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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Boulder Chamber Hosts Town Hall Regarding Municipalization with Xcel Energy and City Leaders The Boulder Chamber hosted a virtual town hall with Boulder City Council leadership and Xcel Energy executives to update …
Boulder Chamber Identifies Opportunities to Save Time and Money for Struggling Businesses Businesses will be challenged by the impacts of COVID-19 for years to come. Most will have significantly reduced revenue. Helping …
Northwest Chamber Alliance Discusses Coronavirus Response with OEDIT On behalf of our regional partners in the Northwest Chamber Alliance, the Boulder Chamber held a briefing on March 18 with Betsy Markey, Executive …
Community Affairs Council
- Erik Abrahamson, CBRE
- Judy Amabile, Boulder Chamber member
- Peter Aweida, Westland Development Services
- Chris Barge, The Community Foundation
- 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
- Chip, Downtown Boulder Partnership
- Ann Cooper, RE/MAX of Boulder
- Brian Coppom, Boulder County Farmers Market
- Jonathan Dings, Boulder Valley School District
- Michal Duffy, Out Boulder County
- Clif Harald, Boulder Economic Council
- Mark Heinritz, The Sink
- Scott Holton, Element Properties
- Jason Isenberg, BBVA Compass
- Cecilia Jacobsen, The Zayo Group
- Jay Kalinski, ReMax of Boulder
- Lauren Lambert, Google
- Sean Maher, RRC Associates
- Alana Malone, Green Dot Labs
- Nikhil Mankekar, Naked Sunrise
- Nikki McCord, McCord Consulting Group
- Nicole Milo, Centura Health
- Bob Morehouse, Vermilion Design + Digital - Co-Chair
- Paul Nashak, Mountain Sun Pub & Breweries
- Tim O’Shea, Engage Colorado
- Dennis Paul, Elevations Credit Union
- Richard Polk, Pedestrian Shops
- Danica Powell, Trestle Strategy Group - Co-Chair
- Dan Powers, CO-Labs
- Matthew Rarden, Premier Members Credit Union
- Gordon Riggle, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado
- Bill Rigler, MAPRagency
- Ted Rockwell, University of Colorado - Continuing Education
- Bonifacio Sandoval, First Western Trust
- Andrew Shoemaker, Shoemaker Ghiselli + Schwartz
- Ariel Solomon, Premier Mortgage Group
- Adrian Sopher, Sopher Sparn Architects, LLC
- Stephen Sparn, Sopher Sparn Architects, LLC
- Aaron Spear, Bank of Colorado
- Gabrielle Stockmayer, Dietze and Davis Law Firm
- John Tayer, Boulder Chamber
- Julie Van Domelen, Emergency Family Assistance Association
- Dan Wittenberg, Snell & Willmer