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 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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Approach to Retain Tax Revenue Has Broader Implications; Attorney General Amps Up Transportation Funding Debate

Tax Haven Measure Opposed by Business Community

The House is considering a measure to change tax policy in such a manner that economic development and business advocates argue will have a chilling effect on retaining and attracting new corporate headquarters to Colorado.

House Bill 16-1275 would place a measure on the November 2016 ballot to allow voters to decide whether to require corporations to pay taxes on income from affiliated corporations incorporated in “tax haven jurisdictions”, unless the affiliated business is operating for “legitimate business purposes.”

The proposal was introduced by Democrat Representatives Brittany Pettersen and Mike Foote. They argue the measure is necessary to “close a tax loophole that allows many of the biggest companies doing business in Colorado to pay no state income taxes.” The proposal is projected to generate an estimated $75M in additional revenue, which would be dedicated to K-12 public school funding.

The broad proposal is drawing equally broad opposition from the Colorado business community, including the NCLA. Opponents argue the measure will make Colorado less competitive, less appealing for relocation and expansion, and creates a risk of double taxation for Colorado companies.

HB 1275 would grant the Department of Revenue (DOR) broad authority and discretion to develop a list of “tax haven countries”, or a blacklist of countries. Blacklisting has been abandoned by all but two states in order to maintain strong trade relations with other countries. DOR would have additional discretion to define “legitimate business purpose.” A company would be required to prove to the “satisfaction of DOR” that they are engaged in a legitimate business.

The bill has been considered in the House and awaits its third reading where it is expected to pass on a party-line vote. With the split majority between the House and Senate, the bill is on a path for defeat in the first Senate committee. Despite the known outcome, the business community has been vocal in their opposition to demonstrate the implications of public policy upon economic development decisions.

Attorney General Opinion Amps Up Transportation Funding Debate

Last week, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman entered into the budget fray by opining that a shift in budget policy to allow the existing hospital provider fee to be statutorily converted to a government enterprise is defensible as constitutional. The opinion provided new energy around the debate that has important implications for the transportation funding and finance that the NCLA is leading.

The opinion provides a path by which the legislature could move the fee to a enterprise which, in turn, would provide more flexibility in the state budget. The flexibility would prompt the flow of some short-term funds for transportation, argue proponents, including the Governor and Democrats. Republican opponents of the move are concerned about the legal implications but are also of the opinion that the suggested move runs contrary to the will of the TABOR amendment unless the voters approve such a change.

NCLA is working with leaders in both houses and the Governor’s office to build a compromise which achieves each parties’ mutual objective of funding and financing transportation in Colorado.

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