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ICYMI: Hickenlooper Hits the Road to Discuss Workforce, Wildfires, Space Command & Other Colorado Priorities

Apr 26, 2022

In case you missed it, U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper spent two weeks traveling throughout Colorado to highlight innovative workforce training initiatives, discuss rural development and affordability, meet with small business owners, announce wildfire mitigation funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, and more.

Check out the headlines across Colorado:

Boulder Daily Camera: Boulder County set to benefit from $18 million designated for wildfire mitigation across Colorado

Forest Service Chief Randy Moore; Interior Secretary Deb Haaland; Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, both D-Colorado; and Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Lafayette; visited Heil Valley Ranch to announce the wider $131 million initial funding for the Forest Service’s 10-year wildfire strategy. Colorado’s $18 million share is part of that gift.

The two national forests in Colorado set to receive funding are an important source of water for the Colorado Front Range, making it a critical landscape to reduce the likelihood, intensity and size of wildfires.

KKTV Colorado Springs: Lawmakers Concerned About U.S. Space Command Move

Colorado lawmakers say they are more concerned than ever about U.S. Space Command moving after the Government Accountability gave them a report investigating the decision…

Hickenlooper: “I can’t imagine there’s any other possible location that could be even remotely competitive… We’re facing threats in space. Almost all of our war efforts – almost all of our communications, our GPS, everything – is vulnerable in space. So we need to have Space Command at full operational capability tomorrow… We can’t spend 5 or 6 years moving it to another state. If it stays in Colorado, it could achieve full operational capability literally in a year or year and a half. That’s what the circumstances now call for.”

CBS 4 Denver: Sen. John Hickenlooper Visits Fort Collins, Greeley To Discuss Clean Energy, Health Care Workforce

Sen. John Hickenlooper was set to make stops in both Fort Collins and Greeley on Tuesday. He first stopped at Colorado State University to discuss building a clean energy workforce.

The Democrat was set to tour clean energy projects at CSU’s Powerhouse Energy Campus. According to his office, CSU is home to one of 31 Industrial Assessment Centers that Hickenlooper secured funding for in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill.

“We also need people that don’t go to college, to do all the other jobs in this huge transition of clean energy,” said Hickenlooper.

Greeley Tribune: Sen. Hickenlooper praises Greeley area collaborations to support health care workforce

A new partnership between Aims Community College and Banner Health to provide frontline service workers at Banner a way to transition into clinical roles while continuing to work is one of several collaborations supporting the local health care workforce during a national shortage.

Sen. John Hickenlooper met with local educational and health leaders as well as students to discuss how these partnerships support the workforce Tuesday at North Colorado Medical Center, 1801 16th St. in Greeley.

“I think this is exactly the model that we should be using for the nation,” Hickenlooper said. “And I think the Senate can help fund more community college work, more cooperation between hospitals and school districts.”

Hickenlooper said the subcommittee hearing earlier this year indicated the “desperate” need for more workers, particularly more young people, women, people of color and people from backgrounds that haven’t been historically well-represented in health care.

Craig Daily Press: Spending in sight: Sens. Bennet, Hickenlooper tout local project in Moffat County tour

U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper stopped in Moffat County this week to meet with local leaders and tour projects that have been funded through the congressional spending bill passed in March.

Moffat County officials gathered to meet with the senators and share the progress in Moffat County. It was a chance for local leaders to highlight both challenges and victories the county is experiencing…

“It’s an impressive group. The thing I was most impressed by is people rolling up their sleeves and working together,” Hickenlooper said after meeting with the local officials Thursday morning at Loudy-Simpson Park.

The focus of Hickenlooper’s visit was to get a better understanding of the overall transition with the power plant closing, how people are working together to develop solutions and how the state office can help.

Steamboat Pilot & Today: Sens. Bennet, Hickenlooper tout community projects during Routt County visit

Colorado’s senators were in Routt County on Wednesday, April 20, to learn about two of the Yampa Valley’s most important community projects — one that has gotten significant federal funding and another that would benefit from it.

Sen. Michael Bennet paid a visit to the Hayden Center to see the space, which $2.9 million in congressionally directed spending will help finish in the next year and a half, while Sen. John Hickenlooper toured the Yampa Valley Housing Authority’s Brown Ranch property, on which there are hopes to build 2,300 housing units by 2040…

“I think what’s happening in Steamboat has the potential to be a national model,” Hickenlooper said. “Here’s a community that’s tightening their belts and said, ‘We’re going to fix it,’ and they’ve got this piece of land … I can’t wait to help in any way.”

Over the state work period, Hickenlooper also met with Colorado’s Ukrainian community in Aurora, talked pandemic preparedness at CU Anschutz Medical Campus, heard from local small businesses, visited the White River Museum and met with community leaders in Meeker, and discussed rural health care at the North Park Medical Clinic in Walden.

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