Colorado: Governor Polis Discusses Housing Affordability and Reducing Costs in Visit to Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION ~ Grand Junction, CO - Governor Jared Polis visited Grand Junction today to deliver a local state of the state address to the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce. During his visit, he also made stops focused on addressing housing barriers, strengthening the local economy, and increasing transit options.

The day began with Governor Polis participating in a Circular Economy Roundtable Discussion with the Business Incubator Center. The discussion centered around finding innovative practices to make Colorado's booming economy more sustainable. "Colorado has one of the strongest economies in the nation and we know that Grand Junction and the Western Slope are an essential part of our state's success," said Governor Polis. "Today's discussion focused on innovative strategies to reduce housing costs, create even more good paying jobs, and help small businesses succeed. Together we can get it done."

Following the roundtable discussion, Governor Polis delivered a local State of the State address to the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce. In his address, he outlined his vision for more affordable housing options near job centers and transportation hubs. He also emphasized Colorado's efforts to make the state safer, strengthen its workforce, and provide students with opportunities for good-paying jobs.

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"As our great state approaches its 150th birthday in just two years, it is crucial that we work together to ensure it remains the best place to live, raise a family, and launch a business," said Governor Polis. "Housing and transit continue to be top concerns as I travel around Colorado, which is why they remain top priorities as we approach this milestone."

In the afternoon, Governor Polis toured Låda Cube, a Grand Junction manufacturer of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). These units are a popular tool supported by 78% of Coloradans to address housing needs in the state. With 87% of Coloradans stating that there are not enough affordable housing options and 70% believing their local government is not doing enough, Governor Polis is committed to removing barriers and building more affordable housing near job centers and transit hubs.

"Låda Cube is helping Colorado address housing shortages through the construction of innovative ADUs," said Governor Polis. "These popular housing units are a powerful tool at our fingertips to provide Coloradans with affordable housing. I am grateful for the innovative work being done at Låda Cube, and I am excited to see homeowners who want to construct ADUs being able to do so with less red tape and cost."

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Before departing, Governor Polis joined Breeze Airways to announce new direct service from Grand Junction Regional Airport to Orange County - Santa Ana, California. This expansion marks Breeze Airways' first destination in Colorado and further connects the state and Grand Junction to the rest of the country. It also creates new opportunities for tourism and business for both visitors and Coloradans.

"This new service from Grand Junction to Orange County, and soon San Francisco, provides Coloradans with new low-cost travel options and visitors with new ways to see Colorado's iconic Western Slope," said Governor Polis. "I am thrilled to see this expansion and am excited about the positive impact it will have on Grand Junction's economy. I look forward to continuing my support for more airlines expanding service for Grand Junction with low-cost and convenient options."

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