It’s time to think innovatively about how we can create sustainable, long-term economic growth that supports businesses and champions a high quality of life for all Coloradans.  It’s not enough to recover to pre-COVID-19 levels.

We must seize this opportunity to come out of these challenges stronger than ever.

About the Road to Recovery Initiative

A global pandemic and corresponding economic crisis have brought about a time of severe disruption. Business and our way of life have been transformed. While we are faced with unprecedented challenges, we have also been presented with unique opportunities to shape our future with purpose.

The Colorado Business Roundtable and Common Sense Institute have provided a forum to formulate and influence public policy through collaboration and research in response to the pandemic’s economic realities.

Thought leaders from diverse industry backgrounds across Colorado convened in the summer and fall of 2020 to identify three pillars for a sustainable, growing, and global economy that will position Colorado for long-term economic success.

The Road to Recovery Initiative engaged in the following process:

Identifying key pillars that are critical to Colorado’s long-term economic success.

Brainstorming and collaboration.

Vetting the recommendations with additional outside expertise:

  • What is already being done or already in the works that we can help to amplify?
  • What is or isn’t technically or operationally feasible for business?
  • What opportunities are we missing?

Common Sense Institute is a non-partisan research organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of Colorado’s economy.

CSI is at the forefront of important discussions concerning the future of free enterprise in Colorado and aims to have an impact on the issues that matter most to Coloradans.

CSI strives to promote sound economic analysis over divisive partisanship to help Coloradans make fact-based and common sense decisions.

Colorado Business Roundtable is a public policy organization comprised of executives from some of the state’s largest employers working to strengthen Colorado’s economic vitality.

COBRT engages with elected leaders, business and nonprofit leaders, and other strategic allies to improve the business climate in our state by unapologetically amplifying the voice of business in all four corners of Colorado. Business is good, and we’re here to tell the story.

Road to Recovery Initiative Pillars

Pillar One:

Prioritize a Competitiveness Agenda

Sustainable economic growth can be maximized when we achieve a proper regulatory balance and support fiscal policies that promote innovation, job attraction, and retention.  Colorado competes for jobs with other states and globally, and we need to be mindful of how we are positioned in the wider marketplace for future residents and employers.

Pillar Two:

Reimagine Colorado’s Workforce

Building a “tomorrow-ready” workforce requires modernizing training pipelines, embracing technology, and strengthening post-secondary education options so Colorado’s youth and working adults can secure fulfilling jobs and sustainable career pathways.

Pillar Three:

Invest in a Future-Forward Infrastructure

A future-forward infrastructure system is critical to unleashing Colorado’s long-term competitive potential. Colorado must focus on issues such as mobility, energy, and broadband/5G because they are the backbone to support a strong economy, business growth, and quality of life.