Bighorn Teams with Metro Energy in new Leadership Program


Ellie Reynolds
(605) 209-7383
Brenda Morrison
(303) 282-9250

DENVER – After a brief hiatus, the Bighorn Center for Public Policy’s Policy  Leadership Program will form a new class this time focusing on Colorado energy development. Bighorn teamed with local energy organization, Metro Energy, and the Global Energy Management (GEM) program at the University of Colorado Denver Business School to delve into the energy issues with a new cohort of Colorado leaders.

“Unfortunately, the energy debate has devolved into a talking point battle pushing people into their respective corners,” said Metro Energy founder and Bighorn Director Brenda Morrison. “We see the Bighorn method as an opportunity to cut through the political noise and really engage in a thoughtful and open dialogue focusing on facts and opportunity.”

Since 2001, the Bighorn Leadership Development Program has offered Coloradans opportunities to become involved in the issues that impact the state. The non-partisan program supplies participants with the tools necessary to constructively engage in the public policy process.

The latest program, which is managed by Engaged Public, has 30 participants that will meet in Colorado Springs for two-day sessions once per month for four months. Participants will hear from energy leaders from varying perspectives including academia, political and industry. They’ll also learn about engaging with others to present policy suggestions and build trust within a peer learning community. The same methods refined over Bighorn’s 16 years of existence.

Convening the latest cohort are two of Colorado’s more respected energy leaders GEM Program Executive Director Jim Marchiori and former Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory Executive Director David Hiller. “Energy is important for the world, and it’s especially important for Colorado,” said Marchiori. “We are in a unique position with many different sources of energy, a strong energy industry, and some of the most forward-thinking regulations in the world.  At the same time, there are many different stakeholders in the energy conversation with many different interests.  It’s important that we strike a balance across our state that lets our energy industry thrive and grow, while respecting the interests of our citizens.  I think these workshops, with the group of outstanding speakers and participants, will give us a great start in that direction.”

Metro Energy solicited applicants throughout the state and the metro area interested community members with an interest in energy issues. Those applicants were narrowed to the latest pool of 30, who will begin their first class September 9-10.