|Commissioner Casey Tighe
Jefferson County, District 2
I'm honored to be serving as one of Jeffco's three county commissioners, and I look forward to earning your support as I seek reelection in 2016. Learn more about the work of the Board of Commissioners here.
I ran for Jeffco commissioner to assure efficient, accountable government that's responsive to citizen concerns. I have over twenty years of experience working from the inside out to make governmental entities more effective. As a longtime resident of Jefferson County, I am dedicated to preserving our great quality of life while building economic vitality.
Please feel free to contact me with your ideas and concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-271-8525.
March 4, 2015
The old saying is that March goes in like a lamb and out like a lion, but this year that applies to February. The first two weeks were fairly warm, but the last two weeks we have experienced record snow amounts to remind us that it is still winter.
Snow. I want to thank the road and bridge crews for their hard work. The snow, along with the ongoing cold temperatures, have made these storms a challenge for the road crews. As I am sure you have noticed, when the snow gets packed down and freezes it becomes extremely difficult to plow. And because the weather has been bad all over the country, there is now a shortage of ice slicing materials; so the road crews have to be very careful on how much of the product they use. I know the crews are doing their best in these tough conditions.
NACO Conference. Last week, I joined the other two Commissioners in Washington D.C., for the legislative conference of the National Association of Counties. I attended this conference two years ago, and it is a great opportunity to meet with county officials from all around the country to discuss challenges facing local governments. We hear from experts in different areas and hear about best practices a wide range of topics, such as, jails, open space, budgeting, human services, roads and land use.
Water seems to be an area that is a challenge to people all over the country, and there was a lot of discussion of water during the conference. As local governments seek to promote economic growth, they need to ensure that there is a sufficient supply of clean available water. This is going to be one of the major challenges for local governments in the next few decades, and we need to attack these issues in many different ways. Many of the challenges we face here in the arid west are very different than the issues on the coasts, but many of the same themes still apply. We need to have sensible land use, more conservation and improved water storage and water management facilities.
Visits with the Congressional Delegation. We got to meet with the members of Congress or their Washington staff during our trip to Washington. It was great to talk to them about challenges facing Jefferson County. A couple of the issues we focused on were:
Economic Development. The economy in Jefferson County seems to be continuing to improve and I see positive signs going forward.
Fed Ex ground has announced that they are building a large distribution facility in north Jeffco. This is the first business to locate in the new Verve Innovation Park near the Rocky Mountain Airport. This new facility will provide some great job opportunities in the north part of Jefferson County.
Lockeed Martin has announced that they are expanding their facility in Waterton Canyon, in the south part of the county, adding hundreds of jobs over the next few years.
We continue to see new construction all around the metro area including Jeffco. The challenge we have is making sure the new development is sensible and provides for a good long term quality of life for the citizens. Staff is working on updating the comprehensive master plan to help Jeffco develop in a sensible sustainable way.
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