Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran is putting on a town hall Tuesday night to chat with the experts and community members about the challenges of the state’s population growth.
The state Demographer’s Office said Colorado’s population was about 5 million in 2010 and could reach 8 million by 2040.
The town hall is from 7 to 8: 30 p.m. at the Girls Athletic Leadership School at 750 Galapago St. in Denver
Duran’s panel includes:
- Will Toor, director of transportation programs for the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project.
- Laura Brudzynski from the Denver Office of Economic Development.
- Rick Padilla, director of housing development for the city and county of Denver.
- Carol Hedges, director of the Colorado Fiscal Institute.
- Jerilynn Martinez, director of marketing and community relations for the Colorado Housing Finance Authority.
- Jack Tone, a board member of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association.
- Dre Chiriboga-Flor, transit organizer for 9to5.
“While growth has led to many benefits, such as low unemployment and good jobs for Coloradans, we need to take on the challenges that come with this growth,” Duran said. “Whether it is skyrocketing housing costs, dealing with the high cost of living or being stuck on the highway for hours during rush hour, we can and must to more to address these issues.”
Colorado is one of the fastest growing states in the country and already is far behind in funding roads and schools. Lawmakers such as Duran and state Reps. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, and Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, have taken a lead on programs that help people plan for retirement and assess pubic services.