Advanced Industries Workforce Development Program Passes Committee

Very pleased that my bill to help develop our next generation of workers by training interns in high-tech STEM field jobs has passed through the Business Committee.

More info from the Colorado House Democrats:

House Democrats’ focus on accelerating job creation in Colorado’s high-tech industries got a double boost today with committee passage of two bills to develop the high-tech workforce and claim a share of what Star Trek fans know as “the final frontier.”

Reps. Pete Lee (D-Colorado Springs) and Mike Foote (D-Lafayette) are the sponsors of HB14-1013, which passed the Business, Labor, Economic & Workforce Development Committee this afternoon on a 6-5 vote. The bill augments the Advanced Industries Accelerator Program, which was launched in 2013, by creating incentives for private companies to offer paid internships and apprenticeships to get more Colorado high school and college graduates into the highly skilled jobs that the state’s emerging high-tech economy is producing.

“The governor has stated that he wants to make Colorado the most business-friendly state in the nation,” Rep. Lee told the committee “Part of doing that is developing and training a qualified workforce, and one of the ways to develop and train a qualified workforce — and it’s been accepted in business and industry for decades — is the idea of the use of interns. So we’re just implementing a tried-and-true strategy that’s has been utilized for a long time.”

Town Hall Meeting on February 8th at 10:00 am

The session is officially underway. I am pleased to report that two of my bills have already passed successfully through committee with unanimous and bipartisan support and passed a successful floor vote this morning. As the legislative process progresses, I want to make myself available to you to answer any questions or concerns you might have about these or other bills which legislators will be deliberating this session.

 

Town Hall With Pete

WHEN:  Saturday, Feb. 8th @ 10:00am

WHAT:  This is an opportunity for constituents to share their ideas, ask questions and offer comments about upcoming legislation or issues.

WHERE:  The Ivywild School (map)

1604 South Cascade Ave

Colorado Springs, CO 80905

 

Advanced Industries 

As I continue to work on my Advanced Industries Workforce Development bill, which will provide funding for Advanced Industries internships, I also want to remind local business owners about the Advanced Industries Accelerator Program grant. Applications for this grant are due quarterly. The Early Stage Capital and Retention grant applications “are meant to help Colorado keep and grow our companies. Grants up to $250,000 will be awarded (with exceptions), with matching funds of 2-to-1.

For more information about the AI Accelerator Programs, including upcoming information sessions, guidelines and grant cycles, please visit http://goo.gl/PF8ixr.

Please continue to let me know your thoughts and ideas on the upcoming bills.  You can reach me via email at RepPete@gmail.com or via phone at 303-866-2932.  Thank you for electing me to serve as your representative.

Sincerely,

Pete

Start of Session 2014

The 2nd Session of the 69th General Assembly has begun. I will continue my work as the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee, and will also continue to serve on the Transportation and Energy Committee. Know that I will continue to do my best to represent you: fighting for enhanced economic security for all Coloradans, strengthening our education system to prepare our students, making college affordable, and helping Coloradans continue to recover from the devastating floods and wildfires that we suffered in 2013.

As Governor Hickenlooper noted at Thursday’s State of the State address, “Colorado does not shut down.” We are enjoying our fourth consecutive year of economic growth and the lowest unemployment levels since 2008, but there is still much work to be done.

As we do our work this session, your ideas, concerns and feedback will continue to guide my decisions. Please continue to stay in touch via email at reppete@gmail.com, or by calling my Capitol office at 303-866-2932.

Thank you for the privilege of continuing to serve you.

Sincerely,

Pete Lee

 
“My fellow Coloradans, despite every unforeseen test, despite everything that was thrown at us, the state of our state is strong.”

For the full text of the Governor’s State of the State Address, click here.

 
“Whether it’s recovering from disaster, or making our education system better and more equitable, or increasing economic security for all, we will stand stronger together.”

For Speaker Ferrandino’s Opening Day Remarks, click here.