During the 2008-09 legislative session, a team of Brownstein shareholders from various practice groups—Steve Farber (Brownstein president), Jason Dunn (co-chair Political Law Group), and Carolynne White (co-chair Real Estate Department)—drafted and worked for the successful passage of the new incentive program, under which municipalities can apply for state funds to help develop large-scale tourism projects that can be shown to generate new tourism in Colorado. After the law was adopted by a wide bipartisan margin in the legislature and signed by then-Gov. Bill Ritter, Jason represented the cities of Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo on their successful applications to the State Office of Economic Development and the Colorado Economic Development Commission, which must approve all applications.
The new law has proven to be a driving force in municipal redevelopment and in stimulating new tourism in Colorado. Specifically, Colorado Springs’ successful application secured $120 million to transform Colorado Springs into a true national tourist attraction. Colorado Springs’ RTA project will include a United States Olympic Museum, a new high-tech visitors’ center at the U.S. Air Force Academy, various sports medicine projects at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and a new downtown amateur sports stadium.
Jason also assisted with the City of Pueblo’s request for as much as $43 million in funding for the city’s Professional Bull Riding University and the expansion and redevelopment of Pueblo’s downtown river walk and convention center.
Most recently, Jason worked with Denver on their application, resulting in $121.5 million pledged for the National Western Center campus development, which will be used for a new Livestock Center, stockyards, Event[A1] Pavilion and Equestrian Center. The National Western Center hosts concerts and rodeos that can be a huge draw for out-of-state visitors.
For these cities, RTA funding provides the resources to revitalize communities, support growth and spur future tourism. Brownstein and the firm’s attorneys are proud to support these cities and their economic development efforts.