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The cost of education is a real problem and a deterrent to college, trade, vocational and technical schools. While we want our children to get degrees and skilled jobs, we also want them to buy homes, build new businesses and raise a new generation here in Longmont (all things that are postponed with debt). But it costs half as much to save for educational costs as it does to borrow for them, especially when starting young.
With 529 Jump, Longmont is further committing to being the world’s greatest village. With 75% of jobs in Colorado requiring a college degree, investing in future classes education ensures we have skilled workers, volunteers, and voters in our future.
With just a small amount of help from our community, we can set up 529 accounts for every Kindergartener, 1st grader, 2nd grader and 3rd grader in Longmont, showing them that the city believes in their future and supports them in their education efforts.
529 Jump is a community program that is designed to bring awareness to saving for post-secondary education by utilizing a tax-deducting 529 savings account. City of Longmont Councilmember Bonnie Finley had the unique idea to educate the public on the importance of saving for post-secondary college. Councilmember Finley worked to recruit local community leaders to serve on a committee, later named 529 Jump, to build the beginning pieces of this awareness campaign. With the support of St. Vrain Valley Schools, along with the St. Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation serving as the fiscal agent of 529 Jump, the City of Longmont Council provided the initial seed money of $25,000 from the Council Contingency Fund to get this program off and running.
Founding 529 Jump Committee Members include Bonnie Finley, Former City of Longmont Councilmember, Tim Waters, City of Longmont Councilmember, Josh Atherton, Executive Director of the St. Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation, Matthew Wiggins, Director of Community & Business Development of St. Vrain Valley Schools, Audrey Seybold, Principal of Columbine Elementary, Michelle Sulek, Senior Community Development Officer of Elevations Credit Union, Eric Hozempa, Executive Director of the Longmont Community Foundation, Brennan Hannon, Advisor Relations Manager, CollegeInvest, Brady Steffl, Grants Consultant, Scott Cook, CEO, Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce, Carrie Adams, Program Director, Silver Creek Leadership Academy, Margarita Finley, Touchpoint Marketing.
Let’s help get Longmont’s future doctors, lawyers, business owners, authors, electricians, law enforcement officers, scientists, etc. started on their future success.
Please make the check payable to SVVSEF and put 529 Jump in the memo line.
PO Box 2598
Longmont, CO 80502