Maley named Economic Development Leader of the Year

Tom Maley, long-time Montezuma County business owner, and well-respected community member, has been named the Economic Development Leader of the Year by the Region 9 Economic Development District (Region 9) Board of Directors.

The owner of Maley and Associates PC., Tom Maley’s expertise ranges from accounting, insurance, and real estate. His commitment to the communities in which his businesses are located always has been very important. Maley serves on the Montezuma Community Economic Development Association, was a football official for over 15 years, served on the Re-1 School Board, and was instrumental in bringing girls’ softball to Cortez through the Optimist Club — a result of which both of his daughters received college scholarships for the sport.

Laura Lewis Marchino, assistant director of Region 9 EDD, said, “Tom prefers to be work under the public radar where he can get things done, and he will always do right by his family, clients, business partners, friends, and communities where he works.”

Maley was recognized at the Montezuma Community Economic Development Association membership meeting Oct. 16th.

The Economic Development Leader of the Year award honors individuals for their achievement and commitment as leaders in economic and community development efforts. The award was first given in 2001. Previous winners are from throughout the region and include: Bryce Capron, Dove Creek resident, former Fort Lewis College School of Business Dean, Tom Harrington Ph.D.; Neal Stephens, Montezuma County resident and Empire Electric General Manager; Emily Meisner, Ignacio Chamber; Laura Lewis Marchino, Assistant Director of Region 9; and the late Leonard Burch, Southern Ute Tribal Chairman. For more information, contact Region 9 at 970-247-9621.