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Planning Teams2018-03-05T00:06:08+00:00

Local Planning Teams

Communities are safer when a diverse group of people come together to discuss how to build on community strengths and address safety challenges in a comprehensive way.

To do this, Local Planning Teams in North Aurora and Southeast Colorado Springs have worked to explore best practices in crime prevention and safety and have shared their own experiences and knowledge. The teams have determined crime prevention priorities that were used to develop the Transforming Safety community grant guidelines.

Roles, responsibilities and logistics:

  • There are two Local Planning Teams. One for North Aurora and one for Southeast Colorado Springs.
  • Each planning team has determined the geographical boundaries for “SE” Colorado Springs & “N” Aurora for the purposes of the Transforming Safety Community Grants Program.
  • Each planning team has developed crime prevention priorities and those priorities have been used by The Denver Foundation to develop the grant guidelines and grant-making process. The crime prevention priorities were not required to be the same in the two communities. Please note that the Local Planning Teams will not be asked to review grant proposals or make direct funding recommendations.
  • In early 2018, each Local Planning Team met for an initial set of meetings that determined crime prevention strategies. Each Local Planning Team will continue to meet once a year over the three year project to discuss issues related to community impact.
  • All meetings of the Local Planning Teams are open to the public and meeting minutes are posted on this website.
  • Food is provided at all meetings and child care and transit fares are provided, as needed.
  • The Denver Foundation staff and facilitators are available to talk with and support Local Planning Team members outside of meetings.
  • Organizations/agencies/schools with representatives who participate on a Local Planning Team are NOT prevented from applying for grant funding.

Who’s involved?

Each Local Planning Team represents a diverse cross-section of the community and brings together people with experience in areas such as:

  • Education
  • Local business/workforce development
  • Youth & families
  • Nonprofit direct service
  • Faith leaders
  • Law enforcement/local government
  • Residents of N Aurora and SE Colorado Springs, including those who have been directly impacted by crime and involvement in the criminal justice system

Each Local Planning Team is facilitated by highly skilled people to help support the discussion and strategic decision-making.

N Aurora Local Planning Team Details:

Application process

  • Applications for the North Aurora Planning Team were due on Nov. 17, 2017.  Selections and notifications were completed Nov. 30, 2017.

N Aurora Local Planning Team Members

Farduus Ahmed
Robert Andrews
Brian Arnold
Molli Barker
Ronald Blan
Ken Crawford
Harry Glidden
Dara Goldsby
Yemane Habtezgi
Reid Hettich
LeKeshia Hodge
Debi Hunter-Holen
Nancy Jackson
Dana Jenkins
Hassan Latif
Omar Montgomery
Crystal Murillo
Hanni Raley
Tonya Rozencwajg

N Aurora meeting schedule

  • Sat., December 9, 2017 – Local Planning Team meeting, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm (Location: Aurora Strong Resilience Center) Download Meeting Notes [PDF]
  • Thurs., Jan. 4, 2018 – Local Planning Team meeting, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Location: Village Exchange Center, 1609 Havana St, Aurora, CO 80010) Download Meeting Notes [PDF]
  • Thurs., Jan. 18, 2018 – Local Planning Team meeting,  5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Location: Village Exchange Center, 1609 Havana St, Aurora, CO 80010) Download Meeting Notes [PDF]
  • Thurs., Feb. 1, 2018 – Local Planning Team meeting, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Location: Village Exchange Center, 1609 Havana St, Aurora, CO 80010) Download Meeting Notes [PDF]
  • Tues., Feb. 13, 2018 – Local Planning Team meeting, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Location: Village Exchange Center, 1609 Havana St, Aurora, CO 80010) Download Meeting Notes [PDF]
  • Tues., Feb. 27, 2018 – Local Planning Team meeting, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Location: Village Exchange Center, 1609 Havana St, Aurora, CO 80010) Download Meeting Notes [PDF]

SE Colo. Springs Local Planning Team Details:

Application process

  • Applications for the SE Colorado Springs Planning Team were due on Dec. 22, 2017.  Selections and notifications were completed Jan. 4, 2018.

SE Colo. Springs Local Planning Team Members

Andrea Adkins
Shane Alvarez
Robert Bentley
Wendy Birhanzel
Robert M. Burns
Bill Chancy
Jody Derington
Rachel Flood
Jim Hinkle
Jeannette Holtham
Kristiana Huitron
Lisa Jenkins
Patience Kabwasa
Chauncey LaBrie
Promise Lee
Mina Liebert
Lisa Medina
Juaquin Mobley
Linda Perkins
Julie Ramirez
Wilfred Romero
Joyce Salazar
Abby Simpson
Taj Stokes
Teresa Thomas

 SE Colo. Springs meeting schedule

  • Sat., Jan. 13, 2018 – Local Planning Team meeting, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Location: Panorama Middle School, 2145 S. Chelton Rd. Colorado Springs, CO 80916) Download Meeting Notes [PDF]
  • Sat., Jan. 27, 2018 – Local Planning Team meeting, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Location: Panorama Middle School, 2145 S. Chelton Rd. Colorado Springs, CO 80916) Download Meeting Notes [PDF]
  • Sat., Feb. 10, 2018 – Local Planning Team meeting, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Location: Panorama Middle School, 2145 S. Chelton Rd. Colorado Springs, CO 80916) Download Meeting Notes [PDF]
  • Sat., Feb. 24, 2018 – Local Planning Team meeting, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Location: Panorama Middle School, 2145 S. Chelton Rd. Colorado Springs, CO 80916) Download Meeting Notes [PDF]
  • Wed., Feb. 28, 2018 – Local Planning Team meeting, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Location: Panorama Middle School, 2145 S. Chelton Rd. Colorado Springs, CO 80916)

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