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Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Under the Dome, Week 14    Highlights of the Week There have been 627 bills introduced and there are 307 still waiting to move through the process either to postponement or to the Governor’s desk.  The Joint Budget Committee met this week as a conference committee for the Long Bill to resolve the differences between the Senate and the House versions of the FY2018-19 budget.  Once the JBC came ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political, Chamber, Economic, Town & County News
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Volunteers are needed to greet visitors at the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center located inside the beautiful, historic landmark Victoria’s House (built in 1889) in Downtown Castle Rock, Colorado. The Castle Rock Chamber was founded in 1955 and relocated its office to the historical site in 1992. The Visitor Center receives tourists, business guests and phone calls daily inquiring ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Fun Facts, Press Release, Town & County News
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Highlights of the Week There are just over 30 days left in the 2018 Legislative Session and bills continue to be introduced.  The state budget made progress this week with its passage through the Senate.  Now a conference committee composed of the Joint Budget Committee members will convene to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget and present a final ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Economic, DCBA, Political
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Highlights of the Week   It was budget week this past week in the House and the Budget Long Bill passed through right on schedule.  There was also lengthy debate on several gun bills and oil and gas regulation bills in the Senate.  SB 052, Repeal Ammunition Magazine Prohibition, passed the Senate on Wednesday on third reading and is headed to the House.  The bill would repeal prohibitions, ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political, Chamber, Economic
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
April 2, 2018—Colorado businesses optimism is increasing for the third quarter in a row according to the latest Leeds Business Confidence Index from the Leeds Business Research Division at the University of Colorado Boulder. The LBCI measures business optimism by surveying business leaders on six topics: the state economy, the national economy, industry sales, industry profits, industry hiring ...read more
Categories: Economic, Press Release
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Castle Rock is a community that understands conservation. As the Town moves forward with its long term water plan, Castle Rock Water has set a goal to cut back 18 percent of water use by 2055. With that goal in mind, Castle Rock Water and Mayor Jennifer Green are encouraging residents to take conservation to the next level. The Mayor’s Conservation Challenge is encouraging residents throughout ...read more
Categories: Town & County News
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Congratulations residents of Douglas County! You live in the Colorado County ranked healthiest in the state. According to the 2018 “County Health Rankings” report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Douglas County Colorado ranks No. 1 for overall health outcomes for the third consecutive year. The County has been ranked by the Foundation as one of the top two healthiest Colorado Counties ...read more
Categories: Awards & Accolades, Fun Facts, Community, Town & County News
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Learn more about the best places to live in Colorado, and why you should consider moving to each.By Kevin Litwin on August 19, 2016 21:37 PMShareMattInden/MilesHere are the best places to live in Colorado:Aurora, COBoulder, COCastle Rock, COColorado Springs, CODenver, COFort Collins, COGrand Junction, COLakewood, COLittleton, COLoveland, COPueblo, COWestminster, COAurora Aurora has dozens of ...read more
Categories: Awards & Accolades, Fun Facts, Community, Town & County News
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Through the first two months of 2018, average Colorado job growth is almost 67,000 greater than the same period in 2016. The largest sectors (healthcare, construction, financial activities, PST, and AFS) are growing at a faster rate and contributing a majority of the jobs. For more details check out the February review by clicking here and scrolling down to the Monthly Reviews section. For more ...read more
Categories: Community, Town & County News, Chamber, Economic
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Highlights of the Week   This week, the Legislature came to some key agreements on top issues including transportation funding in SB 001 and the state budget for FY2018-19.  However, other top efforts including finding the right balance to fund the state pension program, remain under fierce debate.  On Friday, March 23rd, the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) put the finishing touches on the Long ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political, Chamber, Economic, Transportation
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
See below – the Senate passed SB 1 tonight, very amended. The JBC moved 500 million for 18/19 fiscal year this afternoon as a set aside that the Senate then grabbed for SB 1.  As of tonight the bill will now have bi-partisan support.  The first year of the SB 267 money for the Gap project held in tonight – along with 500 million for new projects.  The bill still has to pass 3rd Reading and then ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political, Economic, Transportation
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
This past week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that Colorado job growth for 2016  was revised upwards to 60,700 and job growth for 2017 was bumped up to 52,600. The number of Colorado jobs increased by 2.4% in 2016 and 2.2% in 2017. Compared to previous years, this level of job growth for Colorado is "so-so", but it is positive and the economy is on solid footing. For more details ...read more
Categories: Political, Economic
Monday, March 26, 2018
Wildfire preparedness begins at home, dispose of branches properly Are you keeping busy with yard work this spring? Did you know that disposing of branches and shrubbery properly not only helps to mitigate properties for wildland fire prevention, but also is good for the environment? Douglas County’s slash-mulch site, at 1400 Caprice Drive in Castle Rock, opens April 7 and will remain open on ...read more
Categories: Community, Town & County News
Friday, March 23, 2018
Highlights of the Week   At the end of the week, the legislature hit the midway point for the 2018 legislative session.  The House Agriculture Committee considered SB 002 (Financing Rural Broadband Deployment), one of the top priorities of the legislature, on Monday. Witnesses in support and opposition asked the committee to consider various amendments so action on the bill was delayed until ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political
Friday, March 23, 2018
Highlights of the Week   With many bill deadlines approaching it was a busy week at the Capitol with committee hearings running late into the evening each night. There were packages of bills on conservation easements, opioid abuse and arbitration regulations that were heard in committees.   The Senate spent a good deal of time this week debating SB18-001, Transportation Infrastructure ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political
Friday, March 23, 2018
  CONSUMER CONFIDENCE STILL INCREASING -- According to recently released University of Michigan data, the consumer sentiment index has reached 99.7—up 4.2 points since January and 3.5 points since this time last year. Another measure of consumer confidence from the Conference Board has hit 130.8—an increase of 6.5 points since January and the highest level in nearly two ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Economic, Political
Friday, March 23, 2018
Today, the Joint Budget Committee met to hear the revenue projections from the Legislative Council Staff and the Office of State Planning and Budgeting.  This is the last revenue forecast to be released before the JBC finishes the Long Bill.  Now that the JBC has the information for each budget proposal, the Committee will choose a revenue forecast to use  for the state budget for FY2018-19.  ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Economic, Political
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
U.S. Chamber Awards Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce with 4-Star Accreditation The United States Chamber of Commerce today awarded the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce with 4-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. “Business leaders are a critical voice in conversations about promoting economic growth and job creation in ...read more
Categories: Economic, Press Release, Chamber, Awards & Accolades, Community, Fun Facts, Town & County News
Monday, March 05, 2018
Under the Dome, Week 6   Highlights of the Week It was another busy week under the golden dome of the Colorado State Capitol.  Committee meetings have started to run late into the evening as their calendars fill up and as more complicated bills move through the process.  Another slew of bills met their fate in the State Affairs Committees this week.  On Wednesday, the Senate State Affairs ...read more
Categories: Chamber, DCBA, Political
Monday, March 05, 2018
Under the Dome, Week 7   Highlights of the Week The Colorado Legislature took the day off on Monday for President’s Day and then dove in to a busy week. SB 167, 8-1-1 Call Before You Dig, a bill to bring Colorado into compliance with the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and move Colorado into a true One Call system with new rules for all ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political
Monday, March 05, 2018
Small Business Confidence Hits Record High   According to the latest CNBC survey, small business confidence has hit an all-time high during the first part of this year. In fact, the confidence index registered a five point jump since last quarter—the largest quarter-to-quarter move since the survey began last year.  Read more.5 Ways Economic Growth Occurs   Politicians often talk about ...read more
Categories: Business Tips Blog, Economic
Monday, March 05, 2018
https://coloradopolitics.com/amendments-lawsuit-colorado/Author: Joey Bunch - February 15, 2018 - A Denver judge says proponents behind two recent ballot proposals can go forward with their lawsuit to overturn Colorado’s Amendment 71.   U.S. District Judge William Martinez denied the state’s motion to dismiss the case. The lawsuit is a long way from decided, however, and plaintiffs don’t ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Voting Means Business
Monday, March 05, 2018
Under the Dome, Week 8 It was a week that will go down in the history books at the Capitol, as House Democrat leadership introduced a resolution to expel Democrat Representative Steve Lebsock, an action taken by the assembly only once before, in 1915. Sexual harassment claims were filed against Representative Lebsock in November, and this week a report from a third-party investigator found all ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political, Voting Means Business
Monday, March 05, 2018
DCBA Bill Tracker:                                 http://statebillinfo.com/SBI/index.cfm?fuseaction=Public.Dossier&id=24400&pk=619&style=pinstripe Colorado General :                             http://leg.colorado.gov/   HB18-1125                     Tax Credit Employer-assisted Housing Pilot Program                                             Sponsors: Wilson   As a pilot program to ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political, Economic, Voting Means Business
Monday, March 05, 2018
LITTLETON, Colo. (March 5, 2018) – Castle Rock Town Council representatives unanimously approved the exterior design for the Arapahoe Community College Castle Rock Collaboration Campus at the Town Council Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20.   The project is a joint venture among the Town of Castle Rock, Arapahoe Community College, the Castle Rock Economic Development Council, Colorado State ...read more
Categories: Community, Economic, Press Release, Town & County News
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Castle Rock voters will be asked to vote in a special election May 15 following Council action Tuesday night. The special election is a necessary follow-up to the November 2017 special election in which voters approved an at-large Mayor structure. While the election changed language in the Charter regarding the overall structure of Town Council, the citizen-initiated petition that provided for ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Voting Means Business , Political, Town & County News
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Every year, the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce recognizes business owners, citizens and volunteers who represent the best that Douglas County has to offer.  View pdf of nominees  The Chamber has announced the nominations for this year’s Businessperson, Small Business, Citizen and Volunteer and Ambassador of the Year awards. The winners will be revealed, along with the 2018-19 Board of ...read more
Categories: Awards & Accolades, Town & County News, Community, Chamber, Press Release
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Below you will find the list on bills that the DCBA board took positions on.  Above you will find the link to the DCBA bill trackers and Colorado General Assembly website for all the latest action.  Also the bill links are provided within the bill number.    DCBA Board Positions taken 2-14-18   DCBA Bill Tracker:         ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political, Voting Means Business
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Under the Dome, Week 5   Highlights of the Week It was a busy week for legislators as they worked to move their bills through committee.  As of Friday, there have been 429 bills introduced in the House and Senate.  The Joint Budget Committee introduced its package of supplemental bills on Monday in the House.  All of the supplemental bills for FY2017-18 but the Department of Corrections (DOC) ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political, Voting Means Business
Thursday, February 15, 2018
HB18-1001 by Representative(s) Winter and Gray; also Senator(s) Fields and Donovan- FAMILI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program Rep. Winter said that this bill is a solution to a problem. In Colorado, nearly one out of four moms return to work one week after giving birth. In order to pay for their child, mothers cannot give up their patients. Rep. Winter said that this bill was also about ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Voting Means Business , Political
Monday, February 12, 2018
Town Council approved Tuesday two ordinances necessary to implement the voter-approved at-large Mayor structure. Those ordinances would officially call a special election for Tuesday, May 15, and set ballot language for the questions. The special election is necessary following the November 2017 election in which voters approved a new Town Council structure of a Mayor elected at large and six ...read more
Categories: Voting Means Business , Town & County News, Community
Thursday, February 08, 2018
DCBA Bill Tracking:  http://statebillinfo.com/SBI/index.cfm?fuseaction=Public.Dossier&id=24400&pk=619&style=pinstripe Under the Dome, Week 4   Highlights of the Week   There were 50 bills introduced on Monday, and the bill deadline on Wednesday will mean another slew of bills will be introduced any day.  As of Friday, 336 bills, resolutions, and memorials have been introduced.  The Joint ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political, Chamber, Economic
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
DCBA Tracking Report: http://statebillinfo.com/SBI/index.cfm?fuseaction=Public.Dossier&id=24400&pk=619&style=pinstripe   Under the Dome, Week 3   Highlights of the Week   In the third week of the 2018 session, bills have begun to churn through the legislative process.  By the end of the third week, the House and Senate had officially introduced 269 bills.  A Joint Budget Committee bill, HB ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political
Monday, January 29, 2018
Castle Rock is a top Town The numbers, facts, research and databases help tell the story residents live every day - Castle Rock is a great place to be. In fact, our Town ranks among the best both locally and nationally, according to a variety of national publications and studies.Money Magazine: Top Place to Live Money magazine recognized Castle Rock in its top places to live in 2011, 2012 and ...read more
Categories: Community, Town & County News, Awards & Accolades, Chamber, Fun Facts
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Under the Dome, Week 2   Highlights of the Week The legislature didn’t convene until Tuesday this week in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Overall, the week was uneventful until Friday, when the House debated a resolution urging Congress to act on recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Last fall, President Trump announced that he would let DACA expire in March, giving ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Economic, Chamber, Political
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
The Citizen Advisory Committee created by Town Council to help implement the at-large Mayor structure approved by voters, met Tuesday night to discuss their recommendations. Town Council authorized the Committee in December 2017 to advise Council on certain necessary changes to the Town Charter and a transition plan for Castle Rock’s new Town Council structure. Specifically, the Committee was ...read more
Categories: Political, Press Release, Town & County News, Community, Voting Means Business
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
After adding jobs at a rate of 2.2% in both 2016 and 2017, Colorado will add jobs at a rate of 2.0% in 2018. There have been a few bumps along the way, but three years of job growth in the range of 2.0% to 2.2% can only be described as steady!   The Colorado economy is a happening place and there are a lot of moving parts. A few of the things to watch for in 2018 are:Health care will add the ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Economic, Town & County News
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Under the Dome, Week 1   Highlights of the Week Legislators from across the state met for the first day of the 2018 legislative session on Wednesday, January 10th.  Lawmakers have 120 days to address critical issues facing Colorado, pass laws that will enhance the lives of Colorado citizens, and agree on a budget for the next fiscal year.   The legislators enter this session under the unusual ...read more
Categories: Chamber, DCBA, Economic, Political
Monday, January 15, 2018
Governor John Hickenlooper gave his last State of the State Address to the members of the Colorado Legislature this morning.  In his speech, he took the long view to recognize the history that Colorado has risen from and the common threads that weave its citizens together.  He called the most central thread topophilia, which means a love of place.  He drew upon characters we can imagine such as ...read more
Categories: Community, Economic, Town & County News, Chamber, DCBA, Political
Monday, January 15, 2018
The General Assembly started with much uncertainty about what the 2018 session will look like given all that happened during the interim.  There is a contentious election already underway for 2018, the Governor is entering his last year in office after two terms, Colorado’s capitol was hit with sexual harassment allegations against legislative members on both sides of the political aisle, and a ...read more
Categories: Chamber, DCBA, Economic, Political
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Legislative Council December Revenue Forecast: http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/dec2017forecast.pdf.   Governor’s Office of State Budgeting and Planning December Revenue Forecast: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17Hlm9TRbyISJk6ybh2k61euFf5pqE5A-/view   Legislative Council shows that the national economy will continue to grow at a moderate rate and Colorado’s economy is still one ...read more
Categories: Economic, Political, Transportation, DCBA
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
When choosing where to live or work, there are many factors to consider. For many, the most important factor is safety, and Castle Rock was once again ranked as one of the safest places in the state. Security system company Safe Home recently ranked the top 25 safest communities in Colorado. Castle Rock came in at No. 5. Nationally, Castle Rock ranked in the top 25th percentile. Safe Home used a ...read more
Categories: Awards & Accolades, Community, Chamber, Town & County News
Monday, October 02, 2017
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Categories: Awards & Accolades, Community, Town & County News
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
If you’re a solopreneur, you’re likely putting in some long hours building your business. Anything that helps you be more productive for little money is a necessary investment for you at this point. You may have thought briefly about the chamber and then decided against it because when you think of older people standing around talking about business, you probably figured it wasn’t for you. It’s ...read more
Categories: Business Tips Blog, Chamber
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
If your business is seasonal, it probably feels a lot like feast or famine. You may love your seasonal crowds but hate the fear you won’t last long enough to see your next one. Seasonal businesses or businesses in towns with a seasonal draw struggle with year-round consistent revenue. While you might not ever achieve revenue equality throughout every month, a chamber membership can help you see ...read more
Categories: Business Tips Blog, Chamber
Monday, August 22, 2016
Do you track the number of sales you make along with the revenue? Of course you do. How do your numbers look? Are you increasing or remaining the same? Hopefully you’re not down this year but if you are, these may be some of the reasons why and what you can do to fix them: You Can’t Compete on PriceI’m making a broad generalization here, but as a small business you can’t compete on price with the ...read more
Categories: Business Tips Blog