This program was initiated through the Transforming Safety Bill of Colorado. The Transforming Safety project invests in North Aurora and Southeast Colorado Springs to support community development through small business loan and grant programs. The project uses a new safety framework that focuses on preventing crime in the first place by:
These efforts began In 2017 when the Colorado State Legislature passed a bill (HB17-1326) that is transforming our approach to public safety. This new safety vision invests in strategies that strengthen communities as a way to prevent crime in the first place. With oversight by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), this legislation provides three years of funding for pilot projects in Southeast Colorado Springs and North Aurora. Funding will be used to offer small business loans managed by lenders and a grant program administered by a community foundation. Local planning teams will determine grant funding priorities for each community.
More info on the Transforming Safety Bill can be found here.