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Action 22, Inc. What Is It and What Does It do?
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Sara Blackhurst, President and CEO of Action 22, Inc. spoke to the Colorado City/Rye Lions Club on July 8, 2019 to explain how Action 22 is a strong voice for Southern Colorado on a State and Federal level. Action 22 is a member voice, an advocate and lobbyist for 22 southern Colorado Counties. Action 22 represents a 36,530 square mile area (35% of our State) and consists of well over a million citizens, which is 19% of the State’s population. The coverage area runs from Park County to the north, to the San Luis Valley in the West and southeast to the Kansas and New Mexico state lines. 80% of its funding is from membership dues and 20% from special events.

Action 22 functions with the intent of making a difference and monitoring a list of the following areas that affect its member base: 1. Economic Development, 2. Natural Resources, 3. Rural Government Affairs, 4. Education and 5. Healthcare.

In being an advocate for rural communities, Action 22 always asks questions that will yield results. They want to know how to solve problems that its members face and then deliver those solutions to policymakers who can act on them. Action 22 is about outcomes.

Sara gave examples of the efforts of the legislators in Denver. What they have learned the hard way is that you need to drive specific issues and track the legislators. In the near future there is going to be a “MyColorado” on social media which tracks every legislator and how they voted on each particular issue.

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