Since 2013 I have worked diligently on what Loveland now calls PULSE. Municipal Broadband will bring world-class Internet Speed, performance and service to our community – all starting as construction begins in September of 2019. As the largest construction project in Loveland history, PULSE will become Loveland’s 4th utility, providing Broadband Internet, phone service and more to Loveland resident’s through a utility structure, with NO tax dollars being used. All Bonds will be repaid by subscriber premiums, with an estimated payoff in 20 years.
National League of Cities
In 2014 I began attending National League of Cities, as a representative for Loveland. Serving cities/townships throughout the US, NLC provides education, training and lobbying support for 3500+. In the beginning, I was all about Broadband. I attended and was appointed to the ITC (Information, Technology and Communications) Advisory Committee and have been attending 3 meetings a year since, where I obtained the bulk of the information I provided Loveland for the Municipal Broadband effort. NLC also offers an educational tract for elected officials.
This program offers high quality training in all areas and is held in conjunction with regular NLC meetings. I have achieved the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of the NLC-University course structure and will receive the Diamond level in the fall of 2019. I also serve as a Fellow on the NLC-University Advisory Council.
I am a proud member of the City Council (2015-2016) that helped our neighbor cities in funding the Northern I25 expansion project. This project will include $300mm+ in long needed transportation funding coming to Northern Colorado.
CDOT in tandem with the Northern Colorado communities will be funding the widening of I25 from Johnstown to Mulberry road in Ft Collins, a total rebuild of the Hwy 402/I25 interchange, Widening and expansion of the Hwy 34/I25 overpass structure, the completion of an underpass at Kendall Parkway and many more associated projects further north.
All this is being done in addition to Loveland’s regular street maintenance/replacement programs.
Historic Downtown Loveland
I am proud to have been Council Liaison to the Historic Preservation Committee since elected in 2011. In 2014 HPC and their associated City Staff began the hard work of applying to the State for Historic designation for our downtown corridor. That goal was realized in 2015, with History Colorado designating our downtown as a “Historic Downtown District”.
This designation is more than just an honor for our City, it opens additional funding sources through History Colorado that are only available to historic districts, and a few of our building owners are already taking advantage of these additional funding sources. Yearly programs in May of each year are hosted by the HPC to keep Loveland’s History vibrant and timely.
DDA (Downtown Development Authority)
Since it’s inception in 2014, I have proudly served as the appointed Board Member from City Council for this driving force in our downtown community. The DDA consists of 6 board members selected through interviews by the Board and 1 designated member from City Council. This summer the DDA has come alive, boasting a new project on the corner of 4th and Garfield, the ‘Summer of Fun’ activities at the newly opened Foundry courtyard, and several façade projects throughout the district.
The DDA and its partner organizations, LDP (Loveland Downtown Partnership) and LBA (Loveland Business Alliance) have quickly become the ‘heart’ of downtown activity and development planning. Past projects include Façade grants for the Acadia Building, Dark Heart Coffee, the El Centro building and grants of $800K+ for the Elks Building remodel activities, and many more. I am extremely proud to have been a part of it all, and want to server again on this critical board – which will lead downtown into the future – while preserving the past.