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Brighton Bombshell — An interview with Brighton Economic Development Director Extraordinaire Robert Smith

Posted on 03. Jul, 2012 by in Brighton 125th INTERVIEWS

Brighton Bombshell —  An interview with Brighton Economic Development Director Extraordinaire Robert Smith

Robert Smith.  Brighton Economic Development Director.

Q:  Tell me about the potential of Brighton as a community.
A: The upside of Brighton is huge because we have an opportunity for a lot of diversity.  There are a number of retail epicenters, a new energy corridor including Vestas, as well as number of traditional energy companies.   There are a lot of opportunities for employers, including Transwest [whose corporate headquarters recently targeted a relocation into Brighton].  We also have a commercial/light industrial sector that is growing along with our judicial center which is adjacent to that [Bromley/I-76].  The Prairie Center, further, represents a ‘mixed-use’, a new wave of commercial/suburban development.  Recreationally, Barr Lake even represents a recreational center along with natural amenities [wildlife visitor’s center].  Finally, we have a downtown, an area that many communities wish that they had, to be able to centrally point.  In Brighton, we are happy to say that we have more occupancy than vacancy in our downtown.

Q: The recreational facilities in Brighton are significant, along with a strong school system and growing residential.  Is it safe to say that Brighton has the right ingredients to attract businesses?
A: Yes.   A few additional things that fall into the ingredient list include our infrastructure of water and sewage.  We have the ability to handle the growth of our community into the immediate future.  And, we have a transportation service infrastructure in place so that you can get from place to place easily.  The interchanges are in place with a goal to further increase development along these lines.  From a straight-forward development perspective, these things are needed, in the ground, and ready to go before anything can be developed on the surface.  Brighton has put in a lot of investment in these types of infrastructure, which is what will help us be propelled forward in terms of development.  Brighton’s strategic advantage of location is a huge factor, with E-470 and DIA being just 15 minutes away, Highway 7 to Boulder in forty minutes, and a proximity to I-76.  Brighton is a transportation dream from a transportation standpoint.

Q: Having worked in a number of growth epicenters, what enticed you to work in Brighton?
A: One thing is that I grew up here.  I attended Northglenn High School and played Brighton in sports.  I had some familiarity with Brighton.  In this market, when you want to market something that’s on the upswing, like Brighton, you look for the opportunities and get in line to get involved.

Q: If you were to draw a graph, how might you represent the City of Brighton?
A: I don’t subscribe to a ‘community lifecycle’ idea, because communities are always reinventing themselves.
Q: Any notions about the future of Brighton’s economic development?
A: I think in the next twelve months, you’re going to be seeing a number of some fun developments.
Q: Any idea what some of these might be?
A: [laughs] I’d hate to mention the names of some of the people we’ve been talking to without giving mention to others, but we will look forward to getting the word out about Brighton’s opportunities in the near future.

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