What's Happening at ACEC?

2018 Backpacks to Briefcases

Denver, CO –Nearly 500 Adams County high school students participated in Adams County Education Consortium Backpacks to Briefcases event on Thursday, March 22, 2018. This year ACEC partnered with Metropolitan State University of Denver and for the first time ever the event was held on a college campus. Adams County Commissioner Mary Hodge was in attendance to launch the event.

During the session, students had the opportunity to attend various workshops hosted by educators and business professionals. Students were able to learn fresh, relevant career skills needed to successfully transition from high school to the world of work or post-secondary opportunities

Our panel of speakers included Dr.Joseph Ramos, Dr. Angela Marquez, Claudia Castillo Pescina, Kimberly Mendez and Kathryn Klemper.


The 2018 Adams County Mayor and Commissioners Youth Awards

This year Adams County Education Consortium partnered with Adams County to host the 2018 Adams County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards. This program recognized 22 young adults in Adams County communities between the ages of 13 and 19 who have overcome personal adversity and experienced positive change in their lives. "This award encourages me to continue pushing my hardest and continue to do my best in life no matter what happens," said one award recipient.

The ceremony took place on April 19, 2018. "We've got some amazing youth out here," said Adams County Commissioner Steve O'Doriso, "it's so inspiring to listen to how people overcome challenges in life and how they're still willing to move forward."


On May 22, 59 Adams County high school students were awarded over $1 million in scholarships. ACEC works directly with all school districts in Adams County as the fiscal agent for the Adams County Scholarship Fund.

“It has been such a pleasure watching these amazing young people develop a clear path for their future because they received the Scholarship dollars from the Adams County Scholarship Fund,” Said Executive Director Chuck Gross.

This is the third cohort of students to receive scholarship dollars. Of the 121 students who previously received scholarship funds, more than 90% remain enrolled in college.


 Company Highlights

DENVER – Adams County Economic Development (ACED) is gearing up for its second-annual Site Selection Summit focused on promoting the business advantages of Adams County, Colorado. The three-day summit takes place July 17-19, 2018 and will bring five national site selection consultants to the area for industry tours and panel discussions with business and economic development leaders.
The visiting consultants—experts who represent Fortune 500 companies in their relocation and expansion efforts—also specialize in Adams County’s expanding industries, including aerospace, aviation, bio/life sciences, energy, and manufacturing.
The business community is invited to attend Ascent: Our Competitive Edge, a breakfast taking place Thursday, July 19 at Wedgewood at The Brittany Hill in Thornton. The invited site selectors will share their perceptions of Adams County’s strengths and its competitiveness for future company relocations and expansions. Individual seats ($50) and tables of 10 ($500) can be reserved online at
“The Adams County Site Selection Summit is a major initiative to promote the region as an ideal business expansion location,” said Barry Gore, ACED President/CEO. “By collaborating with our communities and economic development partners, we’re working to showcase Adams County’s infrastructure, workforce and regional cooperation to a national audience.”

Ramos Law had a fantastic evening at a recent Rockies game. As a respected member of the business community and a partner with the Colorado Rockies, Dr. Ramos was asked to throw out the first pitch on May 25th, between the Rockies and the Cincinnati Reds.  Ramos Law had 60 team members and their families present to cheer him on and watch him throw a perfect strike.  The entire evening was a celebration of the family atmosphere Ramos Law enjoys every day at the office and the entire office proud to watch our leader “represent”!

Ramos Law has been an ACEC member since 2017 and a major supporter of its efforts to build career awareness and career skill development among Adams County youth.

“It’s such an incredible experience watching our young people grow as a result of the efforts of ACEC.  Having them as a resource to prepare our children for success is an absolute blessing and our chance to play a small part is an honor,” said Dr. Jim Hoven, Director of Operations, Ramos Law.

Coda Coffee is a wholesale coffee roaster and global leader in creating some of the world's best coffees. Coda achieves this through unique personal relationships with coffee growing communities abroad. Coda is also a leader in practicing environmental and social standards and is recognized for this through their B Corp Certification.

"We have worked with ACEC for for going on 10 years," said Tim Thwaites, co-founder of Coda Coffee,"and it has been a true joy to see the youth of Adams County grow into hard working productive members of society. Although achieving 100% comprehension of all that we know may be impossible, we at Coda believe that the practice of continually striving to learn, and perfecting education is a critical cornerstone to creating a better world. This is why we encourage you to get involved with ACEC and help our youth by sharing information, ideas, and generating excitement and progress in education."

Are you interested in becoming an ACEC member?

For more information please contact Chuck Gross at:



Help students discover their future careers and ignite their interests

Please consider supporting this one-of-a-kind 8th grade career discovery event by becoming a Career Expo sponsor.

As the largest 8th grade career fair in Colorado, the Adams County Commissioners’ Career Expo enables almost 6,000 students to discover career options and speak with industry professionals.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
at the Denver Merchandise Mart

We hope you can join us for this exciting event!

To register:

For more information please contact:

Michelle Manring
Program Manager
12200 Pecos St #100, Westminster, CO 80234
Office 303-453-8521
Cell 303-618-6269