Purpose of Pillars
The pillars of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce are designed to set a general tone and clarity for legislative and policy discussions that impact businesses located within the City of Arvada in both Jefferson and Adams counties. The guidelines listed below are principles that are intended to support a non-partisan pro-business approach to advocacy and lead to a focused and robust conversation.
General Policy Approach
The Arvada Chamber of Commerce supports a proactive policy approach that protects the interests of businesses located within the City of Arvada in both Jefferson and Adams counties.
- A regulatory climate that is balanced, consistent and predictable, thus creating an environment that encourages business growth and stability.
- Meaningful initiatives and legislation that minimizes fiscal impact and resource drain on employers, but addresses identified community needs.
- Legislation that considers the longevity of funding requests to ensure sustainability.
- A use of sunset language to ensure legislation has an appropriate end.
- A tax structure that does not disproportionately impact businesses.
- A focus on fixing the fundamental problem not temporary or hyper-localized solutions.
A regulatory environment should be predictable and stable, providing businesses the confidence to effectively run their business and grow.
- Support legislation that seeks to identify and eliminate redundancy, inefficiency and contradiction.
- Support an environment that focuses on outreach and education in lieu of penalties for first time issues of non-compliance.
- Support elimination of “red tape” at all levels of government that creates barriers and costs businesses money and resources.
- Oppose legislation that creates new regulation and liability without an appropriate assessment of need and cost.
Workforce and Education
The Chamber supports meaningful initiatives and efforts that assist in the creation of a well-educated and talented workforce that meets the needs of today and into the future.
- Support legislation and programs that will continue to provide and expand career and technical education for all K-12 students.
- Support work-based learning opportunities and greater emphasis on career exploration at all levels.
- Support measures that ensure that higher education is affordable and accessible.
- Support employer incentives that promote increased participation from businesses across the Front Range in talent development and work-based learning.
- Support legislation that will provide sustainable funding solutions.
- Support policies that reduce development costs by changing zoning and building codes and engineering design standards at the local and/or state level
- Support opportunities that reduce the time of the development approval processes and permitting at the local and/or state level.
- Evaluate down payment and rental assistance programs and first-time homebuyer incentives for a broader range of incomes.
- Ensure proposed construction defects legislation does not further impact development by recognizing contradictory policies.
- Support efforts that encourage long-range planning and infrastructure development.
- Support efforts to reduce housing costs.
- Support efforts to prevent further increase in housing costs due to proposed legislation.
- Expand cost-effective preschool and early childhood care and education opportunities
- Enable childcare providers to manage their real estate costs so they can afford to keep their programs open and pay the wages necessary to attract and retain qualified workers
The Arvada Chamber Advocacy KAPS Council
Vision: Arvada businesses are the voice that influences pro-industry regulation and opportunity in Arvada, Jefferson County, Adams County and Colorado.