B.O.L.D. 2026

Advocacy

B.O.L.D. 2026 (BOLD – Big Opportunities for Leaders to Deliver) is a five-year regional economic strength and resiliency initiative of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber developed BOLD 2026 in consultation with private and public sector leaders and partners in Arvada, Jefferson / Adams Counties, Metro Denver and the state of Colorado.

Our B.O.L.D. 2026 Advocacy Goal

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Strengthen the business environment to ensure economic opportunity for all.

 Summary

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We will ensure elected leaders who effectively represent business interests in legislative and policy matters at the local, regional, state and national levels.

Click here to read “Your Voice For Business: 12 Advocacy Accomplishments by the Arvada Chamber in 2023.”

Bob Fifer, Arvada District 4 Councilmember

“I appreciate the fact that the Chamber has come here and talked on your behalf. They do represent the businesses in our community. It’s a collaboration between all of us: the government, the Chamber, the businesses, and the development community to solve a problem.”

Lisa Steven, Hope House Colorado

“The information put out by the Chamber is invaluable and supports business decisions regularly, from guidance through Covid, to current information on the state of the economy, legislative activity and bills that impact business, workplace trends and more.”

Senator Rachel Zenzinger (District 19)

“The value of connecting the community members and the businesses with elected officials is that it gives us a hands-on applied understanding of how that business operates within our community. That makes us better at our jobs. When we can learn what it takes for a business to be successful herethe barriers and some of the advantages of operating within Arvadathen you can be better partners.”

Our B.O.L.D. 2026 Advocacy Work

Catalyze a coordinated regional approach to improve our business environment through advocacy

B.O.L.D. 2026 – Advocacy

Challenges and Barriers

Government-imposed financial and regulatory burdens.

  • State policy decisions have created costly, labor-intensive challenges for businesses as they work to comply; recently passed legislation includes: Paid Family Leave (Prop 118); Energy Performance for Buildings (HB21-1286); Insurance Premium Property Sales Severance Tax (HB21-1312); and increasing the minimum wage standard across the state
  • In its 2021 “Top States for Business” ranking, CNBC rated Colorado relatively high overall, BUT in the:
    • “Business Friendly” category, CNBC ranked CO #29 and gave the state a grade of “C”
    • “Cost of Doing Business” category, CNBC ranked CO #38 and gave the state a grade of “D+”
  • In 2021, the Arvada Chamber opposed 61% (11/18) of business regulation bills because of their inevitable negative impact on business
  • Candidates and elected officials (at all levels of government) do not have the information they need to have a full view of the implications for business of various policy and legislative decisions

Opposition to growth.

  • Coordinated citizen opposition has created an environment that will be recognized as anti-business by developers and business prospects
  • Frequent lack of pro-business voice in community growth conversations and public meetings

The Latest News

2023 Arvada Voter Guide

2023 Arvada Voter Guide

The Arvada Chamber of Commerce is committed to advocating for a favorable business climate at the local, regional, and state level. These important conversations begin with our Government Affairs Committee, which reviews the impacts and challenges associated with proposed legislation through research and presentations completed by the proponents and opposition.

B.O.L.D. 2026 Goals

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Grow Your Talent

Grow our talent to meet the needs of employers and job seekers.

2

Increase Stock of Workforce Housing

Increase the stock of workforce housing to ensure workers can attain housing within reasonable proximity to their jobs.

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Increase Childcare Capacity

Increase Childcare Capacity to enable caregivers to join / rejoin the workforce and give children the quality early learning experience they need to thrive.

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Strengthen Business Environment: Advocacy

Ensure elected leaders effectively represent business interests in legislative and policy matters at the local, regional, state and national levels.

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Strengthen Business Environment: Entrepreneurship

Increase our ability to provide direct one-on-one support and broader collective resources to all businesses.

B.O.L.D. 2026 Initiative Brochure