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    Aurora Economic Development Council Announces Steve Wozniak as A-List Event Keynote Speaker at Gaylord Rockies

    November 16, 2018
    AURORA, CO – The Aurora Economic Development Council (AEDC) announced today that Steve Wozniak, the Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist who designed Apple’s first line of products, will be the keynote speaker at the company’s annual event, A-List: Dawn of a New Aurora. It will be one of the first local events at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, a project that AEDC was heavily involved with. A-List will be held Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm MST, shortly after the Gaylord Rockies opens its doors.
    This year’s presenting sponsor is Adams County Government, the jurisdiction where the Gaylord Rockies is located, and the event is being hosted by RIDA Development Corporation. The Houston, Texas-headquartered real estate company is the developer on the massive hotel and conference center.
    A-List is one of the most anticipated and largest business events in the Metro area that brings together more than 1,000 Colorado business, civic and political leaders to celebrate the economic successes in the City of Aurora, Adams and Arapahoe Counties. This year’s event will focus on the catalysts and collective momentum building in the area, pushing Aurora onto the global stage.  
    “We are thrilled to be hosting this event in such a meaningful venue for our organization this year and with such a distinguished guest speaker. Aurora has seen so much positive change, and we can’t wait to show off all the wins we’ve been a part of. Mr. Wozniak is the perfect complement to our story as someone who has been on the front line of innovation and has believed in catalytic change,” said Wendy Mitchell, AEDC President and CEO. “Wozniak joins a prominent list of A-List speakers that includes President Bill Clinton, former CIA director Michael Hayden, pro tennis star Andre Agassi, and pro skier Lyndsey Vonn.” 
    In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, which was integral in launching the personal computer industry. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers. Wozniak is a published author with the release of his New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon by Norton Publishing. In October 2017, Steve co-founded Woz U.
    Table reservations and sponsorships for the A-List event are available; visit www.regonline.com/A-List or call (303) 755-2223 for details. 
    About Aurora Economic Development Council
    A partnership between business and government for more than three decades, the Aurora Economic Development Council champions Colorado’s most promising growth industries including aerospace and defense, bioscience, transportation logistics and energy, positioning Aurora and Colorado to win new jobs in an intensely competitive market. We create new primary jobs through innovative deal creation, strategic partnerships, and by advocating for economically sustainable public policy. The Aurora Economic Development Council is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(6) corporation comprised of the leading 100 companies in the Aurora/Denver metro area, the city of Aurora, and Adams and Arapahoe Counties. For more information on the Aurora Economic Development Council, visit www.auroraedc.com, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook @AuroraEDC.
    About RIDA Development Corporation
    RIDA Development Corporation has achieved an international reputation for creating innovative, high quality and successful real estate ventures. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, and founded in 1972, by David Mitzner, RIDA operates major divisions in Texas, Florida, and Europe. RIDA is among one of Poland’s largest and most well – known private investment groups, and its Polish portfolio along is valued at more than $2 Billion. In the United States, RIDA has become one of the South’s most active development groups and is currently managing and developing projects worldwide of retail, office, distribution, residential, hotel and mixed-use land developments with value in excess of $5 Billion. As one of the most active conference hotel developers in the last decade, RIDA’s major hotel development projects have earned it a reputation as one of the industry’s most creative development teams.
    About Adams County Government
    With rich traditions and history, Adams County offers the best of suburban and rural life – vibrant cities, quiet towns, and miles of recreation. Located in the Denver metro area, Adams is the state's 5th largest county serving a population of more than 450,000 residents. Adams County is home to the cities of Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn and Thornton; portions of Arvada, Aurora and Westminster; and the town of Bennett. Unincorporated communities include Henderson, Strasburg and Watkins.