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
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
(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
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.
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.
Baseball in Colorado
- Helped lead the effort to bring the Rockies to Colorado
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
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.
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.
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
- Developed the
Telecommunications Deregulation Bill
- Helped Create Branch Banking
- Revised the Skier Safety
- Established Bill of Rights
to Protect Colorado Restaurants and Small Businesses
- Built the Property-Tax
- Helped Locate a High
Security Prison in Sterling, Colorado
- Helped to Create the Colorado
Based International Trade Organization