Applications sought for Washington, D.C., conference

Applications will be accepted through March 21 for an annual conference offering Colorado residents an opportunity to learn more about the federal legislative process.

Colorado Mesa University, Colorado State University and the University of Colorado have joined with U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner to host the 2017 Colorado Capital Conference on June 12 to 14 in Washington, D.C. The 100 participants of the conference 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.”

CSU President Tony Frank agreed. “The Colorado Capital Conference is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Colorado citizens to get a close-up look at the legislative process, learn more about important issues affecting our state and share ideas with decision makers.”

Participants who represent a diverse cross-section of Colorado will be selected through an application process. Participants will be announced no later than April 16.

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 agreed. “It’s an excellent opportunity to connect with more of the people who make Colorado a great place to live and work.”