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email@example.comMayor Announces New Appointment to Denver Water Board
Mayor John Hickenlooper announced his appointment of Tom Gougeon to the Denver Water Board during his weekly meeting with City Council on Tuesday. Established in 1918, Denver Water is Colorado’s oldest and largest water utility. Its board is responsible for ensuring a continuous supply of water to the City and County of Denver and the nearly 50% of Denver Water customers who live in the surrounding suburbs, all of which involves issues of water collection, storage, quality control, distribution, conservation and pricing.
“Tom Gougeon has one of the great policy minds in the city,” Hickenlooper said. “He has earned his reputation for the highest standard of integrity through more than two decades of significant accomplishments in both the private and public sector. His environmental experience, coupled with his understanding of the economic realities of our region, will make him a tremendous asset to Denver Water.”
Tom Gougeon is currently a principal in Continuum Partners LLC, a Colorado-based development company renowned for its pedestrian-oriented and environmentally sustainable “green” building projects. He previously served as the executive director of the W.M.B. Berger Foundation and as the CEO of the Stapleton Redevelopment Foundation, which led the creation of the award-winning, environmentally friendly redevelopment program for the 4,700-acre Stapleton Airport infill site. A former appointee in the Peña Administration, Gougeon is experienced with Denver issues related to budget, finance, planning, redevelopment, capital construction, housing, transportation, natural resources and federal relations.
As a former associate at the Denver Research Institute, he conducted research in community planning and natural resource economics. As a policy analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he worked on the Clean Air Act, western energy development, and public lands issues. Gougeon, a former chair of the Nature Conservancy of Colorado and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, has also served on the boards of the Piton Foundation, the Stapleton Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities, and the Denver Urban Renewal Authority. He holds a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University.
Gougeon will fill the second of two vacant board positions created when Andrew Wallach and Dan Muse resigned from the Water Board. The Denver Water Board is composed of five commissioners, appointed by the Mayor, who serve staggered six-year terms.
Denver Water Board members with ongoing, unexpired terms are Richard Kirk, Denise Maes, and Bill Roberts, all appointed by former Mayor Wellington E. Webb, and George Beardsley, who was appointed by Mayor Hickenlooper in January 2004.
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