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Hickenlooper in Breckenridge focuses on fire and water

Claire Higgins
Summit Daily News

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper made an appearance in Breckenridge Thursday to speak to the hundreds of local leaders gathered for the annual Colorado Municipal League conference.

After casually greeting the crowd with a laugh and referring to the local leaders as his “peeps,” Hickenlooper touched on major issues on his agenda, including the wildfires, water conservation, job reform and what he wants to focus on in the next 10 years – homelessness.

The governor said he wants to improve the homelessness rates throughout Colorado, without just “throwing money at it.” Instead, it’s about integrating resources and finding new ways to solve the problem, he said.

Hickenlooper also wants to find new ways to deal with the wildfires spreading quickly throughout the state. The recent ban on fireworks, for example, was a necessary step to keep fire safety at the top of the list, according to Hickenlooper.

Although the High Park fire near Fort Collins destroyed almost 200 homes and fires are burning in other areas of the state, the governor said Colorad will still be “open for business.”

“We’ve been here before,” he said, reassuring the audience that Colorado tourism will still thrive this season.

Hickenlooper also touched on water conservation during the current state of drought. The “constant mantra” we need to keep, according to Hickenlooper, is to focus on conservation to ultimately benefit farmers.

Job reform is also on Hickenlooper’s agenda to work on. The administration is hosting an upcoming conference, the COIN (Colorado Innovation Network) Summit, which will find ways to connect laboratories and big businesses with entrepreneurs and small businesses.

To create jobs, Hickenlooper said the key is to get more entrepreneurs in the right place, with the right funding, to create more jobs.

The governor finished out the luncheon by requesting local officials reach out to the administration to get things accomplished. “Find us the opportunity and I guarantee we’ll follow through,” Hickenlooper said.

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