GOAL

Strengthen business environment to ensure economic opportunity for all

SUMMARY

We will ensure elected leaders who effectively represent business interests in legislative and policy matters at the local, regional, state and national levels. We will “muscle up” our ability to provide direct one-on-one support to individual businesses throughout their respective life cycles, and broader collective support to all businesses based or operating in Arvada and Jefferson / Adams Counties. We want our regional businesses to stay, grow, and thrive.

CHALLENGES

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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
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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
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Business Requests for Help

The Chamber receives continuous requests from businesses for direct assistance and connection to service providers; businesses seek help with talent, compliance, marketing, funding and other business needs

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Inadequate Meeting Space

There is a lack of free meeting spaces throughout Arvada for businesses, non-profits, and community groups to connect, learn and grow; the pandemic has made the problem worse as many previously open buildings are not currently open to the public

KEY STRATEGIES

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Strengthen business climate

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Provide increased direct support to businesses

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Elevate entrepreneurship

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

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100% elected official engagement (local, regional, state & federal)

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80% of local, county and state candidates and elected officials participate in Business Bootcamp

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Annual increase in positive community perception of businesses/growth

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4 annual Business Briefing Reports

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100 visits annually with target industries

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Increased # of expansion project opportunities

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# of entrepreneurs

B.O.L.D 2026

Goal 1

 

Grow our
Talent

 

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Goal 2

 

Increase Stock of Workforce Housing

 

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Goal 3

 

Increase Childcare Capacity

 

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Goal 4

 

Strengthen Business Environment

 

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The Chamber Board and Campaign Leadership Council are convinced B.O.L.D. 2026 is the right approach at the right time for our community and region. Join us!

For more information about performance measures, budget and staffing today, contact Arvada Chamber President, Kami Welch, at kami@arvadachamber.org