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2019

YEAR REVIEW IN

Who We Represent: 1,300+ Members

12%

of members are nonprofit organizations. Our largest member category.

Quick Highlights:

Economic Vitality

82%

of members are small businesses

(fewer than 50 employees)

Member Engagement

Key Primary Industries • • • • • • • •

Aerospace Biosciences Energy Internet Solutions Natural Products Outdoor Recreation Tourism Research

Local Advocacy

Successfully lobbied for

$70 Million

in transportation funds

that will be directed to our regional corridors. Working with regional partners and the Colorado Department of Transportation, secured funding for key improvements for SH 119/ The Diagonal & SH 7/East Arapahoe.

Worked with our members and City leadership to address proposed land use changes and potential impacts to Boulder businesses so investments can occur in the Opportunity Zone that are beneficial for our community.

160 existing

Boulder companies including

107 small businesses

Received assistance with employee sourcing and recruitment; real estate searches and decisionmaking; raising capital; city and state regulations and permitting compliance; technical and professional services referrals, funding resources, among other services.

On average,

18,650

attendees are first-timers to a specific Chamber networking event.

50,000+

Followers

78% of

searches were performed on our online member directory.

856

Events, hot deals, job postings and news releases were posted to the Member Information Center.

4,000

Newsletter Subscribers

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2019

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Business Assistance •Assisted 160 existing Boulder companies with employee sourcing and recruitment; real estate searches; raising capital; city regulations and permitting compliance; technical and professional services referrals; and other business development assistance. Escalated assistance provided to companies such as AstraZeneca, Movement Climbing, Emerson, Emergy Foods, LogRhythm, Bond Pets, and Liberty Puzzles, among others.

•Provided support for 107

small businesses and startups with referrals to venture capital and other funding resources, assistance with workforce development and real estate decision-making, city and state licensing and permitting, and made introductions to the Boulder SBDC, City of Boulder, CU Boulder, industry associations, and other resource organizations.

•Responded to 34 qualified

inquiries from companies considering relocation to Boulder. Provided them with information about workforce, real estate, funding and incentives, and other information about doing business here. Notable businesses new to Boulder in 2019 include Verily, Emergy Foods, Matty’s Healthy Products, Noho, Sunlight Aerospace, and Bond Pets, among others.

Workforce Development •Convened area tech sector businesses to launch a Tech Sector Partnership and facilitate production of workforce development action plans to address tech talent shortages.

•Facilitated conversations

among healthcare providers in Boulder to discuss workforce challenges, data and opportunities. Worked with Front Range Community College and Workforce Boulder County on a Boulder to get approval to sponsor a U.S. Department of Labor-certified apprenticeship program for medical assistants that will benefit local employers, such as Boulder Community Health and Boulder Medical Center.

•Launched a Professional

Services and Restaurant Sector Partnership for Boulder companies to work together on common challenges and create short- and long-term collaborative solutions. Offering skills-based hiring workshops for Boulder businesses every other month and providing one-on-one support to businesses wishing to implement the competencybased hiring practices internally.

Advocacy: Mobility Local: •Pilot projects in Boulder for first and final mile solutions (eScooters pilots happened in September, also working on on-demand shuttle service pilots).

Advocacy: Housing •Led session with the local entrepreneur community during Boulder Startup Week, received their input on housing and transportation solutions.

•Integrated business

housing strategies through collaboration with Northwest Chamber Alliance with focus on public education, creative financing and regulatory reform.

community input into the City of Boulder’s Transportation Master Plan to shape local funding strategies. Regional: •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.

•Moving forward: Developing strategies for transportation funding advocacy for the 2020 legislative session and regionally for the 2020 ballot.

•Advancing regional workforce

•Worked with City of Boulder

Planning and Development Review staff, members of the development community and others involved with this type of work to build a survey that will help assess the current processes and identify areas of opportunity for speeding-up review periods which will help reduce housing development costs. Survey is underway, and results will be leveraged to identify baseline metrics and future areas of focus.

Statewide: •Advocated for Prop CC.

•Advocating for state funding that can be used on 119/ The Diagonal and SH7/East Arapahoe infrastructure.

•Expediting the

implementation of improvements for State Highway 119/the Diagonal through the completion of the SH 119 BRT Feasibility Study.

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Boulder Chamber Year in Review: 2019  

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A look back at the highlights of 2019

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