On Sept. 4, Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order creating the Office of the Future of Work at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) to address the way Coloradans’ work is changing and ensure they are prepared for the jobs of the future.

Sen. Kerry Donovan speaks before the signing of SB19-107 in Salida in May, the broadband infrastructure bill she spent five years moving toward passage that was signed into law in the last legislative session. (Photo by Jan Wondra)

That same day, Sen. Kerry Donovan released the following statement in response to the executive order: “The way people work is changing, and we have a responsibility to make sure that nobody gets left behind. It shouldn’t matter if you live in a rural or urban area; everyone should have access to the tools necessary to succeed in the 21st-century economy.”

Donovan continued, “I am proud to have worked to make sure that rural Coloradans have access to more and more economic opportunities. I am proud to be a part of this effort to make sure all Coloradans are prepared for our changing economy.”

A press release from Donovan’s office provided the following statistics: “While many Americans currently work in growing industries, nearly 21 percent work in a profession experiencing declines in employment, according to a report by Third Way. Whether these declines are a result of automation, a shift towards the “gig” economy, or market forces, workers need to have the tools and skills necessary to move to new jobs and industries.”

Donovan has carried several pieces of legislation to increase economic opportunities for rural Colorado, prepare Coloradans for the changing economy, help those without traditional retirement benefits save for the future and help lower the cost of healthcare – particularly for those who do not get their health insurance through an employer.

More information regarding Donovan’s legislation can be located by visiting  www.leg.colorado.gov/legislators/kerry-donovan

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