(April 16) – A bipartisan bill to continue the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Centers to help Colorado businesses grow passed the House Business, Labor & Economic & Workforce Development Committee today by a vote of nine to one.
HB13-1301, sponsored by Reps. Su Ryden (D-Aurora) and Bob Gardner (R-Colorado Springs), continues the Colorado PTAC program, which offers education, counseling and technical assistance to entrepreneurs to compete for government contracts. The bill also creates a task force to evaluate procurement strategies in other states, discuss management practices, develop a public-private partnership and develop a plan for the long-term funding of the centers.
“This program has been proven highly successful, and we want to see it continue,” Rep. Ryden said. “We don’t know what exact shape the program might take, and that’s why we want to create a task force to see what will work best to keep those jobs coming to Colorado.”
Representatives from the Office of Economic Development & International Trade and the Colorado PTAC organization testified that these centers have a direct job impact and have helped create 35,000 Colorado jobs from 2010 to 2012.