What We Do

Policy and Advocacy

Policy and Advocacy

The Rocky Mountain Partnership works to identify opportunities to develop and/or shift policy and funding to positively impact economic and social mobility in the region. The group who oversees this work is called the Policy & Legislative Advisory Network (PLAN). This group works to inform a collective set of policy priorities, understand the impacts of existing legislation, monitor emerging policies and legislation, and lift opportunities for proactive policymaking. Learn more about the PLAN HERE.


2021 Initial Policy Priorities

RMP has adopted an initial set policy priorities as a starting point for the Partnership’s work toward its first shared target. The Partnership is working to advance these priorities not only in the state legislature but at the local and institutional level as well (See Below).

The policy priorities fall in three main areas, including:

  • Increasing Credentialing Opportunities
  • Supporting Businesses to Expand Credentialing Opportunities
  • Supporting and Expanding Online Credentialing and Location-Neutral Jobs

These policy priorities have been endorsed by the following network partners:

  • 17th Judicial District – District Attorney’s Office
  • 27J Schools
  • Adams 12 Five Star Schools
  • Adams County Education Consortium
  • Adams County Government
  • Adams County School District 14
  • Adams County Sheriff’s Department
  • Adams County Regional Economic Partnership
  • Anythink Libraries
  • Arvada Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Commerce City
  • City of Federal Heights
  • City of Thornton
  • City of Westminster
  • Colorado Department of Higher Education
  • Crossroads Church
  • Daniels Fund
  • Dentons
  • Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC)
  • Front Range Community College
  • Kids First Health Care
  • Maiker Housing Partners
  • Neon Rain Interactive
  • North Suburban Medical Center
  • Westminster Public Schools

 

Learn more about these policy priorities by clicking the buttons below!

Policy One-Pager 2021 Policy Priorities Overview

 

How were these priorities identified? Where does your work fit in? Get your answers to these questions and more by checking out our Policy and Advocacy FAQ Document.


Monitoring State Level Policies and Taking Action

The policy and advocacy work has kicked into high gear since adopting the first formal set of policy priorities. The Policy and Legislative Advisory Network is currently:

  • Meeting with state legislators from this region about the network’s policy and legislative priorities and action around identified opportunities
  • Monitoring the state legislative session and identify opportunities for action

Through this, the network has officially endorsed support for the following state legislation:

 

Check out all of the legislation the network is keeping an eye on through the Bill Tracker and Weekly Policy and Legislative Updates by clicking the buttons below.

Bill Tracker  Policy and Legislative Updates

 

If the network is supporting a policy priority or legislation, does that mean my organization also has to support it?

Nope! Organizations within the network will always be given the opportunity to opt-out of being listed as a supporter for a policy priority or legislation. Organizations who choose to express their support will be listed as a supporter on any communication materials that may be seen by the public or policymakers, such as the network’s website, social media, overview documents, etc. Organizations who choose not to express support will not be listed on any communication materials for the specific policy priority or legislation.

See other frequently asked questions about Policy and Advocacy in our Policy and Advocacy FAQ Document.


Local and Organizational Policy Action

The network is beginning to take local and organizational action to:

Implement equitable hiring practices across the region through: Implement and understand the impact of the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act through:
  • A formal call-to-action to network partners and the community to implement equitable hiring practices across the region
  • The development of a toolkit to support network partners to understand the importance of and take action to implement equitable hiring practices
  • The promotion of employers who are currently successfully implementing equitable hiring practices through fireside chats and other methods
  • A formal call-to-action to the network partners and the community to implement the Equal Pay to Equal Work Act
  • Putting in place supports for organizations to successfully implement the Act
  • Gathering feedback from employers on the Act, its impacts, and remaining gaps and lifting that feedback to state lawmakers

Interested in accessing the equitable hiring toolkit? Click the button below to sign up to receive the toolkit once it becomes available.

Equitable Hiring Toolkit Sign Up