Governor-Elect Hickenlooper Announces Transition Team
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Posted by: Su Hawk
Gov.-elect Hickenlooper announces transition team
DENVER — Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 — Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper announced today that Lt. Gov.-elect Joe Garcia and entrepreneur John Huggins will lead the transition to the Governor’s Office. "Starting today, we set aside our differences and work together to rebuild hope in our state and get our economy back on track,” Hickenlooper said. "That’s what our friends and neighbors need. That’s what Colorado needs.” The Hickenlooper-Garcia transition team will be called Partners for Colorado. It can be found online at www.PartnersforColorado.com.
The Hickenlooper-Garcia transition effort will: · Engage a diverse group of people from all over Colorado · Ensure a smooth hand-off from the Ritter-O’Brien administration to the Hickenlooper-Garcia administration. · Review the current performance, challenges and opportunities of each major area of state government and develop recommendations for improving practices within these areas. · Provide recommendations to the incoming administration for specific executive and legislative actions that can be pursued during the administration’s first 100 days. · Recruit and evaluate candidates to run each major department based on their ability to implement identified best practices. Garcia and Huggins – aided by a group of 14 statewide co-chairs to be announced shortly – will be responsible for creating committees to examine critical issues facing Colorado.
Each committee will meet in the coming weeks to develop strategic plans that can be used by Hickenlooper and Garcia when they take office Jan. 11. Each committee will have two to four co-chairs and approximately two dozen members. All committees will be formed by Nov. 9.
To see a list of the committees or to volunteer for a committee, go to www.PartnersforColorado.com
The public can submit comments via the Hickenlooper-Garcia transition website. Also on the website, there is information about how to apply for Cabinet-level positions or jobs in the Governor’s Office, and how to volunteer for the Hickenlooper-Garcia transition team. A separate organization will coordinate the Inauguration and related events. Partners for Colorado will hold eight transition meetings outside of Denver on Nov. 13 and Nov. 20.
The meetings will be in Greeley, Lamar, Pueblo, Alamosa, Durango, Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, and Breckenridge. Each meeting is open the public and will focus on economic development, as well as the work of specific committees. Participants will be asked to brainstorm suggestions for the most important challenges and opportunities facing the state.
About Joe Garcia (photo available upon request) Lt. Gov.-elect Joseph Garcia has worked in the areas of law, state and federal government and higher education. He has twice been recognized as Hispanic Business Magazine’s "Hispanic Legal Elite” and as Colorado Community College’s State Student Advisory Council’s "President of the Year.” Before working as President of Colorado State University-Pueblo, Garcia was president of Pikes Peak Community College, the Rocky Mountain States representative for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies under former Gov. Roy Romer.
About John J. Huggins (photo available upon request) John J. Huggins is a fourth-generation Coloradan, entrepreneur and civic servant. He has held a variety of public-sector positions in Denver and other cities, most recently as Mayor John Hickenlooper’s first Director of Economic Development. He also co-founded and sold a highly successful internet start-up.
About Partners for Colorado Partners for Colorado is a 501(c)(4) organization created to engage a diverse group of people from all over Colorado; ensure a smooth hand-off from the Ritter administration to the Hickenlooper administration; review the current performance, challenges and opportunities of each major area of state government and develop recommendations for improving practices within these areas; provide recommendations to the incoming administration for specific executive and legislative actions that can be pursued during the administration’s first 100 days; and recruit and evaluate candidates to run each major department based on their ability to implement identified best practices.
Policy Coordinator Hickenlooper for Colorado
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