Gov. Hickenlooper appoints Kathleen Staks as executive director of the Colorado Energy Office

DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 17,  2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Kathleen Staks has been appointed executive director of the Colorado Energy Office, effective Jan. 20, 2017. She will replace Jeff Ackermann, who was recently appointed to the Public Utilities Commission.

“Kathleen will be pivotal in helping us work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to ensure that Colorado is a strong supporter of both traditional and renewable energy resources” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “Colorado’s energy practices touch every person in Colorado daily.  Kathleen will continue to ensure that our State’s energy portfolio benefits Colorado businesses, workers and families.”

Staks currently serves as the assistant director for energy and minerals at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR), where she is responsible for developing and implementing policy regarding energy development across the state. Staks has extensive experience working with Colorado energy and mining companies, as well as renewable industry businesses. Prior to joining DNR, Staks worked at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) as the program director for open space and parks and wildlife. In that position she oversaw land conservation grant programs and managed the relationship between GOCO and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on EPA & DOJ decision that EPA will not pay individual claims for damage caused by Gold King Mine spill

DENVER — Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision against reimbursing private businesses and individuals for claims of damages from the Gold King Mine spill:

“We are disappointed in the EPA’s decision. We expected the EPA to make good on its promise to reimburse any Colorado resident or business that suffered a legitimate loss as a result of the spill. The Attorney General has agreed to help us find ways we can make sure our residents receive just compensation.”

National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils to gift three 100,000 fitness centers to Colorado schools

DENVER — Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced that fitness icon and chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC) Jake Steinfeld has selected Colorado to kick-off its 2017 DON’T QUIT! fitness campaign. The NFGFC will deliver $100,000 fitness centers to three Colorado schools that demonstrate leadership in getting and keeping their students fit.

“We are thrilled that Jake Steinfeld and his organization have chosen to help Colorado’s children get fit,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “Keeping our kids active is one of the keys to helping them lead healthy lives in adulthood. We encourage every elementary and middle school in Colorado to nominate their school to be in the running for a brand new fitness center.”

Many state offices closed on Monday

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 — In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, many state offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16.

State driver’s license offices, the department of Public Health and Environment’s vital records office, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Service offices and administrative offices for executive branch departments will be among the facilities closed Monday.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Water Quality Control Commission.

The Water Quality Control Commission develops and maintains a comprehensive and effective program for prevention, control and abatement of water pollution of the waters throughout the entire state.

For terms expiring February 15, 2020:

David Baumgarten of Gunnison, to serve as a representative who lives west of the continental divide, reappointed;
Jane Kees Clary of Centennial, appointed;
Michael Gooseff of Fort Collins, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Conservation Easement Oversight Commission, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District Board of Directors

The Conservation Easement Oversight Commission meets at least once each quarter to review applications for conservation easement holder certification and to review any other issues referred to the commission by any state entity. The Division of Real Estate convenes the meetings of the commission and provides staff support as requested by the commission.  A majority of commission members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and actions of the commission require a vote of a majority of such members present in favor of the action taken.

For a term expiring July 1, 2017:

Sarah Elizabeth Parmar of Lakewood, to serve a representative from a local land trust, and occasioned by the resignation of Andrea Farnsworth Johnson of Crested Butte, appointed;
for a term expiring July 1, 2020:

Sarah Elizabeth Parmar of Lakewood, to serve a representative from a local land trust, reappointed.
The Urban Drainage and Flood Control District Board of Directors assists local governments in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of multi-jurisdictional drainage and flood control projects.

Four members of the 23-member board are mayors from Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder and Jefferson counties.

For a term expiring January 31, 2018:

Honorable Bruce Owen Beckman of Littleton, reappointed;
for a term expiring January 31, 2019:

Honorable Joyce Jay of Wheat Ridge, reappointed.  

Kathy Green to leave position as Gov. Hickenlooper’s Communications Director

DENVER — Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Kathy Green, communications director, will be transitioning out of the administration to return to consulting.

Green joined the State of Colorado in 2011 as communications and marketing director for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and Colorado Tourism Office. Hickenlooper hired Green in 2014 to be his communications director. Their history together goes back more than a decade as Green served in various communications roles for then-Mayor Hickenlooper.

“Kathy led the communications efforts of this office with consistent grace, wit and intelligence,” Hickenlooper said. “She had a positive effect on everybody in the governor’s office and in the press corps in a role that is literally 24-7. We are grateful for her service and know that she will be successful in her next venture.”

Green’s last day in the office will be Jan. 13, 2017. Holly Shrewsbury, currently the deputy director for Hickenlooper and director of communications for Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, has been appointed as interim communications director.

A search for Green’s replacement is underway in the Governor’s office.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces ‘Call for Innovation’ to help underserved Colorado youth

DENVER — Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the “Colorado Call for Innovation,” soliciting innovative approaches from nonprofits, local governments and service providers to improve outcomes for Colorado underserved youth and their families.

“The Colorado Call for Innovation is an ambitious statewide effort to catalyze collaboration to move the needle on measurable outcomes for children and their families,” Gov. Hickenlooper said.

The Call for Innovation (CFI), released by the Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB), is focused primarily on two groups: child welfare-involved youth with low on-time high school graduation rates, and young first-time offenders who are briefly admitted to secure detention and then return to their families and communities.  

OSPB is interested in innovative approaches to boost high school graduations and reduce juvenile justice involvement, among other key outcomes of focus. OSPB is also interested in upstream preventive approaches for these youth, and in “two-generation” interventions that consider the needs of both youths and their families.

The Call for Innovation is connected to a Pay for Success feasibility study OSPB is conducting. Pay for Success is an innovative financing model linking funding for services to measurable outcomes and impact. OSPB received a federal grant via the Sorenson Impact Center, a Utah-based organization dedicated to innovative and evidence-based policymaking, in July last year to pursue this study. Additional background on the model and this OSPB project is available here.

OSPB will consider compelling ideas collected through the CFI for possible funding, either through a Pay for Success project or through the regular budgetary cycle.

To complete a CFI submission, organizations and local governments should provide responses to the questions in the “CFI Application” attachment by March 21, 2017. The full Call for Innovation is available here.

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