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 2018 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 the Arvada, Evergreen, Golden, West, Westminster and Wheat Ridge Chambers of Commerce, the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation and the Applewood and Wheat Ridge Business Associations.
For the 2018 session of the Colorado General Assembly, the JCBL will advocate for the following critical needs of JeffCo businesses.
Increased Transportation Funding
- Jefferson County’s growing economy and population is putting immense strains on our infrastructure, leading to congestion and deferred maintenance. Colorado faces a $9 billion backlog of road projects statewide. The Colorado legislature must fund basic transportation needs first in the budget and continue to find new sources of funding for transportation in the short, medium and long-term
Attracting and Retaining Skilled Employees
- Colorado’s skilled worker crisis is now acting as a brake on 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 continue to focus on the public policy drivers behind high housing costs
A Strong, Competitive Business Climate
- While Jefferson County’s economy is strong, the legislature must ensure effective economic development incentives and a balanced regulatory framework if we are to withstand future downturns. This includes passing legislation providing small businesses with the ability to cure minor rule violations before facing a fine.