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Policy Areas

Accelerate Colorado is committed to advancing Colorado’s economy by advocating on behalf of the state’s most important industries for pro-business public policy.  It is imperative that there is statewide support, not just to protect these industries, but to help them to move forward.  Accelerate Colorado looks to build consensus on critical policy areas, and to carry that consensus to Washington, D.C. in order to ensure present and future prosperity. 
 
Policy areas change annually to address the most pressing economic development needs of the state. The policy areas for 2017 are as follows:
  • The Aerospace and Defense industry is a crucial component of Colorado’s economy for a number of reasons.  Colorado's military and space assets and a number of private-sector companies contribute billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs to Colorado’s economy annually. 
  • The Bioscience and Healthcare industries are massive contributors to Colorado’s economy.  The Anschutz Medical Campus, for example, has become one of the most advanced and fastest growing medical communities in the country.  In order for its growth to continue, however, it is critically important to secure funding for the advancement of research and technology development.
  • Energy is an area of global concern. Today, due to the modern technologies of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. is in the midst of an energy boom rendering the ban antiquated and obsolete. According to the International Energy Agency, in 2015 the U.S. surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s leading energy producer. Colorado is the country’s ninth leading oil producer state. Colorado has implemented the strictest hydraulic fracturing regulations in the country and serves as a model for other states.
  • Accelerate Colorado works to support Small Business and Economic Development interests in general.  Issues such as tax structure and patent reform affect businesses of all sizes, and it is important to protect businesses’ freedom explore new ideas, and to protect the intellectual and physical property rights that make competitive business possible.
  • No industry or municipality can survive without sufficient Transportation infrastructure, therefore Accelerate Colorado advocates for the funding of projects such as highway interchanges and light rail lines that provide access to the state’s most important business and development districts, creating a complete transit system.
  • From a new Veterans Affairs Medical Center adjacent to Anschutz Medical Campus to supporting medical marijuana for our veterans, supporting Veterans' Affairs should and always will be a number one priority.
  • Water and Natural Resources is of critical importance to the future development of the state of Colorado. Developing solutions for water, its use, flow, quality, ownership, storage and accessibility, is absolutely necessary in a climate where the average rainfall is less than 20 inches per year.