Regional Issues Summit



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.

Resources from the 2016 Regional Issues Summit are below.


7:15 a.m.                   Registration and Breakfast Available

7:30 a.m.                   Welcome

7:35 a.m.                   NCLA Perspective:  Why Transportation?

7:40 a.m.       Fix North I-25:  Where We Are and Where We Are Going
Presented by
Gerry Horak, City of Fort Collins Mayor Pro Tem
Barbara Kirkmeyer, Weld County Commissioner
David May, Fort Collins Area Chamber CEO
Johnny Olson, CDOT Region 4 Transportation Director
Sandra Solin, Capitol Solutions President—CEO

9:30 a.m.      NCLA Perspective:  Why Talent?

9:35 a.m. Employment Trends and Gaps in Northern Colorado
Presented by Tom Stellman, TIP Strategies President & CEO

 10:30 a.m.     NCLA Perspective:  Why Water?

 10:35 a.m. The Colorado Water Plan and More!
Presented by John Stulp, Special Policy Advisor to the Governor for Water

11:30 a.m. NCLA Regional Agenda and Next Steps

11:45 a.m. Adjourn

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Gold Sponsors: Elevations Credit Union and Kaiser Permanente
  • Silver Sponsor: Upstate Colorado
  • Bronze Sponsors: Woodward, Better Business Bureau, RE/MAX Alliance, Brock & Company and the Northern Colorado Economic Alliance
  • Event Sponsor: Hewlett Packard Enterprise



Fix Colorado Roads




Welcome and Transportation Part 1

Transportation Part 2



Press Coverage from the event:

Greeley Tribune:

To check out previous Regional Issues Summits, please click below.

2015 Regional Issues Summit

2014 Regional Issues Summit

2013 Regional Issues Summit

2012 Regional Issues Summit