2019 Tux’s or T’s

Our annual fundraiser gala was a huge success – thanks to our sponsors, attendees, volunteers, donors, and supporters!

A great evening of fun casino games, great food, libations, silent auctions, and music was had by all. Can’t wait for the 2020 event!

We unveiled our 2019 Business & Community Directory at this event. They were mailed to our neighboring area right after the event, but if you haven’t see it, you can pick up a copy at our next meeting or read a digital version from HERE.

Congratulations to the Award winners!

Business of the Year, Realm Chiropractic

Business After Hours of the Year, Realm Chiropractic

This year our members named the winner for the both award to be Realm Chiropractic. Drs. Nick and Rachel Kapustka accepted the plaques. Congratulations!

 

 

John Tracy Recruiter of the Year,  Dana Naas, Golden Printing & Promotional Products

Dana is our biggest supporter and she loves ABA so much that she continues to invite new guests to every meeting. We appreciate your love and support, Dana!

Entertainment Sponsor

Corporate Sponsors

Branding Bootcamp

Most businesses struggle with their marketing because they haven’t taken the time to really define their Brand. You may have a logo and/or a tagline, but that’s just a tiny bit of what people experience when they do business with you. So what really is your brand? How do you convey that well in your messaging, and where do you apply it to your customer outreach and marketing?

In this 4 week workshop, we’ll dig into the three main questions that every business needs to answer: What do you do, Why do you do it, and Who cares? You’ll walk away with some solid messaging options, ideas on where to apply your messaging effectively, and a clearer picture of who your audience is.

Space is limited to 6 people, so sign up soon!

March dates:
March 5th: 1pm
March 12th: 1pm
March 19th: 1pm
March 26th: 1pm

What You Can Expect
Week 1: Who are you?
Week 2: Who are your peeps?
Week 3: What’s your message?
Week 4: Now what?

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 1:00 -2:00 pm
Cost: $200
Location: Aspen Grove Real Estate
Address: 4433 W. 29th Ave, #107, Denver, CO 80212
Member: Self
Contact: https://dabble.co/rc/TishGanceXD

Help keep our kids safe!! – Donate to Wheat Ridge High School After Prom

Dear Wheat Ridge Business Community,

Each year, Wheat Ridge High School PTSA hosts an After Prom Party for the junior and senior students. This After Prom Party provides a fun, safe, and substance free event for our students and their Prom guest.

Our main source of funding for this event comes from WRHS Parents and from our generous community groups and businesses. Please consider a donation in support of this important community event. Specifically, we are asking for Cash Donations, Gift Certificates, and/or Merchandise.

This year the After Prom Party will be held on Friday, April 12th, 2019, at Wheat Ridge High School, beginning at 10:30pm and ending at 2:30am. There will be lots of food, music, activities, and many prize giveaways.

Please consider a generous donation to this amazing Wheat Ridge High School tradition and Help keep our kids safe!!

Please send your donation to:
Wheat Ridge High School Attn: After Prom Committee
9505 W 32nd Ave. Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Or Call to schedule a pick up:
Amy Howard, Chairperson After Prom Committee
Cell: (720) 499-9822

Thank you in advance for your donation,
WRHS After Prom Committee
Federal Tax Exempt ID # 84-6047965
Click HERE to Download the letter >>


Join us for the CHIPOTLE Fundraiser to help support WRHS After Prom!!
On Tuesday, March 5th, 4-8pm
Click to download flyer >>

Champions for Children Breakfast

Join CASA Jeffco/Gilpin for an inspiring morning. CASA is hosting their Champions for Children Breakfast on Thursday April 11, 2019 at the Denver Marriott West from 7:30 – 8:30am. The breakfast is free to attend with pre-registration. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the vital work CASA is doing in the community and a celebration of our amazing volunteers.
Sponsorship and Table Captain opportunities are available.
For more information or to register, email MeredithMcNulty@CASAJeffcoGilpin.com
http://www.casajeffcogilpin.com/casa-events/

Cost: Free
Location: Denver Marriott West
Address: 1717 Denver West Blvd. Golden, CO 80401
Member: CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties
Contact: MeredithMcNulty@casajeffcogilpin.com

Member Meeting – September 12

RSVP for September Luncheon

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on September 6 ***

Luncheon – Thursday, September 12, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: ABA Member $20.00, includes meal (Non-member is $25)

Speaker: Dr. Jason Glass, Superintendent, Jefferson County Public Schools

Topic: Beginning-of-Year Report on Jeffco Public Schools

5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: TBA

 

IMPORTANT – please read:

  • If you are a member, you must be logged into your account by clicking on the yellow “Member Login” button on the right to get a member pricing. If you are a sponsor and are using your meeting voucher, please login to apply your voucher.
  • Guests are welcome! If you are new to ABA, we’ll even buy your lunch for the first time. Guests may visit our meetings up to 2 times before they join the ABA (Must purchase ticket the 2nd time for $25).
  • The deadline to RSVP for meetings is 5pm on Friday before the meeting date. If you RSVP after that time, we can not guarantee your meal.
  • If a member (includes sponsor with vouchers) shows up without RSVP, they will be charged $25 instead of member pricing. We would like to be considerate of our caterer. We appreciate your cooperation.

Speaker – Dr. Jason Glass, Superintendent, Jefferson County Public Schools

Dr. Jason E. Glass is the superintendent and chief learner of Jeffco Public Schools.

Previously, Dr. Glass served as the superintendent of Eagle County Schools from 2013-2017. Dr. Glass served as Iowa’s director of education from 2010-2013, appointed by Governor Terry Branstad, serving as the state’s chief state school officer and leading a successful education reform effort that culminated in landmark legislation signed into law in 2013.

Prior to serving in Iowa, Dr. Glass was the senior director of human capital strategy with Battelle for Kids. Before joining Battelle, Dr. Glass served as the director of human resources with Eagle County Schools. Dr. Glass has also worked as Eagle County Schools’ director of research and assessment, as vice president of quality ratings with Qualistar Early Learning, held several posts with the Colorado Department of Education, and worked as a university instructor and high school teacher in Kentucky.

In December 2016, Dr. Glass was nominated to the National Board for Education Sciences board of directors by President Barack Obama.

Dr. Glass holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and two master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky, in education and political science. He holds a doctorate in education from Seton Hall University.

Dr. Glass lives in Lakewood with his wife, Sarah, and their children, Norah and Chase – who are Jeffco Public Schools students, attending first grade and kindergarten, respectively.

Member Meeting – August 8

RSVP for August Luncheon

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on August 1 ***

Luncheon – Thursday, August 8, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: ABA Member $20.00, includes meal (Non-member is $25)

Speaker: TBA

Topic: TBA

5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: TBA

 

IMPORTANT – please read:

  • If you are a member, you must be logged into your account by clicking on the yellow “Member Login” button on the right to get a member pricing. If you are a sponsor and are using your meeting voucher, please login to apply your voucher.
  • Guests are welcome! If you are new to ABA, we’ll even buy your lunch for the first time. Guests may visit our meetings up to 2 times before they join the ABA (Must purchase ticket the 2nd time for $25).
  • The deadline to RSVP for meetings is 5pm on Friday before the meeting date. If you RSVP after that time, we can not guarantee your meal.
  • If a member (includes sponsor with vouchers) shows up without RSVP, they will be charged $25 instead of member pricing. We would like to be considerate of our caterer. We appreciate your cooperation.

Member Meeting – July 11

RSVP for July Luncheon

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on July 5 ***

Luncheon – Thursday, July 11, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: ABA Member $20.00, includes meal (Non-member is $25)

Speaker: Katherine McGraw Patterson, Entrepreneur/Business Strategist/Founder of WEBO Network

Topic: Lunching with Lions: How to Survive and Thrive at Networking

5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: TBA

 

IMPORTANT – please read:

  • If you are a member, you must be logged into your account by clicking on the yellow “Member Login” button on the right to get a member pricing. If you are a sponsor and are using your meeting voucher, please login to apply your voucher.
  • Guests are welcome! If you are new to ABA, we’ll even buy your lunch for the first time. Guests may visit our meetings up to 2 times before they join the ABA (Must purchase ticket the 2nd time for $25).
  • The deadline to RSVP for meetings is 5pm on Friday before the meeting date. If you RSVP after that time, we can not guarantee your meal.
  • If a member (includes sponsor with vouchers) shows up without RSVP, they will be charged $25 instead of member pricing. We would like to be considerate of our caterer. We appreciate your cooperation.

Speaker – Katherine McGraw Patterson, Entrepreneur/Business Strategist/Founder of WEBO Network

Katherine McGraw Patterson (known most widely as KP) offers clients expertise and knowledge gained over 20 years’ experience in marketing support for professional services firms. She first established an independent consulting service in Hong Kong in 1999, and after several years of success in the international market, Katherine returned to the U.S. in 2002, where she applied this critical experience in addressing the marketing needs of small businesses here in the U.S., and founded Smart Fish Marketing in 2006. Since then, she has helped small business and entrepreneurs in a myriad of industries across the US, Canada, and the world in developing their brands and creating stunning marketing materials that attract customers and drives revenue.

Today, KP empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners to transform their business through greater profit, greater clarity, and greater satisfaction by helping them build actionable strategies in their business. She uses her personal and professional experience to help bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to by identifying a clear vision and a solid strategy to achieve proactive growth.

KP is passionate about helping business owners understand how their unique talents, brand, and ideal audience influence everything they do in their business – from marketing and messaging, to products, pricing, and services delivery, through to networking and how they show up in the world. She encourages her clients to operate with a clear awareness of their goals and objectives, so that they can be purposeful and intentional about the actions they take in their business.

Member Meeting – June 13

RSVP for June Luncheon

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on May 3 ***

Luncheon – Thursday, June 13, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: ABA Member $20.00, includes meal (Non-member is $25)

Speaker: Keegan Young, Executive Director of the Colorado Mountain Club, Golden

Topic: “The new Colorado Mountain Club”

5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: TBA

 

IMPORTANT – please read:

  • If you are a member, you must be logged into your account by clicking on the yellow “Member Login” button on the right to get a member pricing. If you are a sponsor and are using your meeting voucher, please login to apply your voucher.
  • Guests are welcome! If you are new to ABA, we’ll even buy your lunch for the first time. Guests may visit our meetings up to 2 times before they join the ABA (Must purchase ticket the 2nd time for $25).
  • The deadline to RSVP for meetings is 5pm on Friday before the meeting date. If you RSVP after that time, we can not guarantee your meal.
  • If a member (includes sponsor with vouchers) shows up without RSVP, they will be charged $25 instead of member pricing. We would like to be considerate of our caterer. We appreciate your cooperation.

Speaker – Keegan Young, Executive Director, Colorado Mountain Club

Keegan comes to the CMC from the American Alpine Club in Golden, where he has served in a number of senior management positions, most recently as Managing Director of Membership, Marketing, Development Publications and Volunteer Programs. Keegan brings a wealth of experience with member-based organizations to the CMC, including a strong background in organizational development and fundraising. He is a member of the Club and an accomplished mountaineer with a passion for the outdoor community.

Using Meetup and Facebook Events for Business

Thinking about having events to promote yourself and your business? Not sure how to make Meetup and Facebook events work for you, be successful, and attract visitors?

If you’ve attended events on facebook and meetup before but aren’t sure how to use them for business, this is the meetup for you! We’ll discuss how to list your event on facebook, how to cross promote between the two, and some good hints for how to host an event that will attract members.

Business still happens with PEOPLE, so hosting an event can really help kickstart your efforts. Join us for this fun and useful lesson!

Date: 2019-03-19 2:00-3:00pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Colorado Lending Source
Address: 1441 18th Street, Suite 100 · Denver, CO
Member: Tish Gance, Designing Amazing Small Business Experiences
Contact: https://tinyurl.com/ycqqecdk

How to market as an Entrepreneur

As employees, we’re taught to follow the crowd, play it safe and mimic those who are successful. But as an Entrepreneur, the rules have all changed. You don’t have the budget to market like the Big Boys, you don’t have the time to test what everyone else is doing, and you need a strategy and results FAST.

Success comes from standing out, not fitting in. So how do you find the right path for YOU, without following the herd?

Come to our FREE workshop, and learn:

• How to market yourself as an Entrepreneur
• How to make the connections you have with your clients WORK

Marketing doesn’t have to be painful, scary, and fruitless. Join us and learn ways you can leverage your strengths to get results.

Date: 2019-03-21 2:30-4pm
Cost: FREE
Location: The Creative Farm
Address: 4900 W 29th Avenue Suite 8
Member: Tish Gance, Designing Amazing Small Business Experiences
Contact: https://tinyurl.com/y79ha8pf

Monthly Breakfast Meeting – May 23

RSVP for May Breakfast Meeting

*** Please RSVP by 5pm on Friday, May 17 ***

Breakfast – Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7:30am – 9:00am

Beau’s Kitchen & Tavern – 360 Union Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80228
Cost: $20.00, includes meal

The ABC’s of the ABA

The ABC’s of the ABA, come learn how to put all of the ABA’s powerful tools to work for your business. We’ll show you how to utilize the ABA Websites to build your free Profile and set up your marketing to ABA Members and the Applewood Marketplace, how to access the various ABA Committees and events for building your networking and to maximize your exposure, how to access the ABA Directory and other free and low cost advertising opportunities and much, much more!

The space is limited. Please RSVP early as this event will sell out.

Member Meeting – May 9

RSVP for May Luncheon

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on May 3 ***

Luncheon – Thursday, May 9, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: ABA Member $20.00, includes meal (Non-member is $25)

Speaker: Jason Slowinski, City Manager of Golden

Topic: “City of Golden Initiatives and Development Projects”

5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: TBA

 

IMPORTANT – please read:

  • If you are a member, you must be logged into your account by clicking on the yellow “Member Login” button on the right to get a member pricing. If you are a sponsor and are using your meeting voucher, please login to apply your voucher.
  • Guests are welcome! If you are new to ABA, we’ll even buy your lunch for the first time. Guests may visit our meetings up to 2 times before they join the ABA (Must purchase ticket the 2nd time for $25).
  • The deadline to RSVP for meetings is 5pm on Friday before the meeting date. If you RSVP after that time, we can not guarantee your meal.
  • If a member (includes sponsor with vouchers) shows up without RSVP, they will be charged $25 instead of member pricing. We would like to be considerate of our caterer. We appreciate your cooperation.

Speaker – Jason Slowinski, City Manager of Golden

Jason T. Slowinski was appointed City Manager in September 2015 and is the ninth City Manager in the City of Golden’s history.

Immediately prior to joining the City of Golden, Slowinski served as Village Manager for Lake Zurich, Illinois (2012-2015) and Assistant City Manager/Acting City Manager for Des Plaines, Illinois (2008-2012). Slowinski lives in Golden with his wife, Stephanie, and two school-aged daughters. Slowinski is recognized as a Credentialed Manager by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

Slowinski earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a law degree from The John Marshall School of Law in Chicago. He has also completed graduate studies in public administration at Northern Illinois University.

Member Meeting – April 11

RSVP for April Luncheon

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on April 5 ***

Luncheon – Thursday, April 11, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: ABA Member $20.00, includes meal (Non-member is $25)

Speaker: Marty Coniglio, 9News Anchor

Topic: Resilience is the Key to Success

5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Jayne Byl

 

IMPORTANT – please read:

  • If you are a member, you must be logged into your account by clicking on the yellow “Member Login” button on the right to get a member pricing. If you are a sponsor and are using your meeting voucher, please login to apply your voucher.
  • Guests are welcome! If you are new to ABA, we’ll even buy your lunch for the first time. Guests may visit our meetings up to 2 times before they join the ABA (Must purchase ticket the 2nd time for $25).
  • The deadline to RSVP for meetings is 5pm on Friday before the meeting date. If you RSVP after that time, we can not guarantee your meal.
  • If a member (includes sponsor with vouchers) shows up without RSVP, they will be charged $25 instead of member pricing. We would like to be considerate of our caterer. We appreciate your cooperation.

Speaker – Marty Coniglio, 9News Anchor

Marty has covered every significant weather event over the Front Range for almost 30 years.  He has had the unique opportunity to work at several of the television stations in Denver, currently working at 9NEWS.

After 10 years as weekend meteorologist at 9NEWS Marty switched over to the early morning news in 2014.  Marty manages the extensive technology in the Weather Center.  Marty has been named “Best Weathercaster in Denver” by the Denver Post (2000), Westword magazine (1993, 1999, 2000, 2002), and he won the Heartland Regional Emmy award for Best Weathercaster (2007, 2008).

Member Meeting – March 14

RSVP for March Luncheon

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on March 8 ***

Luncheon – Thursday, March 14, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: ABA Member $20.00, includes meal (Non-member is $25)

Speaker: Steve Art, City of Wheat Ridge Economic Development
& Christine McRight, Evergreen Development

Topic: Clear Creek Crossing and the Applewood Area

5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Tish Gance, Tish Gance Design Solutions

 

IMPORTANT – please read:

  • If you are a member, you must be logged into your account by clicking on the yellow “Member Login” button on the right to get a member pricing. If you are a sponsor and are using your meeting voucher, please login to apply your voucher.
  • Guests are welcome! If you are new to ABA, we’ll even buy your lunch for the first time. Guests may visit our meetings up to 2 times before they join the ABA (Must purchase ticket the 2nd time for $25).
  • The deadline to RSVP for meetings is 5pm on Friday before the meeting date. If you RSVP after that time, we can not guarantee your meal.
  • If a member (includes sponsor with vouchers) shows up without RSVP, they will be charged $25 instead of member pricing. We would like to be considerate of our caterer. We appreciate your cooperation.

Speaker – Christine McRight, Evergreen Development

Christine McRight is a Commercial Real Estate Developer with a broad base of experience through an extensive career in sales, analysis and large-scale project development in Metro Phoenix, one of the most dynamic markets in the United States. After almost a decade working with Nathan & Associates through 2005, a market leader in sales of master planned community sites, residential subdivisions, multi-use, retail, multi-family, office and retail sites, Christine joined Macerich to manage major ground-up and redevelopment projects including Fiesta Mall, Estrella Falls and a 300-acre future site in Marana. In 2011, Christine worked with City of Phoenix Downtown Development during a major push of public/private partnerships in the downtown core, where she was responsible for procuring, planning, coordinating, directing, and implementing new development, redevelopment and capital improvement projects including Phoenix Biomedical Campus, ASU Downtown and several major mixed-use RFPs. Currently with Evergreen Development, Christine is leading Clear Creek Crossing in Wheat Ridge, CO, a 110-acre mixed-use project including a new I-70 ramp construction in partnership with CDOT, City of Wheat Ridge and Longs Peak Metropolitan District. The former Cabela’s site is located near Golden at the gateway to Rocky Mountain resorts, with planned land uses such as hospital, entertainment, restaurants, retail, hotels and market-rate multifamily, beginning site deliveries in 2019. Christine is a strategic thinker who approaches opportunities, challenges and projects with a plan, engaging the team in developing the smoothest path, always working toward the best possible outcome.

Christine maintains a commercial real estate market feasibility consulting practice, working with large commercial developers, developers of niche projects supporting underwriting and land use requirements and institutional owners seeking to add value through new development and redevelopment opportunities. In addition, since 2006 she has been an active participant in ULI Arizona Urban Plan, an effort that guides Desert Vista and Brophy College Preparatory high school students through a significant mixed-use case study, while enlightening Christine with new ideas and important insight into the “next generation.”
Christine holds a BS in economics from Arizona State University.


Speaker – Steve Art, City of Wheat Ridge Economic Development

Steve is the Economic Development Manager and the Executive Director for the Wheat Ridge Urban Renewal Authority.  Steve works closely with business and development community directing growth and real estate for the community while promoting the values of Wheat Ridge.  He has been with the City for just over 8 years.

Steve works regionally with the area Economic Development professionals where he is President for Downtown Colorado, Inc., President of the Jefferson County Business Resource Center, and on the Governing Board for the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation.

In his spare time, Steve is a Scuba instructor and enjoys diving, golf and locating the best ‘hole in the wall’ eating establishments in the region.


5 minute Spotlight – Tish Gance, Tish Gance Design Solutions

Standing at a towering height of 4’ 11”, Tish has always had a unique perspective on the world. She was a puzzle prodigy by the age of 4, learned chess at 5, performed her first oil change (solo) on a car at 8, full brake job by 12, and had rebuilt a carburetor from start to finish at 15. Her Alma Mater is Wheat Ridge high school where she was “queen of the geeks”, she ran the chess club and took state her sophomore,  junior and senior years in team and individual competition. With great power comes great responsibility, so she used her chess skill to hustle extra money while she put herself through college to get her degree in graphic design. While she was working in the printing industry, Tish watched many epic failures of customers doing their own marketing, and decided needed to do something about the lack of common sense in design and small business. So she started her own Brand Experience Design business in 2015.

Her love of cars and games has been as steady as her lack of filter between her brain to her mouth, all of which have gotten her into some great opportunities and also in some interesting predicaments over the years. She owns 3 vintage Fiats which she does most of the work on herself, is owned by 6 cats (don’t ask how that happened), and met her boyfriend Logan at her weekly board gaming group.

Monthly Breakfast Meeting – February 28

RSVP for February Breakfast Meeting

*** Please RSVP by 5pm on Friday, February 22 ***

Breakfast – Thursday, February 28, 2019, 7:30am – 9:00am

Beau’s Kitchen & Tavern – 360 Union Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80228
Cost: $20.00, includes meal

Spotlight Speaker: Evelyn Cartagena-Meyer, Health Benefits Diva


Spotlight Speaker – Evelyn Cartagena-Meyer, Health Benefits Diva

Evelyn has been in the insurance world for 10 years.  After getting laid off from her career in the high-tech Industry, she decided she wanted to make a difference in other people’s lives. Last year she added her own Health Brokerage after finding a solution that saved her family $1100 per month for health insurance.  She was keenly aware of the frustration with paying high monthly premiums plus out-of-pocket for care without receiving any benefits from that insurance (if you don’t meet the deductible.)  She had found another way to help people!

Now she is on a mission to educate others on alternatives to traditional health insurance and help people save money!  Specifically, her solution is great for small business owners that are buying their own insurance on the exchange (with little or no subsidy) or small group plans.  She can even save money for the spouse / family of folks that get insurance through their employer.

Evelyn grew up in Puerto Rico and moved to Colorado in 1992.  She is married and has two beautiful boys.  She loves to travel, entertain and salsa dance.

JCBL Legislative Update

Bipartisan agreement on problems, but not necessarily on solutions

By Jeff Weist, Jefferson County Business Lobby

The Applewood Business Association is an active member of the Jefferson County Business Lobby, the unified voice of 3,000 Jefferson County businesses advocating for public policies that strengthen our economy. We wanted to give you a preview of some of the business issues on which the JCBL is engaging at the State Capitol in Denver as the 2017 Colorado General Assembly gets underway.

The dynamics of the Legislature will, for the third year in a row, be dominated by split partisan control.  Democrats retained control the State House of Representatives while the Republicans hang onto their slim one seat majority in the State Senate. Split control means both parties have to work together to accomplish anything of significance.

Remarkable agreement exists between the Democrats and Republicans on the major problems facing the state – such as inadequate transportation funding and escalating housing costs – but finding agreement on the solutions to such problems have been elusive.

The JCBL’s priorities for the coming year include:

New Transportation Funding: Colorado is one of the few states in the nation not dedicating state General Fund dollars to transportation infrastructure. The Colorado Legislature must find new sources of transportation funding for the short, medium and long-terms.

Attracting and Retaining Skilled Employees: The shortage of skilled employees in Jefferson County and around the State is actually becoming a drag on economic growth. Colorado needs better training for skilled employees. And we need to fix the broken litigation system that is preventing the construction of new, affordable, housing.

Fostering a Strong, Competitive Business Climate: While Jefferson County’s economy is strong today, the Legislature must provide effective economic development incentives, lower regulatory burdens and reduce lawsuits if we are to withstand future downturns.

 

We will keep you updated on the Legislature’s progress on these important business issues through out the 2017 legislative session.

 

Jeff Weist can be contacted at jeff@weistcapitol.com