The 2004 Colorado College State of the Rockies Report Card

2004 Report Card cover

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The 2004 State of the Rockies Report Card launched our effort to provide a comprehensive and accessible annual statement on what is happening in the eight Rocky Mountain states.

Colorado College is perfectly positioned to become the source of such information and provide an independent, private perspective on challenges and controversies. The contents that follow are rich and varied, including essays on the “state” of the region by experts; a “Rockies at a Glance” section to put the region in perspective; an overview essay on the economics and demographics of the eight-state Rockies region; 15 indicator sections that rank counties based on cultural, demographic, economic, and environmental characteristics, including thumbnail sketches of innovative communities; and an essay that highlights the distinct differences for three sub-regions within the Rockies: the Continental Divide Spine, the Eastern Plains Agricultural Heritage Zone, and the West and Southern Mountain Amenity Zone.

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Table of Contents
An Introduction From the President
Executive Summary
Rocky Mountain Region at a Glance
Challenge Essay - Home and Hope in the Rockies, Ed Marston

Rockies Perspectives

The Sonoran Institute, by Ray Rasker
The Center for the Rocky Mountain West, by Daniel Kemmis
The Mountain Studies Institute, by Ellen R. Stein
The Gunnison Headwaters Conference, by George Sibley

Regional Analysis
The Rocky Mountain Region - An Overview
by Walter Hecox and F. Patrick Holmes

The Rockies Divided: Three Sub-Regions That Make Sense
by Walter Hecox and F. Patrick Holmes

Grading the Rockies
by F. Patrick Holmes and Walter Hecox

Land and Environment
1. The Rocky Mountain Playground
2. Subdivisions and “Ranchettes” in the New Rockies
3. The Jewels of the Rockies

Social & Cultural Capital
1. Native Born or “Cappuccino-Cowboy”?
2. Managing Immigration
3. Civic Engagement
4. Healthy Places to Live and Work
5. Education Attainment
6. Arts, Culture, and Employment in the “Creative Class”
7. The “Graying” of the Rockies
8. A Good Place to Raise Kids

Income, Employment, & Equity
1. Balanced Employment Composition
2. Small Business Vitality
3. Balanced Income Distribution
4. Distressed Counties

Grading the Rockies: Final Grades - Vibrancy and Vitality