CTA, Sen. Gardner create legislative initiative to aid tech community

DENVER — The Colorado Technology Association is partnering with Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., to gather input from the state’s tech sector that will be used to enact legislation that would promote technology in Colorado and throughout the nation.

The One More Job/One More Innovation Initiative will collect ideas from the state’s tech community about federal regulations that should be repealed or reworked to spur innovation and the creation of new jobs, and any other challenges facing the tech community.

Garner, in a prepared statement, said the initiative aims to give the Colorado technology industry a voice at the table in Washington, D.C.

“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.”

Andrea Young, president and chief executive of the CTA, in the statement said, “Colorado Technology Association aims to modernize laws as technology evolves, and bridge our tech community with policy makers to further advance Colorado’s fast-moving tech ecosystem.

She said the initiative “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.”

Members of the Colorado technology community can participate by contacting the Colorado Technology Association via email at innovationinitiative@coloradotechnology.org to register.

According to the CTA, Colorado is home to more than 14,847 electronics and information-technology companies that employ nearly 187,000 Coloradans in high-paying jobs. The association also said Colorado is a leader in entrepreneurial businesses, with Boulder ranking first among U.S. metro areas for startup density, and Denver has been recognized as the second-best place to launch a startup in the United States.