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Resort towns lean into affordable housing with new vigor

Michelle ~ January 12, 2024 ~ Blog Love: 0

A recent report shows that since 2020, the Mountain West has been aggressively pushing for the policies and legislation it needs to address the worsening affordable housing crisis. Its writers believe Colorado resort towns, including Gunnison and Crested Butte, have made remarkable headway as middle class residents fight to stay in their communities. – Gunnison

New Report Sheds Light on Workforce Housing in Mountain Communities – ColoradoBiz Magazine

Michelle ~ December 15, 2023 ~ Blog Love: 0

Housing affordability for workers has long been an issue in Colorado’s mountain communities. Analyzing the problem, the 2023 Regional Workforce Housing Report, released Nov. 2 by the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments and the Colorado Association of Ski Towns, examines housing programs and projects at 37 rural resort member communities in Colorado and six other communities in

Bringing energy assistance to Eagle County

Michelle ~ May 16, 2023 ~ Blog Love: 0

Along the iconic drive from Denver to Glenwood Springs is the town of Gypsum, Colorado – Eagle County’s most populated municipality. And just beyond there, nestled one mile from the Dotsero Volcano, is a small fraction of Eagle County’s population who live in the Dotsero Mobile Home Park, a community of roughly 80 lots housing

CASE STUDY – Northwest Colorado Council of Governments: Project THOR

Michelle ~ October 28, 2022 ~ Blog Love: 0

Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG) is an association of county and municipal governments that work together for the benefit of their communities and citizens. NWCCOG has served its communities for over 38 years—covering 7,000 square miles, 28 member jurisdictions, and 230,000 residents in a region of northwest Colorado.

Affordable Connectivity Program Saves Internet costs for Eligible Households

Michelle ~ September 21, 2022 ~ Blog Love: 0

The Biden administration recently announced the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), giving eligible households up to $30 off their monthly internet bills, as well as a $100 discount on laptops, tablets, or desktop computers. According to Delia Sanchez, Energy Engagement Specialist at the Colorado Broadband Office (CBO), “ We estimate more than 600,000 Coloradans are eligible

Loan Program Helps Reduce Wildfire Severity While Improving Profits for Wood Products Businesses

Michelle ~ September 6, 2022 ~ Blog Love: 0

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) delivered the first Wildfire Risk Mitigation Loan under a new partnership with the San Luis Valley Development Resources Group (SLVDRG) Business Loan Fund. Along with the help of the Northwest Loan Fund, Marshall Forestry Solutions received this specialized loan that will be used for equipment

Colorado Communities Work Together to Expand Rural Broadband

Michelle ~ August 23, 2022 ~ Blog Love: 0

In a recent webinar, two officials from the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments shared how several Colorado communities have worked together to expand broadband to rural parts of the state.

Fiber for Breakfast 4.29.2022

Michelle ~ May 16, 2022 ~ Blog Love: 0

NWCCOG Broadband Director, Nate Walowitz, presents Western Colorado Regions Elevate Broadband in this episode of Fiber for Breakfast. – Fiber Broadband Association 4.29.2022

Colorado Executive Order D 2022 009 Accelerating Broadband

Michelle ~ March 16, 2022 ~ Blog Love: 0

Fast, reliable, and affordable broadband service is critical for participation in our modern economy. To create a Colorado for all, equitable online access to educational opportunities and government services is imperative. To accelerate Colorado’s economic recovery and continue to position Colorado as a top state to live and work in, we must invest in broadband

New Medicare offering could improve access to affordable health care for Eagle County seniors – VDN 10.27.2021

Michelle ~ November 12, 2021 ~ Blog Love: 0

For the first time in years, United Healthcare has announced that it will offer Medicare Advantage Plans in Eagle and Pitkin counties, said Jonnah Glassman, the coordinator of the Medicare State Health Insurance Program run out of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments. The company will expand advantage plan offerings in Summit County next year

Governor Polis Takes Action to Support County Priorities – Executive Order D 2021 134

Michelle ~ October 19, 2021 ~ Blog Love: 0

October 18, 2021 – Vail Daily – The Governor signed an Executive Order allowing Routt County to change Regional Planning Districts so that they may join the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG). The Routt County Board of Commissioners cited that their county shares NWCCOG’s priorities of housing, childcare, transportation, and local air service.

Beneficial Electrification Project – Colorado Energy Office lauds successful energy transition 09.02.2021

judi ~ September 3, 2021 ~ Blog Love: 0

September 3, 2021 – The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) today announced the renovation of five mobile homes in Eagle County through its Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) resulting in successful transitions from propane to fully electric heating and cooking. The projects were a joint effort between CEO, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, Eagle County, Walking Mountains

Public can make tax-deductible contributions through NWCCOG Foundation to help see Eagle Valley Trail completed – VDN 8.22.21

judi ~ August 25, 2021 ~ Blog Love: 0

July 21, 2021 – A paved trail system aiming to run from Breckenridge to Aspen became much more likely following a decision by elected officials to issue $20 million to $22 million in bonds to see Eagle County’s portion realized. But it will take approximately $26 million to complete the unfinished portions of the Eagle Valley Trail

Project THOR – Hidden Hero in reopening of Glenwood Canyon – VDN 8.16.21

judi ~ August 18, 2021 ~ Blog Love: 0

August 16, 2021 – Vail Daily. The Glenwood Canyon mudslide damaged much of the infrastructure on Interstate 70, including the Colorado Department of Transportation’s fiber-optic cable used to provide service in the canyon. Special to the Daily. A regional broadband service called Project THOR, aptly named in this case, was the hidden hero of reopening

Survey of Colorado’s high-country residents a “wake-up call” on the devastating implications of the affordable housing crisis – 6.23.21

judi ~ May 23, 2021 ~ Blog Love: 0

June 23, 2021 A first-of-its-kind survey of thousands of Colorado mountain town residents has delivered the clearest look at the impact of the pandemic on housing, rentals and lifestyles in the high country to date. And the news is not good. Wealthy newcomers are displacing locals. Businesses are struggling to hire staff. The crowds are

Utility bills burn through paychecks for thousands of Coloradans – 5.15.21

judi ~ March 23, 2021 ~ Blog Love: 0

MARCH 15, 2021 For the past five years, Susana Martinez Oliva has dreaded the onset of winter in Colorado. She lives in a mobile home with her husband and six children in the Dotsero Mobile Home Park, alongside Interstate 70 near the eastern edge of Glenwood Canyon, a cold, windy corridor over 6,000 feet high