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Chris Markuson
Markuson speaks at the Gujarat-Colorado Energy Partnership Dialogue in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India, organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation.

Christopher Markuson (born August 10, 1974) is an American innovator, policy expert, economic development professional, geographer, businessman, and landscape architect.[1]. Markuson serves as the Director of Colorado and State Economic Transition Policy[2] for the BlueGreen Alliance. Markuson leads BlueGreen Alliance's Colorado efforts to identify and implement policies and projects that will facilitate development of the clean energy economy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create family-sustaining jobs, and support just transitions for Colorado workers and communities. He also leads BlueGreen Alliance in development and implementation of state economic transition policies.

Markuson served as Director of Economic Development, GIS and Energy for Pueblo County, Colorado from 2001-2019. He is recognized for his work expanding Pueblo County's economy, championing multiple projects and causes. He expanded the agriculture industry sector through development of the Pueblo Chile brand[3] and trademark[4][5], and spearheading development of legalized cannabis industry[6] in Pueblo County. He implemented systemic intelligent decision making through use of GIS technology, and leading community energy regulatory and policy efforts. Markuson chaired the Utilities Consumer Board, and advisory council to the Colorado Office of Consumer Council[7], and has participated in numerous interventions at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission[8], including testifying in support of decommissioning of two coal-fired units at Xcel Energy's Comanche Generating Station in Pueblo[9]. He led efforts to develop Colorado's then-largest utility-scale solar array[10], and negotiated terms with Evraz Steel (formerly Colorado Fuel and Iron) to expand their manufacturing in Pueblo[11], the first steel mill in the world to be solar-powered[12].

Markuson is also the Principal of Anza Group, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in GIS, economic impact, and economic development solutions.

Markuson was recognized by the Orton Family Foundation[13] and Esri,[14] including receiving the prestigious Special Achievement in GIS[15] award for innovations in Geographic Information Systems. He was selected to represent Colorado in a trade delegation to Gujarat, India in 2018, along with representatives from the Colorado Energy Office[16], and has co-authored academic papers on Just Transition[17][18]


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  3. November 30, Kara Mason; 2015 (2015-11-30). "The economic promise of Pueblo chile". PULP Colorado. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  4. "Trademark Status & Document Retrieval". Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  5. Chieftain, JEFF TUCKER The Pueblo. "County works on branding of Pueblo Chile". The Pueblo Chieftain. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  6. Gazette, The (2017-05-03). "Marijuana transforms Pueblo from Steel City to Napa Valley of weed". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  7. Mestas, Anthony A. "County official to chair consumer panel". The Pueblo Chieftain. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  8. Gazette, Mark Jaffe, Special to The. "Pueblo and Black Hills Energy square off in an electric war". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  9. Storrow, Benjamin; E; Monday, E. News reporterPublished; May 7; 2018. "ON LOCATION: Steel town that voted for Trump banks on renewables". Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  10. "Colorado to Build Largest Solar Plant East of Rockies". Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  11. Mestas, Anthony A. "Pueblo County signs tax pact for EVRAZ expansion". The Pueblo Chieftain. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  12. Best, Allen. "Making steel with solar energy - Mountain Town News". Retrieved 2020-08-20. External link in |website= (help)
  13. "Pueblo County Economic Gardening". Changemakers. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  14. "Pueblo County, Colorado, Grows Economy with GIS - ArcNews Spring 2010 Issue". Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  15. Darrow, Dennis. "Pueblo County honored for GIS database work". The Pueblo Chieftain. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  16. Monday; September 10; am -Wednesday, 2018 10:30; September 12; pmG, 2018 6:30; hinagar; Gujarat. "Gujarat-Colorado Energy Partnership Dialogue". Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  17. S. Furtado, Lucas; Bazilian, Morgan; Markuson, Christopher (2019-10-01). "Case study of the energy transition: Pueblo, Colorado". The Electricity Journal. 32 (8): 106631. doi:10.1016/j.tej.2019.106631. ISSN 1040-6190.
  18. Henry, Matthew S.; Bazilian, Morgan D.; Markuson, Chris (October 2020). "Just transitions: Histories and futures in a post-COVID world". Energy Research & Social Science. 68: 101668. doi:10.1016/j.erss.2020.101668. ISSN 2214-6296. PMC 7351418 Check |pmc= value (help). PMID 32839696 Check |pmid= value (help).

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