New state venture capital committee leaves out Springs

Wed, Sep 22, 2010


Yesterday, Gov. Bill Ritter named 21 people to a new “venture capital investment advisory committee.”

According to a report in the Denver Business Journal, “The panel is charged with helping to draw financial support for several Colorado industry sectors, including aerospace, bioscience, clean energy and information communication technology.”

“I established this advisory panel to build on our economy’s strengths by assisting the state in attracting venture capital funding for Colorado’s homegrown early-stage companies,” Ritter said.

An utterly unexceptional piece of news, isn’t it?

Governors love to create blue-ribbon committees, which at a minimum will do no harm while burnishing the resumes of the appointees, and at best may actually do some good.

Given that Ritter is the lamest of lame ducks, it’s curious that he made the appointments now.  You’d think that he would have deferred to his all-but-certain successor, John Hickenlooper, and not bothered his pretty little head with selecting 21 v.c. stalwarts from the Colorado business community.

That said, it’s a curious list.  Nineteen of the committee’s members hail from the Denver/Boulder metroplex, one from Fort Collins, and one from Pueblo.

So does that mean that we have no entrepreneurs in Colorado Springs?  Does that mean that not a single individual in the Pikes Peak region is capable of serving on such a committee?

The Governor seems to think that our entire population is employed by the military, by fast food purveyors, or by right-wing religious organizations – no entrepreneurs down there at the foot of Pikes Peak!!

Note to Gov. Hickenlooper: ask Chuck Murphy to send you a list of potential appointees.  He’ll be glad to help – and while you’re at it, check out some other cities too.

Haven’t looked at a map lately, but the names Alamosa, Durango, Grand Junction, Salida, Leadville, Buena Vista, Aspen, Vail, Telluride, and Glenwood Springs keep popping up – I think they’re all in Colorado!

Amazing, ain’t it?

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Rick Wehner Says:

    Too few people as Chuck Murphy running for office. Without people of his vision and true concern for the region at the decision making level, we have no national presence or sense of community identity.

    I think it is called disjointed fragmentation.

  2. Mary Fox Says:

    WOW! Great observation, John. Thank you for recognizing Colorado Springs has valuable VC’s — as do other Colorado cities — it’s a shame that Gov. Ritter doesn’t. Let’s hope this gets rectified under the next administration.