For more information, contact:

Jillian Sutherland 
Sonoran Institute 
970-384-4364 ext. 4002 


Evening Plenary
Thursday, October 25th 6:00pm - 8:30pm                         cocktail and appetizers included                                         Plenary at 7:00pm                             

 Full Day Summit                                                            Friday, October 26th 8:30am - 4:00pm                              breakfast and lunch included


The Hotel Colorado 
526 Pine Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
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Community Builders Summit


In today's challenging economy communities are looking for creative ways to create and maintain  jobs, spur quality development and do more with fewer resources. The need to connect community  and economic development is stronger than ever.   

Community Builders
is a summit for local leaders seeking to create strong, vibrant communities in      today's economy.  Local and national experts will provide insights on market and economic trends       affecting our region, and share practical tools communities can use to align community planning and economic development.   For session descriptions, please click here.  To view the event schedule, click here.

   Confirmed Speakers:                                                                                                                                             *Session names are subject to change*

Adam Ducker RCLCO

 Adam Ducker, Managing Director for Robert Charles Lessor & Company (RCLCO)

Session: "Recovery Mode: Responding to Market Trends and Economic Realities"    Adam is a recognized expert in market and financial analysis; positioning, repositioning, and marketing of real estate assets; consumer research; and corporate strategy development. He works throughout the United States, with particular depth of experience in mountain and coastal environments.  CM I .75 



Brad Segal, President of Progressive Urban Management Associates

 Session: "Breathing New Life into Downtowns and Commercial Districts"    Panelists include: Mark Heller, Executive Director of the Golden Urban Renewal     Authority and Scott Shine, Executive Director of the Montrose Downtown Development Authority  CM I 1.5

andy knudsenAndy Knudtsen, Managing Principal for Economic & Planning Systems

Session: "Housing Market Trends in Rocky Mountain Communities"                                                                                                                           EPS recently completed  a study for the Sonoran Institute that explores whether or not shifts in the housing market that have been observed nationally are happening locally.  This session will highlight the major findings of this project.  CM I 1

nullJoseph Minicozzi, Principal of Urban3

Evening Plenary:  "Poised for Success: Building Strong Communities in Today's Economy"                                                                                                                                 Joe’s cross-training in city planning in the public and private sectors, as well as private sector real estate finance has allowed him to develop specific analytic tools                                                 that have garnered national attention in  Planetizen, The Wall Street Journal, Atlantic                                               Cities, and the National Association of Realtors.  CM I .75 

brian cole 2Brian Cole, President of Building Communities, Inc.

Session: "The Changing Face of Economic Development"                                            Brian Cole is President of Building Communities, Inc., a national economic development strategic planning firm utilizing a unique planning methodology developed and explained by Brian in his book Building Communities: 25 Strategies to Advance America.  Brian has dedicated his professional life to helping communities secure economic sustainability as a local economic development professional, a state economic development officer, a county commission chairman, and as a private sector consultant. 

susan blansett Susan Blansett, CEcD, Principal of R&M Resource Development

 Session: "Leading to Prosperity:  Community Leadership and Economic Development"                                                                                                                   Susan Blansett has more than 20 years of experience in economic, community and workforce development, and has been consulting since joining R&M Resource Development in 1999. As a Principal at R&M, Blansett specializes in strategy, fund-raising and investor/client relations for economic development agencies. She is also a top rated instructor of the Colorado Basic Economic Development Course.           


AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for many sessions at this event.  When CM credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description.  More information about AICP's CM program can be found here.

Registration Details

Full Summit & Evening Reception Registration Rates:

Standard Rate   

Non-Profit and Student Rate   

Team Rate: Group of 4 - 8
$65.00 (per registrant)    


Your payment, in full, must accompany your registration form.  You can pay for your registration through PayPal via the registration link below or mail your information and a check to:  

Sonoran Institute attn Jill Sutherland, 817 Colorado Avenue, Suite 201, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Standard Registration Deadline: To avoid the day-of registration increased rate, the deadline to    register online is Thursday, October 25th. Prices will increase by $10 the day of the event at the door.

 The registration fee includes:

  • All plenaries and breakout sessions.
  • Evening Reception (10/25) - cocktail and appetizers included
  • Full Day Summit (10/26) - continental breakfast, lunch, coffee and tea included
  • Name tag and program booklet


The Hotel Colorado is the host hotel for the summit, located in the heart of downtown Glenwood Springs.  A limited number of rooms for the summit are available at the rate of $85 for the night of 10/25.  If desired, guests staying for the summit are invited to stay at the Hotel Colorado the night of 10/26 at a rate of $99.

To make your reservations at the Hotel Colorado, call 1-800-544-3998 and indicate that you attending the summit.