Rep. Ken Buck sends letter of support for Colorado governor’s rural economic initiatives
January 21, 2017
Buck’s letter to the Governor
Thank you for your early focus on rural Colorado in your State of the State address.
I was particularly encouraged by two initiatives you announced that will benefit the people of eastern Colorado.
Access to broadband and economic development are vitally important issues to the rural communities of eastern Colorado and the Fourth Congressional district.
I applaud your willingness to take on these important concerns. Eastern Colorado has wonderful communities and people, but the region faces unique economic challenges that we must address.
The Eastern Plains are a great place to do business. Family-run operations like the Coffee Holding Company in La Junta bring stability and rootedness to their communities.
While locally-based businesses are important to these communities, companies like Pelsue Manufacturing based in Englewood also have production facilities in Lamar. Partnerships between these communities — urban and rural — can be winning solutions for Colorado companies and rural Colorado.
On behalf of our shared constituents, I want to thank you for your attention to these matters and encourage you to solicit input from the people of eastern Colorado.
I am eager to assist and collaborate with your administration on these important issues. Through a collaboration of federal, state, and local efforts, I’m confident we can help rural Colorado thrive.
Member of Congress (CO-04)”
Earlier this week Rep. Ken Buck sent a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper commending him for his focus on rural economic development in his State of the State address.
As someone who represents a largely rural district, Buck has worked in Congress to enable economic development in those less populated, but equally important, parts of the state, according to a news release from Buck.
In his address, Hickenlooper proposed creating an office focused on bringing rural broadband to all of Colorado by 2020. He also proposed the creation of a rural economic development director.
"When I travel through the rural parts of my district, I see communities that are ready for economic growth," Buck said. "But government must create the right environment for this growth, and I'm eager to work with the Governor to create policies that allow rural Colorado to flourish."