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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Q2 2019

  • Administered the participation, meetings and deliverables for the Boulder / Broomfield Tech Sector Partnership and Boulder County Healthcare Discussion Group, including the rebranding and website development for the Boulder / Broomfield Tech Sector Partnership in conjunction with the Denver Metro Tech Partnership.
  • Delivered the full Skillful Talent Series, a competency-based hiring training, to over 40 companies in the Boulder County region.  Many of the participants are already beginning to apply skills-based practices into their hiring, onboarding and retention practices and are “widening the funnel” of potential applicants for jobs available. 
  • Attended NOCOM 2019 highlighting hundreds of manufacturing companies and partners in northern Colorado, including several from Boulder County, and secured a booth for NOCOM 2020 on April 9, 2020 to showcase manufacturing in Boulder.
  • Participating in Impact on Education’s Program Advisory Committee for Boulder Valley School District.
  • Host Techtonic Academy’s Boulder-based information sessions about the their tech apprenticeship program and cohort graduations at the Boulder Chamber. 
  • Began a “Work”ing Lunch and Learn series to help inform businesses about resources available to assist in talent needs. The May presentation on “Getting an Intern from CU” will be followed by other topics, such as DEI, Hiring 55+, Disabilities, Apprenticeships, Externships, working with K-12 and much more.  
  • Invited to participate on the Boulder Valley School District’s Strategic Action Planning Team for Initiative 5a, focusing on the district's plan to engage partners.
  • Collaborated with workforce partners to deliver key projects to the Boulder County Healthcare Discussion Group, including the offering of a 6-month Medical Assistant Apprenticeship through Front Range Community College, a comprehensive list of healthcare training programs and allied health workforce data project.
  • Partnered with St. Vrain Valley School District to invite technology, aerospace and biotech/medical companies to tour the new Innovation Center and learn about district career development, work-based learning and STEM initiatives.

Previous Accomplishments

  • Collaborated with partners in the Boulder County Business Response Team to plan the Boulder County Youth Job Fair on March 21st.   Over 70 companies, representing more than 1,500 jobs in Boulder County, are signed up to participate in the job fair on CU Boulder’s campus.
  • In partnership with Workforce Boulder County and Skillful Colorado, launched Skill Works series in January 2019, a competency-based hiring training series for Boulder area businesses.  After selling out initial series, we are offering another round April 3 / April 10 and planning additional trainings throughout Boulder County in 2019.  For more information on the next program offering, visit https://business.boulderchamber.com/events/details/skill-works-101-102-16489.
  • Introduced Careerwise Colorado and St. Vrain Valley School District to launch the youth apprenticeship program in Fall 2019.  CareerWise Colorado is building a statewide system of youth apprenticeships that create pathways for students to access high-demand, high-paying careers at leading Colorado companies. Student apprentices work toward high school graduation and earn postsecondary credit, industry credentials or both in their chosen career path in manufacturing, healthcare, tech or financial services. More information about CareerWise Colorado is available at www.careerwisecolorado.org.
  • Facilitate industry-driven sector discussions to identify short- and long-term options that address workforce shortages in the region.  Current sector discussions include the Boulder / Broomfield Tech Sector Partnership and Boulder County Healthcare Group.  A Boulder County Manufacturing Industry Group will have its initial launch meeting in late April 2019.
  • Received a CDLE grant to bring a team of four, including two industry representatives, to the 2019 Next Gen Sector Academy in Austin, Texas.  Boulder team learned from sector partnerships from around the nation and strategized with eight other Colorado sectors to increase the effectiveness of the partnerships. 
  • Participate in Road to Work Boulder, helping the non-profit members through a strategic planning process to identify a collaborative mission, outcomes and a process to interact more cooperatives with businesses in the region.
  • Researching and attending best practice programs in the State of Colorado related to career pathway education, such as Get into the Guts of Healthcare and Manufacturing Rocks!, and work-based learning programs.
  • Corine Waldau served on a panel at the TalentFound Quarterly Meeting to highlight how Chambers can be effective partners with economic development and workforce agencies in achieving workforce development goals.
  • Successfully launched the Boulder Together workforce development initiative at the Boulder Economic Summit, an event attended by over 400 individuals.
  • Helped convene the Boulder County Business Response Team, a small sub-group of the Boulder County workforce system representing K-12, business, economic development, community colleges, university, and the workforce center to discuss potential solutions to individual employer or industry-wide talent needs.
  • Launched the industry-driven Boulder / Broomfield Tech Sector Partnership and received a State of Colorado $30,000 grant award to further fund the tech sector partnership’s growth.
  • Exploring work-based learning opportunities in high demand industries and career opportunities with partner organizations, including apprenticeships and internships.
  • Work the City of Boulder and Workforce Boulder County to host annual job fairs to support the economic mobility and vitality goals for residents and employers and to give businesses greater access to a qualified and diversified workforce.
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WORKFORCE HOUSING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Q2 2019

  • Advocated support to legislative delegation for HB19-1319 Incentives Developers Facilitate Affordable Housing and HB19-1322 Expand Supply of Affordable Housing—signed by Governor.
  • Initiated strategic collaboration with County and City leadership on Regional Housing Partnership goals.
  • Advocated for annexation of University of Colorado South Campus in Biz West and provided ongoing support for CU South and its opportunity to expand housing inventory.
  • Advocated to Boulder City Council for mixed-use housing options at Alpine-Balsam.
  • Convening local housing (and commercial) development leaders to set priority focus areas for expedited planning review and permitting.
  • Advancing regional workforce housing strategies through collaboration with Northwest Chamber Alliance with focus on public education, creative financing and regulatory reform.
  • Provide critical input to City Council and staff on proposed use table updates and the opportunity zone moratorium as part of strategy to advance zoning that increases housing inventory.
  • Strategized on federal housing funding opportunities with Senator Michael Bennet’s office and part of the effort to apply outside funding to achieving our Boulder Together housing goals.
  • Tackled housing pressures and national solutions, as well as other key issues, in a Policy Roundtable discussion with Congressman Joe Neguse we hosted for our Boulder Together investors and other Boulder Chamber business leaders.
  • In line with our goal of expanding understanding regarding the workforce housing challenges, we led a packed session with the local entrepreneur community during Boulder Startup Week that shared information and sought their input on solutions to addressing the ongoing pressures central to our Boulder Together pillars.

Previous Accomplishments

  • We are working in collaboration with Boulder County’s government housing programs to plan the second county-wide affordable housing summit. We were invited to the table based on the success of our Northwest Chamber Alliance Affordable Workforce Housing Summit. We will work to infuse the suggested strategies for increasing the supply of workforce housing into the summit program.
  • Worked with the Northwest Chamber Alliance to prioritize the following three areas of focus for our regional workforce housing efforts:

    • Collect the true data on our workforce housing needs.

    • Work with the investment community, including interested banks and businesses, to develop a list of effective financing tools for workforce housing.

    • Work with our respective planning departments and outside experts to develop best practices for making planning review and permitting processes more time and cost efficient.

We are developing an implementation plan for each of these items, all of which are consistent with our Boulder Together priorities.

  • The Boulder Chamber hired a new Director of Policy Programs, Lori Call, who will assume responsibility for implementation of Boulder Together’s Workforce Housing goals.
  • Convened the Regional Workforce Housing Summit through our partnership with the Northwest Chamber Alliance, applying the creative insights from a diverse mix of business leaders to develop solutions for our workforce housing challenges. See summary report of the proposed solutions.

  • Prioritizing the most effective ideas and solutions for addressing our regional workforce housing challenges with the Northwest Chamber Alliance, while also identifying the most effective solutions for the Boulder community.

  • Accepting proposals for implementing the planned workforce housing assessment, in order to determine the full scope and character of our workforce housing challenge.

  • Convened the leadership of our development community, the Collaborative Planning and Development Forum, to begin establishing metrics for our efforts to track progress in improvements to Boulder’s project review and permitting procedures.

  • Working with a diverse group of housing advocates and developers to create the Innovate for Impact proposal to establish procedures for neighborhoods, individuals and developers to propose pilot projects to City of Boulder to address affordable housing for Boulder area employees.

    • Identified process, technical assistance teams, review criteria, and have submitted overall proposal to City of Boulder’s Planning and Community Development Department for staff review and approval. Now recruiting project evaluator and seeking funding for Innovate for Impact project administration.

  • Working with University of Colorado Boulder, City of Boulder, the Department of Transportation and the Army Corps of Engineers in the annexation of CU South properties.  

    • Reviewed CU South land use and flood control issues with CU staff heading up CU annexation process.

    • Organized meetings between impacted South Boulder neighborhood and Frasier Meadows residents, Board and staff.

    • Organized advocacy effort and education program from neighborhood and Frasier to City Council to adopt option for flood control configuration and allow forward progress towards annexation.

  • Working with the City of Boulder and the Regional Housing Partnership in preparing profiles of local company employees including wages, expenses, types of housing for which the employee/family might qualify, and the availability of the affordable housing type by community.
  • Continue to provide input to the City of Boulder’s initiative to more clearly define “community benefit” and establish policies and procedures by which qualifying projects and proposals may either be exempted from or facilitated through existing requirements.
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WORKFORCE MOBILITY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Q2 2019

  • Successfully lobbied during the 2019 session of the Colorado General Assembly for the passage of House bills that approved the allocation of state revenues for transportation funding.
  • Creating implementable mobility projects that serve our workforce through various potential technology platforms, such as autonomous vehicle technology, micro-mobility options and other innovations.
  • Developing new analytical tools with national researchers for collecting transportation data to develop small scale solutions that offer immediate relief.
  • Advancing comprehensive solutions for regional corridors SH 119/The Diagonal and SH 7/East Arapahoe that improve travel for all modes that can be funded and implemented.
  • Convened regional partners, legislators and employers through a Boulder Chamber Policy Roundtable to define strategies for funding our workforce transportation needs through State, regional and local initiatives.

Previous Accomplishments

  • Provided regional business sector leadership in unveiling of the Mobility Choice Blueprint, positioning Boulder as a target community for the implementation of advanced mobility solutions.

  • Served as the representative of business interests in panel discussion with CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew to kick-off the City of Boulder’s Transportation Master Plan update process.

  • Represented the Northwest Chamber Alliance in Washington, DC lobbying campaign with a regional coalition of elected officials and transportation administrators, engaging members of the U.S. Congress, and federal agencies such the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, and the Federal Railroad Administration to advocate for funding Boulder-area transportation priorities, like capacity improvements for State Highway 119.

  • Exploring federal funding opportunities, like the soon-to-be-issued BUILD grants, as possible funding opportunity for our regional transportation infrastructure.

  • Advocated for increased state transportation funding along with our Northwest Chamber Alliance partners in State Capitol meetings with Governor Jared Polis, Colorado Department of Transportation Director Shoshana Lew, Speaker of the House K.C. Becker and other state legislative leaders. Assessing potential support for statewide de-Brucing measure to secure transportation resources.

  • Acting as a lead in collaboration with the University of Colorado and National Renewable Energy Laboratory to pursue federal funding to implement a pilot project in Boulder deploying advanced mobility technology to resolve first and final mile challenges for our workforce commuters.

  • Providing regional business sector leadership and representation for the planning of major transportation infrastructure improvements on SH 119/the Diagonal and State Highway 7 from Brighton to Boulder.

  • Providing regional business leadership on major Denver metro area initiatives, such as the RTD First and Final Mile Study, and the Mobility Choice Blueprint.

  • Representing the Boulder business community on regional coalitions such as the Northwest Chamber Alliance and in the SH 7 Coalition.

  • Successfully advocated for the prioritization of regional transportation investments that meet Boulder County’s workforce mobility needs with the CDOT Transportation Commission for the prioritization of our regional projects at the state level.

  • Convened forums on lessons learned from the 2018 Ballot Initiatives and alternative strategies for funding our state and regional transportation priorities.

  • Took a significant leadership role within our region to support the campaign for Proposition 110, Let’s Go Colorado, which would have established a statewide sales tax to fund transportation investments throughout Colorado - The result was Boulder County passing this initiative, while it failed at the state level.

  • Working in support of broadband infrastructure planning and funding to accelerate the adoption of advanced mobility technologies.

  • Convening a network of public and private sector partners to establish a coalition of transportation experts for implementing a pilot project in Boulder that uses advanced mobility technology to resolve first and final mile challenges.