Changing Colorado’s Education Landscape, One Book at a Time

How does Colorado have one of the most educated workforces in the country yet we only send a fraction of Colorado students to post-secondary education. It’s called the Colorado Paradox. Reading Partners, a Chamber member, is leading the effort to make sure every student has a chance to be reading on track—and have more chance … Read Post

Denver Businesses Discover the Value of Opportunity Youth

Would you let a teenager design your company’s new logo? When the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce took on the Denver Opportunity Youth Initiative to connect businesses with opportunity youth, we knew that internships and experiential learning opportunities would help students and employers think differently about how we learn and how Colorado builds its talent … Read Post

This Week in Policy: State Budget Finalized

On Wednesday, the joint budget committee resolved gaps between the House and Senate-approved state budget proposals and finalized the nearly $26 billion state budget for the fiscal year that will start on July 1. The Chamber has been following the budget talks closely, and $150 million in funding for transportation will be included in the … Read Post

This Week In Policy: Slowing Growth In Latest Economic Outlook

This week the Chamber’s Legislative Policy Committee heard directly from Henry Sobanet, the director of the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting on the most recent economic outlook for the state. Published last Friday, the report shows scaled-back growth of the economy. It is estimated state revenue will grow just 1.5 percent this fiscal … Read Post

2 Ways Denver is Moving the Economy Forward

What does the future look like for the Denver metro area, and how are chambers playing a role? Jeff Barratt, executive director of Emily Griffith Technical College, sat down on Education Matters with Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kelly Brough and Asian Chamber of Commerce  President and CEO Clarence Low to answer … Read Post

This Week In Policy: Brough Defends Accountability for Educators

Chamber President and CEO Kelly Brough testified in opposition to a bill that undermines the progress Colorado has made on establishing high standards for student and educator accountability—which are critical to the education system we need for a strong workforce in the future. Following testimony, the bill was postponed indefinitely. In 2010, the Chamber was part … Read Post