Thornton hires economic development director


The City of Thornton has hired John Cody as its new economic development director. Cody is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) with more than 30 years of experience, and has worked collectively with 28 local governments over his career. Cody currently serves as the president and CEO of the Longmont Area Economic Council, a position he held since 1999.

“I am excited about the opportunities that this position presents,” Cody said. “The City of Thornton has some great assets and some interesting challenges. I look forward to building a great team and working with Thornton leadership to take the community to the next level economically.”

Cody considers economic development as his vocation and has “always recognized the importance of attracting and retaining businesses that create good jobs that support local families.”

Practicing economic development in Colorado for 21 years, Cody said he understands the economic realities of the region and the state. 

He worked previously with the City of Thornton in the 1990s through his affiliation with Adams County Economic Development. 

The search for a new director was led by City Manager Jack Ethredge. He conducted a search for this position that included interviews with many professionals recognized as leaders in economic development in Colorado.

“I feel very fortunate to have attracted someone with John’s professional abilities, qualifications and success to this position and look forward to continuing success in economic development in Thornton under his leadership,” Ethredge said. “John’s knowledge of the region also enhances our competitiveness in attracting the kind of development opportunities this community is looking for.”

Cody starts work on Aug. 30.


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