|Berges elected Progressive 15 secretary|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
On Dec. 6 Progressive 15 met in Fort Morgan for their annual board planning retreat. Election of officers for 2011-2012 was held and a review of potential legislation the group will be monitoring in 2011. Nancy Berges of Holyoke was elected as secretary for Progressive 15.
Elected as chair was David Foy, Washington County Commissioner. Foy also serves on the Board of Directors at Northeastern Junior College, is the immediate past president of Colorado Counties, Inc. and chairman of Healing Tree Solutions, a source for public involvement in individual substance abuse.
Vice chair will be Barry Gore, president/CEO of Adams County Economic Development. Gore is involved as a board member for Economic Development Council of Colorado, advisory board member for the Center for Colorado’s Economic Future and a commissioner for the Front Range Airport Authority.
Secretary for Progressive 15 will be Berges, Highline Electric Association in Holyoke. In addition to her board duties Berges serves on the 13th District Commission on Judicial Reform, board member for the Holyoke Federal Credit Union and is a member of Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, Fort Sedgwick Historical Society and Grainland Cooperative Association.
Kari Linker, executive director of Morgan County Economic Development will serve another term as treasurer. Linker serves on the Governor’s Workforce Development Board, the Morgan Community College advisory board, Morgan County New Horizon Healthcare Council, East Morgan County Hospital board and the Weldon Valley Vocational Ag committee.
Joining these four officers will be Chuck Rech, CW Rech and Company representing Arapahoe County; Bill Schroeder, Intermountain REA representing Douglas County; Bob Churchwell, City of Burlington representing Kit Carson County; Del Beattie, Mayor of Limon representing Lincoln County; Judy Giacomini, past chair and retired representing Logan County; Lisa Ault, Sedgwick County Human Services representing Sedgwick County; Perry Buck, caterer representing Weld County; and Carol Boden with Yuma County Human Services representing Yuma County.
At the planning retreat the board also identified key issues that they will be monitoring in the 2011 legislative session. Among those are the state budget, agriculture land property tax and zoning issues, severance tax distribution, rural broadband fund distribution, transportation funding, renewal energy requirements and wind rights.
Progressive 15 is a membership organization working in legislative and policy advocacy. Further details about Progressive 15 can be found on their website at www.progressive15.org.