Who We Are

The Member Services “program” is primarily work done by the Executive Director drawing upon administrative staff, including our communications and GIS consultants and sometimes those in other programs to address specific requests by the Council. We get asked a lot about what a Council of Governments does. The short answer is we exist to do what our Membership, which is made up of Municipalities and Counties, wants us to do. Some of those requests become programs that last for years. Others may be stood-up to meet a specific need.

We observe for and listen to challenges facing our membership. Much of the content for our Reports and Newsletters which can be found under Who We Are tab above is generated through listening for trends and needs. Those in local government face common issues. There is a lot of idea sharing and learning that happens among members, and NWCCOG seeks to encourage that, especially through Council meetings. When a topic can benefit from a deeper dive, we often seek experts to present to the Council, or write a report. Funding for Member Services operations and projects comes from Member Dues. Those are leveraged when possible with Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) grants and funding from other partners. As time allows from other duties, the Executive Director often works with member boards or councils to facilitate retreats or perform direct services such as assisting with a Manger search.
Service Area

NWCCOG Foundation

The Mission of the NWCCOG Foundation is to provide a mechanism for the member jurisdictions of Northwest Colorado Council of Governments to work collaboratively with not for profit organizations, citizen based groups and individuals on projects of mutual interest and benefit for the region. 

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Facilitations

NWCCOG Executive Director, Jon Stavney, has extensive experience in local government, working with staff, boards and councils. He places a high value on any opportunity to advise, guide or assist councils/boards and staff at critical decision points or when they want to improve their governance skills. Elections provide this opportunity on a regular, scheduled basis, often brining enthusiastic new faces with little experience working together on a board to make decisions. It is often noted that one new board member can change the dynamics of the group, so even minor board changeover is a key time for groups to check-in and iron out how they want to operate together, and confirm priorities. Executive staff turnover is another pivot point when an outside perspective can be useful. Upon request from a Member Jurisdiction, and pending schedule availability and capacity, NWCCOG can facilitate a variety of activities that can be tailored to meet local needs, or help locate another facilitator to meet those needs.

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Testimonials

"I just wanted tell you how much I appreciated this piece (Your Neighbors, September 2020 enews) as well. I’ve thought of it several times over the last few days, as I come across political signs, and it’s helped me dig deeper and keep my impulses in check. It’s really exceptional. Thank you!"

Amanda Rens-Moon, Vintage Program Specialist

"This is great. Thank you for being our champion!  (2020 COVID Special Edition #11 “Don’t be a Turkey…)"

Kris Mattera, Director Basalt Chamber of Commerce

"I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you getting the town on good footing going forward. I am sure you sensed some discord on our board – showing the upcoming year will be a struggle.  But I am confident you helped us find the proper professional leadership to help the town navigate needed changes."

Andy Miller, Fraser Town Board

"I just want to say thank you for the honor of “Persons of the Year” (2020 COVID Special Editions).  It is a wonderful tribute to all the public health leadership in our area.  I am proud to say I have served with such an outstanding group of professionals. Happy New Year!"

E. Brene Belew-LaDue, BSN, RN, Director Grand County Public Health , Home Care, & Senior Nutrition Services

"I just read your message in the January 2021 NWCCOG eNews. I had a tear well up. So many people have had to experience levels of pain and suffering because of our nation's mishandling of this pandemic. Now, there is light at the end of the tunnel, but it's still an awfully long way away. I feel for you and your family and wish the best for your son."

Phylis Mattice, Pitkin County Deputy County Manager

"I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your column and your writing. You have a true talent for the written word and I always mean to tell you that. But your article on grief February 2021 was profound and I have found myself reading it again and again. Thank you for your vulnerability, honesty, and sharing your words with us."

Elisabeth Lawrence, Summit County Commissioner

"I just wanted to reach out and tell you how much I appreciated your March 2021 “Grateful” letter from the Director’s Desk!  It is so very important to remember to express our gratitude for others, especially in these times.  Thank you to you and your staff for everything you are doing to support our communities during this crisis!"

Amy Wineland, RN, MSN, ND, CPNP Director Summit County Public Health Department

"The COVID Lesson #5 ( Having Coffee and Doughnuts …) was really well written.  What an important concept."

Kathy Chandler-Henry, Eagle County Commissioner

"I wanted to send you a quick email thanking you for your participation and guidance in the Fraser Town Manager recruitment yesterday during the interview panel on which I served. Your gentle guidance and questions helped everyone who participated in the process to consider different viewpoints as they considered the recruitment of this critical position. I also wanted to pass along my appreciation for some of the recent articles you have written. Specifically, the article on the importance of building relationships via coffee & donuts (I shared that with my finance director) and the article on fast/slow decision making (April 2021). This article was very timely given the struggle our community is going through as we work to develop a workforce housing project that is receiving some opposition from the neighboring properties."

Keith Riesberg, ICMA-CM Town Manager, Town of Winter Park

"I appreciate your (COVID Lessons) article #4.  As a commissioner and Board of Health vice chair I have felt hobbled, hamstrung and vexed throughout the pandemic, by the changing landscape and by what always seems to be a failure of communication. I do hope that some university or think tank study what you so aptly described and help us guide ourselves through the next crisis. I could go on, but no doubt you’ve heard it already.  My fear is that the communications issues will persist beyond the end of the pandemic. I have asked that your letter be distributed throughout our county staff and PH depts. Thank you and best regards this beautiful Colorado spring day!"

Greg Poschman, Pitkin County Commissioner

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