Pat Meyers to steer Colorado’s post-pandemic economic recovery efforts

Gov. Jared Polis put Pat Meyers in charge of securing hard-to-find personal protective gear in the early day of the pandemic. Now he has appointed him to oversee the state’s post-pandemic economic recovery efforts.

Meyers will replace Betsy Markey as director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Markey stepped down from that job, which she held for more than two years, on March 26. Meyers will also serve as the state’s Chief Economic Recovery Officer.

“I am honored to serve Governor Polis and the State of Colorado at such a key moment in our state’s economic climate,” Meyers said in a news release. “I share Governor Polis’ optimistic view of the bright economic opportunities ahead for Colorado and, along with the OEDIT team, I am committed to building back a strong and dynamic economy that serves all of Colorado.”

Meyers is a familiar face in Colorado government. He served as chief of staff under John Hickenlooper, replacing Doug Friednash in late 2017l In March 2020, Polis tasked Meyers with obtaining hard-to-find personal protective equipment and medical supplies under the state’s Covid Innovation Response Team.

Meyers, an attorney specializing in franchise law, worked for the Denver-based sandwich chain Quiznos between 1993 and 2012, eventually becoming an owner. After that, he worked as a managing director and chief legal officer at Consumer Capital Partners, where he helped grow the Smashburger concept.

Meyers is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver and the University of California Hastings School of Law. He also served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service from 1978 to 1984.

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