Unified, Nonpartisan & Independent
Counties & Commissioners Acting Together is a group of counties and individual commissioners across Colorado working to provide a unified, nonpartisan and independent voice at the statehouse. Collectively, CCAT represents all regions of the state and the diversity of issues facing every corner of Colorado.
What We Do
CCAT represents the collective voice of Colorado’s counties through advocacy that is characterized by collaborative leadership and commitment to a common, statewide purpose. CCAT works alongside other local government interests to advance a forward-looking agenda for Colorado’s future.
We bring a UNIFIED, NONPARTISAN and INDEPENDENT approach to our work.
- Unified through consensus based decision making. Bringing together unique perspectives on issues impacting Colorado, allowing individual voices to be heard to help develop a collective response.
- Nonpartisan approach to shape policy for Colorado as a whole, members come from both political parties and represent rural, urban, and suburban counties.
- Independent voice partnering with stakeholders in important policy conversations, bringing forward our unique voice representative of our entire membership.
Learn more about CCAT’s Priority here.
How We Drive Progress
As a collaborative working group, CCAT members each bring diverse subject matter expertise and deep local perspective in order to shape collective policy priorities and positions. CCAT seeks to equip counties and commissioners with the tools they need to engage state legislators and advance policies that support Colorado – our people, our environment and our culture.
Members actively engage on the state and local level and with a variety of stakeholders, including outreach to legislators, committee testimony, or review and input on pending legislation. A consensus-based decision model is employed to arrive at positions on legislation and policy, as well as action to be taken by CCAT members and staff.
Consensus is a creative and dynamic way of reaching agreement between all members. Rather than majority rule, the group works to find solutions that everyone actively supports, or at least can abide by.
During the 2017 Legislative Session, CCAT members advocated for a number of policies at the Colorado General Assembly. Highlights of that advocacy work include:
- Support for Human Service budget initiatives related to CCCAP Waitlist Funding, Indirect Cost Withholds; Increased Child Welfare Caseworkers and County Administration Funds
- SB 17-267, Sustainability of Rural Colorado
- HB 17-1235, Health Plan Cost Support Fund
- HB 17-1242, New Transportation Infrastructure Revenue
- HB 17-1309, Affordable Housing Fund
- Request for Interim Committee on Attainable Housing and Homelessness Prevention
In addition to state level advocacy, CCAT members have actively engaged in Federal policy issues including; efforts to modify the Affordable Care Act; Bureau of Land Management Planning Rule 2.0; and Bureau of Land Management Methane Waste and Prevention Rules.
2019 Legislative Session
Looking to the future, CCAT members and staff have identified the following legislative agenda items for the 2019 legislative session that support a quality of life and empower local citizens, as well as the counties that serve them.
- AFFORDABLE HOUSING – Create and implement tools and funding sources for affordable and available workforce housing solutions at the State and local level, which draw from and expand upon local efforts already underway.
- HEALTH CARE – Develop policies that support healthy lives for Coloradans ensuring the well-being of seniors; providing access to health care for all, including behavioral health care; and, improving access to effective and efficient public benefits and services.
- HUMAN SERVICES -Ensure appropriate state funding is provided to human services programs serving children and families. The strength of local human services departments is critical to a healthy community and dependent on state funding.
- TRANSPORTATION – Establish a unified statewide transportation system through a planning process that is future-focused; embraces and supports emerging technology; and, ensures mobility for all populations.