Fawcett Launches Policy Center

“Fighting Dem” Jay Fawcett, announced the formation of the non-partisan, non-profit Western Strategies Center to develop policy papers and host community-based forums on health care, economics, water policy and educational issues specific to the Colorado Springs metro region.

Fawcett, the 2006 Democratic nominee for Congress in CD-5 and a veteran of the Gulf War, will join Colorado Confidential on Tuesday, May 8 at 2 p.m. MDT for a live Q&A on the center’s future plans. 

More on the organization, its mission and board below the fold. Grid lock on the national political front presents communities like Colorado Springs with an opportunity to solve problems locally,” said Fawcett. “The need for solutions to problems confronting the Rocky Mountain Region has never been greater and our approach seeks to solve local problems with local non-partisan thinking.”

The board of directors includes Howard Brooks, Vice President, Pikes Peak United Way; Don Chismar, President, Cheyenne Mountain Bank; Rosemary Harris, President Colorado Springs Chapter, NAACP; Ervin Rokke, Lt. Gen., USAF, ret; James Stewart, Col. USAF, ret, President, Technology Vectors, Inc.; Catherine Coulter Calvin, President, Total Performance Solutions, and Chris Tremaroli, Attorney & CPA, Tremaroli & Tremaroli, PC.

Currently, the center is researching health care infrastructure needs in the El Paso County area to determine the scope of the present day regional safety net, the strength of the local health inspection program and feasibility of establishing a medical school to serve area hospitals.

“In many ways, Colorado Springs is a big city that still sees itself as a village,” said Fawcett. “By taking a reasoned, researched, and non-partisan approach, we can come up with solutions that will help our community continue to grow and prosper.”