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Join Downtown Boulder Partnership and IDA for the 2018 College Town Summit May 2-3, 2018 in Boulder, CO to share strategies, build partnerships, and find inspiration. This summit will focus on the unique downtowns that host colleges and universities as the backdrop to their urban spaces. 

Attend the Event

  • Early Bird Rate: $175 until Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • Regular Rate: $200 until Thursday, April 26, 2018
  • On-site Registration Rate: $225 available May 2-3, 2018

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    The Program

    Click here to view the preliminary program, which will be updated in the coming weeks. The program is subject to change.

    2018 Master Talks Announced

    E.J. Klock‐McCook, Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute
    E.J. is part of RMI's Mobility team leading the autonomous vehicle and scaling components of their Mobility Transformation initiative. This initiative, in collaboration with Austin, TX aims to significantly reduce the number of single-occupant, gas-power trips in the city and will be achieved through providing better, less expensive alternatives making use of innovative technology and business models. E.J. has also worked closely with the cities of Denver and Boulder, Colorado on innovative first-last-mile pilots. Prior to joining RMI, E.J. worked in aerospace for Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Materials Research & Design.


    Vern Squier , President & CEO, CBICC and CCIDC
    Vern Squier is the current President and CEO of both the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC) and the Centre County Industrial Development Corporation (CCIDC). Vern has more than 30 years of experience working with chambers and economic development organizations, including developing state policy and legislative initiatives. He is intently working with local officials and community members to intensify and balance economic development efforts across Centre County and the region. Vern is a past chairman of the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals (PACP). Vern has also achieved the national Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation, and is only the fourth executive in the state to earn the Pennsylvania Certified Chamber Executive (PaCCE) certification.


    Susan Stafford, Director of Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations, University of Colorado-Boulder
    Susan Stafford is the Director of Off‐Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations at the University of Colorado‐ Boulder. Susan is responsible for strategic planning, designing and developing programs to meet the needs of off‐campus students. She works with city staff, landlords and neighbors to resolve student neighborhood issues. Susan has served as president of the International Town/Gown Association as well as an instructor for the Town/Gown Certificate Program.


    Jon Walker, Head of Transportation Policy, Lyft
    As the Head of Transportation for Lyft, Jon Walker works closely with city and state transportation stakeholders on mobility and environmental issues. He is particularly focused on city design, electric vehicles, and autonomous vehicles and how these three fields can remake our cities. Jon works with Lyft’s research, operations, and product teams to help design and deploy new products, strategies, and services that meet the needs of cities and their residents. Previously, Jon was a manager at Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado where he ran RMI’s autonomous and electric vehicles program. At RMI, Jon authored "Peak Car Ownership – The Market Opportunity of Electric Automated Mobility Services" which projects that mobility services like Lyft, performed by electric, autonomous vehicles, will overtake personally owned vehicles in market share in the next decade. Prior to RMI, Jon worked as a design engineer and engineering manager in the aerospace and IT industries.




    Pre-Conference Tours

    University of Colorado and University Hill Business District Bus Tour ($50)

    Wednesday, May 2nd | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    This open air bus tour will start out with a swing through downtown Boulder and then cruise past the new Google facilities on our way to a guided tour of the iconic University of Colorado campus with Tom Goodhew, Director of Planning and Design for CU. The adventure will conclude with a walking tour of the University Hill Business District guided by Sarah Wiebenson from the City of Boulder. Sarah will discuss the history of "The Hill" and talk about the challenges of recent decades along with new developments both large and small that will soon transform this primarily student district and pose both opportunities and challenges for nearby downtown Boulder.

    Inside Google's Newest Campus ($50)

    Wednesday, May 2nd | 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Perhaps more than any other company, Google has changed the world in the 21st century. Some would say the modern equivalent of a Willy Wonka Golden Ticket is the chance to get inside and see where Googlers work their magic. The amazing perks and funky features of Google facilities are the stuff of legend. Join us to experience Google from the inside as we tour their brand new campus in Boulder which will eventually house 1,500 employees. Just a mile from the heart of downtown, the impacts of this new facility and the Google presence in Boulder are huge and will make for a lively discussion in addition to an amazing tour! Please note, this tour will now start at 1:30 pm.

    Post-Conference Tour

    Downtown Fort Collins Tour ($75)

    Friday, May 4th| 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Join IDA and other attendees as we venture to Downtown Fort Collins. For the post-conference tour, transportation will be provided. The tour will depart at 8am from Hotel Boulderado and return to the hotel at 2pm.

    Soak it up! Friendly faces, bursts of flowers, painted pianos, inviting alleys and the hub itself - Old Town Square. There is so much waiting for you to discover downtown. Fort Collins has one of the most walkable downtowns in America. It's so charming that Disneyland's Main Street USA was inspired by it.

    Music District: Fort Collins is a music city; a place where music is abundant and accessible. With that vision in mind, we are excited to invite you to learn more about our Music District. The Music District is a dynamic gathering hub, workspace and creative playground for the music community. The Music District is designed to help anyone hone their craft, learn the business and share skills and passions with musicians and music lovers. A living laboratory, it continues to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of the North Colorado landscape and the wider music world.

    Downtown Alley Enhancement Project: In 2004, the Downtown Strategic Plan identified the alleys in the Downtown as an untapped opportunity for enhanced pedestrian connections. A few years later, the alley network between Colorado State University (CSU) and Downtown were identified and work began to establish a unique physical link between CSU, Old Town Square and the River District. Join us for a tour of our enhanced downtown alley projects that have stimulated increased economic vitality and use of these of urban spaces.

    Colorado State University Stadium: End your tour of Fort Collins at the new $220 million state-of-the art, on-campus football stadium. The stadium is designed as a multipurpose venue capable of hosting NCAA football games and a broad range of civic, community, athletic, educational, cultural and commercial activities. There are 36,500 seats in the stadium which includes indoor and outdoor club seats, 224 loge box seats and 23 private suites. The New Belgium Porch on the north plaza welcomes the fans to the site and gives them a chance to view the game while enjoying premium beers in a relaxed setting.

    Please note, if you register without selecting the tour you run the risk of it selling out. Once you complete your registration, you cannot log in again and add the tour. You must contact IDA staff to add available tours or mobile workshops by emailing


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    A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Boulderado, located at 2115 13th Street, at a rate of $219 (plus state and local taxes) in Downtown Boulder. Please reference "International Downtown Association" when calling the hotel at 800-433-4344. You may also reserve online or email at The hotel deadline has been extended through Monday, April 9, 2018.


    Traveling to Boulder from the Denver airport? You can take the shuttle bus or the Green Ride.


    District Advocates

    Geocentric     MIGPUMA_80   University  

    Reception Sponsors

    City of Boulder     DBP  


    Stantec – Visioning, Brands & Experiences
    Boulder Convention & Vistors Bureau


    Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations received or postmarked by April 2, 2018 will receive a refund less a $100 processing fee. Refunds will be processed approximately 30 days after the event. Cancellations received after April 2, 2018 will not be refunded.


    Sponsoring the College Town Summit allows you access to an audience of urban leaders from around the country who want to learn how your product or service can work for them. Download the 2018 Regional Marketing Opportunities PDF to review sponsorship packages for the 2018 College Town Summit in Boulder, CO. Contact Tracie Clemmer, IDA Director of Corporate Relations at for more information.



    Interested in hosting a 2019 or 2020 event? Contact Carolyn Dellutri, IDA Director of Professional Development at