Guv to meet with Club 20

Gov. John Hickenlooper is to meet with state lawmakers and Club 20 leaders Monday to talk about economic issues facing the Western Slope.

The meeting, orchestrated by Rep. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, will focus on how the state can help promote the region better and help boost its economic recovery.

“Many areas in western Colorado, including Mesa County, have not enjoyed the economic recovery we see on the Front Range,” Scott said.

“We have worked since December to make this meeting a reality, and we need strong action to remove artificial obstacles in the way of economic recovery on the West Slope. We hope this meeting will be a first step in finding a way to return western Colorado to the prosperity, hope and future that its citizens deserve.”

The meeting will include such other lawmakers as Reps. Don Coram, R-Montrose; Bob Rankin, R-Glenwood Springs; and Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction; along with Club 20 chairman Les Mergelman and Executive Director Bonnie Petersen.

The lawmakers said the Legislature this year did pass some measures that will help, but more needs to be done.

“The governor and the Legislature worked together in the last session to pass laws that should aid in the deployment of broadband services in rural Colorado,” Coram said. “It will take some time for the results of those bills to be felt, and we need an interim plan that will assist communities in attracting businesses by delivering the infrastructure necessary to be successful in western Colorado.”


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