Ahja Fox, Aurora Poet Laureate

Aurora native & resident Ahja Fox is currently serving as Aurora's third poet laureate. This University of Colorado Denver graduate has been published in dozens of online and print journals & has served as an editor & mentor in the poetry community at large. By merging her love of the literary arts with an innate understanding of human psychology, Ahja is creating poignant works that resonate in Aurora & Beyond.

Yuriy Gorlov & Jonathan Woodward, Aurora Economic Development Council

With an unprecedented opportunity for thoughtful growth, The Aurora Economic Development Council, a private, non-profit corporation comprised of the leading 100 companies in the Aurora/Denver metro area, the city of Aurora, and Adams and Arapahoe Counties, is tasked with helping shape the future of the city.

Denise Soler Cox, Project Eñye

Growing up a first-generation Latina in the suburbs of Manhattan was an amazing and at times, lonely experience for Project Eñye co-founder Denise Soler Cox. This award-winning filmmaker, podcaster, and keynote speaker is transforming how we think about culture, identity, and what it means to belong.

Ally Fredeen, Stanley Marketplace

A former aviation factory, The Stanley Marketplace is home to more than 50 independent Colorado businesses. More than a retail center, it has become a cultural hub & community gathering space. General Manager Ally Fredeen gives insight into how the marketplace has managed to balance and preserve its rich history while also playing a critical role in Northeast Aurora's development.

Caroline Glover, Annette Scratch To Table

2022 James Beard award-winning chef Caroline Glover is no stranger to culinary acclaim. Her first restaurant Annette was named one of the 50 best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appétit magazine. With a mission to prepare simple, high-quality food that's meant to be shared by people she dearly loves, Caroline Glover has become a sensation in Aurora and beyond.

Priscilla Smith, Cora Faye’s Cafe

For more than 15 years, Cora Faye’s Cafe has been the authority in the metro area for "home cookn' & soul food." Through her infectious charisma & by honoring family recipes traced back to the 19th century, Priscilla Smith is at the helm of an Aurora institution that has garnered national buzz & a loyal local fanbase.

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