By Sam Mamet, CML executive director
As you may know, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock with the support of Gov. John Hickenlooper has assembled a group of civic and community leaders from around the state of Colorado that has been charged with determining whether Denver and Colorado should submit a bid for a future Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games when the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) issues a call for U.S. candidates.
The Sharing the Gold engagement plan is meant to spur statewide discussion about whether hosting an Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games would be good for Denver and the entire state. Sharing the Gold includes
- advisory groups made up of key constituencies throughout the Denver metro region and the mountain communities where a Winter Games would likely take place if Denver and Colorado were to pursue a bid;
- a website, www.explorethegames.com, to educate and inform stakeholders about the exploratory process;
- an online community meeting on Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. to share information and gather feedback about this process (pre-register online); and
- an online survey to share feedback, concerns, and ideas.
Denver’s exploratory committee will, first and foremost, determine if hosting a future Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games would be good for Denver and Colorado. That includes identifying ways for the Games to be financed privately, while still meeting all of the requirements of the International Olympic Committee. The exploratory committee also will determine what legacy an Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games would leave for Denver and Colorado, as well as establish the appropriate forums for community input.