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Cortez, CO

Mayor Karen Sheek

“Almost every facet of our lives has been impacted by the internet, and individuals with access to reliable, affordable, high-speed internet will be at a greater advantage going forward than those without.  Such access is especially critical for rural communities like Cortez because it will provide expanded opportunities to enable us to compete on a global scale, help enrich the lives of our citizens and expand our economies.”

“Years ago, Cortez community leaders and city staff recognized the importance of providing internet access to our citizens. We are now on the cusp of moving to the next level. We believe that collaboration through the Next Century Cities project will provide us with vital information and strategies to move forward faster and with fewer setbacks than we might have navigating on our own. Collaboration allows us all to build on our strengths, learn from one another, and avoid unnecessary pitfalls.”