The Metro North Partnership, the chamber of commerce for more than 12 Front Range municipalities, is looking for new leadership after CEO Dennis Houston stepped down in February. The group’s board …
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The Metro North Partnership, the chamber of commerce for more than 12 Front Range municipalities, is looking for new leadership after CEO Dennis Houston stepped down in February.
The group’s board hired Houston in 2019 and he started Aug. 19, replacing former 9News business reporter Gregg Moss in the chamber’s top job.
Chamber Vice President Nicole Milo said the board is working to replace Houston. According to Milo, he stepped down due to family challenges that pulled him out of Colorado.
Most recently, Houston was CEO of the Parker Chamber of Commerce. Houston was previously the CEO of the Norfolk Chamber in Nebraska.
Houston said connecting to local schools was a top priority for him. Speaking at his first public event as CEO back in September 2019, he said he had just finished meeting with local school superintendents to discuss how the schools and the chamber group could help each other, saying today’s students are the region’s future workforce.
“When you look at the region, about one out of two students that walk across that stage at graduation don’t know what they’re going to do,” he said. “I want to change that.”
During his time the job, the group rebranded itself from the Metro North Chamber of Commerce to the Metro North Partnership, noting that it represents municipalities and schools in the region as well as local businesses. The group encompasses 12 municipalities and six school districts in four counties: Adams, Broomfield, Jefferson and Weld.
Milo said the partnership will make regular updates about replacing Houston.
“More details about the position will be forthcoming in the next few weeks,” Milo wrote in an email. “During this transition, collaboration continues to be a top priority for the Chamber and is evident through our Business and Government Affairs and Development Councils as well as the phenomenal Leadership Class.”
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