Denver’s Winter Olympics exploratory committee met this week, but the public wasn’t invited

The Denver Post: The sports stars, politicians, and business movers and shakers who make up the exploratory committee for a potential Denver bid to host the Olympic Winter Games have begun digging into the issue — but, so far, the discussions are being held behind closed doors.

The Denver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Exploratory Committee — formed last month by Mayor Michael Hancock and featuring Hancock, Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Broncos quaterback Peyton Manning among the three dozen members — met for a business meeting Tuesday morning downtown. And some of the members, as part of a steering committee, met Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the committee confirmed.

Those meetings are deliberately closed to the public, prompting complaints from some community advocates. But Ramonna Robinson, the spokeswoman for the exploratory committee, said public outreach efforts were under discussion and could be launched in the next week or so.

“The exploratory committee is not open to the public because they are discussing proprietary information that could be essential to a bid — if the committee decided it was the right thing to pursue a bid,” Robinson said. “There are plans from a subcommittee to engage input from the community soon,” including the creation of a website to solicit comments. “We really want to understand what people’s concerns and suggestions are.”

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