April 20, 2012

(Denver) – House Republicans on the Appropriations Committee struck another blow against economic development today when they killed a bill directing the state Office of Economic Development to work to create development partnerships in the 14 planning and management regions across Colorado.

HB12-1154 would have convened panels with representation from businesses and industries, economic and workforce development entities, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, local governmental bodies, and federal, tribal and state regulatory authorities. It was sponsored by Rep. Millie Hamner (D-Dillon) with the bipartisan support of Rep. Don Coram (R-Montrose), and was supported by the Economic Development Council of Colorado, the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, Colorado Concern, C3, the state Nonprofit Association, the Colorado Municipal League, Action 22, the South Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado Association of Manufacturers and Technology, the Metro North Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Northeast Association of Local Governments.

“Collective efficacy is when the governor’s office, the legislature, the regional councils and the people work together to really get something done,” Rep. Hamner told the committee. “What we’re really trying to do here is send a message that we are all working together and fully committed to turning the economy around in Colorado.”

Sending the opposite message, Rep. Coram was absent for today’s debate, and the Appropriations Committee voted the bill down on a 7-6 party-line vote.

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