AS the 2013 General Assembly kicks off, Colorado Springs will have a stronger voice. The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance has set its legislative agenda and hired two lobbying firms.
Joan Turner of J. Andrew Green & Associates and Virginia Love of Morrison, Love & Co. will represent the local business organization at the capitol in Denver. The two will monitor legislation and help create relationships with state officials, agencies and business associations.
“Joan Green Turner and Virginia Morrison were selected from a number of proposals and we’re very pleased that they’ve agreed to work with us,” said Joe Raso, president and CEO of the Business Alliance, in a press release announcing the new hires. “We are anxious to advance the interests of this region at the state level and we believe we are now well positioned to do so.”
The Business Alliance wants the lobbyists to help them “defend our business community” and make “our state and region more competitive for economic growth,” according to the release.
The group also wants to keep the enterprise zone system in place as it currently exists. A state task force is examining the tax credits associated with enterprise zones – those areas of a city that are considered underdeveloped and in need of businesses can get credits for moving operations to the area.
The group opposed Amendment 64, a constitutional amendment approving recreational use of marijuana in Colorado. The amendment passed in November, but the group still plans to watch how the new industry is regulation and study how it affects “the perception of the state as a place for business and a skilled workforce.”
The Business Alliance is placing a priority on “working with the city of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, the governor and the Colorado Department of Transportation to build a comprehensive transportation system in the region.
The alliance also hopes to create partnerships to support and strengthen the region’s aerospace and defense assets.