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Granby: Local leaders gather to discuss community issues

Will Bublitz
Granby, Colorado

Officials and leaders of various local organizations came together Friday to begin a process of finding homegrown solutions to Grand County’s problems.

The Grand County Leadership Conference 2008 took place at the Granby Library. Its goal was to come up with ideas about how to deal with issues such as unemployment, public safety, improving youth education and opportunities, drug and alcohol abuse.

Some of those attending the conference included Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson, Superintendent Nancy Karas of the East Grand School District, Editor Autumn Phillips of the Sky-Hi Daily News, Chief Bill Housley of the Granby Police Department and Jen Giacomini of Grand County Rural Health.

The conference was moderated by Larry Norman, director of Grand County Center 4 Excellence, a local nonprofit educational organization.

“This was a chance for us to get together, understand the problems we face and start to come up with some possible solutions,” Norman said.

The conference began with what Norman described as a “brainstorming session” where the participants raised a number of problems that the community faces.

“There were some broad and general solutions suggested,” Norman said. “But what was really important was that we started to make some connections where different agencies or organizations might be able to work together and contribute to the solution to a problem.”

Along with the adults representing different agencies and organizations, some local teenagers also participated in Friday’s conference, voicing their views about local problems.

Norman said he hoped all the participants would pass on the ideas discussed Friday and begin acting on possible solutions.

“We put enough on the table and we’re hoping for feedback,” he said. “But as important as talking about our local problems is, what is even more critical is action, action, action.”

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