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Region 9 names new Executive Director

October 03, 2016

Laura Lewis Marchino has been named at the new Executive Director of the Region 9 Economic Development District of SW Colorado replacing Ed Morlan who retired after 27 years in the position. Marchino has worked with the organization for 11 years, nine, as the Assistant/Deputy Director.

"Ed will be a tough act to follow", said Lewis Marchino. "I am so grateful to have worked with him and feel we truly had a partnership that balanced our strengths. I am thrilled to be chosen to lead Region 9 into the future."

Marchino moved to Durango in 1990, as a reporter for KREZ-TV. "I always felt that journalism helps almost any career. You learn to meet daily deadlines, multi-task and be a generalist, knowing a little something about a wide variety of topics." Plus you have to be inquisitive and want to learn."

Dan Fernandez, Board Chairperson said, "The Board is thrilled to see Laura Marchino assume control of Region 9. Ed Morlan leaves Region 9 with a solid foundation, and with Laura's experience and dedication to Southwest Colorado, the Board truly anticipates the continuation of progress in addressing our region's issues."

Lewis Marchino has a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications, Masters in Business Administration and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). She serves on numerous boards which currently include the United Way of Southwest Colorado and the National Association of Development Organization's (NADO) Board of Directors since 2009. Other recognition includes: 2015, Barbara Conrad Leadership Award; 2008 Economic Development Leader of the Year; 2005, Marshall Memorial Fellow for the German Marshall Fund: and 2004 Extraordinary Woman Award from the Women's Resource Center. Prior to her work with Region 9, she was the Executive Director of Operation Healthy Communities. She has two sons, and her husband, John, is a principal with the Delta School District.

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