November 2, 2017

Parsons resigns as Chamber & EDC chief economic development officer

Downtown Colorado Springs with Pioneers Museum

Hannah ParsonsThe Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC announced today that Hannah Parsons, chief economic development officer, will depart the organization at the end of November to take on the role of CEO at Colorado Springs’ Exponential Impact.

Parsons joined the Chamber & EDC in October 2015 as chief community development officer and was promoted in January 2017 to chief economic development officer where she oversaw business attraction, retention and expansion initiatives, government affairs, and workforce development.

“Hannah’s commitment to transforming our region’s business climate, as well as her ability to develop relationships and strategy, have been essential to the Chamber & EDC’s economic development program this year,” said Dirk Draper, president and CEO of the Chamber & EDC. “She helped set a course for Colorado Springs as competitive city for business. I am thankful for her work and look forward to her ongoing contributions to our community.”

Draper said the organization is in the preliminary stages of planning for next steps.

“The Chamber & EDC is well positioned to accelerate economic development and continue our work to enrich and raise the profile of business in Colorado Springs,” said Draper, who added the chief officer’s responsibilities will be temporarily be divided among the existing economic development staff. “We are currently weighing our options and will use this time to evaluate any opportunities that may be leveraged.”