COLORADO COMMUNITY S.P.A.R.K.

Creating opportunities and advancement for Colorado's underserved communities.

S.P.A.R.K. stands for System, Plan, Access, Resources, and Knowledge. The community S.P.A.R.K. is a new way to share the American Dream that inner city and rural communities can relate to. Under the current state leadership, many feel that they cannot achieve the American Dream, but we will show them how the Community S.P.A.R.K. can empower them to succeed.

Economic Empowerment

  • Create a large company–small company growth in initiative that would provide help and support for small, underserved businesses in the Black, Hispanic, and Rural communities.
  • Create a peer-to-peer loan program for local small business entrepreneurs
  • Create public-private supported workshops to train, equip, and enhance small businesses throughout underserved communities.
  • Partner with public-private organizations to promote local trade skills training programs and help them expand into the underserved inner city and rural communities
  • Work to increase the number of minority businesses, with less than two employees, to more than five employees by 10% in the first year.
  • Create 10,000 more jobs for minority communities (currently about 143k jobs).
  • Promote additional tax cuts for 51% or more minority-owned businesses.
  • Create a cooperative that drives investment in disadvantaged areas of the state.

Safe Neighborhoods

  • Create a statewide board of business and community leaders and law enforcement personnel with a goal of:
    • Identifying trends and approaches to solving these trends statewide
    • Ensure lines of communication remain open
    • Plan activities around community policing that ensure the welfare and safety of the police and the citizens
  • Create transparency around sentencing and policing
  • Support common sense criminal justice reform that is tough on criminals but provides a clear path for victim support and justice system reform.
  • Work with police departments, community leaders, and mental health professionals to create the best plan that is responsive and accountable to the communities they serve.
  • Provide more educational opportunities on the dangerous effects of fentanyl and other drugs.
  • Create statewide care courts to shore up drug rehabilitation vs. incarceration.
  • Defend the religious liberty of community churches.
  • Build public-private partnerships that encourage innovation around solving, not just perpetuating the unhoused crisis.
  • Create public-private supported workshops to train, equip, and enhance small businesses throughout underserved communities.
  • Partner with public-private organizations to promote local trade skills training programs and help them expand into the underserved inner city and rural communities
  • Work to increase the number of minority businesses, with less than two employees, to more than five employees by 10% in the first year.
  • Create 10,000 more jobs for minority communities (currently about 143k jobs).
  • Promote additional tax cuts for 51% or more minority-owned businesses.
  • Create a cooperative that drives investment in disadvantaged areas of the state.

Prosperous Families

  • Create policies that protect the underserved inner city and rural community jobs.
  • Improve access to quality healthcare for underserved communities.
  • Partner with local leaders in underserved communities to ensure maximum support for neighborhood revitalization.
  • Collaborate with counties and local communities to address mental illness and substance abuse.
  • Provide tax credits that encourage family growth for working families.

Home Ownership

  • Build public-private partnerships around innovation to provide affordable housing.
  • Leverage public-private partnerships to build programs that teach financial literacy, intending to expand the number of minority homeowners by 15% (current minority homeownership 83,305).
  • Champion policy reform that advances homeownership initiatives.
  • Examine alternative ways to build credit, including rent, utilities, and phone bills.
  • Develop unique lending parameters with financial institutions to create equitable lending programs for underserved communities.

Thriving Education

  • Promote classroom curriculum transparency.
  • Allow tax dollars to follow the child to any school that best serves them.
  • Provide performance-based compensations for teachers.
  • Empower parents to choose the school that best serves their child, regardless of district boundaries.
  • Invest in broadband and internet access to improve classroom connectivity.
  • Work with industry to create apprenticeship, job training, and local trade skills programs and help them expand into underserved communities.
  • Establish virtual financial literacy classes powered by a network of private supporters.

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