Rural Voices

Rural Colorado is defined by its ingenuity, grit, and appreciation for community, but aside from these characteristics, each region of the state varies widely in character, access to resources, challenges, and opportunities.

Check out these articles written by those who live and work in rural Colorado. Want to stay informed on the issues and events happening throughout Colorado? Be sure you are signed up to receive the quarterly rural resources newsletter, the Rural Roundup.

Rural Voices: The Power of Community Support

Barbara Bynum, President of the Board of Directors, Montrose Recreation District
Montrose, CO is like many rural Colorado towns, so it should be of no surprise that voters rejected a plan to increase taxes in 2012. They were being asked for an increase in taxes to build a community recreation center at an unknown location in town. The letters to the editor of the Montrose Press were divided and contentious. Opponents were skeptical that a building could be constructed on budget. Fears of expensive fees and continual tax increases were raised. “What if nobody can afford to use it? What if nobody comes?” were constant criticisms of the project. But just five years later the newly opened Montrose Community Recreation Center is smashing expectations.

Community Spotlight: Seeking Buy-In and Local Voice in Limon

Leah Rausch Director of Rural Partnerships, Community Resource Center
Community: A word so thoroughly used in the nonprofit sector that it often fails to evoke a clear image or commonly held definition. Limon, Colorado – 100 miles east of Denver on I-70, is on the road to redefining their community. The town of 1,800 is a frequent stop for long-distance truckers and families on road trips, fittingly named the “Hub City” due to the convergence of several key transportation routes. For many of us outside the eastern plains, Limon evokes an image of looming truck stops and rows upon rows of wind turbines filling the horizon.