The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce has made it a priority to support the election of City Council Members who support business and job creation and to take positions on ballot measures that it believes will impact quality of life and economic competitiveness.
The Chamber’s government affairs program can be divided into two broad categories: legislation and elections. Said another way, the Chamber participates in efforts to influence laws that will impact business and elect people to public office that adopt those laws.
After having years of their business and economic concerns dismissed by the City Council, Chamber leaders realized that it wasn’t enough to focus on proposed legislation; they also needed to actively participate in the process to influence who was making those laws. They founded a new political program in 2004 that has dramatically changed the political dynamic in Fort Collins.
The Chamber only focuses on local races – city council, county commission and school board. A board-appointed election committee manages this process for the Chamber with final endorsements being made by the Chamber Board.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Chamber’s political program, contact Chamber President & CEO Ann Hutchison at [email protected] or (970) 482-3746.