Wednesday, August 21st at the historic Pueblo Union Depot (click here for map and directions)
8:00 Registration and check in
8:30 Session 1: Opening and welcome
9:00 Session 2: Strategic Budgeting for Smaller Local Governments
Clay Brown, Regional Manager, DOLA
Debra Downs, City Administrator, City of Victor
Byron "Buck" Hakes, Jr., Mayor, City of Victor
Faced with the potential loss in excess of 50% of the General Fund in 2010, the City of Victor
engaged DOLA to develop a survival plan. This was a difficult test for the city and led them to
ultimately create the foundation to take a strategic approach to the annual budget process. This
session will describe how they turned their budget into a long-term planning document and will
offer tips for other municipalities wanting to do the same.
10:30 Session 3: Asset-Based Economic Development
Kari Linker, OEDIT (formerly Morgan County EDC)
Monty Torres, City Manager, City of Brush
Stephanie Troller, Main Street Coordinator, Economic Development Specialist, DOLA
Learn how the Economic Development Stakeholders' Group in Brush has brought municipal,
county, business, and community and economic development partners together to foster
economic growth and job creation. The Stakeholders' Group includes Morgan County Economic
Development Corporation, the CIty of Brush, and the Brush Area Chamber of Commerce/Main
Street Program. The group overcame distrust to define each entity's role in supporting business
and economic vitality and determined how they can best work together. Learn how their
collaboration led to both primary job attraction and new developments downtown. The Brush
model included the development of city and county incentives and improvements to wastewater
treatment which helped recuit Brush Meat Processors. This primary employer has hired 34
people and builds on the area's ranching history. A successful downtown partnership has
resulted in major streetscape improvements, private building improvements, and new
businesses. Future projects include a partnership with Morgan County Community College to
prepare future business owners, and an effort to re-use the historic Brush Central School.
Colorado Main Street staff will then highlight county, municipal and special district efforts that are
leading to asset-based economic development in southern Colorado, such as collaborations
between municipalities, counties and landowners to support heritage and agricultural tourism;
efforts by Prowers County and Lamar to support not only wind power development, but the local
manufacturing and services that result; and a six-county, 18-municipality Trails and Recreation
Master Plan meant to generate funding for developing assets that draw visitors and support
businesses in the San Luis Valley.
11:30 Session 4: Lunch and Presentations from the Department of Local Affairs, Colorado
Counties, Inc., the Colorado Municipal Leauge and the Special District Association of
Colorado on Services for Smaller Jurisdictions.
12:30 Session 5: Intergovernmental Cooperation - Partnerships That Work
Jean Hinkle, County Administrator, Otero County
In rural Colorado, many local governments share resources, working together to provide their
customers more efficient and effective service. Sometimes these relationships involve creating
a new structure to provide a facility or service which works best on a regional basis, while other
times it make sense for a larger local government to provide staff and expertise to a smaller
entity. This session will take a closer look at both examples of partnerships and cooperation.
2:00 Session 6: Elected Official-Staff Relations and Intra-Board Relations
Tami A. Tanoue, General Counsel and Claims Manager, CIRSA
The staff members of a public entity are a critical resource. They can help elected officials meet
their goals for the betterment of the community. But the inappropriate use of this resource can be
costly, wasteful, and lead to liability issues. In this presentation, Tami Tanoue, the General
Counsel and Claims Manager for CIRSA, provides suggestions for maximzing the value of this
important resource and for avoiding liability.
3:00 Open mic discussion & adjourn
Proudly presented by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs in partnership with Colorado Counties, Inc., the Colorado Municipal League, the Special District Association of Colorado and the City of Pueblo.