October 17, 2019

Using My Voice For Our Community

Dear Friends,

The past two weeks that I was able to spend in the 2nd district were incredibly invigorating. Between meetings, community events, and town halls, hearing from my constituents provides me with insight and a renewed sense of purpose that I can take with me to Washington. It is an honor and a privilege to serve Colorado!

WORKING FOR THE SECOND DISTRICT

There is nothing more important to me than being out in our community and hearing from you, celebrating your accomplishments, partnering with you to problem-solve and discussing how we can legislate change for each of our communities.

In the last two weeks, I was also able to attend a ground-breaking ceremony for Thompson School District's new Career and Technical Education Center and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Jefferson Academy's new Fine Arts Complex. I served alongside community members at the Loveland Connect event and was inspired by efforts to equip, resource and serve our homeless population in Loveland. I also attended the annual Multicultural Awards, held two more town halls and hosted one of my colleagues from the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis for a sustainable agriculture tour, to promote legislation I have introduced that could help mitigate the impacts and combat the climate crisis. I am proud to say that over the last few months I have been to every county in our large district, and will continue to make it a priority to visit with and learn from all of you for the duration of my term in Congress.

HOSTING AN APP-A-THON TO EQUIP OUR STUDENTS FOR THE FUTURE

This past weekend, we hosted the first-ever congressional App-a-thon. Over 20 students came from all over Colorado's Second District to receive hands-on experience working with computer science experts in preparation for the upcoming Congressional App Challenge. It was so much fun to see the enthusiasm and ambition that these students have for coding! I can't imagine where technology will take us in the coming decades, but I have no doubt that our young people will have the skills they need to create positive change and innovation in the future.

The Congressional App Challenge gives middle and high-school students from across the district the opportunity to design a new app using their coding knowledge and skills. I'm hopeful that the challenge and the App-a-thon will encourage more of our bright students to pursue careers in coding and computer science as they look ahead to their futures.

CALLING ON FEMA TO SHOW UP FOR COLORADO

When I ran for office, I promised to always be an advocate for our district and our communities, and that's exactly what I have been doing. When historic flooding hit Colorado in 2013, it devastated many of our communities in Boulder and Larimer County. Six years later, many of our cities and counties are still waiting on updated guidance from FEMA to properly rebuild. In the past months, I have worked closely with FEMA to urge timely issuing of this guidance. Frustrated with the lack of response and helplessness of the agency, I took to the House Floor recently, urging the agency to act, and to do a better job of mobilizing after floods and other natural disasters to help our communities to rebuild.

It is inexcusable to leave communities with a lack of infrastructure 6 years after a national disaster, which is why I felt the need to stand up in front of my colleagues and implore FEMA to fulfill their promise and their duty to our district by providing guidance and assistance to these communities. I will continue to stand up for our district and our state by using my national platform as a voice for my constituents.

SAVING NEARLY $300,000 FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS

I am proud that since taking office, my staff has been able to save constituents in the 2nd congressional district nearly $300,000 through completed casework assistance. In each of our district offices we have a robust team of constituent advocates who work to assist constituents with accessing benefits through Social Security, Medicare and the VA, obtaining visas and receiving federal grant money for local projects.

It gives me great pleasure to ensure that my constituents and neighbors receive the money that they have earned, and I will continue to fight for individuals on a daily basis in my district and DC offices.

HONORING THE BEST IN COMMUNITY SERVICE

I recently had the privilege of announcing a new service award that will be given as recognition and thanks to one of our community's most giving members. The Dorothy Rupert High School Service Award was named after esteemed teacher and counselor Dorothy Rupert,  who taught high school for 35 years and served her community as a state legislator. This award will be given annually to one 10th or 11th grade student in the second district who exhibits a commitment to serving the community and a dedication to social justice. I can't wait to get to know the nominees who will no doubt make up our community's next generation of public servants!

It has been an honor to continue to launch local initiatives through the resources of our office, including our service town hall initiative, and we will continue to look for more avenues and initiatives that can helps serve our community.

Wishing you and your family all the best,

Congressman Joe Neguse