Weekly Policy Update: CBSA Meets with Executive Director of OEDIT
By: Colorado BioScience Association Date: 08/26/2019
This week CBSA President & CEO Jennifer Jones Paton and Vice President Emily Roberts met with Betsy Markey, Executive Director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). The meeting was a great opportunity to introduce the association and talk about some of our top priorities, particularly as they relate to increasing access to capital for our members.
As a former Member of Congress, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, and co-founder and CFO of a high-tech company, Betsy brings a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors to OEDIT. We look forward to continuing our partnership with her office to foster and grow the bioscience industry in Colorado.
During the meeting we discussed a number of priorities, including:
• The value of the Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program and the Advanced Industries Investment Tax Credit and our efforts to educate new legislators in the years leading up to reauthorization of each program.
• The hurdles our companies face as they look to grow and CBSA’s efforts to explore new sources of funding to retain growth companies in the state.
• The top legislative priorities for OEDIT and how we can be a partner to the office on legislative issues in the future.