Vice President of Economic Vitality

Joseph Hovancak is an accomplished economic development executive and dedicated community champion whose innovative economic vitality experience includes building vibrant communities and inclusive economies for major metropolitan areas. Joseph's broad business experiences reflect successes, from driving sales for Fortune 100 Corporations to establishing the foundation of start-up companies to leading strategic plans for major economic development organizations. He has launched numerous partnerships and collaborations that have sparked innovation, fueled economic growth and powered positive social impact.

As the Deputy Executive Director for Nova Southeastern University's Levan Center of Innovation, Joseph contributed to the expansion of the entrepreneurial ecosystem by establishing new strategies that drove brand awareness, increased revenue, and boosted community engagement. This included creating and launching a new community impact program that supports and empowers entrepreneurs in underserved areas, increasing their ability to scale, create more jobs and live better lives.

Senior Director of Economic Vitality and Special Projects

As the Senior Director of Economic Vitality and Special Projects, Matt doggedly pursues ways to create and connect opportunities between businesses, job seekers, and burgeoning professionals of Boulder and its surrounding communities. Matt has over 14 years of experience in marketing and communications related to business development and K-12 education. Prior to his role with the Boulder Chamber, he served as the Director of Community and Business Development of St. Vrain Valley Schools, where he helped align career technical education with pertinent skill building activities, local industry needs, and regional workforce initiatives. 

Over the past three years, Matt has assumed leadership roles with several chambers, economic development, workforce, and sector partnership boards. He takes a hands-on approach with this work and looks for ways to simplify systems, share impactful stories, and build relationships that improve the economic vitality of our local community. 

Economic Development Analyst

As an Economic Development Analyst, Louis works with local and regional businesses to help professionals better understand data related to local demographics, real estate, transportation, workforce, foot-traffic, and other strategic values.

Louis is currently a graduate student at the University of Denver and is enrolled in the Economics and Social Policy Masters Program. He also has minors in International Studies, Statistics, and Math.

His pastimes include baseball statistics, rugby, music, the outdoors, and cooking.

Economic Vitality Specialist

Olivia is a 2023 graduate of Westminster University in her hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah with a Bachelors in Economics, Pre-Law Concentration and Environmental Studies minor. Her thesis “A Historical Evaluation of GDP as an Economic Indicator and the Argument for Alternative Indicators Towards Sustainable Development” focused on the transition towards more equitable methods of economic development to improve society as a whole. 

Prior to her move to Boulder, she spent time working with local organizations dedicated to fostering more sustainable communities. At nonprofit Recycle Utah, she helped to re-launch the Green Business Program and created comprehensive plans for local businesses to reduce their overall environmental impact while still reaching their development goals. As a Community Outreach Specialist at Momentum Recycling, she worked to increase access to public glass recycling drop-offs throughout the city and helped to roll out a curbside food waste pickup program. 

Olivia brings her unique sustainability background and passion for community building through economic empowerment to her current position at the Chamber. She works closely with sector partners to increase community engagement, address challenges within specific industries, and create connections between local and regional businesses.

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