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Hickenlooper Secures $88 Million for Colorado Communities in Initial Raft of Annual Funding Bills

Mar 8, 2024

Bills include over $129 million total for 120 Colorado projects

Additional projects expected to be funded as remaining government funding bills pass later this month

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper applauded final Senate passage of the first of two federal funding bills for fiscal year 2024, including over $129 million in congressionally directed spending (CDS) for 120 Colorado projects.

The legislation now goes to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.

“From affordable housing to infrastructure projects, this is a bill with Colorado needs written all over it,” said Hickenlooper. “These projects came from Coloradans, for Coloradans. And there’s more to come.”

The bipartisan package funds six federal agencies including much-needed support for families facing hunger in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), funding for Community Health Centers, and significant resources to combat drought and provide reliable water in the West.

Hickenlooper specifically secured multiple legislative wins in the package including funding for:

  • Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) projects: Hickenlooper pursued funding for projects to preserve Colorado lands. A total of four LWCF projects – La Jara Basin, Dunton Meadows, Cataract Creek at Camp Hale, and Rocky Mountain National Park – were included in the final bill.

  • Orbital Debris Removal: The package provides $5 million for NASA to develop an orbital debris inspection mission in line with Senator Hickenlooper’s bipartisan Orbital Sustainability (ORBITS) Act.

Of the package’s $129 million in total funding for 120 Colorado CDS projects, Hickenlooper specifically secured $88 million in funding for 78 projects. A full list of the fiscal year 2024 included projects is available below:

LocationName of ProjectRequesterFunded Amount
AlamosaSan Luis Valley Health Workforce HousingLutheran Hospital Association of the San Luis Valley DBA San Luis Valley Health$2,000,000
AuroraRural eConsult ExpansionUniversity of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus$402,785
AuroraWater System ImprovementsCity of Aurora$2,000,000
AuroraPressure Regulating Valve Improvements ProjectCity of Aurora$900,000
AuroraNine Mile Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge over SH-83Colorado Department of Transportation$850,000
AuroraCentral Public Library – RenovationCity of Aurora$3,000,000
AuroraAsian American Pacific Islander Social Fabric (Community Center and Marketplace)Colorado Asian Culture and Education Network$500,000
AuroraWorkforce Training and Education SpaceCommunity College of Aurora$850,000
BayfieldU.S. Highway 160/East Bayfield Parkway New Signalized IntersectionColorado Department of Transportation$1,547,000
BerthoudBerthoud Area Transportation System (BATS) Microtransit ProgramTown of Berthoud$864,000
Black HawkFire StationTimberline Fire Protection District$908,279
Castle RockHomeless Engagement Assistance and Resource Team (HEART)Douglas County$963,000
Colorado SpringsFood Bank Distribution Center RenovationsCare and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado$800,000
Colorado SpringsPikes Peak United Way Family Success CenterPikes Peak United Way$1,000,000
Commerce CityChambers Avenue WideningColorado Department of Transportation$4,116,279
Commerce CityPFAS Drinking Water Treatment Plant ProjectSouth Adams County Water and Sanitation District$959,752
CortezSecuring Southwest Colorado Police and EmergencyMontezuma County$50,000
CortezPuwagaan Kaan Supportive HousingThe Pinon Project$621,000
CraigCraig Business and Industrial ParkCity of Craig$2,500,000
Crested ButteEcological Prediction Lab: Airborn Coverage to Inform Water and Forest Health ManagementRocky Mountain Biological Laboratory$975,000
DenverBreakthrough Program ExpansionBreakthrough$353,000
DenverDenver International Airport Electrification PlanDenver International Airport (DEN)$300,000
DenverCentral CorridorRegional Transportation District$850,000
Denver211 Colorado UpgradeMile High United Way, Inc.$500,000
DenverPark Avenue InnColorado Coalition of the Homeless$4,116,279
DenverWestwood Community Recreation CenterCity and County of Denver$1,000,000
DenverDenver Fire Station 40City and County of Denver$850,000
DenverFormer DPS Bus Barn RemediationCity and County of Denver$500,000
Denver3rd and Knox Affordable Housing ProjectHabitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, Inc.$750,000
DenverAuraria Early Learning Center and Mixed-Use DevelopmentAuraria Higher Education Center$2,000,000
DenverResidences on AcomaSecond Chance Center$1,500,000
DoloresWater Distribution System Replacement Phase 2Town of Dolores$750,000
DurangoSouthwest Housing SolutionsSouthwest Colorado Education Collaborative$1,000,000
EagleEagle County Regional Airport Federal Inspection StationEagle County Regional Airport$500,000
EagleCottonwood Pass Blue Hill projectColorado Department of Transportation$1,500,000
EvansWaterline Replacement ProjectCity of Evans$677,000
FairplayCounty Roadways to Colorado State Parks Infrastructure Improvements – Phase 1Colorado Department of Transportation$850,000
Fort CollinsOpen Soil Water Sensor ArchitectureColorado State University$1,450,000
Fort CollinsColorado State University Multiuse UAS Airfield ProjectColorado State University$500,000
Fort CollinsFort Collins Affordable Housing PreservationNeighbor to Neighbor$1,000,000
Fort GarlandFort Garland Geothermal & Weatherization ProjectHistory Colorado$164,000
FruitaMaple Street Bridge ReplacementColorado Department of Transportation$1,750,000
GoldenHigh Temperature Fuel CellsColorado School of Mines$3,000,000
GoldenForest Health Youth CorpsJefferson County Open Space$80,000
GoldenTar Lined Pipe ReplacementLookout Mountain Water District$959,752
GoldenTDMA Radio Interoperability UpgradesJefferson County Sheriff’s Office$963,000
GoldenCompactor/Roller Attachments for Road SafetyColorado Department of Transportation$396,000
Grand JunctionI-70 Interchange at 29 RoadColorado Department of Transportation$2,000,000
Grand JunctionRiverside Educational Center RenovationsRiverside Educational Center$168,000
Grand LakeSeptic-to-Sewer Conversion ProgramThree Lakes Water & Sanitation District$1,000,000
GreeleyHigh Plains Boulevard I-25 Arterial RoadColorado Department of Transportation$1,000,000
GreeleyGreeley Neighborhood Safety ProgramColorado Department of Transportation$500,000
GreeleyGreeley Teen CenterBoys & Girls Club of Weld County$850,000
Greenwood VillageWater Meter ReplacementDeer Creek Water District$80,000
GunnisonWater Treatment Plant InfrastructureCity of Gunnison$1,750,000
GypsumWastewater Treatment Infrastructure ProjectTown of Gypsum$959,752
HolyokeChild Care Center ConstructionHolyoke Community Child Care Initiative$1,000,000
IdledaleWater Infrastructure UpgradesCity of Idledale$959,752
IgnacioRock Creek Affordable Housing & Associated InfrastructureSouthern Ute Indian Tribe$3,000,000
KiowaKiowa County Hospital Replacement FacilityKiowa County Hospital District$1,917,000
KremmlingWater Tank RepairTown of Kremmling$96,000
LamarWastewater Treatment Plant Improvements ProjectCity of Lamar$1,800,000
LeadvilleLake County Community HousingLeadville Lake County Regional Housing Authority$850,000
LongmontCity of Longmont Micro Transit SystemCity of Longmont$1,000,000
LovelandKidsPak Capital Improvements and EquipmentKidsPak$118,000
LyonsSt. Vrain Multimodal TrailColorado Department of Transportation$800,000
PagosaRegional Workforce Career and Technical Training CenterBuild Pagosa$1,000,000
SalidaJane’s Place Multi-family Affordable Housing Solar ArraysChaffee County Government$300,000
SiltWater Plant RenovationsTown of Silt$2,503,000
Steamboat SpringsSteamboat Springs Workforce Housing Pedestrian and Bicycle Connection ProjectCity of Steamboat Springs$1,000,000
ThorntonQuebec Street – 136th Avenue to north of 138th Avenue Widening DesignColorado Department of Transportation$850,000
ThorntonThornton Community Center Reconstruction ProjectCity of Thornton$1,000,000
TowaocMoguan Aftercare Housing FacilityUte Mountain Ute Tribe$2,000,000
VailVail Valley Affordable Home Ownership DevelopmentHabitat for Humanity Vail Valley$1,500,000
WalsenburgWastewater System ImprovementsHuerfano County$500,000
WestminsterNew Water Treatment FacilityCity of Westminster$959,752
Wheat RidgeNaturally Occurring Affordable Housing Program – Wheat RidgeCity of Wheat Ridge$2,000,000
Woodland ParkRadium MitigationTeller County Water & Sanitation District$959,752

Senators are required to publicly list all CDS requests received and certify they do not have financial interests in any of the requests they submit for inclusion in the funding bills. For more information on CDS requests, CLICK HERE.


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