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The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) announced on Monday that it has selected Caroline Trani to serve as its Southern Colorado Community Relationship Manager. In this role, Trani will actively engage with key housing and economic development stakeholders, community members, customers,and local government in Southern Colorado to assess local needs and market CHFA programs.

Chaffee County is included in her service area, which covers Pueblo, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Bent, Prowers, Baca, Huerfano, Las Animas, Custer, Fremont, Lake and Chaffee counties.

“As a statewide organization, it’s important to CHFA that we work closely in various Colorado communities to meet their unique needs. CHFA is pleased to have Caroline, whose professional qualifications and southern Colorado background make her an ideal CHFA representative to help the region thrive,” said Steve Johnson, CHFA community development director.

Trani served as executive director of the Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for more than 11 years and as district grants and economic development director for the Third Congressional District. Before her position on congressional staff, she worked several years in strategic marketing and community development, including her own consulting business in Pueblo and Colorado Springs.

Trani is from a military family, which moved often during her youth. She graduated from high school in Anchorage, Alaska, and returned to Colorado, where her family is originally from Pueblo.

The appointment will have an impact in Chaffee County because CHFA invests in loans to low- and moderate-income homebuyers through its network of participating lenders. It also invests in affordable housing and community development by making loans to affordable multifamily rental housing developers and small- and medium-sized businesses. Created in 1973 as a self-sustaining public enterprise, CHFA also provides education and technical assistance about affordable housing and economic development.