Maley named Economic Dev. Leader of the Year

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Tom Maley, longtime 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, according to a written release from the organization’s office in Durango.

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 was that 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 October 16.

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 andformer 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, please contact Region 9 at 247-9621.