Workshops & Training for Local Governments

Upcoming Workshop

8/13  3-4:30  One Valley Prosperity Project: creating community and jurisdictional collaboration.

 Presenter: Cathie Pagano, County of Gunnison
(One Valley Prosperity Project PPT Presentation)

Historic Splendid Valley Project with the City of Brighton
Presenter: Anneli Berube, City of Brighton and Adams County
(Historic Splendid Valley PPT Presentation)

Strategic Community Development Panel Discussion, Moderated by Clay Brown, Department of Local Affairs

8/20  3-4:30    Economic Development/Community Financial First Aid

Presenters:  Cynthia Thayer – DOLA (Powerpoint Presentation)
Maria Morales – Town of Kiowa
Tom Monaco – Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) (Powerpoint Presentation)
John S. Lewis, CPA, CHAE, CGMA, City of Fountain (Powerpoint Presentation)

Webinar Recording

8/27  1:30-3  Resiliency and Recovery Road Map

Full Presentation (Video Recording)
Presenters: Anne Miller – Department of Local Affairs
Rob Pressly – Department of Local Affairs
Kate Guibert – Department of Local Affairs
Marguerite Harden – Department of Local Affairs

9/3  11-12:30    Addressing Affordable Housing Needs in Rural Communities

Full Presentation (Video Recording)
Presenter: Chris Furlong – Department of Local Affairs (Powerpoint Presentation)
Presenter:  Caroline Trani & Jeff Owsley, CHFA (Powerpoint Presentation)

9/10  11-12:30    Demography/Rural Workforce Development  

Full Presentation (Video Recording)
Presenters: Elizabeth Garner, Department of Local Affairs (Powerpoint Presentation)
Clarke Becker - Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium (CRWC) (Powerpoint Presentation)
Christy Gonzales -  Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium (CRWC)
Jessica Valand - Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE)

9/17  3-4:30    Land Use Strategies to Help Ensure a Secure Water Future        

Presenters: Kevin Reidy, Colorado Water Conservation Board
Christy Wiseman, Department of Local Affairs
Lindsay Rogers, CO Basin Program Manager, Water Now Alliance
John Berggren, Water Policy Analyst, Western Resource Advocates
Jennifer Simmons, Planning Director, Town of Frederick
Mitch Nelson, Community Development Director, Town of Severance

10/1 3-4:30  Special Presentation:  Resetting Expectations & Leading Through Uncertainty  

Session Summary: Former US Army Ranger, Brandon Young, and Green Beret, Blayne Smith, share from their experiences how we must look at dealing with the unknown and managing expectations for our teams. Through their experiences in the US Army Special Operations, the business, and social impact sector, they will offer applicable insights to the 2020 of today, and the 2021 on the horizon.  

Presenters: Applied Leadership Partners, Blayne Smith and Brandon Young  

Please join this webinar from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412  Access Code: 180-175-605  

Previous Workshops
August 28, 2019: Small Communities Workshop


2019 Presentations

August 8, 2018: Small Communities Housing Workshop


2018 Presentations

August 17, 2017: 3rd Annual Small Communities Workshop

5th Annual Small Communities Workshop

Governance and Intergovernmental Cooperation for Local Government Officials

Thursday, August 17th at the Silverthorne Pavilions
400 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne 80498

Register Now!

Elected and appointed municipal, county, and special district officials from across the state are invited to participate in this day-long workshop, which will provide valuable information and tools to those leading smaller jurisdictions.

Workshop will include:

Fiscal Resilience/Strategic Budgeting Housing 101 Economic Development and Revitalization Marijuana-Challenges And more!

View a map of the workshop location, for directions. Free parking is available at 4th Street & Rainbow Drive and at Blue River Parkway & 4th Street.

Proudly presented by the Colorado Department of Affairs in partnership with Colorado Counties Inc., the Colorado Municipal League, the Special District Association of Colorado, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, and the Town of Silverthorne. 


8:00     Registration and Check-in

8:30     Opening and Welcome:

Remarks will be made by Ann Terry, Executive Director of the Colorado Special Districts Association, Sam Mamet, Executive Director of the Colorado Municipal League and Chip Taylor, Executive Director of Colorado Counties,Inc. and Irv Halter Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

9:00     Fiscal Resilience/Strategic Budgeting Combination with a Focus on the Gallagher Amendment

Scott Olene, Manager of Local Government Services
Cynthia Thayer, Local Government Budget/Finance Specialist
Michael Valdez, Director of Legislative Policy of the Colorado Special District Association

10:00     Break & Networking Opportunity

10:30     Housing 101: Investigation and Processes to Determine Affordable Housing Strategies for Small Communities

Tim Gough, Housing Development Specialist, Division of Housing
Ute Janz, Executive Director, Delta Housing Authority

11:30     Lunch & Networking Opportunity

12:30     Examples of Intergovernmental Collaboration Cooperative Relations between Fraser and Winter Park

Jeff Durbin, Town Manager, Town of Fraser
Drew Nelson, Town Manager, Town of Winter Park

1:00    Colorado Energy Office: Energy Performance Contracting in Small Communities

Matthew Robinson, Energy Performance Contracting Program Engineer.

1:30     Economic Development and Revitalization, with a Focus on Recreational Tourism

Tom Acre, City Manager, Town of South Fork
Theresa Casey, Arts and Recreation Director, City of Salida
Gary Suiter, City Manager, City of Steamboat Springs

2:30     Break & Networking Opportunity

3:00     Marijuana: Challenges and Opportunities for Smaller Communities

Tamra Norton, Marijuana Program Manager, Division of Local Government
Scott Hunn, President Hunn Planning and Policy
Eric Bergman, Policy Director Colorado Counties, Inc.

Full Agenda

November 6, 2015: 33rd Annual Demography Meeting

Join us on Friday, November 6th at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton for the 33rd Annual Demography Meeting!

Register Now, to attend the Annual Demography Meeting in person or online. That’s right we’re offering the ability to view the entire event LIVE online!, See below for event details.

Please join us for this exciting and informational event to learn about the issues affecting YOUR community or organization!

Spend the day learning about the population and economic trends affecting our state See our amazing Webmap Gallery and learn how easy it is to access the data Learn about TABOR and its impact on property taxes Hear from housing experts on a variety of issues being faced across the state Get a better understanding of the cost of living differentials in Colorado Updates from our Partner East Central Colorado, and Northeast Colorado Download the draft agenda

Register Now!

The meeting will be held on Friday November 6th at, Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, from 8:30am to 4:00pm. We’ll have a light breakfast buffet of bagels, pastries, and fruit will be provided, and lunch is being catered by Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs!

Questions? Please contact for more information.

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We have three options for registering and “attending” our meeting this year:

Register by October 16th and the registration fee will be $65, plus fees Late registration, between October 17th and October 30th will be $75, plus fees For the second year in a row, we’re offering an easy way to “attend”... via streaming video online! Register for the online option before November 5th and for just $15 you’ll be able to see all the presentations and Q&,A sessions, all in real-time, from anywhere


August 13, 2015: 3rd Annual Small Communities Workshop

Governance and Intergovernmental Cooperation for Local Government Officials from Smaller Jurisdictions

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s workshop. It was a huge success!

Agenda &, Presentations


West Fork Complex Fire Regional Response and Recovery Efforts

Grassroots Economic Development Strategies

Strategic Budgeting

University Technical Assistance

This event was 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 Adams State University.