Workshops & Training for Local Governments

Upcoming Workshops

SAVE THE DATE: November 6th 2020 
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

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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


Networking Mixer
Join us the evening before the workshop at The Baker's Brewery in Silverthorne from 5:30 to 7:30 for complimentary hors d’oevres and great networking opportunities!


Hotel Information

Our recommended hotels for workshop attendees is the Hampton Inn. The government rate is $139 per night, and we recommend you make your reservations ASAP.


Directions and Parking Information


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


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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.

Register Now!

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.