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Press Release: Durango Outreach, Board Agenda Announced


MONDAY, JULY 20, 2009

Myung Oak Kim, 303.947.5708,


The Governor's Economic Recovery Team will be holding meetings in the Durango area later this week as part of a statewide plan to conduct outreach about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and its impact on Colorado.

The Recovery Team is a small staff in the Governor's office that is tracking federal funds coming to Colorado from the Recovery Act, the most complex, wide-reaching federal law passed by Congress in decades.

On Friday, July 24, the Governor's staff will be meeting with local officials at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Avenue, from 9 to 10 a.m. From 10 to noon, the staff will divide into two rooms at the library. Maranda Pleau, the director of minority and small business outreach for the Governor's Economic Recovery Team, will be available to meet business owners. Other staff members will move to a downstairs room and offer a presentation to the public and take general questions about the Recovery Act and its impact on the community.

Also on Friday, the Fort Lewis College will host the next meeting of the Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability Board in the Lyceum at the Center for Southwest Studies (Map Available). The meeting is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 24th and is open to the public.

The Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability Board is a volunteer panel appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter to oversee stimulus funds coming to the state. The board meets monthly to hear reports from agencies distributing funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and to discuss developments with implementation of the landmark law. This is the first of numerous board meetings that will be held outside of metro Denver. The chair of the board is Don Elliman, Chief Operating Officer for the State of Colorado.

The board expects to hear reports from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and federal agencies about grants going to rural communities. The complete agenda is outlined below and will be posted on the accountability board website, Members of the public are welcome to address the board and to ask questions.

Over the next two years, Colorado could receive more than $7 billion in direct funding, competitive grants and tax relief. So far, millions of dollars from the Recovery Act have already been used to increase unemployment benefits, reduce taxes for working families, give more money to people receiving Social Security, and keep public schools operating in the face of dwindling tax revenue. Major highway projects have begun and dozens more public works projects will begin in the next few months.

The agenda for the board meeting includes:

  • Staff update
  • Update on administrative funding
  • State priorities on broadband grants
  • Report by Susan Kirkpatrick, Executive Director of the state Department of Local Affairs about funds going to rural communities
  • Report by Troy Ralstin, Executive Director of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, about tribal grants
  • Reports by The National Park Service (Mesa Verde N.P.) and the Bureau of Land Management/U.S. Forest Service, who are administering grants in the Durango area
  • Update on small business/minority outreach efforts
  • Public input