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Don Marostica 2009 Alumni of the Plains


Don Marostica, Roosevelt High School, Johnstown

Executive Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade

 As Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) Don Marostica brings a singular mix of experience, energy and dedication to building Colorado’s economy for the 21st century.

As a business owner, he understands what business needs to grow and prosper.  As a public servant, he understands what it takes to create an environment that retains jobs and expands the opportunities to attract new businesses that will create new jobs.

As a native Coloradan, Don knows how to leverage the state’s dynamic and diverse economy to attract new business.  No state can match Colorado’s natural resources, intellectual capital and it’s highly educated work force.

Governor Bill Ritter appointed Don to lead the OEDIT in July 2009.

The OEDIT fosters a business climate that encourages quality economic development through financial and technical assistance provided in support of local and regional economic development activities.

Don Marostica has been a leader in local, state and national public service for more than eighteen years.  Prior to his appointment to the OEDIT, he served as State Representative from Colorado House District 51.  In that capacity, he was a member of the Joint Budget Committee and the only Republican to serve from the house, where he earned a reputation for hard work and pragmatism as state leaders managed the budget through the challenges of the economic down turn.

Don was born in Sterling, Colorado and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, CO. He earned a BA from Colorado State University and a MA from University of Northern Colorado. While attending CSU, Don completed the ROTC program and served in the Army, retiring in 1979 as a captain in the 19th Special Forces Army National Guard.

In 1977, he and his wife Carol co-founded a successful real estate development company in Northern Colorado. They have a son and three grandchildren and live in Loveland, Colorado.

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