The Colorado Competitive Council (C3), the Chamber’s statewide lobbying affiliate, was established because we recognized that for Colorado to compete in this global environment and for businesses across the state to succeed, we needed to engage all areas of Colorado and ensure a statewide, strategic, public policy focus. Currently, 33 companies work together in C3 representing many of our industry clusters, including agriculture, energy, health care, aerospace, telecommunications and water.
Together, these C3 investors are working to create the best business climate of any state in the country. C3 also has a steering committee guiding its work which is made up of over 60 chambers of commerce, business associations, economic development organizations and trade groups throughout the state. And, let me tell you, these folks collectively have the juice to get a lot done in Colorado.
As you can imagine, when you bring multiple industries together, urban and rural interests, western slope and front range views, significant learning goes on to ensure we make the right policy choices for Colorado.
To help support that learning and alignment of interests, C3 has scheduled four days this summer and fall when C3 investors will travel around Colorado to meet with legislators in their home districts to understand the business concerns in those areas of the state and discuss their legislative priorities for the 2014 General Assembly.
This effort, titled “Business Base Camps”, will result in a business community with a stronger sense of the statewide challenges in each of these legislator’s districts. In turn, legislators will get an opportunity to build relationships with key business leaders and understand how business might view and approach these challenges.
Each completely interactive C3 Business Base Camp will be a full day, from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. There won’t be a table where legislators are on one side and business is on the other. This is a collaborative opportunity where we will visit communities and, as a group, examine the challenges and successes across the state. It’s a rare chance to share professional experience in the areas where we see problems or opportunities and brainstorm solutions together.
We are excited to support efforts that enhance the working relationship between business and the members of the General Assembly. We will share what comes out of these trips as well, so stay tuned.
For more information on the C3 Business Base Camps or on C3 membership, please contact either me or our C3 director, Mizraim Cordero.