Gov. Hickenlooper appointed John Seaton of Grand Junction, CO, to serve as a representative from west of the continental divide on the Colorado Economic Development Commission. The Economic Development Commission adopts an annual budget and develops guidelines for the expenditures of the fund for financial assistance such as loans, grants, and local match requirements to be provided for various types of projects. It reviews the economic needs of the various geographical regions of Colorado and identifies the types of businesses that need the most support in terms of economic development. Seaton's term will expire December 13, 2016.