At its Oct. 18 meeting, the DRCOG Board of Directors named Douglas Rex as DRCOG's new Executive Director. Rex joined the council as Transportation Planning and Operations Director in the fall of 2013, and has recently been Acting Executive Director in addition to his transportation responsibilities. A nationwide search was conducted to fill this position. Read more.
DRCOG's Area Agency on Aging is now the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provider for Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson counties. Medicare beneficiaries who are residents of these areas are eligible for free one-on-one counseling for Medicare information, advocacy and enrollment assistance. Effective immediately, DRCOG staff is ready to provide assistance. Medicare’s open enrollment period runs from Oct. 15-Dec. 7, when beneficiaries can make changes to their Medicare health and prescription drug plans.
DRCOG announces a new resource for sharing information about its foundational plan, Metro Vision at metrovision.drcog.org. In January of this year, the DRCOG Board unanimously passed a newly updated version of the region's growth and development plan, taking the planning horizon out to the year 2040. More than just housing the plan document, the site is intended to assist elected officials, planners and citizens by showing the ways in which Metro Vision takes shape throughout the region.
Thank you to all the artists who submitted artwork for the 2018 Colorado Bike Month/Bike to Work Day poster! The Way to Go team received many great submissions, and are looking forward to sharing the selected artwork with all of you soon: watch this space!
DRCOG has been awarded $4.5 million from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services to bridge the gap between clinical and community service providers. Known as the Accountable Health Communities model, this innovative approach will strengthen the network of health and social providers to better assist Medicare and Medicaid recipients. Read more about it.
Jennifer Schaufele has resigned her position as executive director of DRCOG, effective Friday, Feb. 17. During her nearly 13-year tenure she was at the helm of major regional advancements, including the redevelopment of Denver’s Union Station and lobbying for significant improvements to the Older Americans Act. She also galvanized peers across the nation to advocate for improvements in federal transportation funding. Read more here.
The socioeconomic team at DRCOG has created a new tool to show forecast data created using UrbanSim. Forecasts from the model were used to create the DRCOG Land Use Explorer, where users can examine forecasts for multiple geographies including zones, municipalities, counties, and urban centers calculated at five-year intervals between 2010 and 2040.
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the DRCOG Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the latest version of Metro Vision, the region's plan for growth and development out to the year 2040. By speaking with one voice to adopt the plan, the Board gives life to an aspirational vision for the metro area. More than five years in the making, the current version of Metro Vision represents a significant update to the plan that has guided local decision making for more than 20 years. Read the plan.
As Coloradans age, they will affect every facet of daily life for millions of residents, including the state’s economy, state and local programs, and the everyday lives of countless families. Indeed, Colorado stands at the end of a demographic shift that will define it for generations.
Colorado is working to seize the opportunities this shift presents and to face challenges that may arise. We were proud to contribute to the Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging’s first set of recommendations to help Colorado prepare now through 2030.