Roberts’ Bipartisan Bill to Create the Rural Opportunity Office Passes Senate



The Rural Opportunity Office is charged with boosting economic development in rural communities across the state.

DENVER, CO – Senator Dylan Roberts’, D-Avon, bipartisan bill to foster economic development in rural communities passed the Senate this week.

SB23-006, cosponsored by Senator Janice Rich, R-Grand Junction, formally creates the Rural Opportunity Office (ROO) within the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. ROO is charged with serving as the central coordinator of rural economic development, supporting communities transitioning away from coal-based economies, and making recommendations to help inform economic development policy impacting rural communities.

“Rural communities like those I represent are crucial to Colorado’s economy and character. To ensure we’re building a Colorado where everyone can thrive, we must be proactive in our work to support rural economic development,” Roberts said. “By creating a ‘one-stop shop’ for our small towns in the Rural Opportunity Office, we will be able to provide the expertise to meet our rural economies’ unique needs and help communities take advantage of state, federal, and nonprofit opportunities to promote, diversify, and expand economic opportunity. From Craig to Granby, Sterling to Cortez, and everywhere in between, the Rural Opportunity Office will be a vital resource for rural Colorado.”

“I am very proud to be a sponsor of this bill,” Rich said. “Since 2019, the Rural Opportunity Office has serviced thousands of rural businesses and stakeholders, and with this bill, it will continue to act as a vital resource in developing economic opportunities for rural Coloradans for years to come.”

The Rural Opportunity Office began its work to boost rural economies through supportive development strategies in 2019. In the years since, the Office has expanded services to assist tribal nations in their economic development through grant writing support, education campaigns, and technical assistance.

SB23-006 now heads to the House for further consideration.

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