Big Picture Breakfast: Impacts of Front Range Growth on Our Mountain Community
Event date: August 27
8:30 – 9:00am: Networking & Breakfast
9:00 – 9:45am: Presentation
9:45 – 10:00am: Q&A
The Sebastian - Vail
16 Vail Road
Vail, CO 81657
With: Steve Coffin
Colorado’s Front Range population is growing. Many of those moving here are doing what Coloradans have done for generations – heading to the mountains to ski, hike, camp and otherwise recreate. The consequences can be seen in increasingly congested trails, impacts to wildlife and the environment, conflicts between uses and users, and more. Colorado is at risk of losing what makes it so special – the ability to enjoy our mountains and all they offer.
This presentation will discuss a unique and collaborative approach to addressing this challenge that is being pursued in the north-central Front Range. Steve Coffin, a private sector consultant and long-time Coloradan concerned about this issue, will talk about a three-part strategy he is coordinating that includes systemic change in how public lands are managed, convening civic and community leaders, and engaging the support of elected officials. The model the north-central Front Range is pursuing is a potential model for other challenged areas in Colorado to utilize.
Steve Coffin has specialized in developing and implementing strategies to help businesses, governmental entities and non-profits communicate more effectively and strategically position themselves and their initiatives. He has advised mayors, governors, state cabinet officials and CEOs, developed statewide coalitions in support of action, and brokered agreements on complex issues. Steve owns his own consulting firm, Steve Coffin Strategies, LLC, that specializes in transportation and natural resource issues and issues management with a particular emphasis on water. He helped develop Colorado’s first state water plan and has been integrally involved in some of Colorado’s most high-profile water projects and issues through his work with Denver Water, Aurora Water, South Metro Water Supply Authority and others. Transportation is another area in which Steve has deep expertise. He served as co-chair of a Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation at the request of former Gov. Romer and has been heavily involved in transportation issues in the I-70 mountain corridor.
Steve is passionate about Colorado. As an avid outdoor recreator and part-time resident of Eagle County, he appreciates the unique quality of life we enjoy in our state because of our mountains.
Big Picture Breakfasts are complimentary for VVP members and $20 for non-members. RSVPs are required – please RSVP on the form below!
All Copper Level members and above, who are able to accommodate up to 70 people, can host a Big Picture Breakfast by contacting Events and Office Manager Lauren Emenaker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-477-4007 for more information. Breakfast hosts provide food and giveaways.