Applicants sought for capital conference

Applications will be accepted through March 27 for an annual conference offering Colorado residents an opportunity to learn more about the federal legislative process.

Colorado Mesa University, the University of Colorado and U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner plan to host the 2017 Colorado Capital Conference on June 21 to 23 in Washington, D.C. Participants will meet with members of Congress and the Cabinet as well other leaders.

CMU President Tim Foster said he’s pleased the university is among the sponsors of the event. “A healthy republic relies upon active, informed citizen participation in every level of government. This conference gives Coloradans an audience with key decision makers in Washington, D.C.”

Participants who represent a diverse cross-section of Colorado will be selected through an application process. Participants will be announced no later than April 7.

A registration fee of $375 will include most meals and conference materials. Participants are responsible for their own accommodations at a group rate and airfare.

For more information on the conference or to apply to participate, log on to www.coloradomesa.edu/capitalconference/ or call 623-9388.

Gardner said events like the Colorado Capital Conference promote exchanges between the public and policymakers. “This conference gives Coloradans an opportunity to interact with and learn from academics, business leaders and policymakers and, more importantly, gives those of us in public life a chance to hear and learn from Coloradans.”

Bennet, a Democrat from Colorado, also said the conference gives lawmakers an opportunity to learn from constituents about what’s important. “After all, the best ideas for Colorado don’t come from Washington, D.C. They come from Coloradans.”