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5-Bullet Friday: April 19, 2019

Our members work hard every day to make the Metro North region is a great place to live and to do business. We thank and salute them with this week’s “5-Bullet Friday.”

MEMBER EVENTS 

The Metro North Chamber facilitated a panel discussion with Senator Corey Gardner and Vietnam Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Ha Kim Ngoc at the invitation of the Colorado Vietnam Cooperation Council.

Our focus was on the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) and its impact on Colorado businesses and new opportunities that are unfolding as a result of the legislation. Beyond the formal discussion it was a delight to get to know Ambassador Ngoc who traveled to our region for his first trip outside of Washington DC in his role as Ambassador. He loves Colorado and he’s very excited about future trade opportunities. Ambassador Ngoc will hopefully return soon and we’ve invited him to tour our amazing biotech facilities, Colorado Air and Space Port and some of our advanced manufacturing companies. If there’s time we’ll take in a little fly fishing – I promised!

MEMBER APPRECIATION

A huge thank you to The Summit team who hosted our After 5 event at their Thornton facility. More than 150 member companies attended and they got to experience a lot of the fun at this large-scale family entertainment center. The Summit uses the tag line “Elevated Entertainment,” and lives up to that brand promise by covering 50,000 square feet at the Thornton location. There are two other locations operating today, one in Windsor and another in northern Colorado Springs. Could a fourth location be on the way? Yes! Stay tuned for more details.

For now, enjoy the location just east of the 144th Avenue-I25 interchange and its 24 lanes of bowling, 5,000 square feet of arcade and game rooms, a two-story laser tag arena, a 175-seat restaurant, VIP area and lots of great meeting space.

MEMBER ENGAGEMENT

The Adams County Workforce and Business Center, The City and County of Broomfield, the Metro North Chamber of Commerce and 35 business, community and education leaders officially launched a new workforce development initiative that promises to have lasting impact on 18-24 year olds in our community. Elevating voices of youth, educators and employers is the goal and we’ve gained a lot of new insights into the challenges to employment for young people. To learn more go to ACYI.org.

MEMBER EDUCATION

The challenge of homelessness in the Metro North Region was the focus this week at the North Suburban Medical Center Community Advisory Council meeting. It’s NOT just a Denver issue. A gathering of business, law enforcement, healthcare and community leaders gained lots of insight into this tough topic. It’s a growing issue here with a 45% increase in daily unsheltered adults in the past year and a reported 3,608 students who report being homeless in Adams County school districts.

Adams County is meeting this problem head on with the leadership of County Manager Ray Gonzales and Paolo Diaz who heads the Adams County Poverty Reduction and Homelessness team. To learn more and to engage in solutions reach out to Paolo at pdiaz@adcogov.org.

MEMBER ADVOCACY

A couple of month ago, many of our members raised serious concerns to legislators about Senate Bill 188, which creates a state-run family and medical leave program. The program would be funded by a $1B payroll tax. Since the introduction of the bill numerous amendments have been drafted and/or introduced – more than 40 at last count.

Even with the changes, the Metro North Chamber remains opposed to this legislation and is very concerned about how it could negatively impact employers and employees. Our members, in many cases, are providing better benefits than this proposal for their staff and employees don’t pay much to have those benefits. This bill, however, changes that. It could force employers to offer a lower benefit to the workers it’s intended to help. In addition, we still don’t have a complete financial review (actuarial analysis) that proves the money will be available to keep the program solvent.

By the time you read this the bill it may be on its way from the Senate floor back to the House of Representatives – its moving fast! We continue to urge our state legislators to slow down and make sure they get this one right.

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