CONO strives to strengthen the public process and increase the capacity of public and private organizations to resolve community issues and empower residents to further shape their quality of life.
Collaboration among neighbors will allow for a healthy democracy ensuring broad participation and perspectives in the our community. CONO connects people within and across neighborhoods to build community.
Neighborhoods are the building blocks of cities and counties, and are the basic units of democracy. For 41 years, CONO has preserved and protected hundreds of neighborhoods throughout El Paso & Teller Counties.
Through education and training,
CONO empowers individuals and associations to advocate on their
These are a few of our most recent programs. Each and every year, we help and advocate for residents from over 800 neighborhoods in El Paso & Teller Counties.
Neighbor Up! Week
Neighbor Up! Week is a chance to celebrate what makes us a community. When neighborhoods work well, residents come together to solve mutual problems and care for one another. CONO targets neighborhoods during the week to provide resources, engage community partners, provide activates for families, and recognize outstanding neighborhoods and neighborhood advocates.
Civics on Tap
Public officials and private experts are brought in to a local brewery to interact with local residents regarding issues ranging from urban planning to public health.
Citizens' College affords citizens the opportunity to learn the responsibilities, functions, finances, programs and services of El Paso County Government and the City of Colorado Springs. City and county officials attend and learn about issues from different perspectives as well.
HOA Officer Training
HOA officers, similar to publicly elected officials, do not always have the background knowledge required to run their association properly. CONO provides HOA boards and officers training on well-functioning boards and how to maintain democratic processes.
Partnering with Leadership Pikes Peak Project team from Teach for America, CONO collaborated with local community and arts organizations to paint our first-ever neighborhood mural.
Neighborhood Leadership Training
CONO works with local community centers and city council to bring forums into neighborhoods.