Republican to head Colorado economic development |

Republican to head Colorado economic development

DENVER, Colorado- Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter has named Republican state Rep. Don Marostica (Ma-ROSS-tika) to be his new director of the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

Ritter said Thursday the Loveland businessman will help the state preserve jobs and find new businesses to move to Colorado.

Ritter appointed the previous director, Don Elliman, to be state government’s first chief operating officer to dole out federal stimulus funding.

The move was criticized by Republicans, who questioned why Elliman will be paid $146,000 a year to do a job the GOP says is the governor’s responsibility.

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