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Policy Assistance and Strategic Support Project

Policy Assistance and Strategic Support Project

The Policy Assistance and Strategic Support (PASS) Project was designed for community coalitions actively engaging around a specific, local policy goal. The Project connected the participants with CRL Associates and LiveWell staff for technical assistance and guidance in reaching their goal. In 2016, LiveWell Worked with Longmont, Loveland, and the Westwood neighborhood in Denver.

Westwood

Within the City and County of Denver, the Westwood neighborhood has one of the largest population of residents under the age of 18. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most obese. Westwood is dramatically underserved in terms of parks and open space (only one park exists in the neighborhood) and is more than half an hour away from the nearest recreation center. With assistance from the PASS project, Westwood Unidos is working with city leaders for the inclusion of a recreation center  in the 2017 Denver bond package. The coalition has mobilized the community to great success and is only a few steps removed from its goal of getting recreation center funding on the ballot.

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Longmont: LiveWell Longmont worked with LiveWell Colorado and CRL Associates to influence Envision Longmont (the City of Longmont’s comprehensive plan). With guidance and strategic advice provided through the PASS project, the coalition lobbied for language prioritizing food access in Envision Longmont. On June 28, 2016, thanks to tremendous efforts of the coalition and local citizens, the city council adopted the language.

Loveland: CanDo Loveland’s project focused on implementing the City of Loveland’s Bike and Pedestrian Plan. Loveland worked with LiveWell and CRL Associates to build and train a network of grassroots advocates to demonstrate the importance of the project to city leaders. Through CanDo Loveland’s advocacy efforts, the city council recently finalized the budget for 2017 with a dedicated staff position focused on walking, biking and connectivity issues in the community.

The 2017 PASS Project is currently in development. Email us at advocacy@livewellcolorado.org with questions and to be notified of when the request for proposals is released.