FoCoFuture Forum

“Do we want just to let growth happen, or do we want to shape it?”

UniverCity Connections is organizing a series of forums this spring to catalyze discussion about the future of Fort Collins character and housing attainability.

Each forum will start with several TED-style speakers to spark our thinking. We will then move into small group discussion breakouts where you can talk with other interesting people about the topics YOU want to talk about within the theme areas.

Here are the themes and dates. We plan to start registration and refreshments at 4:30, followed by speakers at 5, then small group discussion breakouts from 6-8 pm.

You can attend one week or all four. Register for each session by clicking on the link after each of the key questions below.

  • Where did we come from and what do we know? (May 13, 2015 -Drake Centre)

    • What is the story of our place (natural/social history)
    • Demographics – who lives and works here now?
    • Planning 101: land use, zoning, infrastructure, transportation


    • Holly LeMasurier “The Classic Story of the West”
    • Cheryl Glanz “From the Roots Up”
    • Elizabeth Garner “Who is in Fort Collins?”
    • Lesli Ellis “Planning the Community’s Destiny”
    • Martin Carcasson “How to Build Community when there are No Easy Answers”

    Slides and Summary links

  • What do we want the story of our place to be? (May 27, 2015 – Drake Centre)

    • What is a truly healthy community?
    • What kind of safe, friendly, inclusive community do we want?
    • What are we willing to give up for housing we can afford?


    • Brian Dunbar “Creating Healthy, Thriving Communities”
    • Kristin Kirkpatrick “What is a Truly Healthy Community?”
    • Mike Thompson “Shaping our Communities through Maps”
    • Lou Bieker “Celebrating the Patterns and Personality of Place”
    • Fred Schmidt “Hey FoCo! What’s YOUR Secret Sauce?”

    Register for May 27

  • How can we all live and work here? (June 10, 2015 – Drake Centre)

    • Who will live and work here in the future?
    • Adequate housing opportunities for all incomes and demographics
    • Jobs to support a robust economy


    • Terri Blackmore “Colorado Growth Will Continue – Will We Be Ready?”
    • Clint Skutchan “The Future of Housing”
    • Josh Birks “Managing Growth for a Robust Economy”
    • Bryce Merrill “Consciously Bringing Creativity into Community”

    Register for June 10

  • How do we prepare for growth and change? (June 24, 2015 – Drake Centre)

    • Density and different types of housing
    • Public transit
    • How do we provide enough water?


    • Matt McCrae “Walkability for a Sense of Place”
    • Ryan Donovan “Alternatives to Buy and Dry”
    • Carlos Hernandez “Max BRT: 50 Shades of Green”
    • “Density – Friend or Foe?”
    • “Quo Vadis?”

    Register for June 24

Forum Small Group Discussion: Our speakers will stretch and inspire our thinking; instead of providing answers, their goal is to spark questions and provide fodder for discussions. Following the speakers, we will have time for small group discussion on the topics YOU want to talk about. You can suggest a topic when you register for each forum, or at the forum itself.

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