Policy Bits ~ 3 Things to Know & Watch This Week
Nov 30 – Dec 6, 2015
~ Karly Malpiede Andrus


I.   Reshaping Colorado’s Constitution: Building a Better Colorado finds consensus for some changesPolicy Bits Nov 30-Dec 6, 2015

  • The bipartisan collective of prominent Colorado leaders called Building a Better Colorado has been traveling the state since August on a listening tour about how to untangle conflicting constitutional amendments that dictate how the state can spend its money. Meetings are aimed at sparking community dialogue on issues from state constitutional amendments to political primaries and could lead to a ballot question(s) in 2016 to change constitutional provisions, according to organizers. Others throughout the state have expressed concern that this is not a good faith exercise which could affect success of potential issues campaigns and ‘bipartisan’ designation. http://goo.gl/6PRQju
  • This affects everyone in the state and possibly the political environment at the General Assembly; it will also most likely influence ballot initiatives in the upcoming 2016 election.


II.    Talking About Affordable Housing Crisis: Tools for Delivering Bad News

  • DRCOG is hosting a discussion of best practices for providing difficult news to clients seeking affordable housing. The forum includes information from the newly published “Talking about the Affordable Housing Crisis: Tools for Delivering Bad News” guide, by DRCOG’s Area Agency on Aging, Brothers Redevelopment, Inc. and the Mile High United Way 2-1-1 Help center. The will equip community agency professionals to support each other as we are confronted with the challenge of delivering bad news about nearly impossible-to-find affordable housing. https://drcog.org/node/5313
  • This is an unfortunate sign of the times and demonstrative of the need for more affordable housing resources on all levels but also a reminder that we need to be sensitive to folks’ emotional and mental state, not just their physical state.


III.   Shut up and Dance: 2 Colorado Cities Land in the top 10 for ‘Dance Parties

  • Denver rank 6th in a new report “10 Best Dance Party Cities in 2015” released by Thumbtack.com, a website that connects consumers to service professionals and small businesses. To rank cities they created a “Dance Party Index” based on supplies of DJs relative to local demand, ratings and average cost then assign a score between 1 and 100. Denver ranked 86.5, Boulder even better at 94 http://goo.gl/7GXVTj
  • In Colorado we appreciate a good dance party making this story especially relevant but we are also contributing to economic development that connects communities to small businesses and entrepreneurs plus dancing is good for your health so get out on the dance floor.