Healthy Mountain Communities - 6th Annual
State of the Valley Symposium
to the participants,
speakers, panelists & sponsors
Roaring Fork Leadership
City of Glenwood Springs
Aspen Skiing Company
City of Aspen
Sopris Avenue Mediation
The Whitsitt Family
Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Assoc.
Roaring Fork Community Development Corp.
Speakers & Panelist
Rep. Al White
Speakers / presentations
Articles / Resources
[in agenda order]
Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Regional Projections in a world of of high energy
demand & financial bailouts
Jim Westkott is the Senior Demographer for the
within the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Jim has has
served with the section first as Projections Demographer (for 12
years) and Director for (10 years) since 1982.
Jim has also been an Assistant Professor in the College of
Architecture and Planning and Director of Comprehensive Planning for
the Philadelphia Metropolitan Planning Organization. He has an MBA
from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and two Masters
Degrees from the University of Pennsylvania - in Regional Science /
Economics and in City and Regional Planning.
Fact Sheet (August 2008)
Ben Alexander &
Collapsing) Economies &
Ben is he Associate Director of
an independent, nonprofit research group whose mission is to improve
community development and land management decisions in the West.
Ben has extensive experience working with land management
agencies, ranchers, county commissioners, and rural development
specialists in the West. He has published in the areas of ranch
economics, collaborative land management, and community development.
Ben holds a B.A. from Tufts University, and an M.A. and M.Phil. from
Mark focuses on assisting individuals and
decision-makers to apply scientific, economic and fiscal data to
real-world development and land use challenges. He has experience as
a researcher, trainer and facilitator in western communities and
internationally, with an emphasis on land use and community
planning. Mark holds a B.A. in Economics and M.A. in Geography from
the University of Colorado.
Ben and Mark's Presentation
Energy and the West Series
Westkott, Senior Demographer,
Dept. of Local Affairs
Garfield County Commissioner
State Oil and Gas Commissioner
Tresi was elected as a Garfield County
Commissioner is 2002 after serving as a Board Member for the
Roaring School District. In 2006, she was elected to a
second term. She has served on a number of regional and
state wide committees on issues of education, housing,
transportation, water, oil & gas.
In 2008, she was appointed and confirmed as a member of the
Colorado Oil and Gas Commission.
Colorado Geological Survey
Vince Matthews was
appointed State Geologist and Director of the Colorado Geological
Survey in March 2004. He previously held tenured positions at two
universities and has taught geology at the University of California,
University of Northern Colorado, Arizona State University, the Frank
Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and the University of Texas of
the Permian Basin. As an executive in the natural resources industry
for Amoco, Lear, Union Pacific, and Penn Virginia, Matthews explored
in virtually every basin in the U.S., including Alaska and the Gulf
of Mexico. Part of his experience in the natural resources industry
included responsibility for coal, lime, and limestone activities in
New Jersey, Virginia, and Tennessee.
After spending twenty years in the natural resources industry, he
returned to academia in 1997 and then joined CGS in 2000. He is the
author of more than 50 technical articles and abstracts and was
senior editor of the multiple, award-winning publication, Messages
in Stone: Colorado’s Colorful Geology.
Vince is a native of Tennessee and received Bachelors and Masters
degrees in Geology from the University of Georgia and a Ph. D. from
the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also completed the
Stanford Executive Program.
Energy, Tourism vie over Western Slope
Denver Post, 8/18/2008
Big Oil getting a Piceance of the action
Denver Post, 8/16/2008
Natural gas boom brings jobs,
shapes regional workforce
West Slope struggling with 'clash of
Aspen Times, 9/23/2008
Aspen city budget will be shaved considerably
Aspen Times, 10/01/2008
Snowmass faces a budget crunch
Aspen Times, 10/08/2008
County in strong financial position
Post Independent, 10/11/2008
- Other Resources _
Learn more . . .
Northwest Colorado Socio-Economic
Analysis & Forecasts
Learn more . . .
Study: Energy boom “crowds out” other
industries in City of Rifle
Rifle Case Study (BBC Research)
China and India’s Ravenous Appetite for
Their Impact on the United States.
Vince Matthews - Director
Colorado Geological Survey
PDF version of Powerpoint presentation
Colorado State Treasurer
Fixing State Funding Conflicts
Cary has been
Treasurer of Colorado since 2006.
She graduated from Manual
High School (Denver) in 1986 and from St. Lawrence University in
Canton, New York, in 1990. She earned a masters degree in public
administration from Columbia University in 1993 and a Juris Doctor
from the University of Denver College of Law in 1995. Cary is a
member of the Colorado bar.
In 1999-2000, Cary led a
broad bi-partisan coalition to increase funding for Colorado's
Amendment 23 was approved by Colorado voters in
In 2004-2005 Cary
served as the policy director for House Speaker Andrew Romanoff
to assist with the development of the budget compromise
Referendum C, approved by Colorado voters in November 2005.
State Senate Candidates
candidates weigh in
on ballot questions
Brenner, White battle for
Senate District 8 seat
The Valley Journal, 10/04/2008
State ballot summary
How prominent Coloradoans are voting
Denver Post, 10/16/2008
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Saving the World through Zoning
Chris Duerksen, Esq. is managing director of
of Colorado, LLC, a land use
consulting firm with offices in Denver, Fort Collins, North
Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, and
He has represented local governments, nonprofits, and the
private sector in a variety of
land-use and zoning matters and specializes in sustainable
development code revisions, growth
management planning, historic preservation, natural resource and
scenic area protection strategies, and
airport-area development strategies.
Chris is a co-founder of the Rocky
Mountain Land Use Institute and he has
written and spoken extensively on land use issues and
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Elements of a Strategy
Don is a co-founder of
Design Workshop, an award-winning,
international firm practicing landscape architecture, land
planning, urban design and tourism planning.
- Don Ensign, Developer (Private
Don has turned his extensive experience to
private community focused mixed-uses developments in the Roaring
Read Don's editorials
published in the Aspen Times
Joe Rowan, Director,
Executive Director & Loan Programs Manager,
Joe has worked from a loan officer
in consumer finance in 1989 through ownership of a full service
retail mortgage brokerage divested in 2000.
He has extensive knowledge
of financial structure and loan production.
Joe joined FP in 2001 as Senior
Loan Officer and immediately developed a comprehensive Loan
Policies & Procedures manual that has guided all lending activity.
Integrating production and management systems has allowed the
organization to grow an under-performing $5 million loan pool into
a combined revolving fund in excess of $12.1 million, with an
additional $4.3 million under management from lending sources.
Alex Potente, Managing Director,
Eagle County Housing Office
Alex is an attorney by training, with degrees from
University of Chicago and Harvard Law School, but he has always
had an interest in housing dynamics.
Alex has served as the Managing Director of the Eagle County
Housing Office since for the past year, during which the
county commissioners have formed a housing authority, invested
$4.5 million in an affordable neighborhood at Gypsum’s Stratton
Flats and passed tough housing guidelines for developers.
Eagle County invests $4.5m in housing project
Post Independent, 1/16/2008
Basalt voters reject trailer park purchase
Aspen Times, 04/2/2008
Affordable homes going up in Gypsum
Vail Daily, 05/10/2008
Eagle County adopts tough housing rules
Aspen Times, 4/29/2008
Roaring Fork School
District gets closer to affordable housing
Roaring Fork Valley Caught in Housing Crunch
Aspen Times Weekly, 10/04/208
Valleywide problem, valleywide solutions?
Aspen Times, 9/13/2008
Garfield County OKs
revised code, ups housing requirement
Post Independent, 10/14/2008
Aspen: Three measures
focus on workforce housing
Aspen Times Weekly, 10/04/208
- Other Resources -
Don Ensign's response to panel questions
HMC Community Housing Efforts
Community Land Trusts
The City-CLT Partnership (Policy Focus Report)
Municipal Support for Community Land Trusts