Instead of creating a plan, the new governor is asking each county and region to say what would help them improve economically.
So what issues have people in Southern Colorado been telling the governor's group about?
"We learned in Del Norte they're talking about the number of 18th century chapels that are in the San Luis Valley, these beautiful old Catholic churches. But there's no map, no tour put together to tell tourists all the things you can see. That's the kind of thing, we don't have very much money, but that's an idea that doesn't take much money and we can really help with," Governor Hickenlooper said.
"What we've been hearing consistently is a lack of high-speed internet and consistent cell service is a real problem when you're trying to bring people in from outside, or you're trying to expand your business. It's just really hard to do," Lt. Governor Joe Garcia said.
Governor Hickenlooper says the State's lack of money will make implementing economic development plans challenging.
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