Event: Strengthening Economies in the West: A Regional Forum for Coal-Reliant Communities

Date: April 19 – 21, 2017

Location: Denver, Colorado

Is your county or region experiencing economic challenges due to the contraction of the coal industry?  Are you seeking effective approaches to support economic diversification, workforce development, and improved quality of life in your community? Join the National Association of Counties and the NADO Research Foundation in Denver for a free forum designed to help coal-reliant regions in Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming imagine alternative futures.
This convening will bring together stakeholders from a variety of public and private sectors for an educational and interactive gathering to share best practices, lessons learned, and new opportunities to support economic diversification.  Prepare for a mix of plenary sessions and smaller group discussions covering a variety of topics including infrastructure, manufacturing, entrepreneurship, local foods and arts, and tourism.
Join me the afternoon of Thursday, April 20th to explore how creative development strategies can help regions in transition achieve greater cultural vitality, equity, and environmental resilience.