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News Release

Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly visits the White House

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Mar 27, 2017

Contact Information:

Michelle Bird, Larimer County Public Affairs Manager, [970] 498-7015, mbird@larimer.org

 Donnelly invited to the signing of House Joint Resolution 44 by President Donald Trump

 
 
Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly spent March 27, 2017 in Washington D.C. advocating for issues important to Larimer County citizens, including a visit to the White House Roosevelt Room to attend the signing of House Joint Resolution 44 [HJ Res. 44] by President Donald Trump.  Commissioner Donnelly represented Colorado County Commissioners and witnessed the bill signing along with a large federal delegation and western local and state officials from Wyoming, Utah and Nevada.
 
“I am proud to showcase the good work being done in Larimer County and across northern Colorado,” said Donnelly. “I will always advocate for issues important to our region.  Especially, transportation and disaster recovery.” He is the first County Commissioner from Larimer County to receive an invitation from the President of the United States to the visit the White House.
 
Donnelly spent the morning meeting with Larimer County’s federal delegation. The lack of federal funding for infrastructure projects was the theme of the morning meetings. He met with representatives from Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s office and Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s office, capturing the opportunity to highlight the collaborative work being done on North I-25.
 
According to the National Association of Counties [NACo] H.J. Res 44 is a big win for counties. The resolution disapproves the U.S Bureau of Land Management’s Planning 2.0 rule.  Counties were concerned that the new rule would weaken their voice in how decisions over BLM land in their jurisdictions are made. Over fifty groups that represent public lands stakeholders supported the disapproval of the Planning 2.0 rule.
 
Rounding out his day is a 9 p.m. (EST) conference call with fellow Commissioners to hear the second reading of the proposed Wildlife Ordinance for the Estes Valley Planning Area.
 
For more information on H.J. Res. 44 please see the NACo commentary at: http://www.naco.org/articles/congress-reboots-blm%E2%80%99s-planning-20-rule
 
Larimer County is located in north central Colorado and is the sixth largest county in the state based on population.  The County encompasses 2,640 square miles.  Fort Collins is the County seat.  Larimer County has a rich agricultural and western heritage that is reflected in our commitment to a high quality of life and preservation of our natural areas. 
 
The County provides services to all residents and business through numerous community resources, infrastructure maintenance and updates, planning services, public records, human and economic health initiatives, and public safety.
 
For more information, contact Michelle Bird, Larimer County Public Affairs Manager, [970] 498-7015, mbird@larimer.org
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