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On Friday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis continued his “Powering the Comeback Tour” of the state by visiting with small businesses in Salida, Cañon City, and Pueblo.

“It was exciting to visit small businesses and hear from community leaders in Salida, Pueblo, and Cañon City about building back better,” said Polis. “We know our economy is roaring back and working with the communities I visited today, we will continue to create a Colorado where everyone thrives today, tomorrow, and for years to come.”

Governor Polis, left, visits Solvista Regional Assessment Center construction site with former State Representative Jim Wilson. Photo courtesy of the governor’s office

In Salida for his first stop of the day, Governor Polis stopped by the Book Haven and bought a book, then stopped at Little Red Hen Bakery for breakfast, before meeting other small business owners near the new skate park in Centennial Park.

The governor then joined former State Representative Jim Wilson, Executive Director of the Department of Local Affairs Rick Garcia, and local officials to tour the development site for the new Solvista Regional Assessment Center development site on the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center campus. (The Chaffee County Commissioners were absent from the tour due to a previously-scheduled 2022 District Attorney budget hearing in Fairplay.)

The new 15,000 square foot building under construction is designed to deliver safe, evidence-based care. It will support addiction recovery and behavioral health through crisis walk-in, acute treatment, and respite.

The Solvista Regional Assessment Center is under construction on the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical center Campus. Photo by Jan Wondra

The governor went on to tour the  Colorado Department of Corrections with Executive Director Dean Williams, and with Mayor Ashley Smith visited The Hotel St. Cloud in Cañon City, which was awarded a Community Revitalization Grant by Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

The St. Cloud Hotel was historically a film set for silent-era films and was the first hotel with electricity in the state.  Unbridled Holdings, the developer for the St. Cloud Hotel, explained that they hope to forge a positive future for the Cañon City by advancing creative industries and the hospitality industry. Their core mission is to “restore people and places”.

Unbridled is actualizing its mission by restoring several additional historic buildings in Cañon City and their restoration of the historic Post Office will serve as the Fremont Center for the Arts, including workspaces for artisans. The Annex Ballroom Building will be home to a farm-to-table restaurant where local artists will display their works and musicians will share their talents.

The governor capped the day back on the Front Range in Pueblo where he, Executive Director of the Department of Local Affairs Rick Garcia, Senate President Leroy Garcia, Majority Leader Daneya Esgar, and Mayor Nick Gradisar visited a modular homes production facility and discussed the importance of affordable housing, then visited the Pueblo Chile Festival, where he stopped by Papa Mario’s food truck, the small business winner of the inaugural Governor’s Plate.