Boulder’s 150-year anniversary continues as representatives of the city’s “kindred cities” meet at the University of Colorado on Wednesday night to discuss mutual challenges they share and how they plan to face them.

The event, organized by the Boulder Sesquicentennial Celebration, CU’s Center of the American West and the Boulder History Museum, will feature speakers from Aspen; Madison, Wis.; Portland, Ore; and Santa Fe, N.M. The cities were chosen based on their similarities to Boulder in such areas as economics and demographics.

“While we’re keeping our hands on our own pulses, it’s a good idea to notice our relatives,” said Patty Limerick, faculty director of the Center of the American West at CU. “There will be a wonderful sense of getting out of our pre-occupation with ourselves and realizing there are issues that transcend our community.”

Topics that will be discussed include how a city’s image or narrative affects growth; how some of the cities keep a balance between their large university population and other residents; green policies; and transportation.

Organizers hope the dialogue among panelists from the cities will help bring together various perspectives and views on how to tackle mutual issues such as growth control, image and revenue troubles during a recession.

“We’re hoping to offer up a vision of what problem-solving techniques other communities are using when tackling modern issues,” said Kurt Gutjahr, managing director for the Center of the American West. “I hope we can see Boulder as a part of a family of communities.”