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May 31, 2024 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Planning, Preservation & Change: The Federal Perspective

The Honorable Sara Bronin, Chair of the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, will discuss the Council's recently adopted federal policy statements on Housing and Historic Preservation and Climate Change and Historic Preservation and how they relate to our broader planning issues. Chair Bronin will also discuss her recent report and recommendations to the Council on applying and interpreting federal historic preservation standards.

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June 13, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Achieving Benefits to Receiving Water Body Quality and Urban Livability through Installation of Green Infrastructure in Fort Collins

Dr. Sybil Sharvelle is a Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Colorado State University and is a founding member of One Water Solutions Institute. She is a developer of the CLASIC tool and is conducting research on stormwater quality for capture and use funded by National Science Foundation and Water Research Foundation. Dr. Sharvelle was a member of the National Research Council Committee for Beneficial Use of Graywater and Stormwater and chaired the National Water Research Institute panel for Decentralized Non-Potable Water Systems. She is also Technical Director of the Colorado State University Spur Campus Water Technology Accelerator Platform, a cutting-edge facility for testing water treatment technologies with different water sources.

Dr. Sharvelle will be discussing the benefits to receiving water body quality and urban livability through installation of green infrastructure. Installation of green infrastructure to control urban stormwater can offer benefits to improve water quality of stormwater while also improving urban ecosystems and livability. The Community-enabled Lifecycle Analysis of Stormwater Infrastructure Costs (CLASIC) tool has been developed at the Colorado State University One Water Solutions Institute to serve as a screening tool for stormwater control technologies. CLASIC utilizes a lifecycle cost framework to support stormwater infrastructure decisions on extent and combinations of green, hybrid green-gray and gray infrastructure practices. Three outputs are included to inform decisions on stormwater control technologies: (1) Hydrologic Performance, (2) Lifecycle Cost, and (3) Co-Benefits. The CLASIC tool has been applied to the City of Fort Collins to assess various scenarios of different stormwater control technologies, including conventional gray technologies as well as green infrastructure. Results will be summarized with focus on impacts to receiving water bodies, urban livability, and urban ecosystem impacts.

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June 14, 2024 | 9:00 am

Retail Strategies + Cross Collaboration

Downtown Grand Junction is pleased to showcase a retail workshop to share practical ideas for expanding the reach of your brand through visual and messaging cues to convey your brand experience and tell stories with digital and visual displays. We will also explore collaborative partnerships that help retailers thrive. 

Join us the evening of June 13th from 5 to 7:30PM, for a Downtown Grand Junction Downtowner event, a happy hour networking event for entrepreneurs. Come back the morning of June 14th for the Retail Strategies + Collaboration workshop, from 8 to 11AM. 

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June 20, 2024 | 9:00 to 10:00 am

Housing Strategies Peer Exchange

The Community Development Office within DOLA/DLG is hosting a monthly peer exchange series for local governments working on affordable housing strategies and land use issues. This interactive virtual series will take place on the third Thursday of each month from 9-10 a.m.

The intent of the series is to provide a forum for sharing challenges, successes, and innovative approaches – to learn from peer communities across Colorado who are implementing solutions to local housing challenges. Each month will feature a different topic with brief presentations from selected Colorado communities, with ample time allowed for questions and discussion. 

Topics will be selected based on participant input. 

Register for the series to add the Zoom event to your calendar and receive updates about future scheduled topics.

June 21, 2024 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

One Water Day 2024

Join representatives from communities along the Front range and across Colorado for an engaging discussion of one water planning, management, and collaboration strategies. Attendees will learn about the benefits of holistic “one water” management and inter-organizational collaboration from utilities implementing a one water management philosophy.

This program is part of the Watershed (Shed) Summit ’24 at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Register for both sessions for a full day of learning about water. Tickets to One Water Day may be purchased as an add-on to the Watershed Summit. Registration includes access to the Watershed Summit, happy hour, refreshments and entrance to Denver Botanic Gardens on June 21. Lunch is included for One Water Day registrants. 

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June 21, 2024 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Take me out to the Ballgame: Connecting Stadiums to Communities

When carefully planned with their surroundings, new sports facilities offer the opportunity to revitalize communities, promote economic development, and create great places. Learn lessons from renowned urban designer and architect Janet Marie Smith, who was instrumental in designing the pioneering Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, the renovation of Fenway Park in Boston, and the recent modernization of Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles.

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June 26, 2024 | 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

SLV Entrepreneurship Summit

The San Luis Valley Entrepreneurship Summit aims to connect entrepreneurs to one another and to resources to strengthen regional networks and opportunities to collaborate. The San Luis Valley Entrepreneurship Summit is for San Luis Valley entrepreneurs and partners and will be partially funded by local partner support.

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June 28, 2024 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Digital Tools for Water and Land Education

One of the barriers we face today for addressing sustainable water strategies is that we failed to emphasize these issues within our primary, secondary, and higher educational programs. We have now reached a point where the actions needed to make our water systems sustainable will deeply involve everyone, not just technical policy experts, the general public and even our current generation of land and water planners are ill-prepared for this challenge. Fortunately, the issues of water sustainability are not just short term but will be generational. We still have time to incorporate these issues into our public and professional educational programs. For the last decade, Arizona State University has been developing web-based tools to help educate the next generation of water and land planners and the general public about water sustainability. This webinar will explore three online tools, WaterSim, Arizona Water Chatbot, and Arizona Blueprint. Attendees will have an opportunity to use each of the tools and how they can be used to inform a wide range of audiences on these issues.

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July 12, 2024 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

GIS Automation for Planners: Model Builder Webcast

Automating software workflows enables planners to conduct analysis to inform decision making accurately and efficiently, opening up more time to engage with results. In this webcast, planners will be introduced to the capabilities of ArcGIS Pro's Model Builder, with a focus on its components and advanced features like iterators and model-specific functions. The session will provide practical tips for creating efficient, modular workflows alongside guidance on developing parameterized tools from models, and considering aspects like workspaces and documentation. Additionally, we'll discuss the limitations of Model Builder in handling highly complex workflows. This session is tailored for planners looking to integrate GIS automation into their work, offering practical insights for effective application to common planning tasks.

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July 18, 2024 | 9:00 to 10:00 am

Housing Strategies Peer Exchange

The Community Development Office within DOLA/DLG is hosting a monthly peer exchange series for local governments working on affordable housing strategies and land use issues. This interactive virtual series will take place on the third Thursday of each month from 9-10 a.m.

The intent of the series is to provide a forum for sharing challenges, successes, and innovative approaches – to learn from peer communities across Colorado who are implementing solutions to local housing challenges. Each month will feature a different topic with brief presentations from selected Colorado communities, with ample time allowed for questions and discussion. 

Topics will be selected based on participant input. 

Register for the series to add the Zoom event to your calendar and receive updates about future scheduled topics.

July 18, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Achieving Benefits to Receiving Water Body Quality and Urban Livability through Installation of Green Infrastructure in Fort Collins

Deryn Davidson is the Sustainable Landscape State Specialist for Colorado State University (CSU) Extension. In this position she conducts educational programming for public and private entities on how to create sustainable and resilient landscapes. She holds a B.S. in Horticulture from CSU and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona. Deryn believes that with thoughtful design and appropriate horticulture practices our cities can serve as urban preserves.

In this talk we will discuss the basic how, what, and why of sustainable landscaping, and we will take a look at a case study where things did not go quite as planned. By diving into the design, installation, and maintenance of the site, we can find strategies for moving forward when a project does not live up to its potential.

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July 19, 2024 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

From NIMBY to Not Impossible, Maybe, Better Yet

Triggers to “Not in My Back Yard” are often rooted in fear. Fear of loss of quality of life, property values, environmental degradation, health effects, or distrust in technology, government, and management. Other triggers can be ideology or impacts on symbolic places. NIMBY-ism is not simply a U.S. phenomenon, it happens everywhere. Research from around the world reveals useful techniques for anticipating NIMBY arguments, improving systems to avoid triggers, and recognition of the importance of local political cultures where “we are in this together” versus “everyone for themselves”.

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July 26, 2024 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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August 6-9, 2024 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

2024 Wyopass / Western Planner Conference

Join us for an inspiring journey at the 2024 WYOPASS/Western Planner Conference, themed "Crossroads and Crosswinds," co-hosted by Western Planner and the Wyoming Planning Association. Set against the picturesque Western backdrop of Cheyenne, Wyoming, from August 6-9, this conference promises a unique blend of insights and solutions at the intersection of planning challenges and the ever-changing winds of progress. Engage with fellow planners, professionals, and enthusiasts as we navigate the crossroads of innovation and tradition. This event will feature expert speakers, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities to help you navigate the complex landscape of planning in the West. Be a part of shaping the future at this gathering of minds dedicated to fostering resilient and vibrant communities.

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August 8, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

The TLC (Treatment, Location, Construction) of project monitoring to better understand project failures and successes, and support adaptive management

John embarked on a career in ecological restoration in 1996, but his passion for conservation goes back further. Studying business in the ’80s, he became intrigued by a universal challenge: preserving earth’s ecosystems while meeting humanity’s economic needs. Growing protests against globalization motivated John to continue the research for Ecosystems as Models for Restoring Our Economies, integrating thirty years of experience and research in ecology, business, economics, and conservation. Building upon this rich experience, John has begun nurturing a deeper conservation need—economic restoration. This includes his lecture series at universities and public venues across the US, Sri Lanka, Mexico, and elsewhere, and developing sustainable business solutions for industry. John enjoys integrating applied research on sustainable economics from around the globe with the ancient rules of ecosystems, and is working on a 2nd edition of this book with Anthem Press.

We are excited to have John speak about the TLC of monitoring restoration projects, and how this is applicable to post-fire restoration (even BDAs), river restoration, and a variety of plant community restoration projects, that draws from nearly three decades of ecological restoration projects across the Southern Rockies Ecoregion (mostly in Colorado, and much of that in the Poudre Watershed). The adaptive management process will be summarized, and a few basic monitoring protocols described. More importantly, to understand why a project failed, we must know at least three variables. Were the treatments right, considering the constraints and opportunities (T), were plants and structures installed in the right locations (L), and were they constructed correctly (C). If we lack knowledge of any one of these variables we run the risk of drawing false conclusions, developing ineffective adaptive management treatments, or repeating past mistakes. The more we know about the TLC of a restoration project, the more knowledge we gain about the wonderful complexity of ecological and social systems, and our ability to adaptively manage a site improves. And who doesn’t need a little TLC in their work lives too?    

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August 15, 2024 | 9:00 to 10:00 am

Housing Strategies Peer Exchange

The Community Development Office within DOLA/DLG is hosting a monthly peer exchange series for local governments working on affordable housing strategies and land use issues. This interactive virtual series will take place on the third Thursday of each month from 9-10 a.m.

The intent of the series is to provide a forum for sharing challenges, successes, and innovative approaches – to learn from peer communities across Colorado who are implementing solutions to local housing challenges. Each month will feature a different topic with brief presentations from selected Colorado communities, with ample time allowed for questions and discussion. 

Topics will be selected based on participant input. 

Register for the series to add the Zoom event to your calendar and receive updates about future scheduled topics.

September 9-11, 2024

7th International Conference on Women and Gender in Transportation

Convened by TRB, the 7th International Conference on Women and Gender in Transportation (WGiT) will be held September 9-11, 2024 at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, CA. The conference theme is Progress and Possibilities: Bridging Perspectives. It highlights how far recognition of gendered issues in transport have come, while also noting the important work ahead to bridge inequities.

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September 19, 2024 | 9:00 to 10:00 am

Housing Strategies Peer Exchange

The Community Development Office within DOLA/DLG is hosting a monthly peer exchange series for local governments working on affordable housing strategies and land use issues. This interactive virtual series will take place on the third Thursday of each month from 9-10 a.m.

The intent of the series is to provide a forum for sharing challenges, successes, and innovative approaches – to learn from peer communities across Colorado who are implementing solutions to local housing challenges. Each month will feature a different topic with brief presentations from selected Colorado communities, with ample time allowed for questions and discussion. 

Topics will be selected based on participant input. 

Register for the series to add the Zoom event to your calendar and receive updates about future scheduled topics.

October 2 to 4, 2024

2024 Colorado Planning Conference

BETTER TOGETHER

October 2-4, 2024
Loveland, Colorado

Embassy Suites by Hilton - Loveland
4705 Clydesdale Parkway Loveland, CO 80537

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October 17, 2024 | 9:00 to 10:00 am

Housing Strategies Peer Exchange

The Community Development Office within DOLA/DLG is hosting a monthly peer exchange series for local governments working on affordable housing strategies and land use issues. This interactive virtual series will take place on the third Thursday of each month from 9-10 a.m.

The intent of the series is to provide a forum for sharing challenges, successes, and innovative approaches – to learn from peer communities across Colorado who are implementing solutions to local housing challenges. Each month will feature a different topic with brief presentations from selected Colorado communities, with ample time allowed for questions and discussion. 

Topics will be selected based on participant input. 

Register for the series to add the Zoom event to your calendar and receive updates about future scheduled topics.

October 22-24, 2024

Safe Routes to School National Conference

Prepare to connect with fellow active transportation, public health, and Safe Routes champions from across the country. The Safe Routes to School National Conference will be a fantastic opportunity to network, share best practices, and explore the vibrant city of Fort Collins, a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community!

The Safe Routes Partnership wishes to extend our sincere thanks to our conference presenting sponsor, the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Get the latest news on the conference from our E-news. Mark your calendar for this event while considering a delightful trip to Fort Collins with friends and/or family.

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November 21, 2024 | 9:00 to 10:00 am

Housing Strategies Peer Exchange

The Community Development Office within DOLA/DLG is hosting a monthly peer exchange series for local governments working on affordable housing strategies and land use issues. This interactive virtual series will take place on the third Thursday of each month from 9-10 a.m.

The intent of the series is to provide a forum for sharing challenges, successes, and innovative approaches – to learn from peer communities across Colorado who are implementing solutions to local housing challenges. Each month will feature a different topic with brief presentations from selected Colorado communities, with ample time allowed for questions and discussion. 

Topics will be selected based on participant input. 

Register for the series to add the Zoom event to your calendar and receive updates about future scheduled topics.

December 19, 2024 | 9:00 to 10:00 am

Housing Strategies Peer Exchange

The Community Development Office within DOLA/DLG is hosting a monthly peer exchange series for local governments working on affordable housing strategies and land use issues. This interactive virtual series will take place on the third Thursday of each month from 9-10 a.m.

The intent of the series is to provide a forum for sharing challenges, successes, and innovative approaches – to learn from peer communities across Colorado who are implementing solutions to local housing challenges. Each month will feature a different topic with brief presentations from selected Colorado communities, with ample time allowed for questions and discussion. 

Topics will be selected based on participant input. 

Register for the series to add the Zoom event to your calendar and receive updates about future scheduled topics.