FoCoFuture Forum

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

UniverCity Connections organized a series of forums to catalyze discussion about the future of Fort Collins character and housing attainability.

Each forum started with several TED-style speakers to spark our thinking. We then move into small group discussion breakouts.

Here are the themes and dates.

  • 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?”

    Slides and Summary links

  • 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 “Making Music, a Living, and a Difference”

    Slides and Summary links

  • 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 McRae “Walkability for a Sense of Place: Lessons from Eugene”
    • Ryan Donovan “Alternatives to Buy and Dry”
    • Carlos Hernandez “Max BRT: 50 Shades of Green”
    • John Koval “Housing in the West: Addressing Market Realities”
    • Cameron Gloss “What’s Next?”

    Slides and Summary links

Colorado State University
Forum Small Group Discussion: Our speakers had the goal to stretch and inspire our thinking; instead of providing answers, their goal was to spark questions and provide fodder for discussions. Following the speakers, we had time for small group discussion on the topics selected by participants.


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