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October 23, 2015

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 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. The information will be shared once it is compiled. Your participation is vital and the survey deadline is October 30, 2015. Click here to take the survey.

New EPA 70ppb Standard Will Come at Cost to Jobs and Economic Growth
The EPA is proposing new standards regarding ozone forming emissions that are so unreasonable even some national parks won’t be in compliance. The general concern being raised is that “the EPA will ratchet the federal ozone standard down to background levels – which come from natural sources, wildfires and cross-border air pollution – and then punish communities for emissions they did not create. The pollution being generated by California wildfires, which is affecting neighboring states, [including Colorado] is a perfect example.” When and if a community can’t comply they will be categorized as having a “nonattainment” status resulting in enormous regulatory burdens on business and industry triggering less job creation, and, halting economic development. Click here for more details. 

The effort by the EPA to expand the reach of the Waters of the United States Act (WOTUS) by changing the definition of which bodies of water are covered by legislation hit a brick wall recently when the Federal Sixth Circuit Court blocked implementation of the new definition. That was good news for anyone with wells or ponds that only see occasional water in them but the action may be only temporary. To learn more click here.

23rd Annual Legislative Days at the Capitol
Join the Chamber on March 3 – March 4, 2016, as we travel to the State Capitol. It is anticipated that approximately 50 local business owners, elected officials and representatives of various boards and committees on the western slope will be involved. This is your chance to attend policy briefing sessions, meet with lawmakers, tour the State Capitol and observe the Colorado General Assembly. It has even become a tradition to utilize the Old Supreme Court Chambers for a portion of this trip. If you are interested in accompanying the Chamber to Denver in 2016 please send an email to: 

Dates and Deadlines:
Monday, October 26, 2015 is the last day to register to vote, update your address, or click here to check your status online and/or request a mail ballot for the November 3, 2015 Coordinated Election.
  • The next Governmental Affairs Committee meeting will be on Monday, November 16, 2015 @ 4:00 p.m. in the Chamber’s lower level conference room.
  • The 2nd Regular Session of the 70th General Assembly will convene on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.
  • The Chamber’s regularly scheduled videoconferences with our elected representatives at the State Capitol will commence on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Colorado Mesa University’s Gallegos Board Room.

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