As a Jefferson County Commissioner, small business owner and a working mother, I understand that it is not only about seizing opportunities, but creating opportunities for yourself and others. It has always been my vision that all people would have an opportunity to live their American dream. A healthy economy is a critical component of that dream, and Colorado’s energy industry helps create and sustain opportunity for Coloradans – including the Hispanic community, which makes up 20 percent of Colorado’s population.
According to a study by the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, Colorado’s oil and natural gas industry provides over 102,700 jobs and $7.6 billion in wages, providing economic benefits to Coloradans statewide, regardless of whether there is oil and natural gas production in their county. These economic benefits include:
Lower energy prices: Colorado’s 2015 energy bills were the lowest in the nation, averaging $224 a month.
Household income: Energy savings from the oil and natural gas industry helped grow the average household income by an estimated $1,200 in 2012.
Additionally, Colorado’s energy industry is incredibly diverse and innovative, providing career opportunities from entry to senior level experience, with a variety of job types including engineering, administrative, creative, human resources and beyond.
As a Hispanic woman, I want these job and economic opportunities to continue to exist and benefit our Hispanic community. When Colorado’s Hispanic community thrives, we as a greater community will thrive.
Colorado currently prides itself in having the 5th fastest growing economy in the United States. To ensure that Coloradans continue to have as many opportunities as possible, it is critical that Colorado’s energy industry continues to thrive and flourish.
Jefferson County Commissioner