March 15, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., $20, ppora.org.
While we’re all fond of Colorado’s many assets — craft breweries, legal marijuana and the like — we know that our greatest community asset is (and hopefully always will be) our natural landscapes. The Pikes Peak region is home to nationally loved landmarks, hiking trails and the kind of outdoor beauty that truly deserves the term “great outdoors,” and those resources are worth investing in. To that end, join some of Colorado’s outdoor-minded organizations, businesses and community leaders for this conference on all things outside. Start the day with an outdoor community expo, featuring businesses, nonprofits and land management entities. Network with like-minded folks and find ways to get involved in the world outside your window. Following that, check out the main event: a gubernatorial forum with candidates Stephen Barlock, Noel Ginsburg, Bill Hammons, Greg Lopez, Donna Lynne and Erik Underwood. Moderated by Colorado Springs Business Journal
editor Bryan Grossman, this forum is an opportunity to get to know your candidates’ stances on important natural issues. Another plus, Thursday’s event will include the official release of The Outdoor Industry Association
’s economic impact numbers for the 5th Congressional District (that’s us).