Influencing & Leading Legislation
for Positive Outcome

Successful community partnerships are vital to the quality growth of the Douglas County region. The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce serves as liaison between Chamber members and elected officials to ensure that the concerns of business are represented in government.

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Get Involved, the following Chamber Programs Represent Business to Government

The Castle Rock Chamber understands the importance of a unified partnership in dealing with business issues that affect our diverse membership. We remain increasingly dedicated to identifying issues that matter to our members so we can effectively advocate for local business interests at the local, state, and federal level.

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The Douglas County Business Alliance is a coalition of business organizations with a mission to provide a single voice for the Douglas County business community on issues.

This a united effort of the Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Parker, Lone Tree and South Metro Denver Chambers of Commerce, along with the Castle Rock and Northwest Douglas EDC, to form a legislative coalition to lead and influence regional, state and federal policy, legislation and regulations. The primary focus of the DCBA is to create a positive business climate for the future of Douglas County businesses.

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The Chamber’s Government Interests Committee provides our business community with a proactive voice and advocate regarding governmental issues; and promotes economic interests, which contributes to the quality of life of Castle Rock.

This program facilitates communication and education between the business community, local, and state governments. A variety of elected officials, concerned members and townspeople meet to discuss and clarify issues that are affecting our community today, tomorrow and in the future.

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Horizon events offer an opportunity to make connections with community leaders.

Each event features guest speakers to help keep you up-to-date on the local community, business hot topics, statewide information and much more.

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The Southern Colorado Business Partnership is an organization comprised of multiple community partners working collectively in the pursuit of regional economic betterment with a shared voice, mission and focus.

The Southern Colorado Business Partnership follows an aggressive timeline for development, collaboration and action.

Get the latest project updates, provide input into priorities, phasing, and implementation of improvements along the I-25 corridor between Monument and Denver South.

The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to helping local companies grow their business by taking the lead in programs and efforts that help create a strong local economy and making Douglas County a great place to do business.

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Chamber President/CEO | 303.688.4597

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While you’re tending to business, Castle Rock Chamber has your back! We champion for you, tackle business issues, and take care of politics and policy so you can take care of business.

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Why Join the Chamber: Business Action

Few businesses have enough of a budget to warrant a personal lobbyist to speak on their behalf at the state capital and in Washington, D.C. but it’s those exact small voices that need the representation. How do you ensure your business is represented when it needs to be without keeping a full-time lobbyist or legislative assistant on board?

You join the chamber.

But what exactly are they doing for you and how are they representing your business? Here are a few things that you should know.

Shaping the Future of Business

Your local chamber is using its voice at the local, state, and federal level to support pro-business initiatives. They give input on bills, support the election and re-election of candidates that are pro-business, and rally against legislation that would hurt business.

Tackling the Tough Issues

Pro-business forces were part of the reason that the Overtime Ruling was placed on hold. Yes, the ultimate say came to a Federal judge placing a temporary injunction on it, but the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business organizations had voiced their concerns about what that would mean for small businesses across the nation.

Educating Voters

The chamber supports pro-business candidates, when applicable, and often hosts Get to Know the Candidate nights so that the electorate can make an informed decision. These events are usually free to the public and may offer some rare opportunities to explore how each candidate feels about issues such as minimum wage, taxation, and other business concerns.

Whenever possible we invite our members to networking events that help them meet and engage with elected officials and candidates in order for their voice to be heard on a more personal level outside of our advocacy efforts.

Creates Business-Friendly Environments

Another reason why pro-business candidates are important is their abilities to make our community a more attractive place to live and work. These office holders and agencies work hard to attract new business and ensure our community has the skilled employees and pro-business climate that attracts lucrative tax-paying organizations.

Assessing Today’s Workforce and Preparing for Tomorrow’s

In 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau made it official that Gen Y now outnumbers the Baby Boomer generation. As the Boomers continue to retire, it is essential that we look to the needs of business in our community and ensure that the younger generation has access to the training they need to be competitive in today’s professional environment. The chamber meets with business development agencies and heads of business to ensure this happens.

We cannot expect it to happen organically. The chamber acts as a bridge between education and employment in ensuring the two sides understand what one another needs and they get the necessary help to continue to make our community attractive to employers and all sizes of business. Sometimes this takes the form of legislation and mandating requirements.

Advocating on Healthcare Issues Too

When you think about pro-business, you might not consider healthcare in the mix but it’s a big part of creating an attractive business environment. The chamber is keeping an eye on healthcare related legislation as well. We also watch things like Workers’ Compensation costs.

Advocating for the Legislative Agenda

In addition to keeping an eye on what’s going on locally, at the state level, and in DC, we create our own legislative agenda with issues that are important to our members. While we advocate for all businesses in our town and look to create a pro-business environment, it is our members whose voice gets heard the loudest by participating in our legislative agenda and helping us define out top advocacy priorities.

If you feel like Washington and the state level just aren’t hearing you or you’re concerned with a local issue, the best way to get your voice heard is through the advocacy efforts of the chamber. We can provide an extraordinarily loud megaphone.