GRAND JUNCTION, Colo –
The City of Fruita and other Mesa County economic first responders have been awarded a 2.3 million dollar grant to participate in the Colorado Department of Local Affairs rural recovery and resiliency roadmap.
“This program provides free resources from the state to help with regional economic efforts for the next several years and will help us identify how we can address the ongoing challenges in our area due to COVID and some that existed before,” Shannon Vassen, Assistant Fruita City Manager said.
The Colorado rural recovery program will provide assistance across rural communities to drive economic relief, recovery, diversification and long-term resilience.
The economic impact of COVID-19 was especially felt in Colorado’s rural communities and these communities will benefit from this program as it identifies and supports key industries, businesses, local workforce and residents.
The Colorado Department of Local Affairs is utilizing stimulus and recovery funding from federal and state sources to provide economic relief to aid the 169 rural communities.
“We are really excited for the opportunity to connect these communities and their priority projects with these resources so they really can get to implementation quickly and feel the benefits of recovery that is long-term and helps them envision a better future with a diversified economy with benefiting all members of these communities,” Anne Miller, Director of Colorado resiliency said.
This program will work to retain a skilled and educated work force, create diversified housing, provide technical assistance, and maintain outdoor amenities.
Visit: https://oedit.colorado.gov/press-release/16-regional-teams-identified-for-rural-resiliency-and-recovery-roadmaps for more details on the Colorado Rural Resiliency and Recovery Roadmaps program.