The Jefferson County Business Lobby (JCBL) is a collection of chambers of commerce and economic development organizations focused on public policies that strengthen our business climate. For the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly, the JCBL is advocating on important issues such as; new transportation funding, attracting and retaining skilled employees, and fostering a strong, competitive business climate.
Leveraging VoterVoice, the JCBL works with businesses and constituents in Jefferson County to understand perspectives on important issues impacting the community. Our grassroots system allows you to communicate with the organization, stay up-to-date with the JCBL’s position on new legislation, receive timely and valuable content, and learn about new legislation.
JCBL 2017 Legislative Priorities
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The Jefferson County Business Lobby advocates as the unified voice of 3,000 Jefferson County businesses for public policies that strengthen our business climate.
JCBL is a partnership comprised of:
- Primary Members: The Arvada, Golden, Westminster, West and Wheat Ridge Chambers of Commerce and the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation
- Affiliate Members: The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce and the Applewood and Wheat Ridge Business Associations.
For the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly, the JCBL will advocate for the following critical needs of JeffCo businesses.
New Transportation Funding
- Jefferson County’s growing economy and population is putting immense strains on our infrastructure, leading to congestion and delayed maintenance. CDOT has a $3 billion backlog of road projects statewide. Colorado is one of the few states in the nation not dedicating state General Fund dollars to transportation infrastructure. The Colorado legislature must find new sources of funding for transportation in the short, medium and long-term.
Attracting and Retaining Skilled Employees
- The shortage of skilled employees in Jefferson County and around the State is actually dampening economic growth. Our high schools and institutions of higher education must graduate more Coloradans equipped to thrive in today’s economy.
- Colorado’s crisis in affordable, or even attainable, housing will impair Jefferson County’s ability to attract and retain businesses and the employees that make them successful. The Legislature must reform the State’s construction litigation laws that are limiting housing choices and driving up housing costs in Colorado.
Fostering a Strong, Competitive Business Climate
- While Jefferson County’s economy is strong, the legislature must ensure effective economic development incentives and a balanced regulatory and litigation climate if we are to withstand future downturns.