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Registration Open for Unveiling of “Launch My Career Colorado” on June 9th

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Registration Open for Unveiling of “Launch My Career Colorado” on June 9th

Registration is now open for CACI members to attend the June 9th unveiling of “Launch My Career Colorado,” a new Web-based resource for students and working adults interested in “hot” career pathways in Colorado.

CACI members are invited to attend the luncheon event at the Colorado History Center from 12 Noon to 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 9th.  Space is limited, and registration closes June 2nd.  There is no charge to attend.

CACI’s three partners in this event are the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education and Workforce; Gallup, Inc.; and the American Institutes of Research.

Last year, these three organizations connected with USA Funds to explore strategies and solutions for addressing the skills gap facing America’s business community while helping students find credentials of value that provide a good return on their investment.

In turn, these three organizations then partnered with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and CACI to develop two, state-specific instruments.

“Launch My Career Colorado” will answer questions that degree-seeking individuals want to know, including:

  • What programs lead to in-demand jobs?
  • What programs will help me reach my lifestyle goals and help me get the most of my investment?
  • What kinds of majors lead to job satisfaction and personal satisfaction?

Attendees will hear from notable state educational, business and political leaders as well as national experts about how this information can be used to promote more prepared, engaged, and productive graduates.  Here is the agenda:

12:00 Noon      Registration (Lunch Available)

12:30 p.m.      Welcome & Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Travis Webb, Chair, CACI Board of Directors, and Managing Partner, Colorado Springs & Denver, BKD Advisors & CPAs, LLP

12:35 p.m.      Keynote Speaker’s Remarks

12:45 p.m.      Overview of Career Planner, Mark Schneider, President, College Measures

1:00 p.m.        Roundtable Discussion


Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Education & Workforce Development, Gallup, Inc.


1:40 p.m.       Closing

For more information about this event, contact Dan O’Connell, CACI State Governmental Affairs Representative, or Dan Pilcher, CACI Executive Vice President.

Local Chambers of Commerce Receive Awards

CACI presented awards for accomplishments by local chambers of commerce last week at the CCCE Conference in Parker, CO.  CCCE is the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives organization whose purpose is to improve the professionalism of chambers, provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and act as a resource and a liaison to CACI-the State Chamber of Commerce.

Chris Romer, President & CEO of Vail Valley Partnership, took home the coveted Colorado Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive of the Year Award. His Board Chair in the letter of recommendation said, “Under his guiding hand we have seen steady growth in terms of membership, revenue, value, retention and public perception.  In short, he has not merely righted the ship, but rather has set us on a bold new course and prepared us for an incredibly exciting future.”   Congratulations, Chris!

Vail Valley Partnership also took home these additional trophies: First Place for Increase in Dues Revenue, First Place for Special Achievement in Communications-Chambers over 500 members, First Place for Special Achievement (open category) for development of the MyPartner Career Network-designed to reduce employee turnover in managerial and high-skilled positions, which are typically imported into the community by providing a network for the partner of these employees, and Second Place for Increase in Membership.

Other winners included Carbondale Chamber of Commerce who took home the First Place Trophy for Increase in Membership and the Second Place Trophy for Increase in Dues Revenue.  The New Fundraiser Award was given to the Durango Chamber of Commerce for its 2015 Management Conference, Issues and Solutions featuring Curt Coffman. For Chambers at or below 500, the Special Achievement in Communications winner was the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.  First Place for the Special Achievement Award, (Open Category- Chambers under 500 members), was the Erie Chamber of Commerce for the Miner’s Blast-a reformatted event that offered lots of fun filled activities that appealed to young and old at an affordable price.

Special Achievement in Government Affairs went to the Boulder Chamber of Commerce for their One Boulder Campaign.  The goal of this campaign was to defend the community and defeat two anti-growth ballot initiatives-one that would have given neighborhoods veto authority over any land use /zoning change and another that would have imposed excessive impact fees on new development.

The President’s Award, given by outgoing CCCE President Jack Llewellyn of the Durango Chamber of Commerce, went to Frank Ladd of the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce as the person he felt exemplified excellence and support during his term in office.

CACI congratulates all the winners!

Contribute to Campaign to Defeat Amendment 69, the $25 billion, Single-Payer, Health-Care Plan

A public-private coalition is working to defeat Amendment 69, the November ballot initiative that would create a quasi-public, single-payer health-care plan that would impose a $25 billion tax on employers, workers, and taxpayers.

Called “Coloradans for Coloradans,” the campaign organization’s co-chairs include Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton and former Democratic Governor Bill Ritter.  The organization is backed by a coalition of business organizations, public officials, and community and civic leaders.

In November, the CACI Board of Directors voted to oppose Amendment 69 just days after Secretary of State Wayne Williams qualified the ballot initiative for the November ballot.

CACI urges its members to contribute to Coloradans for Coloradans. Contributions can be mailed to:

Coloradans for Coloradans
1660 Lincoln Street
Suite 1800
Denver CO 80624

Contribution can also be wired electronically to Coloradans for Coloradans.

CACI members who have questions about contributing to Coloradans for Coloradansmay email Katie Behnke or call her at 303.807.4583.

Coloradans for Coloradans is an issue committee, #20165030100, registered with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.  An issue committee may receive unlimited contributions.