Meet Our Staff - Matt Carlson
The Town’s Economic Development team provides full-service assistance to existing, expanding and relocating businesses, as well as retail development. The main focus of Economic Development is to contribute to the continued growth and economic vitality of Parker.
In his position, Matt Carlson focuses his efforts outward to the region, state and nation to raise the awareness of Parker, explain the many benefits of locating a business in Parker, and helping businesses get up and running in Parker.
Read on to learn more about Matt!
How long have you worked for the Town of Parker? Where did you work before Parker?
"In February, I will have worked for Parker for four years. Prior to that I have worked with economic development agencies in several regions of the United States."
What does your job entail and how does it impact the Parker community?
"Economic Development’s job is the continued growth and economic vitality of Parker. So unlike most Town functions, I focus my efforts outward to the region, state and nation to raise the awareness of Parker and explain the many benefits of locating a business in Parker and then help that business get up and running in Parker."
What do you most enjoy about working for the Town of Parker?
"The camaraderie with both my co-workers and the many business people I interact with throughout the Town, as well as the County and the Metro Denver region."
What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
"That despite my childhood in the city, I am a cowboy at heart and love spending time on my ranch with the horses."
What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
"I love the mountains and the backcountry of Colorado and a perfect day is when I can take my horses up camping in the high country."
What’s one thing that you feel sets Parker apart from other communities?
"Parker has an incredible sense of community and place that shapes the entire community…it's parks and trails, downtown, schools and activities…all these things make Parker a very special place."
What is the most interesting place you’ve ever visited?
"A fish hatchery on the Samaria River in the Amazon basin of Peru. I was on a business recruitment trip in South America and visited this company that wanted to export exotic fresh water fish to the United States. The fish were packaged and sent via air freight from Iquitos City to Atlanta for distribution across the U.S."
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
"Baskin Robbins Chocolate Mint Ice Cream"
If you could do another job for the Town of Parker for just one day, what would it be?
"I would want to drive the little green John Deere snow plow for sidewalks and trails with the heated plastic cab…in my t-shirt and shorts in the middle of a blizzard!"
What’s one thing about working for the Town of Parker that you didn’t expect?
"I found it surprising and exciting how engaged our employees are in the Town’s activities. Many of those employees also call Parker home, so what happens at Town Hall is more than a job…its personal."
What accomplishment are you most proud of since you started working for the Town of Parker?
"The role that my colleagues and I have had in the continued growth and economic vitality of Parker."
What is the strangest thing that you have experienced while working for the Town of Parker?
"Where else would you have to stop twice on your way to work for deer crossing the road only to have to stop on Mainstreet for not one but two gaggles of geese to waddle their way across to O’Brien Park?"
Thanks, Matt, for all you do!