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. Our Mission: More than 110 private sector CEOs and civic leaders from across the state committing business leadership and financial resources to support legislative candidates and statewide policies that ensures a sound economic future for Colorado.
Founded in 1986 by one dozen committed individuals, Colorado Concern's membership now includes more than 110 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. The Western spirit is one where people come together and work hard to see that our tomorrows are always better than our yesterdays.
That balanced, bipartisan focus is what the members of Colorado Concern - as individual CEOs and as a united, forward-looking organization - have brought to critical public debates and issues over the years. We have succeeded in bringing Colorado together to face and surmount tough challenges.
Today is no different. Without question, Colorado's jobs climate is outpacing the nation as a whole, putting the darkest days of the recent recession behind us. This positive trend offers us all an opportunity not to celebrate but to press forward aggressively now toward Colorado common-sense solutions that will place us first among the states - and a growing player in the global marketplace.
To make progress toward this important goal, Colorado Concern has developed a strong and positive agenda for 2015, including:
- Aggressively advocating for the economic benefits of our state's vital oil and natural gas industry - and the tens of thousands of jobs it generates across Colorado. Responsible energy exploration remains under attack, and we will continue to stand up against these anti-jobs assaults.
- Expanding opportunities for homeownership by reforming our state' s outdated construction defects laws - laws that prevent the construction of attainable, affordable condominiums, which are often the first rung on the ladder of homeownership.
- Launching a statewide conversation about how to boost the integrity of the current ballot initiative process and protect our State Constitution from continuing to become a cluttered virtual coatrack of competing, and occasionally contradictory, policy preferences.
Through these and other issues on our agenda, Colorado Concern's leaders remain keenly focused on the Centennial State's future. Our mission is to ensure 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, robust and growing economy.
That is the prism through which we evaluate the success of elected officials, and Colorado as a whole. We publicly applaud, and financially support, those candidates in either party who embrace a business-friendly legislative agenda.
At Colorado Concern, "corporate citizenship" is not just a buzz phrase. We strongly believe that the responsibility of business leaders is to become involved in the civic conversation, thereby being active and present in shaping the future of our wonderful state.
If you share this vision, we would welcome your ideas and your participation as a member of Colorado Concern.
We are fortunate indeed to live in a place where our economic vibrancy can and must match our unparalleled scenic beauty and quality of life. We invite you to join us in this vital mission.