In 1992, the boards of directors at the Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley Chambers of Commerce had the foresight to create an organization, the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance, to lead and influence local, state and federal policy on issues affecting the unique business interests of northern Colorado. Over the years, the NCLA has established itself as the voice for business and is sought after on issues that affect all of Colorado. In 2013 Upstate Colorado Economic Development joined as well.
THE NCLA’S MISSION
The NCLA is unique in Colorado and nationally. Its mission is to unite and empower the members of the northern Colorado chambers of commerce with the means to generate a strong voice for positive impact on state and federal policy, regulations, and legislation that affect business’ ability to succeed and to help create a more positive business climate for the future of northern Colorado business.
WHAT SETS THE NCLA APART
What makes the NCLA particularly unique – and is directly related to its effectiveness – is the delegation of all policy-making authority to the NCLA board of directors without a hierarchy of approvals by the individual chamber typical of other regional groups. Such requirements would delay action and hinder swiftness in responding to quickly-moving legislative action.
HOW THE NCLA OPERATES
The NCLA board of directors is comprised of six representatives from each of the three participating chambers of commerce, plus the chamber executives and president of the three chambers for a total membership of 23.
Annually, the NCLA surveys its chamber and members on important business issues and meets with a host of area organizations to determine what action needs to be taken at the local, state and federal level to maintain and improve the business climate in Northern Colorado.
The Alliance then updates its policy statements that serve as the guiding principles by which the NCLA board of directors determines its annual priority agenda. The policy statements also help the NCLA respond to legislative proposals introduced in the Colorado General Assembly.
The NCLA’s priority agenda evolves from year to year to reflect the northern Colorado business community’s top concerns and the changing dynamic of the business and political climate.