Jennifer Taylor, vice president of local industry for the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, is leaving the organization to pursue a new career.
Taylor, who spent five years with the EDC, has joined Bryan Construction as manager of marketing and business development. Her last day at the Chamber/EDC is today.
Since the merger, 13 employees — nearly half the total combined staff – have resigned or were asked to leave their jobs.
Taylor’s departure is among other senior-level exits.
Chamber President of Government Affairs Stephannie Finley resigned shortly after the merger and Chamber President of Military Affairs Brian Binn resigned a few weeks ago.
Joe Raso, Chamber/EDC president and CEO, said he plans to fill Taylor’s position.
“Yes, we are planning to fill it as our existing industry program is one of the core programs of our work and why we’ve dedicated multiple staff to this function,” he said.
Taylor, who was initially hired as associate vice president of local industry for the EDC, said her main mission was job retention and helping local companies grow and maintain their presence. She headed a series of manufacturing forums, held in partnership with Pikes Peak Community College and Pueblo Community College, which focused on issues of workforce training, and sales and use taxes.
Raso said the structure of the new organization is still being developed and that its new name would be unveiled in the coming weeks, though it’s apparent it will be something similar to “Springs Business Alliance,” the name listed on Raso’s e-mail address, “firstname.lastname@example.org.”