Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. names new CEO

DENVER — J.J. Ament, chair of the Colorado Economic Development Commission, was named the new CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., a regional economic development organization affiliated with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Ament, whose new role starts April 3, will lead the organization in its mission to attract, expand and retain business in the region, according to a statement from the Metro Denver EDC. The group will work with regional economic-development partners to develop strategies for retention and attracting new business, as well as executing national and international branding campaigns and serving as a resource to businesses and employees.

“J.J. Ament shares the values of regionalism and collaboration —  the two things that most set our region apart from our competitors,” said Kelly Brough, president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. “Beyond those values, he also has the practical skills and experience needed to succeed in this role. There’s no doubt he will use his economic-development expertise, statewide network and in-depth knowledge of finance and policy to strengthen partnerships and strategically grow our entire region.”

Ament joined the Colorado Economic Development Commission in 2011, where he helps determine state economic-development incentives, grants and tax credits. He was appointed as chair in 2016.

He worked in business and investment banking, including financial transactions for the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Denver Public Schools, Denver International Airport and for several states across the United States.

Ament has expertise in partnerships, advising on complex public financial transactions throughout the state, including the National Western Complex. He was involved with T-REX, the transportation expansion project for Interstates 25 and 225, and with FasTracks, Denver’s rail system. He also founded a political consulting firm, was the director of the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers and the public affairs director for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m excited to join the dynamic team in place at the Metro Denver EDC,” Ament said in a prepared statement. “Working with leaders in the private and public sectors, I look forward to building on the growth and vibrancy of our regional economy and furthering the good work done by Tom Clark over so many years.”

Ament was selected among more than 120 candidates from across the nation. He replaces Tom Clark, who announced in January that he would retire at the end of this month.