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Crissy Supples
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Community Solutions Workshops

The Community Solutions Workshop purpose is to generate community solutions, through collaborative dialogue, to the most pressing challenges to the Western Slope region. Nonprofit leaders, funders, government officials, community leaders and business representatives are invited to attend. Participants from all sectors are encouraged to spend the morning attending these facilitated conversations. Workshops are hosted by the A. V. Hunter Trust, the Anschutz Family Foundation, the Boettcher Foundation, Caring for Colorado, the Daniels Fund, the El Pomar Foundation and the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation.

This spring, Front Range foundation executives spent 4 days meetings community leaders in Gunnison, Montrose, Telluride, Grand Junction and Delta counties – and simply listened. During the “Listening Tour,” they gained first-hand knowledge of the needs and challenges facing the Western Slope region. These workshops are based on the six cross-cutting themes identified in those meetings.

On Tuesday, June 18, you are encouraged to select one of the following “Community Solutions” workshops to attend:

Affordable Housing: It is not uncommon for Western Slope residents to spend 50-% or more of their income on housing. What can be done across the region to develop strategies for affordable housing?

Hosted by Matt Carpenter, Vice President of Grants, El Pomar Foundation

Access to Health Care and Mental Health Services: What technologies, collaborations and resources would be most effective in improving the quality of and access to health care and mental health services across the region?

Hosted by Chris Wiant, President and CEO, Caring for Colorado Foundation

Education Continuum from Cradle to Career: How can the region ensure an effective educational continuum from cradle (early childhood education) to
career (workforce development)?

Co-hosted by: Susan Steele, Executive Director, Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation and Bill Fowler, Senior Vice President of the Grants Program, Daniels Fund

Effective Leadership to Affect Change: How can the region more effectively coordinate and provide professional development and training to existing and emerging leaders?

Hosted by: Tim Schultz, President and Executive Director, the Boettcher Foundation

Multi-use Transportation Support: How can the regions’s isolated communities work collaboratively to develop multi-use transportation solutions that overcome geography, generation and income gaps?

Hosted by Debbie Jessup, Executive Director, Anschutz Family Foundation

Senior Care: The region faces an aging population of locals and an influx of retirees. How can we work together to provide the essential senior care this sector requires?

Hosted by Barbara Howie, Executive Director, A.V. Hunter Trust