We have concluded our 2023 Community Issue Briefing series, and we’d love your feedback! Whether you attended one briefing, multiple briefings, or were not able to join us, we want to know your thoughts and suggestions for improvements to better serve you for the continuation of the series in 2024.

Previous Community Issue Briefing Topics and Resources:

October 12: Arts and Cultural Experiences
Speakers: Wendy Ishii, Bas Bleu Theatre, Laura Valdez, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and Ryan Howard, Children’s Museum of Northern Colorado.

September 14: Environmental Resiliency, Northern Colorado and Beyond
Speakers: Laura Quattrini, Big Thompson Watershed Coalition, Hally Strevey, Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, Jim Tolstrup, High Plains Environmental Center, and Helen Goody and Hellen Castro, Trees, Water & People.
Resources: Complete September 2023 Community Issue Briefing Presentation

June 8: Workforce Preparation, Training, and Development
Speakers: Yvonne Myers, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce; Tracy Mead, Project Self-Sufficiency of Northern Colorado, Allison Seabeck, The Warehouse Business Accelerator; and Mike Freeman, Innosphere Ventures
Resources: Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce Presentation; Innosphere Ventures Presentation

May 11: Immigration Today: How does Northern Colorado Support our Newest Residents?
Speakers: Amy Hoeven, Community Dreamer Fund, Patricia Miller, Alianza NORCO, and Arpi Miller, ISAAC of Northern Colorado
Resources: Community Dreamer Fund presentation; Alianza NORCO presentation; Video – ISAAC of Northern Colorado: How We WorkISAAC of Northern Colorado presentation; Immigrant Fact Sheet; Video – Animated Map Shows History of Immigration to the US

April 13: Childcare: The Economy and Our Future
Speakers: Liz Means, Early Childhood Council of Larimer County, Anne Lance, Teaching Tree; Laurie Dale Marshall, Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success; Gail Yant, Thompson Valley Preschool; and Allison Hines, Boys and Girls Clubs of Larimer County
Resources: PDF of the presentation; Early Childhood Council presentation; EVCIS presentation; Larimer Child Care Connect ;Larimer Child Care Fund (in partnership with United Way of Larimer County); Workforce Roadmap Report Larimer Thrive by Five 2023 Childcare Ballot Initiative

March 9: Behavioral and Mental Health
Speakers: Laurie Stolen, Larimer County Behavioral and Mental Health Services; Michael Allen, SummitStone Health Partners; Scott Smith, Alliance for Suicide Prevention; and Brian Kingsley, Poudre School District
Resources: PDF of the presentation; Poudre School District presentation; Larimer County Behavioral and Mental Health Services presentation; 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

February 9: Regional Housing Challenges
Speakers: Kelly Evans, Neighbor to Neighbor; Jeff Feneis, Loveland Housing Authority; Becky Ezzell, Loveland Habitat for Humanity; and Cindy Hammond, Loveland Habitat for Humanity
Resources: PDF of the presentation; Neighbor to Neighbor video; Loveland Habitat for Humanity video

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