Sen. Rachel Zenzinger embarked on her first District Discovery Tour, Saturday, April 5, as an opportunity to engage with and learn more about the businesses in her district.
The senator stopped by five area businesses to meet with the owners, discussing triumphs and challenges and discover what is changing and how she should focus her work at the capitol.
”I really wanted an opportunity to listen to the business community to figure out what opportunities are important to them and what I should work on down at the capital,” Zenzinger said.
Sen. Zenzinger represents Senate District 19, covering Arvada and Jefferson County within Westminster. She currently serves on the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Local Government Committee.
During her tour, Zenzinger met with proprietors from 40 Weight Coffee, The Journey: Brain Injury Community Services, Jack’s Bar and Grill, Hi Country Wire and Telephone, and La Patisserie Bakery throughout the day, taking tours of their organizations, listening to their concerns and providing feedback about what work is being done in the Senate to addressing their concerns.
”I’ve seen, in the past, our state representatives and senators be very helpful, pushing policy that was very meaningful and helpful with people in the brain injury community,” Cheryl Catsoulis, director of The Journey, said.
To learn more about the concerns of the businesses, Zenzinger said she came not just to listen, but to ask questions so she could learn what was going on, how business is changing, and what she could do to help.
For proprietors like Catsoulis, the tour provided an opportunity to inform the senator about her work and begin a relationship, one she’s hoping to extend in the future.
“For each of us to keep each other in the loop,” Catsoulis said, “When something comes up, I’m able to call her office and know what’s going on or coming up and can seek her help to advocate for us.”
According to 40 Weight Coffee owner and Arvada resident, Debbie Evans, the tours provide business exposure and networking opportunities for her and her business.
“Like anybody else, casting a network is good, and I’m happy to meet new people and make connections,” Evans said.
This is the first district listening tour for the senator, but not the last. Currently, Zenzinger is planning on hosting an event where she will meet with constituents and proprietors in an open forum, as well a monthly District Discovery Tour.
“I think when you’re in the session it’s hard because your trapped in the capitol,” she said. “I think it’s really important for those who represent the community to know what’s going on in the community.”