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Time to Celebrate Colorado’s Manufacturers

Time to Celebrate Colorado's Manufacturers

The COVID-19 pandemic may have taken a toll on the economy, but Colorado’s manufacturers never stop making things — and they won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) is Friday, Oct. 2, and Gov. Jared Polis has declared the full month of October as Colorado Manufacturing Month. Each MFG Day and throughout the month, thousands of manufacturers across nation open their doors to welcome students, parents, community leaders and job seekers to experience what makes manufacturing one of the most rewarding careers in the country. This year, many of the events will be virtual and accessible remotely.

Read the complete article by Colorado Chamber President Chuck Berry at Colorado

Gov. Polis Declares October as Colorado Manufacturing Month

Gov. Jared Polis has declared the month of October 2020 as Colorado Manufacturing Month, which coincides with National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) on Friday, October 2nd. The governor’s proclamation recognizes Colorado’s 4,800 manufacturers that contribute more than $25 billion to the state’s economy.

MFG Day, hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), provides students, parents, teachers, and community leaders a chance to see the promising career opportunities in modern manufacturing. Many of the events will be virtual this year, allowing participants to explore opportunities remotely. In addition to MFG Day, throughout the month of October, the Colorado Chamber – Colorado’s official NAM affiliate – will be celebrating our members in the manufacturing community through social media, virtual events, and other features.

To view the governor’s proclamation, please click here.

Youth To Work in Manufacturing: It Can Be Done! Solving Workforce Challenges with Youth Apprenticeships

In celebration of National Manufacturing Day, the Colorado Chamber is partnering with the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association (CAMA) and the Employers Council to answer manufacturers’ questions about youth apprenticeships in Colorado. Joining the conversation are Colorado manufacturers as well as high school youth currently participating in apprenticeships, and subject matter experts in employment law and education.

Friday, October 2, 10-11:30 a.m.
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Featured Panelists include:

  • Casey Sacks, Ph.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education for Community Colleges: A national perspective on the benefit of youth apprenticeships.
  • Dean Harris, Employment Attorney for the Employers Council: Myths and facts on the legal issues of youth apprenticeships.
  • Panel of Colorado Manufacturers: Sharing how they have applied youth apprenticeships and what you can expect as your return on investment in these students.
  • Panel of Youth Apprentices: Sharing their workforce experiences.

The Colorado Chamber is proud to be the official state affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and to promote an educated, skilled workforce to strengthen the economic future of our state.


Hospital Leaders Speak on Their Response to COVID-19

Presentation Date/Time:  September 30, 2020 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Colorado is making major breakthroughs in the way COVID-19 patients are treated through a unique collaboration of our largest health systems and hospitals. The only collaboration of its kind in the country, the Colorado Health Systems Collaborative brings together experts from around the state to share lessons learned. This sharing of data has led to growing survival rates, innovative and evolving treatment modalities, reduced number of patients needing ventilators, and shorter hospital stays.

On an ongoing basis since March of this year, the Chief Medical and Chief Clinical Officers of Banner Health, Boulder Community Health, Centura Health, Denver Health, HealthONE, SCL Health and UCHealth come together to address the dire needs of the communities they serve. They realize that COVID-19 is bigger than one doctor, one hospital, or even one health system.

Please join us for a special virtual presentation on September 30th at 11a.m. – 12p.m. by hospital leaders in Colorado who will share their experience and response to COVID-19 during the last few challenging months.  Please RSVP to Laura Moss at [email protected] to participate in the presentation and receive call-in details.

ModeratorLen Kalm, Regional Vice President of Strategic Pricing & Analytics, HCA/HealthONE and Colorado Chamber Board member.

PresenterDr. J.P. Valin, Chief Clinical Officer, SCL Health and new Colorado Chamber member