Applicants sought for Washington, D.C., conference

Registration remains open for an upcoming conference offering participants a better understanding of the federal legislative process.

Applications will be accepted through March 16 for the 2012 Colorado Capital Conference. The conference is scheduled for June 5 to 7 in Washington, D.C.

The event will accommodate 100 Colorado residents who will interact with members of Congress, the Cabinet and other leaders.

Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction sponsors the conference along with the University of Colorado in Boulder and U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, a democrat from Colorado.

“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.,” said Tim Foster, president of CMU.

Bruce Benson, president of CU, said the conference will offer an inside look at the legislative process as well as a better understanding of issues facing Colorado and the West.

Udall said he was pleased to sponsor the conference along with CMU and CU.

“This conference offers a diverse group of Coloradans a unique perspective of the legislative process in Washington, D.C., and lets them directly engage with political leaders on both sides of the aisle,” Udall said. “This educational forum will give participants the knowledge and skills to join the conversation on public policy while interacting with a group of civic-minded Coloradans and national policy makers.”

Conference participants will be responsible for their travel and accommodations. A $300 registration fee for the event will cover most meals. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 16. Participants will be announced April 2.

To register or obtain more information about the conference, call 270-5594 or visit