Chambers combine to form ‘single voice’

Eight chambers of commerce and the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau have collaborated to form the Pikes Peak Regional Business Partnership to pool lobbying efforts.

The group has been meeting for nearly four years, but only recently gained status as a separate 501(c)(6) organization.

“We’re looking at four different areas,” said Chairwoman Debbie Miller, president of the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce. “We’re going to create a concerted effort to speak for the region in the legislature, in public policy. We want to be the lead organization to help with military support, educational opportunities and community building.”

The group plans to use the resources of all the member organizations, she said, providing smaller groups with a louder voice and additional support.

“Some of the groups – like the Tri-Lakes Chamber or my chamber – we don’t have a voice like Stephanie Finley at the Colorado Springs chamber,” she said. “But we can use those resources and speak as one voice for the region.”

The group plans to work for businesses in the entire Pikes Peak region – about 2,700 businesses with more than 90,000 employees.

Member organizations include the Black Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Eastern Plains Chamber of Commerce, Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak Convention and Visitors Bureau, Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce, Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce.