United | Making a Difference for Business
Committed to a strong and vibrant future, Colorado Concern is an exclusive alliance of top executives with a common interest in enhancing and protecting the Centennial State's business climate.
Founded in 1986 by one dozen committed individuals, Colorado Concern's membership now includes more than 100 CEOs and business and community leaders from across the state. The organization is recognized for providing unprecedented access to opinion leaders and elected officials and for its ability to financially support issues and candidates that positively impact the state's economic well-being.
Colorado Concern promotes an environment that maximizes business profitability and certainty. The organization has a stake in the well-being of the state, and the collective interests of its members are safeguarded by working collaboratively to ensure Colorado's viability and prosperity.
Strategic | Areas of Focus
Colorado Concern engages in three primary areas: legislative advocacy, ballot issue campaigns and statewide candidate elections.
Legislative Advocacy: Promoting and protecting a pro-business environment requires a constant watch on what is under way at the State Capitol. Colorado Concern has two lobbyists focused on this effort. Key areas of interest include our business climate, as well as cornerstones of our economy, such as education reform and its relationship to the development of our future workforce; a functional and financed transportation system that allows for the movement of both goods and people; and efforts to control or reduce the cost of health care to employers.
Ballot Issue Campaigns: Coloradans enjoy the right to vote on key measures through direct democracy. This requires serious engagement from the business community both to support issues of keen interest and to oppose those we believe impact our quality of life. Colorado Concern's activities in this area include campaign oversight, education of the broader business community and substantial financial support.
Statewide Candidate Elections: Elected leaders who understand and support the key principles of a strong business environment are key to our state's future economic success. Colorado Concern members—through the organization's Political Action Committee (PAC), its "Business Opportunity Fund" (527), and individual contributions—promote candidates who understand and embrace that philosophy.
Committed | A Message From Our Chairman
Colorado is blessed with a business community that cares deeply about this state, its citizens and our collective future. We fully embrace our historic Western spirit and come together to weather storms, as well as to celebrate our successes.
You need not look back far to see that Colorado Concern and its members have been key to many important decisions and projects focused on protecting and enhancing this state we proudly call home.
Today is no different. And as we weather the challenges of the current recession and plot our recovery, Colorado Concern's leaders remain keenly focused on the Centennial State's future and ensuring that the decisions that are made by our elected leaders, and through direct democracy at the ballot box, are aligned with a vision that leads to a healthy and robust economy.
Colorado Concern has been, and will be present and active in addressing these issues: protecting or enhancing our business climate; ensuring that today's students are provided with an educational system that prepares them to be tomorrow's workforce; a functional and financed multimodal transportation system that allows for the movement of goods and people; and a health care system that is affordable for employers and their employees. We also will continue to financially support statewide candidates who embrace a business friendly legislative agenda, as well as look at how we strengthen the integrity of our ballot initiative system.
As Colorado Concern, we believe this is our responsibility and our role. If you, too, believe that business leaders must be active and present in shaping the future of our state, consider joining us in this effort.
Colorado deserves, and requires, our commitment.