Governor Polis Delivers Regional State of the State in Glenwood Springs, Discusses Vision for Housing in Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ~ GLENWOOD SPRINGS - Governor Jared Polis delivered a local State of the State address to the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce today, highlighting his administration's focus on innovative housing opportunities and investing in education. The governor made several stops throughout the day, including a visit to Welchester Elementary School in Golden and a pilot modular housing initiative in Eagle.

At Welchester Elementary, Governor Polis met with staff and spoke with a group of first-graders. He praised the school for its excellence in student achievement and emphasized the importance of Colorado's schools in fostering future leaders and innovators.

Later in the day, Governor Polis visited a pilot modular housing initiative sponsored by Habitat for Humanity in Eagle. This development will provide 16 housing units, with 75% of them dedicated to Eagle County School District employees who earn between 80 and 100 percent of the Area Median Income. The governor was joined by Tim Moffet, a future homeowner and Gypsum Creek Middle School teacher who received his teaching license through a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Program. This visit highlighted the value of work-based learning and career exposure for Colorado students.

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"We want every Coloradan to be able to live in the communities where they work, and innovative partnerships like this one make that possible," said Governor Polis. "These housing units will help retain high-quality and passionate teachers in Eagle County. I look forward to building on this example and creating more housing opportunities for all Colorado budgets near job centers across our state."

Governor Polis also toured an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) owned by Glenwood Springs City Council member Jonathan Godes. ADUs, also known as "casitas" or "granny flats", can help fill gaps in the housing market and provide additional income to owners. A recent poll showed that nearly 80% of Coloradans support allowing ADUs to be built on single-family properties.

"ADUs are a highly popular and effective solution to help Colorado address our housing needs," said Governor Polis. "To create a more liveable Colorado, we must use numerous strategies to create more housing for Coloradans that allows them to live close to work. Through his ADU, Jonathan not only provides more housing to Glenwood Springs and its local workforce but also supplements his income by renting to a long-term tenant. I look forward to making it easier for all Coloradans to exercise their property rights to build an ADU."

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Finally, Governor Polis provided his local State of the State address to the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce. He emphasized his vision for a more liveable, sustainable, and affordable Colorado, with a focus on increasing affordable and convenient transportation options, making the state safer, and investing in the workforce.

"We have a lot to do in the months ahead, but once again I'm optimistic that we will work together to deliver real results for Coloradans," said Governor Polis. "As business and community leaders, your voices are so important to these conversations. That's why I'm glad to speak with you all today and look forward to continuing these important conversations moving forward."

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