Mesa State College and U.S. Senator Mark Udall announced this month that Crow Canyon President and CEO Deborah Gangloff is among 62 Coloradans selected to attend the first Colorado Capital Conference in Washington, D.C., in June 2011.
The conference is designed to give Colorado residents a better understanding of the federal legislative process by giving them the opportunity to interact with members of Congress, the President's cabinet, and other leaders in Washington, D.C."I'm honored to be selected to attend this important conference, especially as Crow Canyon becomes more engaged in advocating for our nation's cultural resources," Deborah said.
Those who plan to attend the conference include residents of Mesa, Adams, Weld, El Paso, Custer, La Plata, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Pitkin, Rio Grande, Gunnison, Boulder, Montezuma, Grand, Jefferson, Chaffee, Broomfield, Eagle, Alamosa, Kit Carson, Pueblo, Montrose, and Arapahoe counties.
"I am thrilled to be a part of any movement that gets Coloradans out to our nation's capital," said Senator Udall. "But I am especially proud of this effort, because it will allow Washington to hear the thoughtful and innovative perspectives on legislative issues and government efficiency of our great state. These citizens want their voices to be heard, and that input is what democracy is all about. We hope that this is the first of many productive Capital Conferences and that more Coloradans will take part in this great opportunity in the years to come."
"Colorado has a rich history of civic engagement. Leaders in our state understand that Western issues are unique and sometimes wonder how they can affect policy," said Mesa State President Tim Foster. "This is a great opportunity for those attending to get an insider's view into national issues, and I'm excited we have folks from every corner of Colorado participating in this year's conference."
Activities at the conference include a reception hosted by the Colorado congressional delegation and presentations from members of Congress and the president's cabinet. A luncheon will feature keynote speaker Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report. Cook is also a political analyst for NBC News and a political columnist for the National Journal. He is considered one of the nation's leading authorities on American politics and U.S. elections.
The 2011 Colorado Capital Conference will be held June 15–17, 2011.