Initiative seeks feedback from Colorado tech sector

Colorado technology companies have been invited to participate in an initiative to gather ideas for federal legislation to promote the sector.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, and Colorado Technology Association announced the One More Job/One More Innovation Initiative. Gardner and the association want to hear directly from tech firms about their ideas for federal legislative opportunities or federal regulations that should be repealed or reworked to spur innovation, create jobs and address challenges.

“Our One More Job/One More Innovation Initiative aims to give the Colorado technology industry a voice at the table in Washington, D.C.,” Gardner said. “It’s important that Colorado ideas drive the decisions made in Washington. With the start of a new Congress and a new administration, we must explore opportunities to work together to set a robust agenda. That’s why I’m excited to partner with the Colorado Technology Association to listen to Coloradans about how we can best grow the tech industry, work to target regulations they find burdensome and pursue legislative solutions that will expand Colorado’s technology footprint and ensure the United States remains a global leader in this space.”

Andrea Young, president and chief executive officer of the Colorado Technology Association, said the group is working with lawmakers to promote the sector. “This collaborative initiative with Sen. Gardner opens the door for our tech leaders to engage directly with government by providing insight and expertise on what will help them succeed and how to solidify Colorado’s standing as the definitive tech hub between the coasts.”

According to the Colorado Technology Association, Colorado is home to more than 14,847 electronics and information technology companies that employ a total of nearly 187,000. Boulder ranks first among metro areas in the United States for startup density, while Denver has been named the second-best place to launch a startup.

For information about the One More Job/One More Innovation Initiative, send an e-mail to innovationinitiative@coloradotechnology.org.