The Boulder Chamber’s business advocacy efforts never rest. We are constantly watching, analyzing and speaking up for a vibrant and prosperous Boulder. Boulder is unique, and that makes us a special Chamber, serving our business members and supporting a strong economy in a way that reflects Boulder values.
We engage decision makers and participate in advance of formal policy change decisions on your behalf to help make Boulder the best place to locate and grow your business. We constantly ensure elected officials, government staff and other community leaders are aware of the concerns of the business community.
With the support of the Community Affairs Council, we stay one step ahead of the issues affecting Boulder area businesses and our Board of Directors keep the Chamber proactively engaged.

Advocacy News & Updates

Boulder Chamber and Boulder Transportation Connections Join Forces

By Boulder Chamber | April 16, 2021

Boulder Transportation Connections (BTC), the local nonprofit Transportation Management Organization (TMO) focused on promoting transportation choices that are efficient and sustainable, has integrated into the Boulder Chamber as of April 1.

Boulder Chamber Input on 2021 Boulder City Council Priorities

By Boulder Chamber | January 20, 2021

Boulder Chamber Input on 2021 Boulder City Council Priorities Dear Mayor Weaver and Boulder City Councilmembers, Since COVID-19 first took root in our community – with its ravaging human health and economic …

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Boulder County Prepares to Submit 5-Star Certification Program Application

By Boulder Chamber | January 6, 2021

Boulder County is preparing to submit a joint application from Boulder County’s economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, public health agency, and government authorities to operate administer a Boulder County 5-Star Certification program.

Swords into Plowshares: Support 2C

By John Tayer | October 30, 2020

For good reason, our community has fought with near religious fervor for more than a decade over the best path toward achieving our climate protection and renewable energy goals. It seems appropriate, therefore, to offer a biblical analogy as a closing argument in favor of Ballot Issue 2C, the proposed franchise agreement with Xcel Energy.

Boulder Chamber Election Positions: Analysis Trumps Passion

By John Tayer | September 29, 2020

Whether it’s an investment decision, a human resource policy or an election issue endorsement, the best decisions rely on thorough analysis of the options and their impacts. The Boulder Chamber takes that same thoughtful approach when deciding its position on ballot issues.

Boulder Chamber Supports Xcel Franchise Agreement

By Boulder Chamber | September 18, 2020

This fall, voters will determine whether the City of Boulder and Xcel Energy enter into a franchise agreement, which would end the decade-long municipalization effort for a city-run, community-owned electric utility. The Boulder Chamber supports this proposed franchise agreement between the City of Boulder and Xcel Energy.

How Will You Vote on the Municipalization Ballot Issues?

By Boulder Chamber | August 31, 2020

The Boulder Chamber is hosting a forum on the local ballot measures that address a proposed settlement agreement with Xcel Energy to potentially end the municipalization effort and the future of Boulder’s Utility Occupation Tax.

Statewide Ballot Issues: Gallagher Amendment Repeal and Paid Medical and Family Leave

By Boulder Chamber | August 31, 2020

As the state continues to grapple with the economic impacts of COVID-19, Coloradans will vote on a number of key issues this fall that will affect state funding and the business sector. In preparation for this vote, the Boulder Chamber convened state leaders to discuss two key issues with our members—repealing the Gallagher Amendment and Paid Medical and Family Leave (Initiative 283).

Share Your Perspective on the Xcel Negotiations

By Boulder Chamber | July 23, 2020

The City of Boulder has spent years assessing whether to pursue a city-run, community-owned electric utility or to achieve it renewable energy goals through a renewed franchise agreement with its current electric services provider, Xcel Energy. City Council will revisit this debate on August 4 when it considers the progress of recent negotiations between Xcel leadership and City of Boulder representatives. At issue will be whether or not to place a new franchise agreement before the voters during this fall’s election, effectively ending the City of Boulder 10-year bid to municipalize our electric system.

With public health, keep the focus on real solutions

By John Tayer | July 9, 2020

To suggest that development density is the source of our current health challenges ignores both facts and history. It also undermines one of the most effective deterrents to climate change — one of the other great threats to human health.

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Community Affairs Council

At the core of our effort to develop thoughtful positions on the policies that impact our local businesses and economy is the work of our policy committee, the Community Affairs Council (CAC). The CAC helps identify and address community issues, provides input and recommends policy direction for consideration by the Boulder Chamber Board of Directors.
We thank all of our CAC members for their contributions to the strength of the Boulder Chamber’s advocacy program!
  • Chip, Downtown Boulder Partnership
  • Erik Abrahamson, CBRE
  • Peter Aweida, Westland Development Services
  • Chris Barge, Community Foundation Boulder County
  • Allison Billings, Impact on Education
  • Darryl Brown, Boulder Community Hospital
  • Ed Byrne, Ed Byrne, PC
  • Kim Calomino, University of Colorado
  • Ashley Cawthorn, Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti
  • Bing Chou, MojoTech
  • Ann Cooper, ReMax of Boulder
  • Brian Coppom, Boulder County Farmers Market - Co-Chair
  • Jonathan Dings, Boulder Valley School District
  • Michal Duffy, Out Boulder County
  • Mark Heinritz, The Sink/West Flanders Brewing Co.
  • Scott Holton, Element Properties
  • Jason Isenberg, Sunflower Bank
  • Cecilia Jacobsen, The Zayo Group
  • Iffie Jennings, Xcel Energy
  • Dr. Mark Laitos, Cigna Health
  • Lauren Lambert, Google
  • Sean Maher, RRC Associates
  • Alana Malone, Green Dot Labs
  • Nikhil Mankekar, Naked Sunrise
  • Nicole Milo, Centura Health
  • Bob Morehouse, Vermilion
  • Tim O’Shea, Integrated Work
  • Dawn Paepke, Kaiser Permanente
  • Richard Polk, Pedestrian Shops
  • Danica Powell, Trestle Strategy Group - Co-Chair
  • Dan Powers, CO-Labs
  • Dana Query, Big Red F
  • Gordon Riggle, Leeds School of Business, CU Boulder
  • Bill Rigler, MAPRagency
  • Ted Rockwell, University of Colorado, School of Continuing Education
  • Bonifacio Sandoval, First Western Trust
  • Sara Seely, FNBO
  • Laura Sheinbaum, Boulder Housing Partners
  • Andrew Shoemaker, Shoemaker Ghiselli + Schwartz
  • Steve Shrader, Premier Members Credit Union
  • Ariel Solomon, Premier Mortgage Group
  • Adrian Sopher, Sopher Sparn Architects, LLC
  • Stephen Sparn, Sopher Sparn Architects, LLC
  • Aaron Spear, Bank of Colorado
  • Scott Sternberg, Boulder Economic Council
  • Gabriella Stockmayer, Dietze & Davis
  • John Tayer, Boulder Chamber
  • Dan Wittenberg, Snell & Willmer
  • Boulder Chamber Staff Liaisons: Lori Call and Andrea Meneghel

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