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Community Conversation Series

Residents from all backgrounds are invited to participate in a series of community conversations that will create deeper connections and strengthen your community. Local organizations across Colorado are hosting a Community Conversation series for the Rural Action Project, a partnership between Colorado State University and communities across the state designed to help rural communities thrive.

Community meetings will take place on February 21st and 28th and March 7th, 2023, between 5:30 pm-8 pm. Meeting locations are specific to the participating rural community. During the meetings, residents will learn ways to build robust rural communities and have an opportunity to share their own experiences and ideas for creating a healthy community. By the end, residents will work together to develop and implement a local project to improve their community.

During these conversations, community members will get to know each other and design a project that will create meaningful change for their community.

The Rural Action Project will honor local experiences and stakeholders and build on the things unique and special to your community. Everyone is invited.

Please register with your local site by February 20, 2023.

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What’s Involved

We invite you to attend all three conversations happening in your community. Attendance at all three meetings is preferred but not required.

Topics and Dates

Identifying Our Community Assets and Needs, Speaker: Ben Winchester – February 21, 2023, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Telling Community Stories, Speaker: Leisl Carr Childers – February 28, 2023, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m:

Developing Community Projects, Speaker: Melissa Bond – March 7, 2023, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Local sites might offer interpretation, refreshments and childcare.

Find Your County and Register to Attend

Cheyenne County

Organization: CSU Extension Cheyenne County + Communities that Care

Cities and Counties Served: Cheyenne Wells, Cheyenne County

Register Today. Please Contact: Cheyenne County Extension Office

Phone: (719) 767-5716


Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin Counties

Counties: Garfield + Eagle + Pitkin

Organization: Roaring Fork Leadership (RFL) + Safe and Abundant Nutrition Alliance (SANA)

Cities and Counties Served: All communities within the Colorado River and Roaring Fork Valley.

Register Today. 

Or contact:

Andrea Plan-Porter

Phone: (970) 922-6035


Judith Alvarez Quiroz

Phone: (970) 989-3513


Kit Carson County

Organization: East Central Council of Governments

Cities and Counties Served: Burlington, Bethune, Stratton, Vona, Seibert, and Flagler

Register Today. Please Contact:

Candace Payne

Phone: (719) 348-5562


Logan County

Organization: Family Resource Center + CSU Engagement Office

Cities and Counties Served: Sterling, Logan County

Register Today. Please contact:

Peggy Stoltenburg

Phone: (970) 571-9582


Morgan County

Organization: Morgan County Family Center + Morgan County Family Leadership Training Institute

Cities and Counties Served: Morgan County; The towns of Ft. Morgan, Brush, Wiggins, Weldona, Log Lane Village, Snyder, Hillrose and Orchard

Register Today. Please Contact:

Sue Boyett

Email: or:

Prowers County

Organization: CSU Extension Southern Region of Colorado

Cities and Counties Served: Lamar, Prowers County

Register Today. Please Contact:

Michaela Mattes or Stephen Lauer

Phone: Office (719) 336-7734

Michaela Mattes: (575) 650-0583


Stephen Lauer: (515) 473-2385


Sedgwick County

Organization: The Soul Players of the Valley, San Luis, San Luis Valley Extension

Cities and Counties Served: Julesburg, Sedgwick County

Register Today. Please Contact:

Carol Gurule

Office phone: (719) 852-7381

Cell phone: (970) 491-5699



San Luis Valley Area

Organization: Farm Fresh Direct + The San Luis Valley Area Extension

Cities and Counties Served: Costilla, Rio Grande, Alamosa, Conejos Mineral and Saguache Counties

Register Today. Please Contact:

Carol Gurule

Phone: (719) 852-7381


Walsenburg and Huerfano Counties

Organization: Emerald Dragon Organic Farm

Cities and Counties Served: Huerfano County & surrounding communities

Register Today. Please Contact:

Suzy Raywood

Phone: (707) 372-5758


Questions about the Rural Action Project

For questions about the program or how we might work together, send an email to:

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