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October 16, 2015

Chamber Endorses Leany and Pitton for School Board
This month the Chamber interviewed each of the six candidates and hosted a candidate forum where all six candidates participated. The Chamber is endorsing the re-election of Mr. Arvan Jeffry Leany for District A and the election of Mr. Paul Pitton for District B. In this instance, the Chamber is pleased that Mr. Leany aims to facilitate collaborative efforts between local businesses and the School Board as he strives to make SD51 “the best district in the state”. Meanwhile, Mr. Pitton is being endorsed by the Chamber because of his commitment to “put the kids first”. The County Coordinated Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 and is being conducted by mail ballot. Please join us in voting for Mr. Leany and Mr. Pitton.   
Click here to view the 2015 Voter's Guide. 

UPDATE: Waters of the U.S. 
On October 9, 2015, the EPA’s onerous Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule was blocked nationwide via Sixth Circuit court order. In its absurdity the bill would have allowed the federal government to require ski resorts and other tourist attractions to relinquish their water rights as a condition of granting permits; not to mention place a burden on other industries such as agriculture, construction, small businesses, and natural resource development in the absence of a steady and reliable water source.
Click here to read the full US Chamber article.

A Cruel Ban on Crude Oil 
This month the House passed a bill to lift the 1970’s-era crude oil export ban. The bill now moves to the Senate where its immediate future is uncertain as the White House threatens to veto any measure allowing the U.S. to sell excess crude oil abroad with a few ad hoc exceptions. The oil and gas industry is an integral part of the Grand Junction area not to mention ending the ban on crude oil exports would benefit the manufacturing sector in several ways.
Click here to read the full US Chamber article.

Members Invited to Luncheon on EPA Regulations
At noon on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, the Independence Institute and multiple sponsors have organized a FREE luncheon at the Workforce Center addressing “The Coming Storm of Federal Energy and Environmental Regulations" with regard to carbon, the ozone and water. Senator Ray Scott is included on the panel of presenters. The Chamber will attend to ascertain how these regulations will impact western slope families, business, and the economy, as well as, what we can do about them. If you would like to attend, click here.

Want Air Service That Meets Your Business Needs?
If you are a business that would like to see better connections to your customers and vendors than you currently have we are asking you to help us “make the case.” Take just a couple of minutes to complete our business traveler survey at https://survey.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0pjCCuYRorrmxIp and share information about your travel patterns. The information is being collected by InterVISTAS, a consultant hired by the Grand Junction Regional Airport to complete a passenger demand survey. We will share the information once it is compiled. Your participation is vital to our efforts and we thank you in advance for your participation!

Upcoming Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting
The next Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting is on Monday, October 19, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Please click here to view the agenda. 

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