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About Accelerate Colorado

Our story

Accelerate Colorado was founded in 2004 with a group of like-minded organizations and local governments to address federal policy affecting Colorado.  Nearly 15 years later, we have grown into a powerful and diverse statewide coalition with a unified voice respected by the Colorado Congressional delegation and key federal leadership.  Over the years, we’ve been an integral part of shaping federal policy on issues critical to the state’s economic development, top industries, and business community.  Just as when Accelerate Colorado was founded, our priority remains on finding common ground and advocating together for what’s best for Colorado.  

Who we are

Accelerate Colorado is a statewide partnership organization whose membership is comprised of local governments, private businesses, and civic organizations.  We are dedicated to finding common ground in the best interest of Colorado.

Each year, we create an annual policy agenda, crafted with our policy committees, to address mutually important Colorado issues.  This sets the course for our year-round advocacy efforts.    

From here, we work with our federal lobbying partner, The Normandy Group, to advocate for Colorado's business interests and economic development.  

With our direct access to the Colorado Congressional Delegation and key federal leadership, we use the unified, comprehensive consensus built among our membership to engage and affect change for the economic benefit of the entire State of Colorado.

Accelerate Colorado's exclusive fly-in, the Business Mission to Washington, D.C. is our cornerstone annual event.  More than 100 statewide business and civic leaders and elected officials join us in the nation's Capitol to engage  face-to-face with our Congressional leaders and other federal decision makers, complementing our other year-round advocacy efforts.    

Why it's important
Accelerate Colorado offers relationships, not just networking.  We build deep and meaningful connections between stakeholders that go far beyond trading business cards. 

We know our voices are stronger together and the consensus we build is respected in Washington, D.C.  We strenthen our message and further each other's interests by focusing on issues and solutions that have a direct impact on Colorado as a whole.

Our organization delivers federal lobbying services without the price tag of hiring an individual lobbyist, making our members' investments both efficient and effective.  

And, unlike other organizations, we offer our Business Mission attendees the opportunity to engage directly with legislators in intimate discussions in Washington, D.C., driving two-way dialogue on the most important issues.