The CEO of the Associated General Contractors of Colorado (AGC of Colorado), Michael Gifford, has been appointed to the economic recovery councils at both the state and local levels in Colorado, to aid COVID-19 relief.
The State of Colorado’s Governor, Jared Polis, named Gifford along with AGC of Colorado’s Chairman of the Board, Byron Haselden, president and CEO of Haselden Construction, to the Economic Stabilization and Growth Council in April of 2020. Together, both Gifford and Haselden have submitted detailed policy recommendations to Governor Polis and to the State Legislature. The policies focus mainly on supporting laid off and/or furloughed employees with training opportunities, including construction industry training.
At the local level, City and County of Denver, Mayor Michael Hancock, appointed Gifford to Denver’s Economic Relief and Recovery Council in early May of 2020. The proposed initiatives at the local level center around means to expedite the inspection and permitting processes in Denver to accelerate already funded construction projects. Some solutions include ways to increase virtual permit services and means to escalate the rate of invoice approvals for contractors on public projects.
“AGC of Colorado is honored to be a part of this proactive approach to the challenges the economy is facing during this pandemic,” commented Michael Gifford. “By pooling our resources and seeking input from leaders across several industries, we are all learning how to help and support communities in Colorado.”