4.17.2014

Find Your Legislators

It's mid-way through the Session.  Do you know who your Legislator is? 

If not, colorado.gov can help.  Simply go to the Who is my Legislator? webpage and click on the link to the colorado.gov map resource.  Once there, you can zoom in on the map down to the block level.  Then choose whether you want to find the name of your State Senator, State Representative, or U.S. Representative.  You can also compare your address with data from 2002 to find out if your area changed representation during redistricting, which occurs every 10 years.  The map will show you the name of your current Legislator, the District number, and a link to the Legislator's homepage which includes contact information, party affiliation, photograph, committees, and other information.

4.15.2014

Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

Founded in 1874, two years before Colorado became a state, the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) has a long history in Colorado.  In our library, you can find many resources on CSDB's history, including annual and biennial reports going back to 1896; financial statements; master plans and future planning documents; facilities documents; and even information published for parents.  Many of these documents are available online; if not, the printed versions can be viewed in our library.  Check our web catalog for titles.

4.14.2014

Taxes

If you haven't filed your taxes yet, you'd better hurry!  Tax day is tomorrow.  You can find all the resources you need on the Colorado Department of Revenue's website -- including tax forms, information on refunds, answers to common questions, updates on tax legislation, videos and fact sheets, tax filing information for flood victims, a tax blog, and more, in addition to the State of Colorado's online filing system. 

4.10.2014

Go Code Colorado

Got an idea for an app?  Then the State of Colorado's new Go Code Colorado contest is for you.  Sponsored by the Governor's Office and the Colorado Secretary of State, the competition "is an apps challenge designed to make public data more accessible and user-friendly.  Teams of developers and entrepreneurs across the state will compete to solve business problems and grow our economy, by building apps that will help Colorado companies thrive."  To learn more about the competition or to participate, go to the competition website, http://gocode.colorado.gov/.  The site also has helpful links to other State of Colorado datasets under its "data" tab, so be sure to check out these resources as well.

4.08.2014

Colorado Population Change

For the past several decades Colorado has been among the fastest growing states in the nation -- in fact, it is the fourth fastest growing state since 2012, according to the State Demography Office.  The Office has prepared a helpful website, Components of Change, that details Colorado's growth since 1970.  Using data from the U.S. Census, the IRS, and county data, the website includes information on in- and out-migration; forecasts birth, death, and migration data through 2040; and breaks down the data by categories such as age and income.  Much of the information is presented in both PDF and Excel format. 

The State Demography Office also offers a wealth of other population data on its website.  Click the links on the right side of the page for data on race/ethnicity, age and gender, housing and housholds, and more.