Applicants sought for Washington conference

Applications will be accepted through March 12 for an annual conference offering 100 Colorado residents an opportunity to learn more about the people and processes that go into federal policy making.

The 2015 Colorado Capital Conference is scheduled for June 3 to 5 in Washington, D.C., and will include meetings with members of Congress and the Cabinet as well as other officials.

Colorado Mesa University and the University of Colorado host the Capital Conference along with U.S. Sens. Cory Gardener and Michael Bennet.

“A healthy republic relies upon active, informed citizen participation in every level of government This conferences gives Coloradans an audience with key decision makers in Washington, D.C.,” said CMU President Tim Foster.

CU President Bruce Benson said the Capitol Conference offers an in-depth look at how the federal government works. “The conference offers Coloradans a unique opportunity to have an inside look at both the legislative process and critical issues facing the state and the West.”

Sen. Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, said the conference provides opportunity to exchange information and viewpoints. “This conference gives Coloradans an opportunity to interact with and learn from academics, business leaders and policy makers and, more importantly, gives those of us in public life a chance to hear and learn from Coloradans.”

Sen. Bennet, a Democrat from Colorado, agreed. “Events like these allows us to listen to the voices we represent and learn more about what’s most important to them. After all, the best ideas for Colorado don’t come from Washington, D.C. They come from Coloradans.”

Participants representing a cross-section of Colorado will be selected through the application process. Conference participants will be announced March 24.

A $325 registration fee will cover most meals during the conference. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

For more information about the upcoming Capital Conference, call 270-5594 or log on to www.coloradomesa.edu/capitalconference.