In case you missed it, we bundled up and visited cities and towns across Southeast Colorado. With fresh snow on the ground, the Eastern Plains was as beautiful as ever. Throughout the trip, we heard from local officials and community members about how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will help rural economies grow.
Our first stop was Burlington, where we toured the Kit Carson County Airport and heard how rural airports are vital to the agriculture industry, health care, and keeping our state connected. The Burlington airport has already received funding from our Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, with more to come!
Then we headed to Granada, where student volunteers gave us a tour of the Amache Museum and discussed their work to make sure the cruelty inflicted on Japanese-Americans during WWII is never forgotten. In the Senate, we’re working to pass a bill to establish a National Historic Site at Camp Amache.
In La Junta, Lamar, and Pueblo, we met with dozens of local leaders and discussed everything from expanding access to high-speed broadband internet to water to agriculture and clean energy.
We capped off our travels in Pueblo with a tour of the EVRAZ steel mill, which is building a new solar-powered mill to produce green steel! Right now, steel production is responsible for around 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Innovations like this are critical to fighting climate change.
We’re taking ideas from our trip back to Washington, and can’t wait to get back on the road soon. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see when we’ll be in your neck of the woods!
Senator John Hickenlooper