Urban Renewal Training for Northern Colorado; The Who, What, and Where

05/15/2018 9:46 AM | Kylie Brown

In 2018, Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) kicked off our urban renewal training calendar in partnership with Colorado Municipal League (CML), Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck (BHFS), Colorado URA Sponsors, and the City of Fort Collins to facilitate our first 2018 Urban Renewal Authority (URA) Training Series. The first session of our 2018 URA Training held at the Innosphere in Fort Collins on May 11th and included both 101 and 201 sessions to both educate individuals and board members on the basics of urban renewal but also took the conversation further for more advanced urban renewal practice.

Purpose: The City of Fort Collins and the Fort Collins Urban Renewal Authority requested a special Urban Renewal Training held locally as Fort Collins expands their URA Board to include representatives from the County, School, and Special Districts. The City engaged DCI to plan and facilitate this training as DCI is Colorado’s association for building awareness, education, and training for URAs in our state.

Downtown Colorado, Inc. believes that urban renewal is an important tool to encourage good development and land use in Colorado. Building an informed and aware Board of Directors for urban renewal authorities creates a stronger network of urban renewal advocates across the state. This is especially important as many of DCI’s URA members are adapting to comply with recent legislation and to expand partner networks for urban renewal. DCI has received strong feedback that these sessions are helpful and necessary to broaden the understanding of urban renewal, tax increment financing, and the role of the board and staff in fostering quality redevelopment projects.

Hosting Venue Details: Thank you to Innosphere for hosting our event. Innosphere is Colorado’s leading technology incubator accelerating the success of high-impact science and technology startups and scaleups. Innosphere’s programs focus on ensuring companies are investor-ready, connecting entrepreneurs with experienced advisors and early hires, making introductions to corporate and strategic partners to drive customer traction, exit planning, and accelerating top line revenue growth. Once accepted into the program, companies receive ongoing support to ensure they’re getting the know-how to raise the right kind of capital and developing all the resources to grow.

Participants Included: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Butler Snow, City of Evans, City of Fort Collins, City of Lafayette, City of Sterling, Downtown Colorado, Inc., El Paso County, Fort Collins Landmark Preservation Commission, Fort Collins URA Board, Fountain Urban Renewal Authority, Health District of Northern Larimer County, Larimer County Assessor's Office, Leadville URA, Pinnacle Consulting Group, Inc., Pridian Design Group, City of Wheat Ridge, Special District Association. St. Vrain Valley School District, Town of Firestone, Town of Frederick, Town of Lyons Urban Renewal, Town of Mead, Trihydro, White Bear Ankele Tanaka & Waldron, and Yes Plan Do!

Some Testimonials from the Event

"I joined the URA board after its formation, so it was very helpful for me to know the law behind URA formation and the steps to set it up. I also had many questions about the undertakings/activities and where/what they could include that were answered."

"The session helped me to get a "big picture" view of URAs as they relate to communities, municipalities, developers and special districts"

Speakers, facilitators, and event planners included: Steve Art, Wheat Ridge URA; Josh Birks, City of Fort Collins; Katherine Correll, Downtown Colorado, Inc.; Nathan Klein, LC Real Estate Group, LLC; Patrick Rowe, City of Fort Collins; Carolynne White, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; and Dee Wisor, Butler Snow.

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