Sept. 23-25, 2020 | Renton, WA
Join us for our inaugural Idea Summit. Burbo 2020 will focus on collaborative solutions to homelessness and housing.

About Burbo

Through our years of work engaging policymakers, citizens, business owners, and civic leaders throughout Colorado communities, we identified a gap in cross-jurisdictional cooperation to solve emerging regional issues.

Burbo is an annual idea summit, taking place each Spring, that brings together 25 to 30 key elected officials and leadership staff from targeted cities and counties, plus nonprofit executives, grappling with the same challenges.

This group will travel outside the state for a 2-day intensive to learn what leaders in other parts of the country are doing and bring the best ideas home.

The 2020 Summit is focusing on homelessness, housing, and workforce, but the topics will change each year.

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7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 23 to
4:00 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2020


Renton, Washington


Program At-a-Glance

Over the course of this Summit you’ll hear from Seattle-area elected officials, nonprofit executives, community advocates, and influential thought-leaders about the ideas, programs, collaborations, incentives that were a hit or a miss.

Evening Welcome Reception

Upon arriving in Renton, just a quick 8-mile ride from the airport, you’ll receive a warm welcome with unbeatable views of Lake Washington. You’ll have a chance to meet or reconnect with fellow participants over cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, in addition to hearing from an inspirational leader who’s work has catalyzed significant social change in the area of homelessness and housing.

Guest speaker to be announced soon. 

Day 1

The urban cores have historically drawn the vast majority of the attention and resources yet found limited success in dealing with this challenging issue. Now suburbs and surrounding communities bear an ever growing burden to provide services for and shelter increasing homeless populations.

Topics covered include:

  • Debunking Myths / Understanding the Lived Experience
  • Supportive and Preventive Service Delivery
  • The Ripple Effect – Camping Bans, Minimum Wage, and More
  • Eviction Prevention and the Safety Net
Day 2

Suburban areas have grown in population far more quickly than urban areas in the nation’s top 50 metropolitan areas – how have communities managed affordable and attainable housing? Rapidly increasing home prices in the core city means even greater demand for surrounding communities to provide housing solutions.

Topics covered include:

  • Right-Sizing Workforce Housing
  • Development Incentives
  • Funding Models
  • Regional Collaboration
  • Unlikely Partners
  • Community Engagement / Fighting NIMBYism

Sponsorship Packages

By sponsoring the 2020 Summit you’re making an investment in the future of Colorado’s suburbs and the people who call them home.

Become a BURBO Backer and help make this Summit possible for local policymakers and community advocates to participate. Your sponsorship helps offset the cost for public officials, government leaders, and nonprofit staff with limited travel budgets.

Fixed Asset
  • Two spots reserved for company representatives (*accommodations and meals included)
  • Speaking opportunity at welcome reception
  • Branded item in welcome gift bag
  • One-pager in BURBO Briefing Book
  • Name and logo recognition in all materials
  • Four drink tickets and heavy hor d'oeuvres at the welcome reception
Working Capital
  • One spot reserved for company representative (*accommodations and meals included)
  • Speaking opportunity on Day 1
  • Half-pager in BURBO Briefing Book
  • Name and logo recognition in all materials
  • Two drink tickets and heavy hor d'oeuvres at the welcome reception
Taking Stock
  • One spot reserved for company representative (*accommodations and meals included)
  • Name and logo recognition in all materials
  • Two drink tickets and heavy hor d'oeuvres at the welcome reception

Hotel and Conference Center

The Inaugural BURBO Summit will take place at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport, only 8 miles from SEA-TAC Airport. Located on the shores of Lake Washington, the Hyatt Regency perfectly combines the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with modern amenities.

As part of your registration, you’ll be able to choose from a queen or king room, fit with a comfortable work space. You’ll also have free in-room wifi and access to the 30,000 SQ FT fitness center with yoga room and indoor pool.

All Summit-related activities will take place in the 1,300 SQ FT Renton Club with floor-to-ceiling windows and a private restroom.


The Metro Mayors Caucus was formed in 1993 by a small group of Denver area mayors. Given the multi-jurisdictional nature of many of their core challenges, the founders saw the need for a forum for regional dialogue from which consensus solutions might emerge. The Caucus, a voluntary and collaborative regional association of mayors, quickly grew to 27 members in its first year. The Metro Mayors Caucus has since grown to include more than 3 dozen from across the Denver metropolitan region.

Our member municipalities include both small towns of less than 500 and large cities that are home to hundreds of thousands of Coloradans. Collectively, MMC member jurisdictions comprise more than half of Colorado’s population.

National Recognition
Nationally recognized for its ability to unite around difficult issues, the Caucus uses a modified consensus model for its decision making and adheres to the principle that each jurisdiction, regardless of its demographics or population size, has an equally valid voice. The Caucus was the first of its kind in the nation and has served as the model for many similar organizations around the country.


The cost of the BURBO Summit for all elected officials, local government staff, and nonprofit participants is $1,500. The cost for private sector participants and consultants is $2,500.

The following is included in the package:

  • 2 nights stay in a basic king or queen room at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
  • Two drink tickets and heavy hor d’oeuvres for the Sept. 23 Welcome Reception
  • Breakfast, lunch, and mid-day snacks on Sept. 24 and 25
  • Transportation to and from field trip location
  • Access to wifi in your room and in the conference space

Not included is:

  • Airfare to and from SEA-TAC Airport
  • Transportation to and from the Hyatt Regency
  • Dinners

Briefing Book

Why does prosperous King County have a homelessness crisis?

This McKinsey & Company special report and analysis reveals a primary driver of homelessness in Seattle and King County and a costly, multifaceted solution to the problem.

Bigger than the ban

In this January 2020 story, the Denver Business Journal looks at the embattled "camping ban" and other complicated and related issues, and how business can be a part of the solution.

Ensuring a healthy community: the need for affordable housing

In January 2019, Microsoft announced an investment of $500 million to advance affordable housing solutions. They're putting their money to work with loans and grants to accelerate the construction of more affordable housing across the Puget Sound region.

Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage law in 2014. Here's how it's turned out so far.

In this January 2020 article, CNBC takes a look at the nuanced implications for both employers and employees.

Maintaining housing stability: interim lessons from the Denver supportive housing social impact bond

The Urban Institute takes a look at the impacts of Denver's first social impact bond, an $8.6 million investment by the City and 8 private investors. The focus of the investment was to provide supportive housing to 250 of the city’s most frequent users of the criminal justice system. This report discusses the process that partners developed to refer eligible people to the supportive housing program as well as the challenges and successes of engaging participants throughout the housing lease-up process in the first three-and-a-half years of the program.