Applied Exercises: Interactive dialogues to develop a Western Slope response to the questions posed.

APA Colorado Chapter


Friday, May 31, 2019
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. MDT

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There are three exercises A) What are the components of equitable design and engagement to create successful projects? How do we accomplish this in smaller communities?; B) What does redevelopment and resilience mean to the Western Slope?; and C) How do developers and property owners navigate the development process?

How to identify opportunities, understand components of high-quality projects, and find solutions to financial challenges to enable successful, well-designed redevelopment and reinvestment in their community.

The overall Symposium will answer questions which are salient to both public and private sector planners. Questions related to creating a shared community vision, such as “How do you stimulate interest in an area in need of redevelopment?”, “What are some ways to draw interest to an area that has long been overlooked?”, “How can you gauge whether or not your own enthusiasm about the potential of an area is in line with the perspectives of the broader community?”, and “How can private and public sector professionals work together to facilitate opportunities for appropriate redevelopment?” will be asked. Attendees will hear how these questions have been addressed in recent efforts to stimulate reinvestment and redevelopment in parts of Durango and Grand Junction. 

Questions related to identifying projects and partnerships for redevelopment include, “Is that run-down motel really a diamond in the rough waiting to be polished?”, “Does that old gas station have potential to be a hip new brewpub?”, “Why has that weed-infested lot been vacant for so long?”, and “Who should be involved in assessing the feasibility of a potential redevelopment project?” will also be asked. The Symposium will discuss how pioneering developers, realtors, economic development professionals, and planners respond to questions like these. The speakers will discuss how to identify potential pitfalls and how to run a basic financial analysis of a potential project while also shining light on common misconceptions about redeveloping unusual sites.

Also, the Symposium will explore some fundamentals of good design related to infill, adaptive re-use, mixed use, and walkable development. Attendees will have their senses trained to recognize elements of well-crafted projects.


Diedra Silbert

Diedra Silbert is the Community Initiatives Facilitator for the Town of Ridgway, where she works to bringing Ridgway residents and visitors together through the Ridgway Creative District and creative placemaking, Main Street downtown revitalization, and design and construction of a Space to Create facility in the heart of downtown. She ... Read More

Imogen Ainsworth

Since joining the City of Durango in 2016, Imogen has worked on a wide variety of initiatives, including recycling and sustainability outreach, solar PV feasibility, Durango’s LEED for Cities designation and organizational resource use efficiency. In 2018, the City of Durango launched resilience efforts with workshops focused on building ... Read More

Kate Busse

Kate Busse is the Local Resilience Program Manager for the Department of Local Affairs Colorado Resilience Office. Kate provides support, resources, and capacity to communities looking to build resilience to vulnerabilities. Prior to her role at the state, Kate worked as the Resilience Program Manager for the City of Boulder ... Read More

Monica Rosenbluth

Monica has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, borrower’s counsel and bank counsel in connection with a variety of tax-exempt bond financings in several states. She has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, borrower’s counsel and bank counsel in connection with a variety of tax-exempt bond ... Read More

Troy Bernberg

Troy has worked on over $1 billion in financings for a variety of borrowers including municipalities, counties, special districts, education, healthcare, as well as 501(c)(3) organizations. Troy assists his clients from the plan of finance to closing, structuring the most cost-effective and efficient transaction to meets his clients ... Read More

Brandon Stam

Brandon Stam is currently the Director at the Downtown Grand Junction Partnership, which consists of the Downtown Development Authority, Business Improvement District and the newly formed Creative District. Previously he worked as an Economic Development Specialist for Pueblo County GIS/Economic Development. Prior to Pueblo County, he worked as a ... Read More

Ann Morgenthaler

Ann Morgenthaler was born, raised, and educated in Colorado. She attended Colorado College where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, with a minor in art history. After working in art and design in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in ... Read More

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