PEDCO’s Mission: Attract, Retain and Expand primary jobs in Pueblo County.

OUR VISION: A Pueblo that provides opportunities for all.
PEDCO’s core values are Transparency, Community, Prosperity, Forward Thinking, Respect, Teamwork, and Diligence.

Things to know about PEDCO


  • PEDCO’s purpose is primary job creation. A primary job is a full-time position in the private sector employment by manufacturing, business, commercial or service industries, producing, assembling, or distributing products, or providing services primarily or ultimately for sale consumption or use outside Pueblo.  This brings money into Pueblo from outside Pueblo.

  • PEDCO’s Operation is funded by membership dues.

  • The economic impact of PEDCO so far, is over $100 Million in sales tax revenue, and $9.4 Billion in salaries from new jobs.

  • All companies considering moving to Pueblo, require PEDCO to operate with the strictest confidentiality during negotiations.

  • PEDCO’s marketing efforts focus on selling the prospective company on Pueblo’s many wonderful features and strengths.

  • Companies brought to Pueblo by PECDO have been in Pueblo for an average of over 17 years.

  • Convincing companies to move here, often requires incentives to close the final gap in their decision.


The people of Pueblo came together in 1981 and formed PEDCO. Business people, large and small, and individuals dug into their pockets to find money to support PEDCO and its economic development efforts. They also gave of their time, available at a moment’s notice to talk to interested companies.

In 1984, Pueblo’s citizens voted to tax themselves to support economic development. The citizens continue to keep that half-cent sales tax in place. PEDCO uses the money for economic development incentives, funding certain capital projects and equipment purchases for new and expanding businesses.

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Meet Our Executive Team

Jeffrey C. Shaw
Jeffrey C. Shaw

President/CEO Prospects/Operations 719-544-2000

Joe O’brien
Joe O’brien

Vice President             Prospects/Marketing 719-544-2000

Margaret Gaillard
Margaret Gaillard

VP-Operations             Accounting/Leasing 719-544-2000

Crystal Lucero
Crystal Lucero

Operations Coordinator   BTC / Enterprise Zone 719-544-2000 Ext 106

Shannon Baker
Shannon Baker

Mission Coordinator Membership / Event Planning / Social Media 719-544-2000

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Workforce Project Coordinator 719-544-2000 ext 106

Steve Chorak
Steve Chorak

Workforce Project Coordinator 719-544-2000 ext 106

Our Board Members

2022 Elected Officers:

Dominic Gallina, Chairman – V.P. Sr. Commercial Loan Officer, Bank of the San Juans
Ashley Valdez, Past Chair- Area Manager, Xcel Energy
Scott Robb, Treasurer – General Manager, H.W. Houston
Bob Leach, Secretary –  Owner, RWL25, LLC

Elected Members

Andrew Lang – COO, TR Toppers
Andrew Trainor – Regional President, Legacy Bank
Dr. Constance Jones – CEO, Goal High School
Florian Oppenrieder – General Manager, pewag Traction Chain
Mark Welte – Summit Brick
Russ Drury – Business Development Manager, Black Hills Energy
Scott Moore – Broker, Coldwell Banker
Doug Hayes – Director of Operations, Collins Aerospace

Appointed Members:

Chris Wiseman – Pueblo County Commissioner
Sabina Genesio – Pueblo County Manager
Heather Graham – Pueblo City Council
Dennis Flores – Pueblo City Council


Nick Gradisar – Pueblo City Mayor
Seth Clayton – CEO, Pueblo Board of Water Works
Dr. Tim Mottet – President, CSU-Pueblo
Dr. Patty Erjavec – President,  Pueblo Community College
Doug Proal – Board Member, Pueblo West Metro District
Duane Nava – CEO, Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce
Noah Commerford – CEO, Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce