Why join the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC?

Your membership is an investment in the Pikes Peak Region. The Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC is uniquely postured to strategically influence, convene, and leverage the power of the business community to achieve economic prosperity for the Pikes Peak region. We represent almost 1,200 members in the 39th largest city in America, with a metro-wide population of 762,000 and the No. 2 ranking among the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Places to Live. Our $44.4 billion gross domestic product reflects strong business ties in defense, aerospace, cyber security, advanced manufacturing, healthcare/medtech and the abundance of sports industry assets that come with being Olympic City U.S.A.

We are uniquely positioned to support business through economic development, government advocacy, defense industry development and a strong suite of membership services. We invite you to join our mission to achieve economic prosperity for our region.

Here's how your member investment has been at work

  • In Economic Development, we closed 10 projects, attracting $746.7 million in capital expenditures to Colorado Springs and created over 2,060 jobs with companies like Entegris, Zivaro, Bluestaq, and Microchip. We launched a Deal Closing Fund to incentivize high-quality jobs, marking a proactive and competitive approach in our region’s economic vitality.
  • In response to the nationwide challenge of attracting and retaining talent, we launched Find Your COS, our pilot program with two talent initiatives: Hello Colorado Springs – a wraparound internship program where prospective talent falls in love with the region, and Connect Colorado Springs – a concierge program helping our members welcome new-to-market candidates and prospects, showcasing our community’s character by connecting talent to our small businesses and local flavor in Colorado Springs.
  • We continue to elevate Colorado Springs at a regional and national level with a new website this year, and more than a dozen national earned media placements showcasing the positive key messages on living and working in Colorado Springs.
  • Our Government Affairs team continues to work hard to represent employers at all levels of government, engaging with our City Council and County Commission, with the State Legislature, and with our congressional delegation at the federal level. We provide opportunities for members to engage with elected officials at every level, whether locally with our “How to run for City Council” educational town hall, at the state level with our annual Legislative Roundtable, and nationally as we lead our annual D.C. Fly-in where business leaders and federal officials meet to discuss our top legislative priorities. Our team also works as part of the Community Housing Affordability Task Force (CHAT) to advance policies designed to increase the attainable housing supply for our region’s growing workforce.
  • Our Defense Development team is the liaison between businesses and U.S. military operations. Colorado Springs is home to five military installations and headquarters that bring mission sets including space, missile defense, combined air and ground combat power, leadership development, and command and control to our region. More than 250 companies make up our aerospace and defense industry representing a whopping 44% of the Pikes Peak region’s economy. This year, we doubled our defense membership portfolio and initiated the first of what will become an annual defense community-wide event. We conducted nearly 300 engagements and strategy sessions with defense partners to arrive at tailored plans for growth, enhanced community presence and networking. Our volunteer organizations, Military Affairs Council and Defense Mission Task Force, are comprised of former defense leaders, small and large businesses and community leaders to enhance relationships with the military community as well as address military-community interface projects.
  • In service to all these efforts, our Member Services team serves the needs of our members by creating connections through events, focus groups, roundtables, and other forums to elevate your business among your customers and future workforce. Keep reading for more details.

Join a network of thousands of business leaders and grow your business, build relationships with key stakeholders, have your voice heard at the state capitol, and shape economic development in the Pikes Peak region.

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Donna Carlson

Vice President, Member Services

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