(Jan. 28) – Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, advanced her bill to formalize the successful Business Intelligence Center past the Business Committee this afternoon on a 13-0 vote. HB16-1014 formalizes the Business Intelligence Center, designed to help Colorado businesses gain better access to public data, to be operated by the Department of State.
“Access to this kind of data is incredibly helpful to businesses,” said Rep. Williams. “This bill promotes transparency in government, supports the open data movement by making public data more readily available, and supports Colorado’s business community by providing them useful tools to make more-informed decisions.”
The program assists state agencies to publish public data to the state’s central open data platform, the Colorado Information Marketplace (data.colorado.gov). Agency participation is completely voluntary, as is any data that an agency wishes to provide.
On the Colorado Information Marketplace, business owners will find data such as: business entities, municipal sales tax rates, crime statistics, transportation, electricity rates, broadband availability, occupational employment statistics, and degrees awarded. Since the program began, the Business Intelligence Center has helped publish nearly 200 datasets to the Colorado Information Marketplace.
An amendment to provide an extra safeguard to the Executive Branch to only share the information that is appropriate passed with no objection.
The 13-0 vote by the Business Committee sends the bill to the House floor for a second reading.

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