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 A Few of Our Accomplishments

Secured permanent budget appropriation for Colorado Tourism funding – In 2011, we helped secure the passage of a bill which permanently set tourism funding at $15 million. Previously the funding had to be set every year, and in some instances a funding bill wasn’t passed—which had devastating consequences for the tourism industry and Colorado businesses.


Irish brews and 3.2 beers in restaurants – Artist & Associates ensured that Colorado restaurants are able to continue to serve “low alcohol beer,” which would not have been possible without the passage of SB-60 in 2011. This allows restaurants to serve many popular brands of “light” beer and Irish brews.

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Lacee (right) with Gov. Hickenlooper and Colorado Restaurant Association Executive Director Pete Meersman (left), and Colorado legislators as Gov. Hickenlooper signs SB-60 into law at Old Chicago’s in Lakewood


Construction Retainage - During the 2011 legislative session, we helped to cut in half the amount public entities could withhold from contractors on public-works projects until completion of the project. This was a major victory for small companies throughout the state—and in many cases is the difference in being able to meet payroll or not. 


Prescription-drug monitoring – Artist & Associates was at the forefront in 2011 to renew the state’s prescription-drug monitoring program. This program helps to detect suspicious actors and sales of unlawful prescriptions which has helped prevent drug abuse.


Ran Successful Campaign for a New Mile High Stadium - Serving as the Chairman/Campaign Director, Mr. Artist led Citizens for a New Stadium (CFANS), the group organized to promote passage of the stadium referendum. With his efforts voters approved the stadium plan by a 57% - 43% margin. This ensured that the Denver Broncos' remained in Colorado and be financially competitive in the NFL for decades to come.


Major League Baseball in Colorado - Helped lead the effort to bring the Rockies to Colorado


Created the Colorado Trade and Tourism Authority - On behalf of the Tourism Association, JWA lead the effort to create a private entity to replace of the Colorado Tourism Board.


E-470Authority - Artist & Associates lead the effort to create a transportation district composed of cities and counties, to provide various funding mechanisms to build the public highway encircling the Denver area.


School Finance Act - The firm built a strong coalition among diverse interests to reach this important agreement which has been an important factor in continued updates, and re-writes of the School Finance Act.


Colorado Clean Indoor Act - Artist & Associates was crucial in making Colorado a smoke free State in Restaurants and Bars.  This creates a healthier Colorado.


Fourth of July - We were successful in ensuring that citizens of Colorado were able to enjoy their freedom in using legal fireworks to celebrate this important National holiday.


Healthcare - In order to protect the rights of business owners in Colorado JWA was on the forefront of defeating a union backed effort to mandate health care coverage.


Environment - JWA takes pride in helping preserve, protect, and enhance Colorado's wildlife, parks, rivers, trails, and open spaces by working with Greater Outdoors Colorado.


Small Business - We remain a leader being the guardian of protecting small business from oppressive mandates and fees.



Additional Accomplishments

  • Developed the Telecommunications Deregulation Bill
  • Helped Create Branch Banking for Colorado
  • Revised the Skier Safety Act
  • Established Bill of Rights to Protect Colorado Restaurants and Small Businesses
  • Built the Property-Tax Coalition
  • Helped Locate a High Security Prison in Sterling, Colorado
  • Helped to Create the Colorado Based International Trade Organization








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