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Metro Mayors Caucus Background, Principle Issues and Interests
The Metro Mayors Caucus (Caucus) is a voluntary collaboration of 40 mayors in the Denver metropolitan region. Mayors formed the Caucus in 1993 to provide a non-partisan vehicle for regional cooperation on issues affecting the entire metropolitan region.

The Caucus was initiated with the financial support of a few member municipalities. In 1995 and 1996 the Caucus received additional support through grants from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, which had expressed an interest in expanding cooperation between local governments and enhancing local capacity to address public issues. In subsequent years its member municipalities have wholly funded the Caucus.

With the exception of the work done by the Denver Regional Council of Governments, as the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Area Council on Aging, prior to the founding of the Caucus, the metro area lacked a noncompetitive forum for dialogue to address regional problems not be effectively dealt with jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction. Since its inception, the Caucus has served as a vehicle for the cooperative development of a coordinated response to complex challenges such as drought, youth violence, transportation, growth management, affordable housing and homelessness, air quality, energy conservation, wellness, and hunger.



Priorities Since 1993

  • Transportation Funding & Transit Build-out
  • Affordable/Workforce Housing
  • Homelessness and Humger
  • Smart/Sustainable Growth
  • Energy Efficiency & Conservation
  • Water Conservation
  • Health & Wellness
  • Legislative Relations

Steady Support for Multi-Modal Transportation

  • 1996 - Support fed $$ for SW LRT
  • 1997 - Supported Guide the Ride (failed)
  • 1997 - Supported SB 01 Mode-Flexible revenue stream for transportation
  • 2004 - Unanimous support for FasTracks LRT expansion (passed)
  • 2008 - 2010 FasTracks Task Force
  • 2009 - Collaborate w/partners on FASTER
  • 2008 - 2015 work to build support for new funding mechanisms for multi-modal transportation infrastructure

 Affordable & Workforce Housing

  • 1998 - 2006 Metro Mortgage Assistance:
  • 9 yr partnership with Denver over $211,000,000+ in Mortgage Revenue Bonds
  • Down-payment grants & below-market mortgages
  • 2013 - 2016 Homelessness and housing first

TOD

  • $63,000,000+ Loan Pool with CHFA for affordable Multi-Family rental housing at transit stations

Legislative Relations

  • MMC is not a lobbying organization
  • Mayors’ opinions matter
  • Mayor/legislator personal relationships are key
  • Selectively engage on legislation
  • Rely on and supportive of CML & MACC
  • 2010 - 2015 MMC & MACC Legislative Reception

Sustainable Growth

  • 1995 - 97 Building consensus on key components of DRCOG’s Metro Vision
  • 1997 - 98 Governor’s Smart Growth Awards for housing programs
  • 1999 - Work with legislators to define acceptable growth management legislation
  • 2000 - draft & execute “Mile High Compact” with DRCOG voluntarily binding signers to implement Metro Vision
  • 32 jurisdictions initially sign (more than 79% of metro area population)
  • To date 39 jurisdictions (more than 85% of metro area population)
  • 2004 - Unanimous support for transit build-out critical to shaping region

Water Conservation

  • 2003 - Participants in drafting Colorado 64 Principals 2003
  • 2001 - 2004 Sustained drought - regional conservation & tree canopy preservation
  • 2003 - Voluntary conservation works summer 2003: save more than 20 billion gallons region-wide (30%)
  • 2004 - Conservation & Stewardship MOU – 28 cities commit to ongoing conservation & efficiency measures and programs
  • 2005 - develop Best Management Practices for Water Conservation
  • 2013 - 2015 Water Committee work on Colorado Water Plan

Energy Conservation & Efficiency
  • 2006 - Drafted & unanimously approved MOU among 37 members to…
  • Recognize efficiency as critically under-utilized resource in meeting growing energy demand
  • Encourage information sharing
  • Promote programs that increase access to resources & reduce the costs of efficiency upgrades
  • 2012 - 2014 Energy efficiency seminar/.workshop series for local officials (DOE Better Buildings Grant)

Health & Wellness
  • 2006 - Metro Denver Health and Wellness Commission Founding partner
  • 2006 - 2009 Mayors very active on Commission
  • 2007 - 2009 Mayors co-chair Healthiest Communities Team
  • 2007 - 2010 MOU signed by 30 cities commits to 427 policies, programs or environmental changes to promote wellness

2010 - Metro Mayors Caucus absorbs Healthiest Communities responsibilities
  • 2011 - Metro Mayors Caucus launches initiatives:
  • Let's Move - White House program
  • Summer Food for children in poverty

Core Values
  • Regional Cooperation
  • Local Determination
  • Personal Relationships





Most of the issues addressed by the Metro Mayors Caucus require collaboration among local governments and the state government. The region’s mayors have worked hard to create a strong and effective relationship between the Caucus, the Governor and other state officials and Cabinet members. The Metro Mayors Caucus believes that maintaining good and regular access to and communication with the Governor, senior state government officials, metro area legislators and metro area county commissioners improves the quality of services and public policy solutions that Colorado citizens expect and deserve.



Catherine Marinelli and Peter Kenney staff the Metro Mayors Caucus. Catherine can be reached via email at . Peter can be reached at .