DRCOG is planning to follow up last year's successful Small Communities, Hot Topics workshop with a second session aimed at issues of concern to self-identified smaller jurisdictions. This session is targeted toward mayors, town managers, other pertinent staff and town board or council members. Find out more and register here.
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.
Our Boomer Bond program won an Aging Innovations Awards from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). The highest honor presented by n4a, this award recognizes programs that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. DRCOG's Director of Regional Planning and Development, Brad Calvert, accepted the award in San Diego at n4a's Annual Conference and Trade Show July 24-28.
DRCOG is proud to sponsor No Copay Radio, and to have various staff members of the Area Agency on Aging appear as guests on the program. Check out this source of information on health for older Coloradans every Saturday at 4 p.m. on 1430 AM, or check out archived programs here.
Way to Go was lucky enough to partner with Strava this Bike to Work Day in order to create some visual representations of rider data to show the event's impact. Almost 10 percent of riders (about 3,000) used the Strava app the morning of Bike to Work Day, and GIS staff at the Denver Regional Council of Governments were able use that data to make this heat map and this interactive chord visualization showing rider routes.