Federal Gov Seeks Boulder’s Advice for Jobs and Innovation
Part of the United States’ White House Administration will be visiting Boulder for advice in how to stir innovation and create jobs. This just in from the City of Boulder.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Patrick von Keyserling, City of Boulder Communication Manager, 303-441-4959
Malinda Miller-Huey, Assistant Director of Media Relations, University of Colorado Boulder, 303-492-3115
Boulder hosts Startup America: Reducing Barriers
More than 150 local business leaders
to tell White House about fixing barriers to job creation
BOULDER – The Obama Administration wants to cut through federal red tape to stimulate the economy and create more jobs. They’re asking Boulder for advice on breaking down those barriers.
The City of Boulder will host the “Startup America: Reducing Barriers Roundtables,” a White House initiative to accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation on Monday, May 9. More than 150 Boulder area business leaders are expected to gather at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Silicon Flatirons Center to tell White House leaders about federal regulations that slow job growth here and what could be done by federal agencies to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of America’s entrepreneurs.
The core goals of Startup America are to increase the number and scale of new high-growth firms that are creating economic growth, innovation, and quality jobs; celebrate and honor entrepreneurship as a core American value and source of competitive advantage; and inspire and empower a greater diversity of communities and individuals to build great American companies.
“The country needs new jobs that make the United States globally competitive and provide a strong future for families,” said Boulder City Manager Jane Brautigam. “Boulder’s business community has done both. We have one of the highest concentrations of entrepreneurs in the country and many of those individuals have gone on to create dynamic companies that have a global impact. This is an excellent opportunity for Boulder businesses to help federal officials understand which regulations might slow economic recovery and to identify potential steps toward sustainable job growth. We’re proud to a part of the solution.”
Using the input from the roundtables and broader public participation, the Administration will produce a report highlighting ideas to streamline and simplify unnecessary barriers to America’s entrepreneurs and innovators.
“Startup America is an excellent forum to really give businesses the opportunity to speak up about the obstacles and challenges that limit growth and competitiveness,” said University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “Developing strong business leaders is something the university is known for, and the city and the university have international reputations for innovation and entrepreneurship. We’re excited to play a leadership role in helping the White House talk directly to the people who understand the regulatory challenges and who can help point the direction to a stronger economy.”
As part of the White House’s Startup America initiative, senior Obama Administration officials will visit eight sites around the country, including Boulder, to meet with entrepreneurs and hear directly from them on ideas for improving regulations to build a more supportive environment for entrepreneurship and innovation. Officials attending the event in Boulder include: Deputy Assistant Secretary for Small Business at the U.S. Treasury Department and Executive Director of President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness Don Graves; Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation at the National Economic Council Phil Weiser; and Associate Administrator for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Michael Fitzpatrick.
Entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in attending the events can learn more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is Required.
Anyone unable to attend the Boulder event can submit their ideas for reducing barriers to http://reducingbarriers.ideascale.com. Ideas submitted to the online platform will also be included in the final report.
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Editor’s Note: The following Boulder business leaders will attend the Startup America event and are available to be interviewed in advance..
Brad Feld, Managing Director & Co-founder
The Foundry Group
Natty Zola, Co-founder
Daniel Epstein, Founding President
Kathy L. Rowlen, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Science Officer
Eric Doub, Founder & CEO
Brad Bernthal, Director
CU-Boulder Silicon Flatirons Center‘s Entrepreneurship Initiative
Lucy Sanders, CEO & Co-founder
National Center for Women & Information Technology