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Fix Colorado Roads, regarding today’s Revenue Forecast to the Joint Budget Committee

The following is a statement from Sandra Hagen Solin, spokesperson for Fix Colorado Roads, regarding today’s Revenue Forecast to the Joint Budget Committee:

“Colorado’s economy continues to thrive and it is imperative that the Joint Budget Committee, Governor and all legislators invest a portion of the growth in our economy in our infrastructure. Whether they are driving on crumbling sections of Highway 96 in Kiowa County, in bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-25 near Fort Collins, or stuck on a gridlocked I-70 trying to get home from the mountains on a Sunday evening, Coloradans have had enough and expect action from this legislature.

“By dedicating a portion of the new general fund revenue reported today and creatively developing new funding methods that effectively modernize the way we fund transportation, the legislature must take bold steps to address Colorado’s growing transportation crisis. Failure to act is no longer an option. If not now, when?”

–Sandra Hagen Solin, Fix Colorado Roads

 

 Fix Colorado Roads

Fix Colorado Roads is a non-partisan, statewide advocacy group dedicated to finding a balanced approach in modernizing Colorado’s transportation system. We are joined by a growing number of business groups from every region of the state that believe in a bipartisan solution to fix Colorado roads.

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CALL TO ACTION Senate Bill 181: Protect Northern Colorado Economy Statewide Ban Removes Local Control

Northern Colorado’s economy is threatened by legislative policy decisions at the statehouse in Denver.  Join us, and our partners in the northern Colorado business community, in urging legislative leaders to consider important modifications to the measure to protect the Northern Colorado economy.

We need your help in encouraging key Senators to support modifications to the, at present, egregious proposal, Senate Bill 181.    Will you reach out to the following legislators as soon as possible today to encourage their support of amendments by Senators Rob Woodward, John Cooke and Vicki Marble to guarantee true local control and assure a statewide ban or moratorium isn’t possible?

Senator Angela Williams – angela.williams.senate@state.co.us
Senator Rachel Zenzinger – senatorrachelz@gmail.com
Senator Dominick Moreno – dominick.moreno.senate@state.co.us
Senator Nancy Todd – nancy.todd.senate@state.co.us
Senator Rhonda Fields – rhonda.fields.senate@state.co.us  
Senator Kerry Donovan – kerry.donovan.senate@state.co.us
Senate President Leroy Garcia – leroy.garcia.senate@state.co.us
Senator Lois Court – lois.court.senate@state.co.us

The Facts:
Northern Colorado, and Weld County in particular, is home to 91% of the oil and gas production in the state of Colorado.  Legislation is pending that threatens the continued health of the oil and gas industry and, consequently, one of the critical economic drivers in the northern Colorado region.

Senate Bill 181, the sweeping omnibus bill, has already flown through three Senate Committees and will be heard on the Senate floor on Tuesday with a final Senate vote on Wednesday.

SB 181 presents a false choice.  Protect health and safety at the expense of an entire industry   The impact of SB 181 to Weld County is significant.  Should SB 181 pass in its current form,  it will result in millions in lost revenue.  Examples follow:

  • The impact to school districts across the state with a decrease in property taxes and resulting required state backfill results.  In Weld County school districts alone, up to a $200M loss
  • The impact to local governments that rely on property tax revenues from energy industry.  In Weld County a loss of $290M
  • The loss of grant funds in the Energy and Mineral Impact Program to local governments across the state that fund water and road infrastructure, among other things
  • A 9% reduction in residential property tax revenue in every jurisdiction in Colorado as a consequence of the impact of shuttered oil and gas industry in Weld County alone
  • The measure has countless ambiguous provisions creating even further uncertainty for oil and gas industry and, consequently, to the indirectly related businesses and the housing market in the Northern Colorado region.

The Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance (NCLA), the Chamber’s joint public policy advocacy arm, is advocating for modifications to the proposal to provide clarity and to mitigate its impacts upon the region, including Larimer and Weld County.

This industry is too important to Northern Colorado’s communities, families and businesses.

Please contact all or some of the legislators above.  Share your story and thoughts.  Share that you live in Northern Colorado and are concerned about the affect of SB 181 upon you and your family.  Any type of outreach is valuable!  Please forward any response to NCLA’s Issues Manager, Sandra Hagen Solin at shsolin@mac.com

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Leaders Collaborate at 2018 Regional Issues Summit

More than 180 business, civic, education and government leaders came together to collaborate and identify possible solutions to the area challenges during the 2018 Regional Issues Summit December 4 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland.

The program featured expert presentations, and participant reactions on topics including: water, transportation, workforce and the NCLA’s 2019 Policy Agenda.

This half-day summit was presented by Leadership Northern Colorado, the NCLA – Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, Loveland Chamber of Commerce, Greeley Chamber of Commerce, Upstate Colorado Economic Development and One NOCO.

This year’s keynote, Jodie Swee with XYZ University presented on Generations@Work and Cultivating A Collaborative Workforce Environment.

Bill Brown, with Fischer, Brown, Bartlett & Gunn, P.C. presented his insights on the region’s water issues, including storage, laws and farm dry up.  Sandra Solin, with Capitol Solutions talked transportation and next steps to improving North 1-25.

The 2018 Summit was recorded and all presentations and photos can be viewed here.

Thanks to the 2018 Summit Sponsors: Gold Sponsor: Elevations Credit Union; Silver Sponsors: Plante Moran and Upstate Colorado Economic Development; Bronze Sponsors: Flood and Peterson, Hewlett Packard Enterprises and Woodward, Inc.; Event Sponsors: Alphagraphics  and Signarama; Table Sponsors: 4Rivers Equipment, Cache Bank & Trust , Open Door Organizational Solutions, ServiceMaster Clean and Total Facility Care, LLC.

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Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance Accepting 2019 Applications

The Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance (NCLA) is currently accepting applications for involvement for 2019.

The Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance (NCLA) is a standing committee of the Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley Chambers as well as the economic development organizations of the area.  The NCLA mission is to unite and empower the members of the Northern Colorado chambers of commerce and economic development corporations 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.  The NCLA board of directors is comprised of six representatives from each of the three participating chambers of commerce, plus the chamber CEOs and the CEOs of the two economic development corporations for a total board of 23 directors.  They meet the third Thursday of each month at 7:30am.

Applications are considered each year as individuals are appointed to two-year terms on the NCLA.  To get involved in this exciting volunteer opportunity, simply complete an application and return it to the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce. Individuals need to complete an application for each opportunity they are considering.

Download the NCLA application here

Applications can also be obtained at the Chamber office or by contacting Ann Hutchison at ahutchison@fcchamber.org or (970) 482-3746.

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Regional Issues Summit Set for December 4 – Topics to include water, transportation and workforce

The 7th annual Regional Issues Summit will be held 7 a.m.- 12 p.m. December 4 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. The purpose of the summit is to bring business, civic, education and government leaders together to identify possible solutions to the area challenges.

This half-day summit is presented by Leadership Northern Colorado, the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance (NCLA), the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, the Greeley Chamber of Commerce, Upstate Colorado and One NOCO. The program will feature expert presentations, panel conversations and participant reactions on topics including: water, transportation, workforce and the NCLA’s 2019 Policy Agenda.

“Northern Colorado is one of the state’s most vibrant and livable areas. It is also one of the fastest growing parts of Colorado. The Regional Issues Summit is a forum that will bring attention to some of the larger issues facing Northern Colorado,” said Ann Hutchison, Executive Vice President at the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s keynote is Jodie Swee with XYZ University. She will present on Generations@Work and Cultivating A Collaborative Workforce Environment. A core challenge over the next decade will be to attract and retain a skilled workforce as the labor market continues to tighten and technology continues to evolve. This situation is exacerbated as companies find themselves managing four generations of American workers–each with their own distinct characteristics, values, and attitudes toward work. To successfully integrate these generations for a cohesive workplace, companies will need to embrace changes in recruitment, benefits, along with creating a corporate culture that actively demonstrates respect and inclusion for its multi-generational workforce. Attendees will learn how organizations can embrace generational diversity and foster a culture of collaboration, acceptance, and productivity.

More than 200 business professionals and community leaders are expected at the Regional Issues Summit.

Cost to attend is: $40/members (Loveland, Fort Collins & Greeley Chambers); $50/non-member; $350/table for ten. Click here to reserve your seat. Registration ends November 30, 2018.

The 2018 Regional Issues Summit is Sponsored By:

Gold Sponsor: Elevations Credit Union; Silver Sponsor: Plante Moran and Upstate Colorado; Bronze Sponsors:  Flood and Peterson, Hewlett Packard Enterprises and Woodward; Event Sponsors:AlphaGraphics and Sign-A-Rama; Table Sponsors:  4 Rivers Equipment LLC, Cache Bank & Trust, Open Door Organizational Solutions and Total Facility Care.

 

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