Hall Of Fame Inductee — 2010
Bill Ritter, Jr. was elected as Colorado's 41st governor in 2006 - the first Colorado-born governor in more than 35 years. In office, he implemented a 21st century strategy for leading Colorado forward, positioning the state for a strong future. Governor Ritter was always a strong supporter of tourism, working hard to maintain funding for the Colorado Tourism Office. Whether herding cattle in the National Western Stock Show Parade in Denver, or biking over mountain passes in the Triple Bypass, Governor Ritter was an avid promoter of Colorado's tourism industry, recreational opportunities and outdoor lifestyle.
He was instrumental in working with Lance Armstrong to create the first Quiznos Pro Challenge, which will electrify pro cycling in Colorado in August 2011.
Governor Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in the New Energy Economy; attracted thousands of new jobs in knowledge-based industries of the future, such as aerospace, biosciences and technology, and initiated sweeping education reforms.
To keep tourism infrastructure strong, he introduced the FASTER transportation legislation to fix unsafe bridges and roads and create a framework for funding a modern, 21st century transportation system.
For strongly defending tourism marketing and helping the travel industry in countless ways, Governor Ritter is inducted into the Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame.
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