When you’re looking out for local businesses, you must have your finger on the pulse of everything from laws and regulations, to transportation and energy, all while keeping on eye on the economy as it perches on the fiscal cliff. John Brackney, President and CEO of the South Metro Denver Chamber manages to cover all these angles during his 70-hour work weeks, and he seems to enjoy every minute of it.
On this week’s Connect & Collaborate, ICOSA Media President and CEO, Gayle Dendinger talks with John Brackney – introducing our audience to a engaging and effective leaders in Colorado. You’ll want to tune in to meet John this Saturday, and in the future when he brings us more guests who make a difference in our state and in our communities.
They start with an introduction to the SMDC, and their mission to improve the economy through long term sustainability for Colorado and Denver. The discussion continues with an overview of the Colorado chapter of Fix the Debt, of which John is a member of the steering committee. Fix the Debt is a non-partisan movement to put America on a better fiscal and economic path. With a unique perspective, Brackney says the looming fiscal cliff is… ” Solvable if we do something now. It requires a dialogue not in, “I want” even if noble, that the left and right fight over, but we need to pull ourselves up. Go back a little bit in taking care of our own and be responsible to take care of someone else when we can.”
To further the discussion on leadership, Brackney talks about improving as a community to attract quality professionals, entrepreneurs, and various businesses. It takes a type of strategy, including the expansion of the oil and gas industry in business-friendly Colorado.