May 27, 2021

Congressman Neguse takes 48-hour road trip across the District, talks COVID-19 recovery and wildfire preparedness

On May 23, 2021, Congressman Joe Neguse visited Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park to speak with business owners and hold a service town hall at Lily Lake.

This week, Congressman Joe Neguse took a road trip across the 2nd District, making stops in 12 towns and 6 counties and speaking with community members, child care providers, small business owners, and fire chiefs about relief the American Rescue Plan is providing and his proposal to make historic investments in wildfire preparedness through the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus that he chairs and the 21st Century Civilian Climate Corps legislation he has introduced.

“With the American Rescue Plan, help is here. Throughout our road trip, we heard from our county commissioners, Mayors, small business owners, childcare providers and many more about the support they are receiving through American Rescue Plan funds. This bill is providing our community the support they need at a time when they need it most,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “The 2nd district has faced dual crisis’ over the last year, with record breaking wildfires burning across northern Colorado. Our next challenge is to tackle these historic wildfires and provide our firefighters and our communities with adequate resources to prevent and prepare for the upcoming fire season. That’s why we’ve proposed the 21st Century Civilian Climate Corps proposal to make major investments in wildfire mitigation and resiliency and to exponentially increase workforce capacity to fight fires and help restore our lands and communities in their wake.”

On Sunday, Congressman Neguse met with small business owners in Lyons and Estes Park to hear how the American Rescue Plan is supporting their businesses. He then held his first service town hall since the pandemic in Rocky Mountain National Park. He closed out the day visiting with local officials in Nederland and Grand Lake to hear about their efforts to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season and how his 21st Century Civilian Climate Corps proposal could support their efforts, followed by a meeting with Winter Park local officials and small business owners.

On Monday, Congressman Neguse sat down with child care providers in Dillon, outdoor recreation business owners in Breckenridge, he made a stop in Bailey to meet with the local fire authority, held a community conversation in Evergreen and closed out the day touring the original CCC site in Morrison, that helped to build the iconic Red Rocks amphitheater.

By:  Office of Congressman Neguse
Source: Estes Park Trail Gazette