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Why isn’t the Caucus part of CML or DRCOG?
In 1994, John Parr and Peter Kenney (then with the National Civic League) approached the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and the Colorado Municipal League (CML) to gauge their interest in providing strategic advice and staff support to the Caucus. Neither organization was inclined to take on staffing responsibility for the Caucus. The issue has subsequently been raised on a number of occasions and the general consensus has been that the Caucus should remain a separate entity. Because the Denver metropolitan region's issues and positions often differ from the broader statewide positions of CML, a separate and equally valid voice for the metro area is needed. DRCOG is a close partner of the Caucus and the two organizations' membership often overlap. However, the competitive nature of funding decisions at DRCOG as well as the variety of elected officials serving on the board have been viewed as obstacles to DRCOG's playing a role akin to that played by the Caucus as a regional consensus based body.

Initially, part-time support was provided by the National Civic League, where John Parr was President and Peter Kenney was Senior Associate. In 1997, when John and Peter formed the Center for Regional & Neighborhood Action (now known as Civic Results) the management of the Caucus was transferred to the new not-for-profit firm. Catherine Kearney Marinelli has provided management support and strategic advice to the Caucus since 1996.

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1. What is the Metro Mayors Caucus?
2. How is the Caucus funded?
3. Why isn’t the Caucus part of CML or DRCOG?
4. What issues does the Caucus focus on and how are they selected?
5. How are leadership positions awarded within the Caucus?