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Improved Access to Healthy Food in Costilla County Prompts Visit by Congressman Scott Tipton on Aug 3



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What: On Thursday, August 3, Congressman Scott Tipton will meet with community members at Fort Market grocery store to learn more about the impact of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). This Federal funding program enables lenders, like Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF), to better support food businesses through programs like CEF’s Healthy Foods Fund loan program. These programs are being implemented throughout Colorado communities, including Costilla County, to help improve
access to healthy foods, support local businesses, create jobs and revitalize communities.


When: Thursday, August 3, from 2:00 pm–4:00 pm


Where: Fort Market, 301 Miranda Avenue, Fort Garland, CO 81133

Why: In 2015, Fort Market was on the verge of closing its doors. The largest grocery store in Costilla County, Fort Market was struggling to keep stock on the shelves due to a lagging customer base and high energy bills caused by outdated equipment. Together with the Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund (CO4F), CEF provided two different loans that enabled Fort Market to replace the outdated equipment, as well as to provide working capital to stock shelves for the summer tourist season and sustain during the slower winter months. This meeting will celebrate the success of owners Gerald and Emerald Tamada in keeping their store open with financing from CEF’s Healthy Foods Fund so Costilla
residents have access to fresh, affordable, healthy food.


Photo Opportunities: In addition to the owners of Fort Market, those who will be in attendance at the visit include CEF Healthy Food Program Manager Anne Misak, CEF Director of Lending Alan Ramirez, CEF Senior Credit Analyst Marcia Johnston-Walden and Congressman Scott Tipton.


About Colorado Enterprise Fund
Founded in1976, CEF provides loans up to $500,000 to finance small businesses and start-ups unable to obtain funding through traditional banks. With a mission to accelerate community prosperity by financing and supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses, CEF has provided over $62 million in loans to more than 2,000 businesses to help create or retain over 17,000 jobs in the state. A nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), CEF is based in Denver with lending services available statewide. For more information, visit:



Valerie Hamlin
CEF Publicist
Cell: 303.885.0539


Alisa Zimmerman
CEF Director of Marketing &
Direct: 720.473.4069




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