Federal and state lawmakers have dedicated billions of dollars in resources in recent years to address the impacts of COVID-19. But challenges in underfunded, understaffed regions of Colorado reduce the opportunities these communities have to apply for and access this one-time surge in funding. In this first episode of a three-part series, we highlight in-depth the challenges faced by rural communities in Northwest Colorado in trying to apply for and gain access to federal and state resources to address the challenges they face in the wake of COVID-19 as well as the upheaval being caused by the closure of one of the region’s premier employers. We also highlight how the shortage of capacity in these individual communities impedes their ability to apply for federal and state stimulus funding.
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