The Western Colorado Delegation, comprised of a diverse group of local governments, economic development organizations and energy-related businesses dedicated to enhancing job growth, returned late last week from the Global Petroleum Show which is held annually in Calgary, AB. The delegation had a booth, made calls on fellow exhibitors, held briefings with corporate companies active in the area and learned more about plans for an LNG export facility on the West Coast that could help spur sales of natural gas in the Piceance region.
The results of those efforts are impressive. They include:
- Collection of 165 qualified leads with 30 of those leads qualified as “A” leads meaning they were potentially interested in a Western Colorado location. Many of them were manufacturing related and ranged from guardrail fabrication to engineered cables.
- Site visits to Encana and Cal-Frac corporate headquarters in Calgary to express appreciation for their continues support in the region.
- An extended visit to Veresen, the company proposing to site an LNG export facility in Coos Bay, Oregon to discuss how the project can assist area companies market their natural gas globally.
- Contacts with representatives of several foreign governments and private companies that may be interested in joint ventures in Western Colorado.
Several companies contacted noted the unprecedented collaboration that was displayed by such a diverse group of business, government and community leaders.
Next steps for the delegation are to contact the leads and follow up with them on the benefits of doing business in Western Colorado. Various members of the delegation will be taking a lead based on the nature of contact and resources needed by the companies exhibiting interest in our area.
Click here to view a short video of the experience.
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