Parkites will study the ‘Boulder brand’ during Colorado outing
September 3, 2013
A group of Parkites is scheduled to visit Boulder, Colo., in September
But they will not be buffaloing their way into the home of the University of Colorado.
The City Tour, an annual outing to others places in the region to learn about the mechanics of government, business and other fields, is scheduled to visit Boulder from Sept. 4 until Sept. 8. Boulder has long been of interest to Park City leaders as a place that pioneered the protection of land from development and has succeeded in keeping its downtown buzzing.
The trip involves City Hall leaders and officials from other area governmental bodies. Businesspeople and not-for-profit executives normally also attend. Members of the Leadership Park City training class accompany the group as well.
Organizers anticipate between 60 and 65 people will travel to Boulder, at a cost of approximately $700 per person. Taxpayers normally fund the trips of the government officials.
City Tours were launched years ago, as Park City was attempting to forge itself into a top-tier mountain resort. Officials in the early years focused on smaller resort communities and have since looked at larger cities as Park City grew. Last year’s trip visited Las Vegas while previous ones have visited places in states like Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico and Montana.
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"We’ve become more and more a hybrid community here," said Myles Rademan, a former City Hall official who has long organized the City Tours and last brought one to Boulder in the early 1990s.
Rademan labeled Boulder a progressive community and noted that City Hall modeled its early land conservation efforts after Boulder’s successes. He described wide-ranging learning opportunities in Boulder.
The group will meet with their counterparts in Boulder, a roster of government officials, representatives from not-for-profit organizations and business leaders. They will spend time listening to the Boulder representatives, tour the community and have free time to further explore the city.
Rademan said the group will learn about entrepreneurs in Boulder, diversifying the economy there and a famous pedestrian-only shopping, dining and entertainment district known as the Pearl Street Mall.
Leaders in Boulder are preparing a list of speakers for the Park City group. A spokesman for the city government in Boulder said the Parkites might be interested in long-range planning in Boulder for a municipal campus of government offices, a library and, perhaps, arts and cultural offerings.
Patrick von Keyserling, the spokesman for the Boulder government, said the community is interested in "knowledge-based business" and wants to keep other sectors local, such as the outdoor industry and organic products.
"It’s a part of the Boulder brand," he said.
He also said more than 45,000 acres of land has been protected from development inside the city of Boulder or just outside the borders since the 1960s. Boulder, meanwhile, is considering its energy future, he said. There is an idea to create a municipal utility company with the possibility of lowering the cost of electricity and increasing the use of wind-generated energy or solar power.
The group is scheduled to attend a welcome reception at a hotel sponsored by Vail Resorts. Rademan said he was not sure who Vail Resorts will send to the reception.
A preliminary itinerary for the trip includes:
meetings with Boulder officials for three hours on one morning, with topics anticipated to include the climate action, nurturing an economy that has vitality, transportation and energy
afternoon tours of Boulder focusing on topics like housing, downtown and open lands
a tour of the National Center for Atmospheric Research
meetings with tourism, convention and economic officials
a tour of the nearby National Renewable Energy Laboratory
a tour of the Boulder location of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
There are a number of options for the travelers on the Saturday of the trip, including additional meetings with Boulder officials, hiking, bicycling, shopping or touring breweries. A side trip to the nearby communities of Central City and Black Hawk is planned that evening.
"Boulder has everything going for it," Rademan said.
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