Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity – U.S. Congressman Mark Udall, Colorado Speaker of the House Lola Spradley, Cche Director Rick O’donnell and Colorado State President Larry Edward Penley Headline 2004 Colorado’s Future Conference Oct. 15


Experts from public and private sectors will discuss the role of higher education in statewide economic development and public-policy formation at the 2004 Colorado’s Future conference. Colorado State University and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will co-host the full-day event designed for economic development specialists, business leaders, elected officials, higher education representatives and others interested in partnerships and strategies that successfully stimulate the state and local economies.


Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.


University Park Holiday Inn in Fort Collins – located on Prospect, west of College Ave.


Colorado State University President Larry Edward Penley and Colorado Commission on Higher Education Executive Director Rick O’Donnell will begin the event with "The Twenty-First Century University and Economic Development."

Conference speakers and six panel sessions will focus on the multifaceted role that Colorado’s research universities play in boosting the state economy. The morning panels examine how universities can help communities and policy makers make informed decisions by providing reliable, relevant and timely information. The afternoon panels explore specific sectors which exemplify the benefits of these partnerships and highlight the importance of unbiased, multi-disciplinary research to address the complexity of economic development and policy making in the 21st century.

U.S. Congressman Mark Udall will moderate and Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives Lola Spradley will participate in Panel 5: Value-Added Research: Wind Farms & Rural Revitalization.

For a full schedule and more information, visit