The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) announced the selection of Scott Prestidge on April 9, 2012, as the organization’s new energy industry manager.
Prestidge will assume his new role as energy industry manager at the Metro Denver EDC as of today. Among his responsibilities, Prestidge will be charged with managing
the Colorado Energy Coalition (CEC) and developing and executing the vision, strategy, and goals for the coalition in coordination with the CEC co-chairs. He will also maintain and develop relationships with key energy and economic development partners and support economic development activities as needed.
“With his strong background in public policy and energy issues, we are pleased to welcome Scott as he fills this key position on our economic development team,” said Tom Clark, CEO of the Metro Denver EDC.
“Scott’s experience will be crucial as the Metro Denver EDC expands its focus on energy as a key industry cluster and as we continue to promote Colorado’s position as a leader in the
balanced energy economy.”
Prestidge most recently served as the metro regional director for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, where he managed outreach to the Metro Denver region, coordinated policy and political dialogues between the Colorado constituencies and legislative staff, and identified policy opportunities.
During his eight-year span with Udall, Prestidge worked on promoting the use of natural gas in vehicles, helped strengthen Udall’s position with the Colorado Oil and Gas Administration (COGA) and the Western Energy Alliance, and stood in support of responsible fracking policies.
Prestidge also comes to the Metro Denver EDC as a 2009 graduate of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Energy Execs Leadership Program, where he studied topics such as solar, wind, biofuels, biomass, transmission, grid parity, financing, and regional dynamics. Additionally, Prestidge held various contract positions for the Colorado Harvesting Energy Network, providing support for the organization, which promotes community-based renewable energy development within Colorado.
Prestidge is completing a Master of Arts in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Colorado Denver and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Colorado Boulder.