Widening Interstate 25, providing statewide broadband, revamping health care and preparing non-college-bound students for work will take cooperation and collaboration among lawmakers and businesses, city and state governments, Republicans and Democrats, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said at Fort Collins’ business appreciation breakfast Wednesday.
Hickenlooper spent part of the day in Fort Collins addressing business leaders and visiting Poudre Fire Authority Station 1, where he signed a proclamation declaring September Campus Fire Safety Month.
The governor, long thought to be a potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, said his focus is on the work that needs to be done in Colorado in his remaining 482 days in office. Hickenlooper is term limited from another gubernatorial run.
Work to be done includes coming up with funding to widen I-25, an internship program that allows non-college-bound high school juniors to identify a potential career and work alongside professionals in that job while going to school, and providing broadband to all corners of the state.
While collaboration is key to getting things done, Hickenlooper said he also believes in competition, as in being competitive with neighboring Utah to attract businesses.
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