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Summit businesses, leaders meet with Udall

BRECKENRIDGE – Traveling needs to be easier for national and international tourists and proposed cuts to the Small Business Association are too extensive, the Summit County business community told U.S. Sen. Mark Udall at a roundtable Friday afternoon at the Colorado Mountain College campus in Breckenridge.

Business and community leaders who attended the meeting also emphasized the need for solutions to the challenges on the Interstate 70 corridor as well as the continued environmental dangers posed by the mountain pine beetle kill.

“We’re going to go back and we’re going to push for these early action items on I-70,” Udall said after the meeting. “I’m going to continue to push the Department of Agriculture for additional monies to deal with the bark beetle epidemic. I’m also concerned about the cuts to the (Small Business Administration). Small business will be the engine that gets us out of this recession.”

The roundtable was attended by approximately 20 members of the business community as well as county Commissioners Thomas Davidson and Dan Gibbs and other local elected officials.

Business leaders at the meeting talked at length about the need to make U.S. travel, from the visa application to the airport security line, more efficient and friendly and emphasized the importance of encouraging foreign dollars to come to the U.S. through travel and tourism.

Issues around the budget crises, at both the state and federal level, also came up during the meeting. Members of the business community pointed out the importance of education to Colorado, both in attracting entrepreneurs who will want to enroll their kids in a successful public school system, and in educating future business leaders.

Both kindergarten through 12th grade and higher education face the threat of significant cuts in state funding in next year’s budget as Colorado legislators attempt to balance a billion dollar budget shortfall.

Udall also discussed immigration issues, as well as struggles in the local health care and construction industries with locals during Friday’s roundtable.

“I was struck by the can-do attitude,” Udall said coming out of the meeting. “People who live here are entrepreneurial and they’re go-getters. Although there’s sobering news and challenges, the overall sense in the room was, we’re getting after it, we’re not going to let this slow us down.”

He said he’s heard many of the same concerns and issues raised in Summit County brought up in other parts of the state as well.

The senator also outlined his own priorities for fiscal recovery and stabilization at the roundtable. His plan calls for jobs through innovation, fiscal discipline and government reform.

Udall has pledged to implement tax reform that will simplify and modernize the tax code and encourage industry growth in Colorado. He also prioritized education and said he is sponsoring a Constitutional amendment that would, in most cases, prohibit the U.S. Congress from spending more than it takes in.

More information on Udall’s policies and agenda is available online at

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