Colorado Capitol Report

Coolest Thing Made in Colorado News Roundup

Coolest Thing Made in Colorado News Roundup

With the first annual Coolest Thing Made in Colorado Contest kicking off, nominations have been flooding in as local communities are excited to showcase the products made here in Colorado! The contest celebrates Colorado’s vibrant manufacturing industry and is generating interest across the state. See a snapshot of some of our regional media coverage below:

FOX 21 Colorado Springs: Coolest Thing Made in Colorado nominations open for Chamber of Commerce
The Colorado Chamber of Commerce opened nominations for its first annual Coolest Thing Made in Colorado contest.
Read more:

Loveland Reporter-Herald: Loveland business briefs for August 7
The Colorado Chamber of Commerce is holding a Coolest Thing Made in Colorado contest to celebrate the state’s manufacturing industry.
Read more:

Fox 31: What is the Coolest Thing Made in Colorado?
The Colorado Chamber of Commerce is looking for the Coolest Thing Made in Colorado. Find out more below!
Read more:

Channel 2 News: Nominate a Product for the Coolest Thing Made in Colorado!
Nominations are open for the Coolest Thing Made in Colorado! Learn more below:
Read more:

Denver Gazette: Colorado Chamber of Commerce seeks submissions for Coolest Thing Made in Colorado contest
The Colorado Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its inaugural Coolest Thing Made in Colorado contest to celebrate the state’s rich manufacturing history.
Read more:

Montrose Daily Press: Nominations for ‘Coolest in Colorado’
What’s the ‘Coolest Thing Made in Colorado’?
Read more:

The Sopris Sun: Scuttlebutt and Community Calendar
The Colorado Chamber of Commerce has opened nominations for a new statewide competition.
Read more:

The Pueblo Chieftain – Let’s talk business: Pueblo manufacturing companies can enter ‘Coolest Thing’ contest
Pueblo manufacturing businesses are invited to participate in the Colorado Chamber of Commerce’s Coolest Thing Made in Colorado contest — a new competition celebrating the state’s vibrant manufacturing industry.
Read more:

Sales & Use Tax Simplification Task Force Proposes Potential Bills for 2023 Session

This week, the legislative Sales and Use Tax Simplification Task Force met and heard updates from the Colorado Department of Revenue on the current Sales & Use Tax System (SUTS); the implementation of House Bill 22-1039 (Simplification of the Sales & Use Tax Exemption Form); and an update on the current Building Permit and Construction Materials Use Tax. Most notably, the Task Force discussed potential bills to be drafted by the legislative Office of Legal Services to be considered for the 2023 Legislative Session. The proposed bills include:

Clean-up of Retail Delivery Fee (“RDF”) – Sponsor: Senator Van Winkle

Language in the bill may include:

  • Guidance about retailers being able to absorb the RDF instead of passing it on to consumers;
  • Clarification of treatment with respect to Direct Pay holders

Resolution on Construction Permitting Process – Sponsor: Senator Van Winkle

  • Will require CO Municipal League to work with cities to streamline the construction permitting process

2 bills addressing Functionality & Enhancements to the SUTS system – Sponsor: Rep. Kipp

Language may include:

  • Dedicating funding to DOR to simplify the tax return;
  • Allowing for additional development sprints for the SUTS system;
  • Dedicating funding to add lodging taxes to the SUTS system;
  • Improving the functionality of the addressing tool;
  • Allowing a bulk upload/download of answers in the system;
  • Ensuring the data is publicly available.

These proposals will be drafted by the legislative legal services staff and then presented to the Task Force for approval as well as consideration by the Legislative Oversight Committee on Tax Policy. We will continue to keep this Council advised of the progress of these proposed bills.

Please contact us if you should have any questions regarding this update.

Colorado Chamber of Commerce Employment Opportunity

The Colorado Chamber seeks a Program Manager to manage our  Leadership Colorado Program (currently called “EXECs Advocacy”—renaming underway). The selected candidate will be a high-energy, self-starting person with an unflappable and magnetic personality – a master at building relationships with rising leaders and executives.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated interest in public policy and share the Chamber’s pro-business philosophy. This job involves originality that inspires, educates, and attracts the next generation of Colorado business leaders. This position is targeted as “half-time,” but the Chamber is open to the possibility of more hours applied to additional support for the Chamber.  More information on applying is available here.