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Governance and Intergovernmental Cooperation for Local Government Officials from Smaller Jurisdictions


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. 


10:00    Break


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.


1:30      Break


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.