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2012 Regional Issues Summit Announces Speakers
Published Friday, September 21, 2012

The Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance and Leadership Northern Colorado announced speakers for their 2012 Regional Issues Summit happening at Bixpo. The Regional Issues Summit will be Wednesday, September 26 from 7:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. 

The agenda and speakers for the event are as follows:

7:15 am Registration and Breakfast

7:30 am Welcoming Remarks by Leadership Northern Colorado and Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance

7:40 am Session 1: Water, Water Everywhere But No Place to Put It
Overview by Andrew Jones, Lawrence Jones Custer Grasmick LLP followed by a panel conversation featuring:  Dr. Reagan M. Waskom, Director of the Colorado Water Institute and Director of the Colorado State University Water Center; Eric Wilkinson, Northern Water General Manager and John Stokes, City of Fort Collins Poudre River Sustainability Director

8:45 am Session 2: Higher Education A Higher Calling or Groveling for Dollars?
Presentation by Regional Economist Dr. Phyllis Resnick

10:00 Session 3: Energy Development What's the Big Fracking Deal?
Panel Conversation featuring Tisha Schuller, President and CEO of Colorado Oil & Gas Association; Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer and Ken Carlson, Colorado State University Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering.  The panel will be moderated by Sara Cassidy, Director of The Colorado Competitive Council (C3)

11:00 Closing Comments and Adjourn 

The Issues Summit is a forum that will bring attention to some of the larger issues facing Northern Colorado.  Business, civic, education and government leaders are invited to attend to help identify possible solutions to the area challenges.

About 200 business professionals and community leaders are expected at the Regional Issues Summit. Individual ticket prices are $35 per person for Chamber members (including Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley) and $40 per person for non-members. A table of 10 people is $300. Registration does include a breakfast buffet and program materials. Registration is available at (970) 482-3746 or online at

The Regional Issues Summit is sponsored by the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, the Greeley Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation, Woodward and EKS&H.