2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE—GOLDEN, CO
September 10: NDBEDP Pre-Conference Session, Registration and Vendor Reception
September 11-12: Conference
September 13: TEDPA Business Meeting (members only)
All logistical information for the conference can be found below, including hotel information, transportation options, medical facilities, grocery stores, pharmacies, and local area attractions, all in one convenient downloadable document!
To register for the conference, click HERE!
Welcome to the Golden area!
As the Mayor of Golden, I invite you to visit the Downtown corridor and experience our beautiful city complete with a rich history and western flair.
Upon entering Golden’s historic downtown, visitors are enthusiastically greeted with a large, western-style sign arching across Washington Avenue which reads, “Howdy, Folks! Welcome to Golden,” and proudly boasting the slogan, “Where the West Lives.” This iconic sign perfectly captures the spirit of Golden, a friendly and forward thinking city proud of its Western heritage.
Founded in 1859, Golden was the territorial capital of Colorado from 1862 until 1867. Today, it is nine square miles filled with undeniably beautiful scenery in every direction. Golden is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and protected from the rest of the Denver-metro area by two impressive mesas to the east. It is considered a true getaway even though it is no more than 30 minutes from downtown Denver by car or Light Rail. If you’re more of an outdoor enthusiast, Golden boasts 24 miles of trails that connect to a vast amount of open space. The City is recognized nationally for its bike and pedestrian friendliness.
Cascading out of the mountain, past City Hall and into town is Clear Creek, full of abundant and clear mountain water and a mecca for kayakers, tubers and fishermen. It is no wonder that in 1873 Adolph Coors decided it was an ideal location for a brewery. The MillerCoors brewery is still the largest single site brewery in the world, but Golden also has many microbreweries and distilleries all within walking distance of each other. In addition, there is an extensive array of attractions, including 10 museums, which offer a source of cultural pride. The City offers golfers a true challenge at Fossil Trace, a premiere and award-winning golf course. Kids big and small can enjoy the Splash water park, one of the largest water parks in the metro area. Add in the year-around festivals and events and you’ll always find something happening in Golden!
An eclectic array of independent restaurants, boutiques, galleries and coffee shops line Washington Avenue and adjoining streets. Golden is also a hotbed of entrepreneurism as the home of the very best in science, technology and energy companies. Among those are CoorsTek, SourceGas, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the National Earthquake Information Center. In the heart of downtown is the world-renowned Colorado School of Mines, giving the city a strong and enduring education and research presence.
Whether you’re shopping, dining, walking your dog, cycling, kayaking, climbing or hangliding, Golden has become a true destination city for people in the metro area and around the world.
Enjoy your stay!