Course Notebook

Community Builders is hosting a three-part webinar series on best practices in parking for great communities. Explore the basics of a good parking policy; parking management strategies that support walkability, housing, and development goals; and emerging technologies. The webinars take place at noon on Feb. 21, March 22, and April 25. Learn more and register.

The Westminster Youth Advisory Panel is coordinating and sponsoring a two-day Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Summit for high school students. This event provides a specialized program, speaker sessions, and peer collaboration opportunities to teach students effective problem solving strategies, leadership skills, and insights into community affairs. The goal is to empower youth, build confidence, and inspire young leaders to use their voices to impact their local communities. Any individual high school student, organization, or youth group is welcome to this landmark summit, Feb. 23-24.

Digital Engagement
Learn how to use digital engagement to meet the demands of diverse population; what communications channels are most effective; the importance of websites as a central communications hub; and thoughts on analytics. "Five Ways to Boost Digital Engagement with Your Community" is a webinar by 3CMA that takes place March 8. Complete details and registration online.

Federal Advocacy
The National League of Cities' Congressional City Conference takes place March 11-14 in Washington D.C. This event provides the opportunity to effectively advocate for municipal priorities, foster partnerships with federal agencies, and expand your mind and network. Learn more and register.

Join public officials from across the nation to jumpstart local, sustainable water solutions and create more resilient communities at WaterNow Alliance Annual Summit: Accelerating Innovation, March 28-29, in Salt Lake City. This highly-interactive annual event will bring together dynamic finance, communications, and water data experts with forward-thinking public officials to explore how we can jumpstart these critical solutions. Registration is free

The State Purchasing & Contracts Office (along with the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Minority Business Office) are working on the 2018 Advance Colorado Procurement Expo, April 3 in Denver. This large event (~1,000 attendees) brings together buyers and end users from state and local government with vendors looking for new businesses. Local governments who have participated in the past have been very happy with this opportunity to find new vendors and to learn more about how to use State Price Agreements. Learn more and register.

Save the date for the 15th Annual Spring Colorado Transportation Symposium, which takes place April 6 in Denver. Nearly 500 of the region’s transportation planners, engineers, and decision makers from both the public and private sectors will gather to share information and lessons learned from innovative and successful transportation projects throughout Colorado. The call for speakers will be announced soon and registration will open in February. Learn more on the event website.

Civil Discourse
In our democracy, institutions and social organizations are dependent upon differing perspectives coming together in pursuit of a common goal. Economic progress, social movements, historical points of view, and environmental considerations often create fractures among groups. This spring, the Colorado Council for the Social Studies will explore the role that social studies has in creating communities where competing ideas can be held and progress continues. Join the annual conference "Bridging the Divides: Civil Discourse in the 21st Century" on April 13.

Energy and Environment
The 6th annual Energy & Environment Symposium for Local Government, April 18-19, in Rifle, is tailored to the needs of local officials tasked with navigating planning, social, fiscal, legal, and environmental issues related to oil and gas development. Topics include mineral revenue projections, regulatory controls, citizen activism, air quality impacts, legal landscape, local economic impacts, federal lands, mitigation practices, and more. Learn more and register. Several full scholarships are available for local government officials; contact Kirby Wynn at 970-625-5905.

The Great Plains Symposium, April 18-20 in Kearney, Neb., examines local and global models of conservation and tourism specific to the plains and rural communities. For more information and to register, visit the University of Nebraska Center for Great Plains Studies.

Mountain Connect is a broadband development conference taking place June 11-14 in Vail. The 2018 theme is "Moving Beyond Risk to Compete in the New Economy." More than 500 attendees from local and state government, telecommunication companies, Internet providers, and more are expected to attend. Learn more and submit session ideas online.

Colorado Capital Conference
The University of Colorado (CU) Office of Government Relations is excited to announce that CU will co-host the 2018 Colorado Capital Conference, June 12-14, in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, Colorado Mesa University, and Colorado State University. This unique conference provides an opportunity for 100 Coloradans to hear directly from our nation's decision makers and opinion leaders in an informal and personal setting. Applications are due March 21.