The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance gathered over 800 members of the Colorado Springs business community at the Antlers to hear Governor John Hickenlooper address the State of the State. Mayor Steve Bach introduced the Governor praising him for his decency and compassion during the Waldo Canyon Fire.
Governor Hickenlooper started by thanking Mayor Bach, Fire Chief Rich Brown, and all of the firefighters and first responders for their leadership and efforts battling the Waldo Canyon Fire. The main topics addressed by the Governor were business, education and healthcare.
The Governor emphasized that his experiences as a former businessman have helped him understand that government needs to get out of the way and help remove unnecessary red tape. He also mentioned the recent appointment of Noodles and Company founder Aaron Kennedy as the state’s first Chief Marketing Officer. “We already do a great job of convincing people from other states to vacation here, now we need to convince them to set up businesses here.”
Improving results in higher education and retaining good teachers are two of the Governor’s main priorities in education. “We will adopt a need-based financial allocation process. Unique in the nation, it supports Coloradans with the highest need and incentivizes retention and timely completion. Together, with performance contracts, we now have a shared commitment from our colleges and universities to focus on results and completion.”
The Governor concluded by discussing healthcare. He praised the bipartisan approach to this issue and said, “I see no reason why, working together, we cannot become the healthiest state in the nation.”