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Region 9 hires intern from Fort Lewis College School of Business

September 30, 2019

The Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado (Region 9) welcomes Blake Common to its team as a part-time, paid intern.  Blake is a senior in Accounting at Fort Lewis College, and grew up in Telluride.


Region 9 works closely with the FLC School of Business and has provided student internships since 2006.


 “We love our long-term collaboration with the School of Business to provide on-site job training,” said Region 9’s executive director, Laura Lewis Marchino. “Blake will gain exposure to all of Region 9’s programs and then be able to focus in where he is most interested”


Blake is planning to get his CPA certification after graduating and said Region 9 was an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in a financial position firsthand.


“Region 9 provided the perfect opportunity to get the experience I needed while still leaving time open to pursue my education and hobbies, said Blake. “Everyday I am learning something new.”

In his spare time, Blake plays numerous musical instruments and has a passion for the outdoors, both reasons he chose to attend Fort Lewis College. To reach Blake you can call Region 9 at 970-247-9621 or email