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Intergovernmental Organizations

City Participation with Intergovernmental Organizations

Beyond one-on-one governmental collaborations, the city also regularly participates in formal coalitions of similarly situated local governments in order to more effectively further city goals and advance understandings and mutually beneficial alliances. City representation to these intergovernmental organizations typically involves an elected official and one or more city staff members.

The following is a list of all intergovernmental organizations which currently have City Council representation, followed by a summary of the organizations and the City Council representatives assigned to each. 

Intergovernmental Organizations

Boulder County Consortium of Cities

The Boulder County Commissioners created the Boulder County Consortium of Cities in 1986 as a forum to promote regional communication and cooperation among county, city, and town governments in Boulder County. The Consortium finds common ground and works collaboratively on regional issues by spearheading numerous cooperative programs for affordable housing, energy, revenue stability, open space, regional trails, transportation, solid waste, and more. The Consortium's ultimate purpose is to benefit all Boulder County residents by fostering collaborative action among city, town and county government on issues of mutual concern. The Consortium is comprised of representatives from every city and town in Boulder County, as well as a county commissioner who chairs the organization.

2020 City Representatives: Council Member Adam Swetlik; Alternative, Council Member Mark Wallach

Colorado Municipal League

The Colorado Municipal League (CML) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing 265 of the 270 incorporated municipalities in Colorado. CML is a powerful advocate for local government interests at the Colorado State Legislature and before state administrative and judicial bodies.  CML also weighs in on federal issues of concern to local government. CML provides leadership training for elected officials, and other education and informational services, and hosts an annual conference in June.

CML's Policy Committee provides general policy direction for CML staff in its lobbying efforts. It is the only committee that requires formal appointment by the City Council. In addition, CML has numerous other committees that focus on specific issues, such as energy, water, and conference planning. City staff participates in many of those committees.

CML is a critical partnership for the city. While Boulder-area legislators are usually supportive of city issues, they account for only a small percentage of the 100 policymakers. With support from CML, the city is able to reach all 100 legislators on issues such as photo radar, PERA, taxation and local control issues.  While there are times when the city and CML are not in complete agreement on policy, many of the issues affecting Boulder also impact other local governments and CML allows the city to work together to make a stronger statement on those issues.

2020 City Representatives:

  • Policy Committee: Mayor Sam Weaver; Council Member Junie Joseph; Alternate (staff), Policy Advisor Carl Castillo

Commuting Solutions

Commuting Solutions is a nonprofit public/private membership organization working to enhance mobility along the U.S. 36 corridor for today and the future. Members include Boulder, Boulder County, Longmont, Superior, Louisville, Broomfield, Westminster and nearly fifty private sector businesses that support and advocate for the policy direction of the U.S. 36 Mayors and Commissioners Coalitions. Commuting Solutions also works to educate corridor employers of their transportation options and to expand Transportation Demand Management services in the corridor.

2020 City Representatives: Council Member Mirabai Nagle; Alternate, Council Member Rachel Friend

Denver Regional Council of Governments

The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) is a voluntary association of 56 county and municipal governments in the greater Denver metropolitan region. DRCOG is the metropolitan planning organization for the region, responsible for identifying future transportation needs. It is the federally designated transportation planning and fund disbursement agency for transportation dollars in the region. While DRCOG does not have the authority to dictate land use decisions, the control over federal funds allows DRCOG to influence the shape of regional growth. DRCOG performs other regional services such as coordinating federal support for aging programs, performing regional demographic reports, and developing a regional open space plan. DRCOG is responsible for creation of Metro Vision 2040, the region’s long-term plan for growth, and the fiscally constrained Regional Transportation Plan, composed of those projects with a reasonable expectation of funding. While the 2040 MV plan was adopted in January 2017, efforts are underway for an update of the regional plan to 2045. DRCOG is also responsible for the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) for the region and is concluding a process that has made major changes in how federal dollars will be allocated.  In the revised process, municipalities can request funding for regionally significant projects from one source, or from a different fund administered and allocated at the county level. Selected projects must conform to the regional plan and focus areas identified by the DRCOG Board. The city has been very successful in the past TIP process, having received more than $83 million in federal funds between 2000 and 2019. Under the new system, staff expects likely future funding to the city to be about a quarter of the historic amount.

2020 City Representatives:

  • Board: Council Member Aaron Brockett; Alternate, Council Member Junie Joseph
  • Transportation Advisory Committee: Boulder County Transportation Director, George Gerstle; Alternate, City of Boulder Transportation Director, Mike Sweeney

Metro Mayors Caucus

The Metro Mayors Caucus is a cooperative alliance of the mayors of 37 cities and towns in the Denver metropolitan region . The Caucus is a unique collaboration of elected officials providing leadership and creative solutions on some of the most challenging issues in the region. The Caucus has emerged as a voice for collective action on issues that affect the entire metropolitan area and cannot be effectively addressed by any one jurisdiction acting alone.

The Caucus is unique among regional organizations because of its commitment to decision making by consensus. Consensus has been the foundation of its success for the past thirteen years. This practice has enabled the Caucus to develop positions and implement initiatives that have led to positive change in the entire metro area. Among the issues the Caucus has tackled are growth management, multi-modal transportation, affordable housing, regional response to emergencies, and intergovernmental cooperation.

2020 City Representative:  Mayor Sam Weaver

National League of Cities

The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments throughout the United States. Its mission is to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance.

Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, the National League of Cities serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages, and towns it represents.  More than 1,600 municipalities of all sizes pay dues to NLC and actively participate as leaders and voting members in the organization.

2020 City Representatives:

  • Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee - Mayor Sam Weaver
  • Information Technology & Communications Committee  - Mayor Pro Tem Bob Yates
  • Public Safety & Crime Prevention Committee - Council Member Friend
  • Community & Economic Development Committee: Adam Swetlik and Mark Wallach
  • University Cities Council: Mayor Pro Tem Bob Yates
  • Race, Equity and Leadership (RACE) Initiative: Council Members Mary Young and Rachel Friend
  • National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials: Council Members Junie Joseph
  • Women in Municipal Government: Council Members Junie Joseph

Resource Conservation Advisory Board

Originally formed in 1994 as the Boulder County Recycling and Composting Authority, Resource Conservation Advisory Board (RCAB) was established to oversee the Boulder County Recycling and Composting Tax, building and development of the Boulder County Recycling Center, and establishment of the Boulder County Waste Diversion Education and Infrastructure Grant Program. When the county recycling tax sunset in 2000, RCAB became an advisory board to the Boulder Board of County Commissioners recommending waste diversion policy. This includes overseeing management of the Recycling Center and reviewing Education and Infrastructure Grant applications.

2020 City Representative: Council Member Adam Swetlik 

Rocky Flats Stewardship Council

The Rocky Flats Stewardship Council (RFSC) formed in February 2006 to provide ongoing local government and community oversight of the post-closure management of Rocky Flats, the former nuclear weapons plant northwest of Denver.

The nearly $7 billion cleanup project was completed in October 2005 and represents an important legacy for Boulder and other surrounding communities. Cleanup significantly reduced the many risks posed by the former weapons site.  There are, however, ongoing management needs that remain vital to ensuring long-term protection of human health and the environment. Those responsibilities lie with the Department of Energy (DOE).  In June 2007, DOE transferred 3,953 acres of the former site buffer zone to the Department of the Interior to manage as the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.

RFSC's mandate is found in federal law. In late 2004, the United States Congress, working with the Department of Energy and RFSC's predecessor organization, the Rocky Flats Coalition of Local Governments (RFCLOG), approved legislation creating a new organization to focus on the post-closure care and management of Rocky Flats. This organization, the Rocky Flats Stewardship Council, includes elected officials from nine municipal governments neighboring Rocky Flats, three community organizations and one individual.

The City of Boulder was a founding member of RFSC and RFCLOG. Its interest in Rocky Flats is tied to the city’s jurisdictional proximity to the site and its ownership of open space along the site’s north and west boundaries. The city shares the concerns held by all members of ensuring that DOE maintains responsibility for the long-term management of its retained lands and conducts all necessary inspections of the monitoring systems and landfill caps, and repairs and upgrades the systems as necessary. The city is also committed to ensuring that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s properly manages the remaining land in a way that ensures its integrity as a functional wildlife refuge.

2020 City Representatives:  Mayor Sam Weaver; 1st Alternate, Council Member Mirabai Nagle; 2nd Alternate (staff), Policy Advisor Carl Castillo

Rocky Mountain Greenway Committee

The city is part of a multi-agency partnership supporting the development of the Rocky Mountain Greenway which will ultimately create an uninterrupted trail and transportation link between the three National Wildlife Refuges in the Denver metro area with Rocky Mountain National Park. Boulder's involvement in specifically focused on the segment that would use its open space lands. 

2020 City Representatives: Council Member Mirabai Nagle; Staff Alternate, Policy Advisor Carl Castillo

Mile High Flood District

The Urban Drainage and Flood Control District was established by the  Colorado  legislature in 1969 for the purpose of assisting local governments in the  Denver  metropolitan area with multi-jurisdictional drainage and flood control problems. The District covers an area of 1,608 square-miles and includes  Denver , parts of six surrounding counties, and all or parts of 32 incorporated cities and towns. There are about 1,600-miles of "major drainageways," which are defined as draining at least 1,000 acres. The population of the District is approximately 2.3 million people.

The District is an independent agency governed by a 23-member board of directors. The make-up of the board is unique, in that 21 members are locally elected officials (mayors, county commissioners, City Council members) who are appointed to the board. These 23 members then select two registered professional engineers to fill out the board.

2020 City Representative: Mayor Pro Tem Bob Yates

Northwest Mayors and Commissioners Coalition

The Northwest MCC has an agreed-upon policy statement among the participating communities and counties: Boulder and Broomfield counties and the cities of Boulder, Erie, Longmont, Lafayette, Louisville, Superior and Westminster. The coalition’s priority projects include completion of the remaining US36 multimodal corridor improvements, as well as new regional arterial BRT and commuter bikeways along the Diagonal/SH119, East Arapahoe/SH7, 28th Street, Broadway and South Boulder Road as well as other regional routes identified in RTD’s Northwest Area Mobility Study . In addition, the coalition supports continuing the pursuit of a community or region-wide Eco Pass and other TDM programs, first/final mile connections, station-area wayfinding improvements, implementation of railroad quiet zones and holding RTD responsible for completion of the Northwest Rail Line.

2020 City Representative: Mayor Sam Weaver

State Highway 119 Coalition

This coalition oversees and champions the SH119 Managed Lanes & Regional Bikeway project, a multi-year effort to replicate the US36 model along the Diagonal connecting Boulder to Longmont. The environmental analysis and high-level corridor planning is complete for SH119, including regional Bus Rapid Transit, commuter bikeway, and managed/express lanes. The coalition is looking for funding to begin implementing the project, which is set up so that it can be done in segments.

2020 City Representatives: Council Member Aaron Brockett; Alternate, Council Member Adam Swetlik

State Highway 7 Coalition

This coalition oversees and champions the SH7 Managed Lanes & Regional Bikeway project, a multi-year effort to replicate the US36 model along the corridor from Boulder to Brighton. Recent efforts include working to get SH7 classified as a regional arterial for funding purposes and to get RTD to revise their Regional BRT Network map to include this corridor—to make it eligible for future funding.

2020 City Representatives: Council Member Aaron Brockett; Alternate, Council Member Adam Swetlik