News & Events

Grand Junction Sentinel
April 16, 2023
State Representative Rick Taggart, who represents Mesa County, talks about a bill he co-sponsored that addresses the housing affordability crisis through improved protections and transparency for home-buyers without over-regulation.
Nine Dot Arts
April 13, 2023
In this insightful podcast episode, public finance expert Sam Sharp describes innovative financial models used to fund long-term public infrastructure projects.
Colorado Politics
April 3, 2023
"Common sense at the state legislature prevailed last week when it came to ensuring more Coloradans will have the opportunity to achieve the American dream of home ownership."
Denver Business Journal
March 24, 2023
"A bill reforming metropolitan districts in Colorado and requiring limits on the taxes they obligate homeowners to pay passed the state house Thursday and needs only the governor’s signature to become law."
Colorado Politics
March 22, 2023
Paul Camillo, who is president of the Summit County Builders Association, shares his thoughts on how SB23-110 will help provide more housing for communities
The Gazette
March 17, 2023
Doug Stimple, CEO of Classic Homes, discusses the importance of metro districts


Perspectives on Metro Districts

For those of you who might be new to the Metro District Education Coalition (MDEC)


Whether you’re a homeowner living in, or about to buy in, a metro district; a real estate professional; a local or state policymaker; or a developer or home builder, we hope you find that our website, and this blog in particular, is a resource you can keep coming back to.

Since launching our new website in April 2023, executive director Kristi Pollard authored our first “perspectives” piece to re-introduce the organization. But going forward, you’ll hear from diverse voices of those living in, working with, and/or supporting metro districts in some way.

If you have ideas on topics or people we should feature, please reach out to us.


accountability, transparency, and affordability for metro districts
Written By:
Kristi Pollard
Executive Director

Press Kit

We have several spokespeople available to provide background and on-the-record statements.
Our experts include professionals with financial, legal, and technical expertise.

To get in touch with any one of the subject matter experts below, please email

Kristi Pollard

Executive Director

Kristi has diverse experience working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors having been the CEO for the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation, Executive Director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership, the principal owner of P², LLC, a government relations consulting firm, the CEO of the Colorado Mesa University Foundation, Stakeholder Engagement Specialist for Chevron and an Area Director for the United States Senate.

Jennifer Tanaka

Shareholder, White Bear Ankele Tanaka & Waldron

Jennifer Tanaka practices local government law representing special districts, intergovernmental authorities, and limited-purpose public entities. The primary focus of Ms. Tanaka’s practice is to assist governments, business entities, homeowners, and individual developers in utilizing special taxing districts and limited-purpose public entities to provide for the construction, management, operation and financing of essential public services, utilities and project infrastructure, through the creation of special districts, county and municipal general and local improvement districts, business improvement districts, and intergovernmental authorities.

Ms. Tanaka’s representation spans from boards represented by developers to those controlled entirely by homeowners and she has a specialized knowledge with representing water and sanitation districts.
RidgeGate, Lone Tree

about mdec

The Metro District Education Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan network of financial, legal, and technical experts who provide subject matter expertise on metro districts. We advocate for best practices in the formation and operations of metro districts and promote improved transparency and accountability on behalf of homeowners.

Of the 2,254 functioning metro districts throughout Colorado, there are daily instances where metro districts are modeling best practices in transparency and accountability. MDEC is dedicated to sharing these best practices with other metro districts across the state, and also with policy-makers, city staff, homeowners, and real estate brokers.
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