September 11, 2020

Congressman Joe Neguse Visits Fort Collins to Meet with Forest Supervisors, Small Business Owners, and Poudre School District Leaders

Congressman Joe Neguse Visits Fort Collins to Meet with Forest Supervisors, Small Business Owners, and Poudre School District Leaders

Washington D.C. – Today, Congressman Joe Neguse visited Fort Collins to meet with Forest Supervisors, small business owners, and early childhood care professionals. He discussed the Cameron Peak Fire and its’ effect on the residents of Larimer County, as well as how COVID has affected small business and early childhood education. 

“In my discussions with our Forest Service supervisors, Fort Collins municipal leaders, and small business owners, one thing was crystal clear — Fort Collins is a strong and resilient community that continues to meet the pressing challenges of our time head on,” said Congressman Neguse.  The Congressman added, “It is critical that the Federal government step up to the plate and assist our community as it deals with multiple crises — including the Cameron Peak Fire and the pandemic — and when I head back to Washington D.C. on Monday I’ll fight to make sure it does.”  Earlier this week, Congressman Joe Neguse announced FEMA has authorized federal funds to help fight the Cameron Peak Fire.

Congressman Neguse started the day meeting with the Forest Supervisors to discuss the latest status concerning the Cameron Peak Fire, which has now reached over 100,000 acres and is 4% contained. They also discussed the initial rehab of the impacted areas, as well as long term recovery once the fire has been fully contained.

The Congressman then headed to downtown Fort Collins, to meet with the Downtown Development Authority as well as small business owners to discuss the challenges brought on by COVID-19 as well as the fires in the area. He was joined by Mayor Wade Troxell, Mayor Pro Tem Kristin Stephens, as well as Kevin Jones, the Business Advocacy Director for the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce. Congressman Neguse has been advocating for federal support for small businesses since the coronavirus pandemic started hurting the small business community.  

Congressman Neguse ended his visit to Fort Collins meeting with leaders from Poudre School District to discuss their approach to at-home and in-person learning during COVID-19. As of now, Poudre School District is completely remote through October 16th, when they will re-evaluate based on health recommendations.