Fri June 10, 2011

Bipartisan Visit to NoCo Businesses Reveals Successes, Challenges

Democratic Senator Michael Bennet and Republican 4th Congressional District Representative Cory Gardner made a bipartisan swing through Northern Colorado today, highlighting successes and challenges that businesses face in the region.

One of three stops was to Woodward Governor in Loveland. The business made $1.5 billion in sales last year from things like gas flow valves and wind turbine invertors. During the visit, Chairman and CEO Tom Gendron discussed what changes his company would like to see in the business landscape.


"I’d like to see you simply regulation and simply incentives,” he said during a discussion.

Senator Bennet says improving the business landscape for medium- and small-size businesses in the region shouldn’t be a task delegated to just one party.

“Anything we can do to work together across the aisle is important for the people of our state,” he said.

Rep. Gardner added: “This isn’t a Republican or Democrat issue. Getting our constituents back to work is something we both have to focus on.”

Other stops on the tour were Longmont-based DigitalGlobe and Prieto Battery in Fort Collins.