About Us


James Shelley

James believes that economic development is much needed in Unincorporated Arapahoe County. He believes that a strong vision of the future, combined with a calculated strategy and growth mindset will bring the county into full use of its potential for the benefit of all residents.  James is a long-time resident of the town of Byers. He currently serves as Board President and Chairman of Byers Fire District #9. The Team of Directors have successfully upgraded the Department Fleet, and have taken strong measures to improve the level of emergency services throughout the district. James is excited to get to work on expanding economic development in Unincorporated Arapahoe County as the team builds coalitions with Federal, State, Local governments, Nonprofit and Private Sector Organizations to achieve the common goal of growth and prosperity for the region.    


Dan Cook

Dan Cook has lived in many communities throughout the United States and has settled down in the rural community of Bennett located in Arapahoe County. As a cattle rancher, Dan knows the benefits of economic growth. With the right kind of growth, rural communities could see sustained growth that stimulates jobs and contributes to lower unemployment rates, which in turn helps to reduce income inequality. More important, higher economic growth will help reduce government spending on unemployment and poverty related welfare benefits. Dan sees the need for affordable housing, emergency medical facilities so that residents of of Unincorporated Arapahoe County receive emergency care, and better transportation options.   


Becky Bushrow-Breeden

 Becky Bushrow-Breeden, owner of Loving Arms LLC, a Home Health Care business, understands the importance and benefits of economic growth. Becky has lived in many locations throughout her career until setting up her own local business in rural Unincorporated Arapahoe County in 2009. She fell in love with the lifestyle that accompanies living in rural communities. Becky has over 30 years-experience in accounting and 8 years of small business management and ownership. She recognizes and understands the basics of running a small business and how economic growth can affect future expansion. Becky is a firm believer that growth in our community is inevitable. She thinks that progress of growth is what will keep our community going in the future. Growth will enable those moving into our small towns, an opportunity for advancement in their lives as well as bring more opportunities for the community as a whole. She will ensure the right kind of opportunities and businesses move into or community to ensure the best lifestyle for all of us.  


Janet L Cook

Janet Cook believes in a strong work ethic, execution, and collaboration in moving economic development forward. She has lived in many locations and has taken action in communities to bring about strategic change, both within and outside of the organization, to meet organizational goals. Janet’s experience in working with a $11 Billion Dollar Budget in Cost Accounting with the Federal Aviation Administration resulted in meeting both organizational and customer expectations. Her actions included the ability to make decisions that produced high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Janet looks forward to expanding economic development in Unincorporated Arapahoe County as she builds coalitions with Federal, State, Local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations to achieve the common goal of growth and prosperity for the region.