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Mobility, Fuels & Funding

CLEER invited community and business leaders from throughout our region to participate in the
Mobility, Fuels & Funding Forum. The forum was held Friday, February 5, 2016, at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs.

CLEER hosted the forum because transportation decisions and actions are an integral part of our interconnected region’s economic health, environmental quality, energy security, climate protection, and overall quality of life.

The forum was hosted by CLEER, RFTA and the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, and sponsored by Garfield Clean Energy, Parsons, SGM, Sopris Engineering, Gould Construction, Grand River Construction, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, Hotel Denver, Northern Colorado Clean Cities and the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

Mobility sponsors


Mobility, Fuels & Funding Forum
Exploring Solutions for 21st Century Transportation

Friday, February 5, 2016 | Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs

8:45 - 9:15 a.m. Registration, coffee, networking, educational displays

9:15 a.m.
Introduction to the Forum: Ralph Trapani, CLEER Board vice-chair, Parsons Transportation Group program director
Welcome: Glenwood Springs City Councilor Kathryn Trauger

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Keynote speaker: Shailen Bhatt, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Transportation

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Featured speaker: Jim Charlier, Charlier Associates
Not Your Father's Transportation System: Demographic Trends and Forecasts for the Future

10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Panel 1: Grand Avenue Bridge Project: Turning Challenges Into Opportunity
Moderator: Ralph Trapani
Tom Newland, Grand Avenue Bridge project spokesman
Kathryn Trauger, Glenwood Springs City Council
Suzanne Stewart, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association Board
Steve Olson, CDOT Region 3 Program Engineer
Leslie Bethel, Executive Director, Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Panel 2: Transportation Funding Challenges: Needs and Proposed Solutions
Moderator: Rachel Richards, Pitkin County Commissioner
Dan Blankenship, CEO, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority
Bill Ray, Move Colorado
Sandra Hagen Solin, Fix Colorado Roads
Will Toor, Transportation Director, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)
Christian Reece, Executive Director, Club 20

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Buffet lunch served at the Hotel Colorado, and networking

1:00 - 1:45
Panel 3: Regional Transportation: Envisioning and Creating the Future
Moderator: Tom Baker, New Castle Town Manager
Mike Samson, Garfield County Commissioner
George Newman, Pitkin County Commissioner
Frank Breslin, Councilor, Town of New Castle
Michael Gamba, Mayor, City of Glenwood Springs
Stacey Bernot, Mayor, Town of Carbondale
Steve Skadron, Mayor, City of Aspen

1:45 - 2:30 p.m.
Panel 4: Alternative Transportation Fuels: Energy Security and Carbon Reduction
Moderator: Tom Jankovsky, Garfield County Commissioner
Elyse Ackerman, Northwest Regional Manager, Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Cabell Hodge, Policy Advisor, Colorado Energy Office
Natalia Swalnick, BCS Inc., Colorado EV Market Study
Tyler Svitak, American Lung Association, Refuel Colorado Fleets

2:30 - 3:00
Conclusion: Affirm Key Take-Aways and Identify Action Plans
Facilitators: Jim Charlier and Ralph Trapani