Reimagining Our Future

A Message From Deya Dear Friends and Allies: I must admit, as I sit with the events of the last several months – from pandemic to protest – I am struggling to find the words to convey the cascade of emotions I feel. The steady increase of Coronavirus cases in my home state of Texas […]


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Equity Is Action

To the Mile High Connects Community, Like Deya, I too have struggled to find words to express my feelings over the last three months. They started in fear and frustration at the outset of COVID-19, and turned to grief, anger, and sadness in the wake of the murders of Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, […]


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Supporting Culturally Relevant Businesses through COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on businesses of color will be felt for generations to come. Mile High Connects hosted a special discussion with leaders from across the country to lift up early best practices in supporting businesses of color. Guest speakers included: Storm Taliaferrow with NALCAB, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (National/San Antonio) […]


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Responding to COVID-19’s Stressors: Our low-income workers and entrepreneurs need us – now more than ever

By Deyanira Zavala, Executive Director This week has been a whirlwind of activity as Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) continues to dominate headlines and our meeting agendas. Community organizers, nonprofits, and others in our network are responding with tremendous heart and courage. They are issuing calls to action in support of protecting our front line […]


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Leadership Transitions at Mile High Connects

Dear Partners, I am announcing today that I am stepping down as Executive Director of Mile High Connects effective April 5th. In my nearly two years with the Mile High Connects team, we have realized our long-term goal of achieving affordable transit for the region, facilitated meaningful conversations around racial equity with the City and […]


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An open letter to RTD from MHC

Last week, the RTD Board approved the Preferred Alternative for the 2019-2012 Fare Structure, by a vote of 10 to 5 in favor of the recommendation. This includes two new discounts: Low-Income Discount – 40% discount Youth Discount – 70% discount This is the culmination of five years of collaborative partnership between RTD, Mile High […]


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How many Nonprofit & Philanthropic Organizations and Regional Leaders does it take to convince RTD?


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DENVER MAYOR CALLS ON RTD TO IMPLEMENT LOW-INCOME & YOUTH DISCOUNTS

MHC’s leadership along with a number of partners and RTD, developed a low-income and youth discount pass program. This program will create a 40% discount for transit for those living at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. The proposal is currently under review by RTD and MHC continues to actively seek support from […]


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Affordable Fares Update: MHC reinforces RTD’s effort to realize affordable fares

After a year long effort by RTD’s Pass Program Working Group the future of equitable fares is now sitting in the hands of RTD staff and board. Mile High Connects (MHC), a member of the Pass Program Working Group, is on hand and ready to help. MHC’s experience dates back to 2014 when the first Affordable Fares […]


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FRESC changes its name to United for a New Economy

Mile High Connects would like to congratulate its partners, United for a New Economy, on its recent name change. Since 2002, FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities has spoken up and worked alongside community members. We are excited to share this new development for their organization and look forward to their movement building work. To read […]


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