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Governor Hickenlooper Proclaims October 6th as Manufacturing Day!

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Governor Hickenlooper Proclaims October 6th as Manufacturing Day!

Today, Friday, October 6, 2017 marks Colorado Manufacturing Day as proclaimed by Governor Hickenlooper here . It is an opportunity to celebrate what manufacturing means for the state’s economic progress by looking at the role that manufacturers play in the economy. Manufacturing Day is also a chance to encourage students to contribute to and gain from the growth of this sector. CACI, the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, has put its efforts towards promoting a policy environment that makes Colorado a fertile environment for first-rate manufacturers.  CACI also serves as the Colorado affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers.

Colorado’s recent success in promoting a high-end manufacturing sector an industry that makes all of Colorado better off. Our state’s clever and highly skilled pool of technical professionals has been instrumental in attracting businesses that seek to be at the forefront of manufacturing innovation. There are 4,752 manufacturing firms in Colorado in a variety of industries and market niches including clean energy, food and beverage production, biotechnology, aerospace, and advanced electronics.  The presence of high quality manufacturing across a range of high-value added market niches means that manufacturing has a broad impact across the economy and that its spillover effects promote a vibrant economy as a whole.

The numbers tell us that Colorado’s policy efforts to promote a robust manufacturing sector have paid off.  According to data collected from the National Association of Manufacturers, total manufacturing output in 2015 was $22.98 billion, making up 7.3% of state output, and has grown steadily since 2005. Average annual compensation is almost $25,000 dollars more than the average annual non-farm compensation.  Manufacturing is also a key driver of state exports. From 2010 to 2016, manufactured goods exports grew 14.13%.  As we look to the future and seek the continued success of Colorado’s manufacturing sector, it will be imperative to engage the next generation of those for whom a career in manufacturing would offer rewarding opportunities. Their contributions to the flourishing of the manufacturing sector will, in turn, build Colorado’s future.

Manufacturers, please join CACI for our quarterly Manufacturer’s Leadership Group Meeting as we continue to observe Manufacturing Month at Foam Fabricators, Inc. on Tuesday, October 24th. Please register here.

Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives Advocacy Workshop Held at CACI

Last Thursday an informative Advocacy Workshop for local Chamber CEOs, staff members and Board members was held at CACI.  The program was designed to help local Chambers explore or expand advocacy and government affairs programs.   The Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives (CCCE) coordinated the program with the support and participation of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The workshop included presentations by the U.S. Chamber, CACI, and local Chamber CEOs on the topics of effective government affairs committees, impacting your community with advocacy, statewide business issues and more.   CACI President Chuck Berry shared his experience, gained through eight years as Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives and 14 years as a legislator, about the value of chamber and chamber member involvement in the legislative process.  Representative Polly Lawrence joined CACI’s SVP of State and Federal Relations Loren Furman, and CACI President Chuck Berry in providing insights into statewide coalition building, partnering with CACI on legislative advocacy and upcoming statewide issues for 2018.  Local chambers of commerce are strongly encouraged to join CACI and participate with CACI in business advocacy.  For more information, please contact Bonnie Finley, [email protected].

CACI Joins Newly Launched Coalition for Regulatory Innovation

CACI has joined the newly launched, bipartisan organization called the Coalition for Regulatory Innovation (CRI). The CRI is a bold new initiative that brings together a broad coalition of groups from across the country, led by organized labor and manufacturing companies, and includes stakeholders from many industries that are focused on reducing the excessive red tape that prevents the creation of new American jobs.

The overall mission of CRI is to champion commonsense reforms that ease unnecessary burdens on small businesses and modernize our regulatory process in a way that accelerates technological innovation and fuels faster job creation and economic growth. As part of CRI’s initial rollout, the heads of North America’s Building Trades Unions and the National Association of Manufacturers have jointly authored an Op-Ed on outlining the CRI’s goals and the many ways in which smarter regulation can support the creation of new American infrastructure and jobs.

Membership of the CRI Includes: National Association of Manufactures, North America’s Building and Trades Unions, Small Business Entrepreneurship Council, American Council for Capital Formation, American Foundry Society, Data Coalition, Independent Petroleum Association of America, American Chemistry Council, National Automobile Dealers, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, New Mexico Business Coalition, and the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, Montana Petroleum Association, Texas Alliance Energy Producers and Ohio Oil and Gas Association.

To learn more about CRI, follow @RegInnovation on twitter or click here for CRI’s website.

Unique CACI Opportunity- Learn from the Personal Communications Coach of PCL Construction, Comcast, IHS Markit and more!

Kendall Colman, Founder & CEO, The Corporate Coaching Company

Kendall Colman is Founder and CEO of Colman Coaching, the highly respected woman owned national provider of executive coaching, elite business presentation coaching, and media preparedness training. Over the last 17 years, C-level executives, public officials, best-selling authors, and business people from almost every industry have benefited from Colman Coaching’s programs. Companies include PCL Construction, Comcast, IHS Markit, Chipotle, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Colorado Bankers Association. Kendall has established a reputation in delivering results. Take this unique opportunity to hear directly from the expert!

Date: Thurs. Oct. 26, 2017

Time: 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Location: PCL Construction

2000 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222


  • Introduce Yourself In Social Settings
  • Get Into Casual Referral Conversations While Staying Social
  • Introduce Yourself in Business Settings
  • Talk About the Economy
  • Appropriately Shift the Conversation to Business to Explore, Could this Person be:
    • Customer?
    • An Effective Strategic Partner?
    • A referrer?
  • End a Conversation So You Can Move On
  • Follow Up With People You Met Networking


4:00-4:30 Arrival & Check-in
4:30-4:45 Welcome & Introductions
4:45-5:45Presentation by executive coach Kendall Colman
5:45-6:30Networking (Optional tours of PCL available)


Appetizers, Wine & Beer Provided

Register Here

Thank you to our sponsor!

Save the Date: 2 for 1 Special on DECEMBER 6TH

CACI 101

Wednesday, December 6th
3:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m.
CACI offices- 1600 Broadway, Suite 1000, Denver CO 80202
Learn about CACI and all that your membership has to offer.
All CACI members are welcome.
Register here

CACI Holiday Happy Hour

Wednesday, December 6th
5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
10 Barrel Brewing Company- 2620 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
All CACI members & friends are invited.
RSVP here

Thank you to our sponsor!

CANCELED: Department of Revenue Holds Stakeholder Meeting on Taxation of Digital Goods

Please be advised that the Colorado Department of Revenue stakeholder meeting scheduled on October 18, 2017, to discuss the taxation of digital goods has been canceled.

Details regarding this meeting are provided below:

Meeting Details:

Date:  October 18th
Time:  9:00 a.m.
Location:  1313 Sherman Street, Room # 220

***Please note that the location is at a different address than previous DOR meetings.

Goal of Meeting:

The DOR is seeking input from stakeholders on how sales and use tax may apply to digital goods.  The input received through this group may be used for developing a regulation that will determine the application, if any, of sales and use taxes to digital goods sold or used in Colorado.

Participation Details:

Stakeholders can attend in person or participate by telephone.  Please contact either Loren Furman at [email protected] or Neil Tillquist at [email protected] if you would like to participate in this working group.  Additionally, you may sign up for this meeting and future meetings at

Thank you and please feel free to contact Loren Furman at [email protected] with any additional questions regarding this matter.