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Government Affairs

Your Dedicated Pro-Business Advocate

Whether you own, operate or do both, a business friendly Colorado Springs lends itself to your success. The Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC supports local business to ensure that local, state, and federal policy and legislation work in the best interest of business. As the largest business advocate for our region, the Chamber & EDC uses member input and data to communicate and strategize policy priorities with legislators, government, and partner organizations. Crucial to this work is member involvement. The Government Affairs Council and events like the Day at the Legislature offer opportunities for education and influence.

Legislative Agenda

The Chamber & EDC evaluates policies based on the following guiding principles:

  • Free markets and competition ensure high service levels, innovation, and competitive pricing. To ensure that taxes, fees, and regulations do not stifle a thriving economy or pose undue burden on businesses, they should be narrowly focused on strategic and necessary goals, undergo a cost/benefit analysis resulting in a positive ratio, and be easy for businesses to understand and comply with.
  • Proactive economic development programs help our community attract, retain, and expand businesses that provide high-quality jobs for our residents. These jobs, in turn, improve the quality of life for residents.
  • Responsive, efficient, effective government provides the infrastructure upon which businesses grow and thrive.

2021 Priorities

In addition to supporting the above, in 2021, the Chamber & EDC is focusing on:

  • Policies that mitigate the effects of pandemic-related impacts to businesses and help our economy rebound.
  • Identifying regulations suspended during the pandemic that can be permanently suspended.
  • Working to implement the voter-approved family and medical leave program in a way that ensures solvency and ease of execution for businesses.
  • Policies that support attainable workforce housing and affordable cost of living.

Government Affairs Council

The Government Affairs Council helps identify and influence Chamber & EDC legislative priorities. Members represent a cross-section of sectors, including construction, real estate, and restaurants, to name three. During the state legislative session, members meet weekly to discuss initiatives and gain perspectives from stakeholders. If you are a Chamber & EDC member interested in learning more about council participation, contact Vice President of Government Affairs Rachel Beck.

Kyle BlakelyBlakely + CompanyChair
Justin BurnsJustin Burns Insurance AgencyVice-Chair
Clarissa Arrellano-ThomasPikes Peak Association of RealtorsMember
Tom AshleyANB BankMember
Sarah Brittain JackSarah B. Jack and AssociatesMember
Ann CesareUCHealthMember
Rebecca DeckerBluestaqMember
Susan EdmondsonDowntown Partnership of Colorado SpringsMember
Phill EmmertColorado Springs Auto Dealers AssociationMember
Jen FurdaUniversity of Colorado Colorado SpringsMember
Ben Gallegos PardoPikes Peak Community CollegeMember
Dan HodgesColorado Springs UtilitiesMember
Dave JeffreyJPM PrototypeMember & CAMA Representative
Nick Jimenez ComcastMember
Ryan KleinSherman & Howard LLCMember
Marla NovakHousing & Building Association of Colorado SpringsMember
Ray NunnNunn Construction, Inc.
Member
Doug PriceVisit Colorado SpringsMember
Nick RagainSwitchbacks FCMember
Tom StrandNor'wood Development GroupMember
Forrest SentiNational Cybersecurity CenterMember
Shane ShermanCommando Capital & The Center for Creative LeadershipMember
Rebecca TaraborelliRasta Pasta RestaurantMember
Adrienne TuckGH Phipps Construction CompaniesMember
Kevin WalkerWalker School DistrictsMember
Joe YostUrban Firewood & Urban RecyclingMember
Chelsea GaylordCity of Colorado SpringsEx-Officio
Fletcher HowardColorado Springs ForwardEx-Officio
Aikta MarcoulierSmall Business Development CenterEx-Officio
Brandon WilsonEl Paso CountyEx-Officio
Joan Andrew Green TurnerAndrew Green & AssociatesConsultant
Kachina WeaverWeaver StrategiesConsultant
Rachel BeckColorado Springs Chamber & EDCVice President, Government Affairs
Reggie AshColorado Springs Chamber & EDCChief Defense Development Officer

Chamber & EDC legislative events provide opportunities for local business professionals to learn about policy and regulatory work, as well as share your voice and business expertise. Local, state and federal elected officials are invited and participate.

Chamber & EDC Annual Legislative Events

 

JanuaryState of the State with the Governor of Colorado
FebruaryDay at the Legislature at Colorado State Capitol
SeptemberD.C. Fly-In
SeptemberState of the City with the Mayor of Colorado Springs
DecemberState of the Region with the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners
DecemberLegislative Roundtable
Throughout the yearBallot Review, Input Sessions, Town Halls

Advocacy Partners

Many of the issues influencing local business are shared with our regional and state peers. The Chamber & EDC partners with organizations, governments, and coalitions across the state to to identify and champion pro-business solutions. Some include:

 

#1
Economy (Economic Stability & Potential) U.S. News & World Report 2020
Top-25
Surge Cities Index Best Places to Start a Business Inc. 2019
Rachel Beck Vice President, Government Affairs (719) 884-4530
rbeck@cscedc.com

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