2010 Colorado election gubernatorial transition: Governor Hickenlooper’s first official tour recap

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I’m feeling sorry for the new governor. Chasing across the valleys, crossing pass after pass, bracing against twists and turns up and down canyons and gazing out the window at timeless vistas, it must be tough to get psyched for your first official tour of Colorado. Here’s a report from NewsFirst5.com. From the article:

As part of his state wide tour, Governor Hickenlooper made his first official trip to Southern Colorado Sunday with stops in Pueblo and Colorado Springs. He says bringing more growth into the state economy is going to be a tricky task. “The whole state has to be more pro-business, but this is Colorado so we have to hold ourselves to the highest standards of protecting our land and water, making sure we hold our businesses to the highest ethical standards.” he says, “But as we do that we want to be more pro-business.”

More coverage from the Associated Press via CBS Denver:

Hickenlooper began in Edwards in Eagle County. He told the audience made up of hundreds that he wanted their ideas. “This can only really work if we get more people involved, not usual suspects but different suspects,” said Hickenlooper.

More coverage from the Longmont Times-Call:

Gov. John Hickenlooper is to discuss economic development and job creation Monday afternoon with northern Colorado business leaders, community members and local officials.

The Loveland meeting, which is open to the public, will conclude a four-day tour that Hickenlooper began Friday to promote what the governor calls his “bottom-up economic development plan.” Hickenlooper has proposed local creation of economic development plans for each of Colorado’s 64 counties. Those county plans would then be rolled into 14 regional plans, which collectively would amount to a statewide economic development plan.

Monday’s meeting is set for 3 p.m. in the McKee Community Building at The Ranch, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland.

Here’s a look at Governor Hickenlooper’s vision for the Department of Natural Resources, from Bobby Magill writing for the Fort Collins Coloradoan. From the article:

“We’re going to have to focus on making sure that Colorado is open for business and we’re working well with folks in the tourism industry and the oil and gas industry,” he said. The Department of Natural Resource’s, or DNR, 11 divisions oversee state parks, forestry, wildlife, water resources, oil and gas, state land, mining, minerals and enforcement of the state’s natural resources rules and regulations, including new rules created governing in situ leach uranium mining in Northern Colorado.

Under Gov. Bill Ritter, King helped oversee the creation of legislatively mandated oil and gas rules hailed by environmentalists but detested by the energy industry, which said the rules would send jobs to other states. King, who continues as DNR executive director after assuming that position eight months ago in the Ritter administration, said the department’s primary focus is on jobs and economic development. The DNR, he said, will work with state tourism officials to figure out how to use state parks to generate more tourism revenue.

More coverage from The Pueblo Chieftain (Matt Hildner):

Costilla County Commissioner Crestina Martinez said residents in her county have only one company that offers both voice and data services. She noted that some people don’t even like to travel over La Veta Pass because its a black hole for service of any kind.

While a fairly solid agricultural economy helped the valley stave off the worst of the recession this year, according to a recent state report, local officials emphasized the problem of connecting some products — such as locally grown food and livestock — to niche markets.

More coverage from John Schroyer writing for The Colorado Springs Gazette. From the article

His [Hickenlooper’s] aim, he said, is simple — create jobs. After pointing out that the state is flat broke, and Coloradans aren’t in the mood for a tax hike, he repeated what has become his political mantra. “There’s no other solution than to be more pro-business.” He heard from dozens of area residents Sunday, ranging from self-described “interested citizens” to local CEO’s, government officials, attorneys, activists, teachers, and even a filmmaker.

More 2010 Colorado elections coverage here.

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