8th Legislative Breakfast Defines Transportation Priorities for the 2017 Session

December 16, 2016              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Audrey DeBarros, Executive Director Commuting Solutions
Cell: 303-330-4939
audrey@commutingsolutions.org

8th Legislative Breakfast Defines Transportation Priorities for the 2017 Session
Commuting Solutions and the Northwest Chamber Alliance to host 8th Legislative Breakfast on January 5

LOUISVILLE, Colo.—Commuting Solutions and the Northwest Chamber Alliance (a coalition of the Broomfield, Boulder and Longmont Chambers) will host the 8th Legislative Breakfast on Thursday, January 5 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Omni Interlocken Hotel. The purpose of this year’s event is to convene public and private stakeholders around the Northwest region’s transportation priorities during the 2017 legislative session.

The 8th Legislative Breakfast will provide a collaborative environment for businesses, governments and transportation agencies to discuss the future of the Northwest region, especially as it relates to potential state legislation to prioritize transportation. Businesses have a growing voice in transportation planning, as effective transportation leads to increased economic growth. John Tayer, President and CEO of the Boulder Chamber, explains, “Transportation is becoming a paramount issue for businesses, especially when it comes to recruiting and retaining employees. Businesses that are highly accessible become desirable employment hubs and ultimately increase a region’s population, economy and quality of life.”

Economic development is a focal point of this year’s breakfast, but the breakfast also provides a platform for the public and private sectors to convene on the region’s transportation priorities and focus on moving forward. Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros says, “Over 16% of the Denver metro region’s population and employment is concentrated in Boulder County, Broomfield County and City of Westminster, which means the outcomes of transportation over the coming years will determine how our region’s economy, public health and population progress over the coming decades.”

Legislators such as House Majority Leader, KC Becker, Senator John Cooke (Senate Transportation Committee Vice Chair) and Representative Diane Mitsch-Bush (House Transportation & Energy Committee Chair) will discuss the priorities most important to their parties and regions, and the US 36 Mayors & Commissioners Coalition and Commuting Solutions will present their 2017 Legislative Policy Agenda. The breakfast will also feature a keynote address from Governor Hickenlooper and presentations by regional businesses leaders and elected officials.

The cost to attend is $75 for members of Commuting Solutions, the Broomfield Chamber, the Boulder Chamber and the Longmont Chamber and $90 for non-members. Registration can be completed through January 4 by visiting http://bit.ly/2eTlEBp.

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About Commuting Solutions:
Commuting Solutions is dedicated to delivering innovative transportation options that connect commuters to their workplaces, businesses to their employees, and residents to their communities. Through advocacy for infrastructure and transportation improvements, partnerships and education, we create progressive, flexible transportation solutions. Be part of the progress along US 36, visit commutingsolutions.org.

About the Northwest Chamber Alliance:
The Northwest Chamber Alliance was formed in 2016 as a coalition focused on regional issues that impact economic vitality and quality of life. It is currently comprised of the Boulder, Broomfield and Longmont Chambers, representing approximately 2,400 businesses made up of 100,000 employees. These businesses range from large international corporations to small businesses, startups, nonprofits and public institutions.