County Commissioner Hartman Improves Transparency and Business Climate in Jefferson County, Colorado

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Jefferson County Commissioner Kathy Hartman reiterated her support for Transparency in government and making Jefferson County government open and accessible to all citizens. Since taking office in 2006, Hartman has repeatedly endorsed and created open government initiatives in Jefferson County.

Jefferson County Commissioner Kathy Hartman reiterated her support for Transparency in government and making Jefferson County government open and accessible to all citizens. Since taking office in 2006, Hartman has repeatedly endorsed and created open government initiatives in Jefferson County.

The four components of the Transparency initiative: Leadership, Financial, Communication and Results were designed to make Jefferson county government open and accessible to Jefferson County residents. Hartman has attended more than 40 Town Hall meetings in her first term, and most County meetings are now open to the public such as this recent budget discussion "Public Hearing for the Adoption of the Supplementary Budget and Appropriations for the 2010 Budget Adoption of CC10-337(supplementary budget and appropriations to the 2010 budget). "

The Transparency initiative drew praise from many groups including COST (Center for Fiscal Accountability) who stated "Jefferson County in Colorado has just accomplished a major feat. COST's Amy Oliver states: Jeffco’s Transparency Initiative sets the standard for government transparency in Colorado. Procurement cards can be searched by date, vendor, category, description, cardholder, authorizer, and amount. Want to know how much the Sheriff’s Office spends on hay for horses?    It’s available; as is the amount that Commissioner Faye Griffin spent on airfare to a national conference. COST is not making a judgment about these expenditures. We are just thrilled that they are available for all taxpayers to see. It’s simply good government."

According to the Jefferson County Economic Council "Companies in Jefferson County enjoy a pro-business tax climate that is one of the lowest in the U.S. With a friendly business environment and an unmatched quality of life, Jefferson County is a premier business location. JEC continues "Jefferson County has the strongest concentration of renewable energy and energy research companies within the nine-county metropolitan Denver area. Colorado has the second largest space economy in the nation with more than 171,000 space-related jobs, and billions of dollars in annual revenue. Jefferson County has one of the highest employment concentrations for this industry, making up 42% of the industry for Metro Denver. "

Commissioner Hartman states " As the wife and daughter of a small business owner I know we still have more work to be done to help families and businesses through this difficult economic period, but Jefferson County residents have a great deal of resources available to them. Our County has the Jefferson Economic Council, Jefferson County Business Resource Center (JCBRC), Jefferson County Workforce Center and other agencies to assist in starting new businesses, expanding current businesses within the county, and finding jobs or employees. Business licensing and all related permit requirements are available on line and we continue to strive to make Jefferson County a strong business community with opportunities for all citizens".

Prior to being elected in 2006, Hartman served as the Executive Director of Stride, a non-profit that assists families and individuals move from welfare to work.

As Chairman of the Jefferson County Commissioners, Hartman continues" Jefferson County has survived the national economic downturn of the past few years and is positioned for significant growth in the future. We still face considerable budget challenges going forward, but I feel strongly that we will be able to provide our citizens with the services they need, maintain budget control and spending restraints, while protecting a pro -business climate in Jefferson County. Our investments in Open Space, education and workforce training, and health and human service initiatives will pay dividends for years to come".

Angela Bassano, a Conifer resident believes Kathy has lived up to her promises. Bassano states “Kathy has been a valuable part of our community. She is a strong advocate for both our environment and our local businesses. As a Chamber of Commerce member and a business owner, we can count on Kathy to stand up for us. I am proud to know Kathy and to have her as our Commissioner.”

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