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Don Hunt and Reeves Brown receive Senate confirmation to lead state agencies

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 — Gov. John Hickenlooper applauded the Colorado Senate for confirming Don Hunt as the Executive Director of the Department of Transportation and Reeves Brown as Executive Director of the Department of Local Affairs.

The Senate confirmed Hunt on Feb. 28 unanimously.

Hunt was previously the President of Denver-based Antero, where he specialized in project development and management. While at Antero, Hunt was appointed by Hickenlooper to work as Denver Bond Implementation Manager and oversaw the $550 million infrastructure program.

Hunt earlier was President and CEO of BRW Inc., a national transportation and urban development consulting company. Among the projects Hunt has led or been involved in are: the Washington, D.C., Memorial Core Transportation Study; the White House Comprehensive Design Plan; the Salt Lake City Light Rail Transit System; Denver Union Terminal Intermodal Study; 15th Street/Central Platte Valley Design; Pike’s Peak Highway Plan; the Auraria Parkway Design; and the C-470 Land Use Impact Study.

Hunt earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Minnesota – one in environmental design and another in landscape architecture. He later earned a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University.

Hunt served as Chair of the Children’s Museum in Denver and Chair of the Downtown Denver Partnership, in addition to many leadership positions with community and governmental organizations.

The Senate confirmed Brown on Feb. 28 unanimously.

Previously, Brown was the Executive Director of CLUB 20, a non-profit political advocacy organization representing the interests of the 22-county Western Colorado region. At the Department of Local Affairs, he will use his working relationships with local governments and his experience in collaborative decision-making to assist local governments across Colorado deliver services in their communities.

Based in Grand Junction, Brown led CLUB 20 in cultivating dialogue amongst the region’s diverse interests to develop consensus recommendations for state and national public policies. CLUB 20 is involved with a wide range of issues, including public lands management, economic development, transportation funding, energy development, water management, education and health care.

Brown grew up on a cattle ranch in eastern Montana and later earned a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business from Montana State University. After working for the National Cattlemen’s Association for two years, he served as Executive Vice President of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) from 1989-1997.

During his tenure with CCA, Brown established the organization as a nationally-recognized leader in the natural resource and animal care arenas and created the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) in 1993 – the first land conservation trust in the nation fostered by an established agriculture organization.

The CCALT currently holds conservation easements on more than 300,000 acres of agriculture land across Colorado and has served as a catalyst for the creation of similar ag land trusts in other Western states, which now collectively hold conservation easements on more than 1 million acres of agriculture lands.