WHO WE ARE
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. Counties with representation in CCAT include Adams, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Eagle, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, La Plata, Ouray, Pitkin, Pueblo, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, San Miguel and Summit.
CCAT shall represent the collective voice of Colorado’s counties through advocacy that is characterized by collaborative leadership and commitment to a common, statewide purpose. CCAT will work alongside other local government interests to advance a forward-looking agenda for Colorado’s future.
CCAT aims to equip counties and commissioners with the tools they need to shape policy and galvanize efforts to defend and advance reforms that support Colorado – our people, our environment and our culture. CCAT will advance policy on the following key issues:
Protect local control/local design of communities: CCAT supports policies that ensure the efficient delivery of community services in collaboration with state and federal partners that meet local needs. CCAT is opposed mandates for services delivery that are not supported with commensurate, adequate financial resources.
Support working families and economic vitality: CCAT seeks to increase economic opportunity and improve equity and self-sufficiency for all Coloradans. To this end, CCAT promotes local economic development policies that provide pathways to living-wage careers and enhance community economic vitality, through means such as employment readiness, job training, and self-sufficiency programs.
Promote healthy people and communities: CCAT is committed to supporting and sustaining healthy communities that strengthen individuals and families and positive outcomes for the future. CCAT promotes policy that will ensure the well-being of seniors, provide access to health care for all, including behavioral health care, maintain safe and affordable housing, and improve access to effective and efficient public benefits and services that support healthy lives for Coloradans.
Protect public lands: CCAT promotes policy to manage public lands and natural resources while balancing diverse needs and rights of community stakeholders. To that end, CCAT will support legislation to preserve open spaces for recreation use, wildlife habitat, and sustainability of our agricultural heritage; manage our wildland urban interface area for both fire preparedness and healthy forests.
CCAT will oppose legislation and other efforts for the wholesale transfer of federal public lands to state or private ownership.
Environmental Sustainability: CCAT supports policy to promote environmental sustainability including multi-modal transportation networks and alternative modes of transportation, compact land use development where appropriate, energy efficiency and renewable energy, conservation of resources, healthy land, water and air including reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. CCAT will support reasonable regulation of extractive industries to protect air and water quality, reduce impacts to residents and support industry viability.
GOVERNANCE: ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE & DECISION MAKING
CCAT employs consensus-based decision model, including decision making delegation to a Steering/Legislative Committee. The CCAT Steering/Legislative Committee will use consensus decision making to arrive at position on legislation and action to be taken by CCAT members and lobbyists. Consensus is a creative and dynamic way of reaching agreement between all members. Rather than majority rule, the group will work to find solutions that everyone actively supports, or at least can abide by.
Legislative Decision Making Process
The Steering/Legislative Committee will review, discuss, modify as needed and approve the lobby team’s recommended legislative agenda. After approval by the Committee, the legislative agenda will be presented to the General Membership for approval. Upon approval by the General Membership, the legislative agenda will guide the activities of the Committee and lobby team.
The Steering/Legislative Committee shall have authority, thereafter, to determine the organization’s position on specific issues, based on the General Member-approved Legislative Agenda, and shall give the lobby team the authority to act accordingly.
The Steering/Legislative Committee will be empowered to review and make decisions on an ongoing basis as events at the legislature unfold. The General Membership will be updated on regular basis and with any major developments.
The Steering/Legislative Committee Chair and Vice Chair will be empowered to work with the lobby team to make decision and take action on items that need immediate attention. Such action will be communicated to the Steering/Legislative Committee as soon as possible.