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Mission Statement

The purpose of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments is to be responsive to our members’ needs and interests by providing guidance and assistance in problem solving, information sharing and partnership building, advocating members’ interests and needs with local, state and federal entities, and providing quality services to our membership that are relevant, effective, and efficient.

Who We Are

Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG) is a voluntary association of county and municipal governments that believes in the benefits of working together on a regional basis. NWCCOG serves 30 member jurisdictions in a 5-county region of northwest Colorado.

Many of our programs and services extend beyond the base region of our membership. Click on the button below to explore maps of each service area, or instead, explore each program by looking through the What We Do Menu above. The Who We Are menu above has more information about our People, including the Council, Admin Staff. It also is a place to access our plethora of recent communications. Each program page has a Client Profile or Success Story to help ‘put a face’ on what we do.

Our Service Areas by Program

Client Profile

Eagle Climbing + Fitness

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NLF funds enabled Eagle Climbing +Fitness to equip and staff a world-class facility without high interest loans or unreasonable loan covenants. Funds were used for equipment such as climbing walls, hand holds, padded flooring, harnesses and ropes. NLF is proud to be the public lender for this project…THE world-class climbing gym and fitness facility between Golden and Grand Junction.  

Success Story

Dumont

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Job loss following a cancer diagnosis can compound the hardships faced by members of our communities, as it did for this senior couple in Dumont. Their manufactured home was a high energy user with an old furnace—only 63% efficient—delivering more heated air to the outside rather than inside. A sewer leak and an incorrectly vented…

Success Story

Red Cliff Broadband Program

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Cliff never felt so far from civilization as when cell phones and broadband be-came standard tools for living and working. Town doggedly pursued broadband to bring the modern era to it’s citizens for close to a decade, and didn’t get far until NWCCOGs program came along. After nearly 4 years of assistance from NWCCOG and…

These are some of the things our members are saying about the advantages of a regional organization:

  • NWCCOG provides services to its members that are more cost-effective and efficient when executed on a regional basis, rather than being duplicated by each member jurisdiction.
  • NWCCOG provides the “critical mass” necessary to take advantage of various federal programs.
  • NWCCOG provides strength to individual member jurisdictions by speaking with a unified voice on regional issues.
  • NWCCOG provides a regional perspective to local, state, and federal policy makers.

Values

Are COVID Impacts on Housing & Services Here to Stay? is a study of the recent influx of people residing in mountain communities, a trend that coincides with a boom in remote work and the COVID pandemic.   The survey seeks to quantify what appeared to be unusually full occupancy for many communities throughout the year, and asks, was it indeed a trend, and if so, who were the migrants?  It studies the demographics and long-term intent of migrants and how their influx is shaping these places.  The report concludes that the in-migration is occurring, and that there are significant long-term implications for communities which ought to be addressed. Read More

Published January 2021, this report is intended to raise awareness of challenges facing the industry to local leaders, offer options, examples of best practices and a call to action for how to improve the regions early childhood ecosystems. The industry is supported by a hodge-podge of admirable local partners, but lacks systemic supports. Report suggests local actions as well as broader advocacy. Report was compiled through focus groups and research by Government Performance U.S. with input from an active steering committee.  Read More
Published November 2020, this report makes recommendations for changing SB20-217 and how the state administers it so as to have a less-negative impact on community policing in the region. Report was compiled by Retired Chief Heather Coogan of True to Course LLC who interviewed Chiefs and Sheriffs across the region about how they are adapting local policy and budgets in the wake of the Colorado Legislature passing SB20-217 the Use of Force bill which imposes sweeping reforms on police in the wake of national incidents and protest in the summer of 2020. Read More
June 2021 – A Mountain Migration Tipping Point?

June 2021 – A Mountain Migration Tipping Point?

This newsletter introduces The Mountain Migration report, other legislation going on in Colorado that may impact our communities, and thoughts on what it might mean to declare a housing emergency -- some municipalities are considering just such a move. It also explains why the Ski Hill Resources for Economic Development Act  or SHRED is so important for those communities whose ski areas pay "rent" to the Federal government, but see few,  if any, dollars returned to the localities to maintain the environment used by so many. It gives MUCH food for thought.

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