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2011 Civic Advancement Seminar Kicks Off

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Last week, ten top young professionals from Colorado Springs met at Penrose House to kick off the Forum for Civic Advancement’s second annual seminar series. Led by Joe Postell, professor of political science at UCCS, seminar participants engaged in a conversation about the social contract in America. Though they had only met one another a few days earlier, they were quickly asked to grapple with difficult questions fundamental to American civic and political life: What exactly should the role of government be in society? What is community? What type of community should we foster in Colorado Springs?

As a part of El Pomar’s nonpartisan Forum for Civic Advancement, the seminar series is one part of a larger project intended to support individuals interested in contributing to the civic health of the Pikes Peak region. From August to December, seminar participants meet once a month to learn from some of the best teachers in the country. At the same time, they are able to make connections and build networks that will aid them in future endeavors.

Over the next four months, the seminar will bring in speakers and lecturers who will address a number of topics facing cities and communities today. From “understanding successful cities,” to “living within our means,” seminar participants will hear from experts and then engage in their own conversations.

This year’s participants represent a diverse set of personal and professional backgrounds, hailing from the nonprofit, for-profit, and government sectors. They also bring a diverse set of political and social views that helps stimulate high-level discussion in the welcoming, nonpartisan setting of Penrose House.

Participants include:

Aaron Briggs: Partner and Planner, Higginbotham Briggs and Associates (HB&A) Architects

Christi-Marie Butler: Director of Development, The Colorado College

Jose Hernandez: Enrollment and Recruitment Specialist, Big Brothers Big Sisters – Pikes Peak

Stella Hodgkins: Sustainable Design Specialist, Ambient Energy

John McClay: Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Pikes Peak Community College

Amanda Mountain: Station Manager (KTSC), Rocky Mountain PBS

Alyssa Parker: Marketing Manager, Pikes Peak United Way

Paul Penley: Director of Research, Excellence in Giving LLC

Brandy Williams: Council Member, Colorado Springs City Council


Are you interested in becoming more civically involved in the Pikes Peak region?

Join the Forum for Civic Advancement’s mailing list to learn details about upcoming community events.

Also, mark your calendar for an exciting presentation by Harry Zeeve of the Concord Coalition on October 3 at 5:30pm.