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Grand County, Colorado

Established in 1874, Grand County lies in the north-central Rocky Mountains. It is named after the Grand River, an early name for the Colorado River. Encompassing 1,868 square miles, The county’s major geographic feature is Middle Park, a large mountain basin that includes the headwaters of the Colorado River. It also features Grand Lake, the deepest natural lake in Colorado. The majority of the county’s land—about 75 percent—is administered by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners, and Rocky Mountain National Park.1

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Local Government Overview

The concept of local government is deeply rooted in our national heritage. Small communities were the beginnings of the United States and Local Governments play a crucial role in the process of democracy. A principal objective of a local government is to foster healthy political understanding through the promotion of community participation in decision making.  There are three main types of local government- counties, municipalities (cities and town), and special districts.2

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