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Economic Development Director
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6 N. Tejon Street, Suite 501
Colorado Springs, Colorado,80903
About The O'Neil Group Company Formed in 2007, The O'Neil Group Company is a national acquisition and management company headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A core value of The O'Neil Group Company is a solid commitment to supporting the community whe... more.
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Ingrid Richter - Economic Development Director
Ingrid Richter joined The O'Neil Group Company in 2014, as President and employing broker of The Paramount Group. She quickly became involved in business planning, strategy and project management for the various assets owned by the partners. With a passion for strategic planning and operations, Ms. Richter is responsible for launching the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation, an O'Neil Group business venture slated to promote various advanced industries and economic development in Colorado Springs. After careers as paralegal and human resources director, Ms. Richter's passion for business, policy and project management, led her to real estate development, where she navigated governmental approvals for over 20 real estate development projects. Ms. Richter was elected to the City of Manitou Springs City Council in 2010 and served one term. In 2011, Mr. Richter joined the City of Colorado Springs as Real Estate Manager, directing real estate transactions for the City, Colorado Springs Utilities, and Colorado Springs Airport. Ms. Richter received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. A highly motivated, goal-driven project manager, Ms. Richter approaches each new business challenge with an intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem solving and measured risk taking to consistently deliver desired results. Ms. Richter is one of those people who thrives on 'getting things done' - through relationships, partnerships and collaboration.
Ingrid Richter guides a group of interested residents on a tour of Catalyst Campus.
Ingrid Richter guides a group of interested residents on a tour of Catalyst Campus. "We like to call it economic gardening," said Ingrid Richter, economic development director for The O'Neil Group. "We're not going out and attracting the largest to come here - we're either buying and moving companies here or starting new ones and growing the them organically." The group plans to use its open office area as a platform for small aerospace and defense industry startups, allowing them to collaborate and learn how to effectively grow their business. With industry competition becoming international, local companies need to collaborate and develop a mindset of "co-opetition," Richter said, creating industry clusters by getting like-minded people together in a specific location. "It used to be called innovation clusters," she said. "We think by benefiting the community with what we're doing here, it will significantly grow [the economy in] Southern Colorado," Richter said. "The idea is to put together a program that encompasses a career pathway alignment for people," Richter said. "The intent would be to give them the opportunity to discover different sectors, such as advanced manufacturing in cybersecurity and software programming in satellite operations. We've already started putting curriculum together for the discovery phase." The campus will provide industry certificate training, run by two business partners of The O'Neil Group, beginning with cybersecurity and programming languages training, according to Richter. About 15 companies are currently a part of the organization and four are working on a combined proposal to the Air Force Research Laboratory, Richter said. "That's the whole point of what we're trying to do - give them networking and business growth opportunities," she said. "This organization has the potential to manage over $100 million of contracts within probably the first 12 months of the campus being open," Richter said. "That's real economic development for Colorado Springs because all those companies are Colorado Springs-based." Braxton holds the contract that flies the GPS satellite constellation for the Air Force Satellite Control Network, Richter noted. "That is the No. 1 thing we hear from companies - 'I have a clearance but I can't bid on the work because I don't have anywhere to do it,'" Richter said.
Ingrid Richter, O'Neil Group Company.
No innovative endeavor means more to Colorado Springs' business community and downtown than the O'Neil Group's Catalyst Campus. Richter, as O'Neil's economic development director, has been overseeing the Catalyst Campus from its embryonic stages, and 2016 should bring more headlines as the venture establishes itself. Related Items:G.E. Johnson, Sallie Clark, Perry Sanders, Catalyst Campus, Dirk Draper, Elizabeth Diller, Jim Knowlton, Ingrid Richter, Nicole Nicoletta
"Kevin chose to have it here, to invest in downtown Colorado Springs," said Ingrid Richter, economic development director at Catalyst Campus.
Acknowledging that "cyber" industries cover a gamut of businesses, from those involved in cybersecurity to those who are consumers or analysts, Richter says the O'Neil Group wants to achieve something very innovative and different. "What we do here is very different than a typical cyber company," she said. The goal, Richter says, is more collaboration, more partnerships. "We're looking at project-based solutions," she said. While things seemed quiet inside Catalyst Campus, Richter says they've been moving quickly to put the pieces in place. The campus curricula for workforce training in cyberspace and engineering is designed and has received accreditation from the state. Related Items:Colorado Springs, space, kevin o'neil, satellites, cybersecurity, Catalyst Campus, The O'Neil Group, The O'Neil Group Company, Ingrid Richter, cyber industries
Side Streets: Technology innovation campus will fit nicely at historic Colorado Springs site
Ingrid Richter, O'Neil's project leader, said it's appropriate that it's happening in the historic rail station, which is part of a three-building complex on 8.5 acres that the company bought in October for $4 million.
"In 1917, when this station opened, it was a great public gathering space and a hub of technology," Richter said Thursday during a tour of the old station.