Luis BenitezJoin Mayor Marjorie Sloan as she hosts an exciting celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship on Tuesday, Oct 3!

Guest Speaker Luis Benitez is an accomplished hiker who helped guide the first blind person to ever summit Mount Everest (that person was Golden resident Erik Weihenmayer). Benitez is now the director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry for the State of Colorado. His goal is to attract and retain industry by finding ways to support companies and organizations that want to be in Colorado.

Along those same lines, Mayor Sloan is partnering for the second year with the Colorado School of Mines to highlight the many businesses, industries, and people who, through their innovation and entrepreneurship, have made a difference in our society. On display at the event will be many amazing innovations from Golden companies and schools. Mayor Sloan will also honor the winners of the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence.

2017 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence Winners

  • The Golden Giddyup for working to strengthen our community by engaging mountain bikers and others in trail stewardship, civic discussion, and pro-active involvement in local government.
  • NFT, Inc. for furthering Golden’s reputation as a hub for advanced engineering and technology, and making Golden an integral part of the broader aerospace industry in Colorado.
  • Traxion for supporting Golden companies in the early stages of development, to accelerate their growth and job creation.
  • Suzy Stutzman for her years of commitment to Golden Boards and Commissions, as well as her continued work at the Golden Bike Repair Shop, a non-profit that fixes up bikes and gives them to those in need.
  • DECTech for their efforts to make an impact on local girls, and show them the fun an importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Mayor’s Community Celebration
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.
Green Center, Mines Campus
16th & Cheyenne Streets

Please join us for this free event!