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Congressman Ken Buck

Representing the 4th District of Colorado

Ken Buck Sends Letter of Support for Governor's Rural Economic Initiatives

January 19, 2017
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kyle Huwa, 202-225-4676

Windsor, CO – This week Congressman Ken Buck (CO-04) sent a letter to Governor John Hickenlooper commending him for his focus on rural economic development in his State of the State address. In the address, Governor Hickenlooper proposed creating an office focused on bringing rural broadband to all of Colorado by 2020, an initiative that will help people and businesses throughout Colorado be better connected with the world. He also proposed the creation of a rural economic development director. As someone who represents a largely rural district, Congressman Buck has focused in Congress on ways to enable economic development in these less populated but equally important parts of the state.

“When I travel through the rural parts of my district, I see communities that are ready for economic growth,” Congressman Ken Buck stated. “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.”

Congressman Buck’s letter is printed below in its entirety.

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Governor Hickenlooper,

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.

Regards,

Ken Buck

Member of Congress (CO-04)

 

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