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Aspen, Aurora and Estes Park have received the first grants from a Colorado Department of Transportation initiative to better facilitate teleworking during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This program builds on other efforts to help Colorado communities protect public health as well as increase the normalcy of telecommuting for employers and employees alike,” said Shoshana Lew, CDOT’s executive director. “We also want to foster innovative technologies that provide safe access to economic opportunities for people of all ages, incomes and abilities, including vulnerable users.”

Aspen will receive $5,000 for its Transportation Options Program, which supports employers in encouraging workers to get to work using a variety of modes.

Aurora’s grant of $4,630 will be used to purchase webcams, hotspots and other wifi technology, in part assisting city staff with health issues.

Finally, Estes Park will receive $10,000 for its two applications to purchase software that enables tech support workers to provide remote assistance, and also to obtain hotspot devices for some employees.

CDOT’s grants are for local governments, agencies, nonprofits and associations. For-profit groups can only apply if they are partners with eligible entities.

Earlier this month, a Colorado Chamber of Commerce survey found that almost 90% of employers have provided full or partial teleworking options to their workforce during the pandemic.

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