Curtis R. Burdette was recently named Energy Capital Economic Development’s (ECED) new Vice President of Operations per an announcement by ECED CEO Phil Christopherson. Burdette began the new role on January 2.
“We are fortunate to have such a great talent join our organization and are excited for the energy and new ideas he will bring to our efforts,” ECED Board President Jeff Bumgarner said in a Jan. 10 press release.
Burdette will be leading the ECED’s Business Retention and Expansion efforts and will support Christopherson in meeting and exceeding goals set out for the Economic Development office.
in the past, Burdette has served on the Joint Powers Lodging Tax Boar, overseeing the Campbell County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) since 2017, where he currently serves as board president. He has also volunteered with community organizations such as CVB, Y.E.S. House, and Gillette Main Street.
Burdette was most recently the general manager of the Ramada Plaza Gillette, where he helped the hotel rebound from the 2015 downward trend to reach revenue over $1.5 million in 2019. Previously, he worked in higher education teaching students and training educators. He has also helped small businesses by leading branding workshops and brings over 10 years of consulting experience to the ECED.
“Curtis brings an excellent track record to ECED from working with solo entrepreneurs to leadership in the private and public sectors,” said Christopherson in the release. “He will strengthen our ties with the partners in Campbell County to diversify our economy, to grow jobs and our tax base while also helping our Next Gen team to develop the workforce for what our community needs today and what we will need 20 years from now.”
Burdette worked with Vision 2020 at Central Michigan University, which began his interest in economic development many years ago. Following the closing of iron ore mines, he worked to help two communities, Ironwood, Michigan, and Hurley, Wisconsin, recover from the population loss that followed.
“What excited me most about Campbell County is the work that’s already been done through community support for facilities like the Recreation Center, the Cam-Plex, and Gillette College,” Burdette said in the release. “The Economic Development team has made major progress helping existing businesses and looking at future expansions with advanced carbon research, Fort Union Industrial Park, and working to recruit business to locate in Campbell County. I’m honored to be able to continue that tradition with the Economic Development CEO, team members, Board, donors, and our business and community leaders.”
Burdette received a Master of Arts in English communication and writing from Central Michigan University, a Bachelor of Arts from Aquinas College, and previously studied at Muskegon Community College.