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Wyoming, Colorado counties consider regional planning

CHEYENNE, Wyo. ” Commissioners in Laramie County, as well as Weld and Larimer counties in northern Colorado, have begun talking about forming a regional planning commission.

Commission members met in Windsor, Colo., Wednesday to discuss the proposal. Their hope is to lure more federal funding and cooperate more on common issues.

“If you use the analogy of a city, we’re like different neighborhoods in the same city,” Weld County Commissioner Glenn Vaad said from his office in Greeley, Colo. “If we do things, we ought to be talking to one another.”

Vaad sees several concerns that Weld, Larimer and Laramie counties share: workforce development, wastewater treatment, air service and water.

“Others are encouraging me. I have 21 months until I am term-limited, and I am dedicated to taking this on,” he said.

Growth is another issue shared by southeast Wyoming and northern Colorado. Weld County now has 220,000 people, and Larimer County has 253,000 ” populations that are expected to grow to 475,000 and 440,000, respectively, by 2030.

Also at the meeting was Bob Sokolowski, director of the National Association of Regional Councils. “There are three important words in Washington, D.C.,” Sokolowski said. “They are ‘regional, regional, regional.”‘

Some councils, he said, have taken on gaps in services, such as health care, senior services or transportation. Others have taken on workforce issues or housing.

Information from: Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com


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