New Session, First Town Hall January 26
The 2013 legislative session kicked off on January 9, and we're already working on new legislation. We held a well-attended press conference on Jan. 7 to announce and explain House Bill 13-1001, the Advanced Industries Acceleration Act. The bill would create a new Advanced Industries Acceleration Fund, and monies would be used to fund grants for qualifying companies in the following industry sectors: advanced manufacturing, aerospace, bioscience, electronics, energy and natural resources, infrastructure engineering, and information technology.
Jan. 7 press conference on HB 13-1001, with Sen. Rollie Heath at left, Rep. Dave Young at center-left, Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino at the podium, and Rep. Cheri Gerou at right. Reps. Young and Gerou are House co-sponsors of the bill.
I am a Senate co-sponsor of the bill, and I was proud to speak at the press conference about my reasons to support HB-1001. Companies from the sectors identified as Advanced Industries tend to provide a number of high-paying, high-skill jobs. Colorado is in competition with other states and other nations for these companies and these jobs, and I believe HB-1001 will help us become more attractive as a location in which to do business.
Governor John Hickenlooper agrees, and he offered the following comment during the conference:
"We can boost Colorado's advanced industries by increasing their access to capital. These types of bipartisan efforts will help Colorado continue to grow and sustain a long-term innovative ecosystem that creates highly-skilled jobs and prepares Coloradans to fill them."
FIRST TOWN HALL JAN. 26
I will speak about HB-1001 and other issues at our first town hall meeting of the 2013 session. It will be held Saturday, January 26 from 10:15 a.m. until noon, at the George Reynolds Branch of the Boulder Public Library, 3595 Table Mesa Drive. Our town hall meetings are always free and open to the public, and they provide a great opportunity for us to meet or exchange ideas in person. I hope to see you there!
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