COSA CSU Water in the West Symposium (April 26-27, 2018)

Hello COSA members,

Colorado State University is hosting its inaugural Water in the West Symposium in Denver on April 26-27. We would appreciate your help in spreading the word with your internal and external contacts interested in water, environment, and sustainability.

This event will be one of the biggest entrees into the University’s work at the National Western Center to-date, drawing international experts and thought leaders in the space, including Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Rich Thorsten from, former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who is helping to plan the event as part of his special advisor role with CSU, and many others.

Discussions at the event will center around water research and innovation, state and regional water policy, and future educational programming for the Water Resources Center — the first CSU facility to be built at the reimagined National Western Center site — slated to break ground in 2019.

Items requested for assistance:

Please forward this to those in your network who you think would be interested in attending, so we can ensure this event is a success and adequately launches the University’s efforts at the future National Western Center.

  • Committed sponsors include CoBank, Denver Water, Coca-Cola, Leprino, Hach, Molson Coors, and New Belgium
  • Pricing:
  • General Admission: $325
  • Government + Nonprofit: $175

Please find more information at, and let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for your time and assistance in getting the word out. Have a great rest of the week!

Thank you,

Denver Communications Coordinator
Colorado State University | CSU System

P: 303-376-2628 | C: 203-615-1239
475 17th St., Ste. 1550 | Denver, CO 80202

You’re invited!
April 26-27, 2018
McNichols Civic Center Building
Denver, Colorado
I invite you to join us for a conversation that will drive solutions to water challenges in Colorado, the American West, and globally.

The inaugural Water in the West Symposium, hosted by Colorado State University, is designed to provide a platform for experts, policymakers, researchers, and investors to collaborate and lead discussions around water challenges.

The Symposium will help create a roadmap for water research, innovation, education, and policy that will take place at the Water Resources Center, the first building to be constructed at the future National Western Center, a 250-acre redevelopment in north Denver.

On April 26 and 27, join hundreds of professionals from across agricultural, municipal, private, environmental, and recreation sectors for a day and a half event, which will include:

Thought-provoking leadership: hear from nationally-recognized speakers, including:

  • Sonny Perdue, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Tom Vilsack, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
  • Michael B. Hancock, Mayor of Denver
  • Dr. Richard Thorsten, Director of International Programs,
  • Becky Mitchell, Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • Don Brown, Commissioner, Colorado Department of Agriculture
  • Cynthia Lummis, Former U.S. Representative, Wyoming
  • Mike Reidy, Senior Vice President, Leprino Foods Company, Inc.
  • Dan Haley, President & CEO, Colorado Oil and Gas Association
  • Russell George, J.D., Chairman, Boettcher Foundation
  • Bart Miller, Program Director, Western Resource Advocates
  • Jim Lochhead, CEO, Denver Water
  • Doug Kemper, Executive Director, Colorado Water Congress
  • Brad Udall, Scientist/Scholar, CSU Colorado Water Institute
  • Mizraim Cordero, Vice President Government Affairs, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Ted Kowalski, Senior Program Officer, Colorado Water Initiative
  • 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial Candidates
Networking and investment: explore solutions to Western water issues with public and private partners, nonprofits, and investors.

Dynamic content: join conversations bridging urban and rural interests, with topics ranging from food production and beer to skiing and the environment.

Registration is now open! Visit for additional information.


Amy Parsons
Executive Vice Chancellor of the CSU System

Sponsor package-WitW_3.13.18[3].pdf