TBD Colorado held its first advisers meeting Feb. 10, 2012, as part of a statewide effort to create informed and constructive conversations among Coloradans about some of the biggest issues facing the state.
More than 120 volunteer advisers from throughout Colorado attended a meeting at the History Colorado Center to learn more about this nonpartisan, collaborative effort and offer feedback.
TBD Colorado will host broad community meetings throughout Colorado beginning this spring.
"The people of Colorado will determine the outcome of this effort," Gov. John Hickenlooper said. "We want to tap the creative capacity across Colorado to formulate new and innovative approaches to our collective challenges, rather than impose top-down, government-driven solutions."
TBD, short for "To Be Determined", Colorado will focus on issues around education (both P-12 and higher education), health, transportation, the state budget and the state workforce. Volunteer committees composed of subject-matter experts in each of these five focus areas will help assemble balanced materials for the community meetings.
"Every Coloradan will guide this effort to make us better educated, more productive and healthier, and our state more fiscally sound," said Greg Maffei, chairman of TBD Colorado.
TBD Colorado will:
- Invite Coloradans to talk about their vision and priorities for the state. For example, how can Colorado become the healthiest state in the nation? How can educational outcomes for children be improved? How should the state handle the increasing health care needs of our aging population? How can the state address growing transportation and infrastructure needs?
- Obtain various perspectives from all regions of the state.
- Build momentum in Colorado for working together to solve complex problems.
- Create a process and culture for engaging Coloradans in ongoing constructive and non-partisan conversations.
No state dollars will be spent on TBD Colorado.
"We are inviting Coloradans from every area of the state to come together at community meetings in a nonpartisan and collaborative spirit," said Kae Rader, executive director of TBD Colorado. "These meetings have the potential to create solutions and build relationships that will lead to lasting change in Colorado."
Rader and a team of facilitators will promote widespread public participation that includes an array of interests, geographically, culturally, professionally and age in determining what Colorado will look like in the future.
TBD Colorado is managed by a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and governed by a nonpartisan volunteer board of directors. The board members are: Greg Maffei, Board Chair (President and CEO, Liberty Media); Kristin Richardson, Board Vice President (private sector representative);
Heather Carroll, Board Secretary/Treasurer (Executive Director, Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation); Maria Garcia Barry (CEO, CRL Associates); Letty Bass (Executive Director, Chambers Family Fund); David Ethan Greenberg (Vice Chancellor, University of Denver); Russell George (President, Northwestern Community College); and Roxane White (Chief of Staff, Gov. John Hickenlooper).
Go to www.tbdcolorado.org to volunteer to participate and to find a complete schedule of upcoming TBD Colorado meetings.
About TBD Colorado
TBD Colorado is a nonpartisan, collaborative effort designed to create informed and constructive conversations among Coloradans about some of the biggest issues facing the state. No state dollars will be spent on TBD Colorado. TBD Colorado is managed by a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and governed by a nonpartisan volunteer board of directors. Go to www.tbdcolorado.org for more information.