by Larry Patrick
WALSENBURG- Gov. John Hickenlooper is kicking off his economic development plans for the state with a meeting being held in Walsenburg next Monday. The governor realizes that the number one priority for Colorado residents is to rebuild the economy and create jobs.
The meeting will be the first of 14 state economic development meetings. It will be held at the Peakview School in Walsenburg from 6:30 to 9 pm next Monday, Feb. 28th, and is open to individuals, groups & organizations from Huerfano and Las Animas counties who want to have input into the process. The idea is to develop a strategic economic development plan for both counties from the “bottom up” and chart a course for economic revival county by county in Colorado…
These county plans will then be rolled up into 14 regional economic development plans which will then be put into a statewide economic development plan.
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade along with Colorado State University’s Office of Engagement and Extension is putting on the event as the second round of “Next Steps” Regional Meetings for the Governor’s Bottom Up Economic Development Plan Initiative. First round regional meetings were held across the state earlier. These second round meetings are being held in Colorado during the next month to move the process forward. Monday’s meeting is to provide an overview to the process, timelines, tools, resources and identify the objectives, outcomes and role that counties, regions and the state can have for this process.
The Huerfano/Las Animas meeting on Monday will also include a dinner. If you plan to attend, contact Darlene Scott to RSVP at Darlene.Scott@state.co.us or call 719-342-5246.