PUEBLO WEST, Colo. — The Pueblo West Metropolitan District has launched the Community Conversations Campaign, a program designed to actively engage residents, showing the District's pledge to increase community access, be transparent, and work together with residents to make things better.
"Our main goal on the Board is to talk with our residents and be community focused," Metro District Board of Directors President Nick Madero said. "With this campaign, we aim for real conversations that lead to actual improvements in our community."
The Community Conversations Campaign has two straightforward goals to better connect with Pueblo West residents:
- Widen the doors to local government, ensuring leaders not only listen but also act on what residents have to say if possible.
- Prove that Metro District leaders take resident feedback seriously, applying sensible methods to understand what's going on and how people feel about it.
"The campaign is a united effort," Community Relations Manager Brandi Blankenship said. "It's the whole District's commitment to genuinely engage with the community. We're here to listen, and we mean it."
Here's the plan:
- “Community Conversations” town hall meetings: Meet Board members and Metro District leaders at nothing-off-limits events. All Board members are involved, leading their own events and sharing their opinions.
- Increased access at Board meetings: We've changed the schedule to suit you, beginning our meetings at 6 p.m. We’re also adding a second public comment period for more dialogue with residents.
- Community Relations Office: Stop by for a one-on-one chat and a cup of coffee with our community relations manager. We have an open-door policy during designated business hours, and these talks could lead to real change.
- Enhanced digital communication: We’re redesigning the District website with a mobile-first approach, creating more opportunities to join in on social media, simulcasting Board meetings on Facebook, and sending direct alerts via the “Pueblo West Alerts” text message system.
- Text message and online surveys: Simply put, tell us what you think.
"Our staff wants to connect with our neighbors, and we're backing it up," said Interim District Manager Christian Heyn. "We're not just asking to hear from you. We're actively seeking your voice. This is about building a Pueblo West that listens, responds, and values you. Transparent government, made real."
For details on the Community Conversations Campaign, visit PuebloWestMetro.com/conversations.
About the Pueblo West Metropolitan District:
The Pueblo West Metropolitan District serves approximately 33,000 citizens living in a 50-square-mile unincorporated portion of Pueblo County located approximately eight miles west of the City of Pueblo. Unlike municipalities, Pueblo West is a special district that is authorized to provide four services to residents – limited covenant enforcement, fire protection, parks and recreation, and water and wastewater utilities.
The District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors who are elected by registered voters consisting of Pueblo West residents and property owners.