Economic development bills signed

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two economic development bills into law Friday.

The first bill, HB 13-1292, sponsored by Rep. Pete Lee (D-Colorado Springs) and Rep. Dan Pabon (D-Denver), requires state agencies to weigh “best value” when they consider competitive bids for state contracts and to consider use of Colorado workers and products in their awards.

The second bill, HB-13-1003, also sponsored by Lee and Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo), creates a pilot program to provide management and technical training and consultation to up to 20 “second stage” businesses with six to 99 employees that can demonstrate significant growth potential. The pilot will be run through the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

“My intention with both these bills is to strengthen Colorado businesses, which will make our state’s economy more robust and put more Coloradans back to work,” Lee said in a statement.


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