Gardner Holds Meetings Across Colorado
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) held numerous events in Southern Colorado and on Colorado’s Western Slope last week, meeting with local officials to discuss economic development, infrastructure repairs, and how his bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act will benefit Colorado’s public lands and provide economic recovery from COVID-19. These meetings follow his numerous events across the Western Slope earlier this month. During the July in-state work period, Gardner held events in Pueblo, El Paso, Gunnison, Montrose, Delta, and Mesa Counties.
Gardner began his events in Pueblo at Runyon Sports Complex, which has received roughly $100,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and is one of many examples of the LWCF’s success in Colorado. Gardner met with local officials to discuss the importance of the complex to the community and how his Great American Outdoors Act will support facilities like this across Colorado and the nation by fully and permanently funding the LWCF. The LWCF is a program to help preserve, develop, and ensure access to outdoor recreation resources. State and local communities receive 40 percent of the federal funding allocated to the program.
“The Great American Outdoors Act will create more than 100,000 jobs nationwide and thousands in Colorado, which will help stimulate our economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Senator Gardner. “Runyon Sports Complex was a beneficiary of the Land and Water Conservation Fund nearly 30 years ago. The Great American Outdoors Act will fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund so we can continue supporting projects just like this across the state of Colorado.”
Gardner held a meeting in El Paso County at Bear Creek Regional Park, where he met with El Paso County officials and the El Paso Community Services Department to discuss how his Great American Outdoors Act will help the local community.
“The Land and Water Conservation Fund has provided over $5 million to support recreation in El Paso County for both visitors and local communities to enjoy,” said Senator Gardner. “It’s important to recognize the LWCF does more than help the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management – it provides funding to support city parks and ball fields across the country.”
Gardner joined the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to discuss the $18.35 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the Military Access, Mobility and Safety Improvement Project. This project will allow CDOT, with its local partners, to make vital repairs to infrastructure in the Colorado Springs area to improve safety for military members and the public, and reaffirms Colorado’s commitment to becoming U.S. Space Command’s permanent headquarters.
“This project now underway will help maximize efficiency to and from military facilities and help ensure quick and safe transportation between military assets in Colorado Springs. I also believe this project further demonstrates Colorado’s infrastructure is best prepared for U.S. Space Command’s permanent headquarters,” said Senator Gardner. “We must continue to work together to make the strongest case possible for Colorado’s selection for the permanent headquarters.”
Gardner visited the new U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, which will highlight American athletes throughout history and features incredible memorabilia dating back to the first modern Olympic games in Athens in 1896. Gardner discussed his work on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to strengthen the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and protect Olympic athletes.
“I’m excited that U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs will open to the public on July 30 and will have a first-of-its-kind tribute to the 1980 US Olympic team members, who were unable to compete when the US boycotted the Olympic games in Russia 40 years ago,” said Senator Gardner. “I will continue working to strengthen the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee so we can do a better job protecting the futures of our Olympic athletes.”
At Western Colorado University in Gunnison, Gardner met with students and faculty to discuss their new computer science partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science. This partnership will allow students to obtain degrees in computer science as graduates of the University of Colorado Boulder while remaining on campus at Western Colorado University.
“STEM education plays a critical role in ensuring the U.S. stays at the forefront of research and development,” said Senator Gardner. “I’m pleased to see this new partnership between Western Colorado University and the University of Colorado Boulder, and I will continue fighting for new opportunities in Colorado.”
Gardner met with Forest Rangers at Lake Irwin in Gunnison County to discuss his bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act and how the legislation will help provide funding to address repairs at campgrounds in Colorado and across the nation.
“The Great American Outdoors Act will address the nearly $20 billion in deferred maintenance backlog at national parks and other public lands which will allow for repairs to roads, bridges, park facilities, visitor centers, and more,” said Senator Gardner. “I enjoyed meeting with Forest Rangers to discuss how this legislation will benefit Lake Irwin and other public lands used for recreation in Colorado.”
Near Crested Butte, Gardner met with representatives from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Colorado to see how the BLM was able to restore the area and build new facilities for visitors to enjoy. Gardner’s bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act will help fund neglected projects more quickly on public lands across Colorado.
“Protecting public lands is not a Republican or a Democratic issue,” said Senator Gardner. “We must work together to preserve areas like the Oh Be Joyful Campground and other areas overseen by the Bureau of Land Management for future generations to enjoy.”
Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.
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