Tom Kaesemeyer: Clarification |

Tom Kaesemeyer: Clarification

We read with interest the article about the video project in Hayden and appreciate the thoughtful coverage given to this important step in Hayden’s planning process.

The article, however, may be misleading as it credits the Gates Family Foundation with a $138,000 grant for the video. The video is a small part of the grant’s purpose. About $6,800 of the award is designated to the video; the rest is restricted to the planning process, enabling the residents of Hayden to understand their objectives and the impact of a specific development plan.

These videos are far more significant than their cost. By involving a large percentage of townspeople, the completed video should identify what is important to Hayden and engage a broad cross section of the town. Thus, when decisions must be made, a larger, more involved citizenry will be at the table.

Thank you, again, for covering the planning process in Hayden. The outcome may contain important lessons learned for other towns in Colorado.

Tom Kaesemeyer,

Executive Director,

Gates Family Foundation

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