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'Voices of Rural Colorado' join forces for legislative trip

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The 2016 Voices of Rural Colorado Denver legislative trip hosted by Club 20, Action 22, and Progressive 15 takes place Thursday and Friday, Jan. 21-22. While these groups work together frequently, the event marks the first time that the three advocacy organizations have joined to host an event together. This opportunity will allow the three organizations' members, representing 59 of Colorado's 64 counties, the chance to engage in productive dialogue with legislators, cabinet members and department heads regarding issues of concern to rural Colorado and to learn about potential legislation that may impact citizens and communities in our regions.

"This event serves as a great kickoff to an exciting year, and we couldn't be happier to be joining with Action 22 and Progressive 15. As one voice for rural Colorado we think that we will be able to show that there IS unity in our state. When 59 of Colorado's 64 counties ban together it's going to be hard for state leadership not to listen," says Christian Reece, Club 20 executive director.

Bob Stovall, Action 22 interim director adds, "Action 22 sees this joint event as a great opportunity to let legislators hear from the combined voices of rural Colorado, where we have so many issues in common."

Progressive 15 executive director, Cathy Shull, agrees, saying, "Our organizations have learned that whether you are on the Front Range or the West Slope, many issues we face are the same for all rural Colorado. Together our organizations can strengthen rural interests at the state and federal level."

Agenda highlights include panel discussions focused on the topics of transportation, education and health care; a federal update from the offices of Senator Michael Bennet and Senator Cory Gardner; an update from Gov. Hickenlooper's office regarding plans for the 2016 session and Colorado's fiscal future; what to expect in the 2016 session from Colorado legislators and state officials; and a legislative reception at the the governor's mansion.

For more information, call Club 20 at 242-3264.

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