ability to lead economic-development efforts in the community.

Harris has experience in public policy, fundraising, event planning, sales and marketing, and communications.

“Longmont is an up-and-coming community, and I couldn’t be more excited to be involved with economic development here, and all of the work Longmont EDP does on behalf of the community,” Harris said in a prepared statement. “I most look forward to supporting the organization’s efforts to bring higher wage, and skilled-career opportunities to Longmont.”

When Janine Ledingham, director of local business and startup-community development at the Longmont EDP, announced her resignation in June, the organization re-evaluated staffing needs to create a position for an economic-development specialist.

Ledingham’s last day will be July 28, the final day of Longmont Startup Week, an event Ledingham played a key role in organizing and managing.