2019 Regional Issues Summit

Photos Courtesy Craig Vollmer Photography 


Northern Colorado is one of the state’s most vibrant and livable areas. It is also one of the fastest growing parts of Colorado. The Regional Issues Summit is a forum that will bring attention to some of the larger issues facing Northern Colorado.  The half-day program will feature expert presentations, panel conversations and participant reactions. Business, civic, education and government leaders are invited to attend to help identify possible solutions to the area challenges.

Because…it matters.  NCLA Regional Issues Summit.

Northern Colorado is the epicenter for vibrant economic growth.  But current and looming public policy decisions and regulatory action could have significant economic implications.

Policy decisions matters. A vibrant economy matters.  You matter.



Event PowerPoint (includes all Speaker Slides) 

North Forty News and New SCENE Magazine Broadcast of Governor Polis Remarks

Event Photos by Craig Vollmer Photography 

News Stories:

BizWest: Health care public option debated at NoCo forum

Colorado Politics: Polis ponders next steps on transportation at NoCo summit

Agenda & Recordings:

8:00 AM

Kickoff/Welcome – Carol Salter, Chair NCLA Board of Directors – VIDEO 

8:05 AM

A Look at the Political Landscape in Colorado– Joey Bunch – Senior Political Writer, Colorado Politics – VIDEO

8:25 AM

Northern Colorado Economic HighlightsScott Ehrlich- Chair, OneNOCO – VIDEO

8:30 AM

Common Sense Policy Roundtable– Kristin Strohm, President/CEO – VIDEO

9:00 AM

Governor Jared Polis – VIDEO

9:15 AM Health Care and the Public Option: Winners and Losers?   MODERATOR — Gavin Kaszynski, CFO, Associates in Family Medicine, Co-Chair, NCLA Health Care Task Force

  • Kim Bimestefer – Executive Director – Colorado Health Care Policy and Finance
  • Margo Karsten – President/CEO Northern Colorado – Banner Health
  • Bob Smith – Executive Director – Colorado Business Group on Health
  • Tom Rennell – Vice President Financial Policy – Colorado Hospital Association


10:15 AM Climate, Air Quality & Energy: NoCo Legacy Industries Under Siege?MODERATOR – Jaime Henning, President/CEO, Greeley Chamber of Commerce

  • Mike Silverstein – Executive Director – Regional Air Quality Commission
  • Don McLeod – Severance Mayor/NFRMPO/RAQC
  • Barbara Kirkmeyer – Weld County Commissioner
  • Bill Jerke
  • Dan Haley – Pres/CEO – Colorado Oil and Gas Association


11:15 AM Transportation:  Celebrating Success, Working Towards More

  • Northern Colorado Prospers and Fix North I-25 – David May – President/CEO – Fort Collins Chamber
    • NCLA Transportation Champion Award – David May
      • Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert
      • Former Region 4 RTD Johnny Olson
      • Former Transportation Commissioner Kathy Gilliland
    • Transportation Overview for 2020 – Sandra Hagen Solin – Founder and CEO – Capitol Solutions


11:45 AM What’s in Store for BusinessThe Other Legislative Issues in 2020 –Mindy McCloughan, President/CEO, Loveland Chamber of Commerce


11:55 AM

Closing Remarks – VIDEO 


The Regional Issues Summit is presented by the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance, the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, the Greeley Chamber of Commerce, Upstate Colorado and One NOCO.

Thank You 2019 Regional Issues Sponsors