News & Events

Vail Daily
March 9, 2023
Chris Romer, president & CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership, discusses how we can provide more housing to meet the community’s needs
Colorado Politics
March 1, 2023
State Senator Rachel Zenzinger, an Arvada democrat, shares her perspective on a bill she co-sponsored to formally adopt best practices of metro districts
Denver Business Journal
February 15, 2023
“You would significantly have to retool the way that that infrastructure is funded, which means you would build that into the price of a home — increasing the price of homes and those developments significantly."
Castle Rock News-Press
January 31, 2023
Open only to residents with the Highlands Ranch Metro District, the public is encouraged to apply for board seats.
The Denver Gazette
January 25, 2023
"Metro districts are an important part of the affordability puzzle and have helped thousands of Coloradans live in newer communities...
The Pueblo Chieftain
January 24, 2023
The event is the first in a series of community outreach programs to improve communication and offer more community gatherings.
Colorado Politics
January 13, 2023
The co-authors urge lawmakers to keep four values top-of-mind as they are lobbied on various ways of addressing Colorado's affordability problem
KE Andrews Blog
August 1, 2022
"Kristi Pollard of the Metro District Education Coalition said such a cap is an innovative change."
Highlands Ranch Herald
July 14, 2022
“Our parks remain a top priority and we will strive to keep them as healthy as possible while meeting the expectations for water savings."
The Gazette
July 1, 2022
"If people want to get involved with their Metro District board, we should make it as easy as possible for them."


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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