Loren Furman is Senior Vice President State and Federal Relations for the Colorado Chamber of Commerce. The mission of The Colorado Chamber is to champion a healthy business climate. The four key objectives of that mission include:
- Maintaining and improving the cost of doing business;
- Advocating for a pro-business state government;
- Increasing the quantity of educated, skilled workers; and
- Strengthening Colorado’s critical infrastructure (roads, water, telecommunications and energy).
The Colorado Chamber is the only business association that works to improve the business climate for all sizes of business from a statewide, multi-industry perspective. What The Colorado Chamber accomplishes is good for all businesses, and that’s good for the state’s economy. The Colorado Chamber was created in 1965 based on the merger of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Manufacturers’ Association. As a private, non-profit organization, The Colorado Chamber’s work is funded solely by its members.
Loren joined the Colorado Chamber in January 2008 and serves as the chief lobbyist at the State Capitol. This role involves managing Colorado Chamber’s engagement on State and Federal policy issues including: energy and environment, tax, health care, labor and employment, tort/civil justice and manufacturing. Loren oversees the staffing and operations of the Colorado Chamber lobbying team and manages three issue councils: Governmental Affairs, Tax and Labor & Employment. Loren also serves as a spokesperson on press/media inquiries.
On this week’s episode, Loren provides insight and history about the work of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce. She discusses the impacts of COVID-19 on the year and discusses the issues she is keeping an eye on for 2021.
Hosted by Colorado Business Roundtable President Debbie Brown.