Spring Brings on New Opportunities for Food, Beverage and Hospitality Industry

Food, Beverage and Hospitality Professionals focus their second meeting of the year on policy challenges and new grant opportunities. 

On Thursday, March 28th, the Boulder Area Food, Beverage and Hospitality Sector Partnership convened at the Hilton Garden Inn Boulder. This meeting brought together a great group of local restauranters, hotel directors, and fellow industry professionals to learn about and collaborate on current issues facing Boulder Businesses.

Thank you to Hiltons on Canyon for hosting this meeting! 

The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn brand provides business and leisure guests upscale, affordable accommodations and modern amenities for an experience that is simply on another level. The Hilton Garden Inn Promise affirms the brand’s goal to make each guest’s stay better and brighter. 

These meeting consisted of updates from: 

Jonathan Singer, Policy Programs Director
Boulder Chamber 

Workforce, Minimum Wage, and Housing Policy Update

    • Current, major policy issues affecting Boulder businesses include impacts of raising minimum wage, affordable housing and transportation options for workforce, and the homelessness crisis. 
    • Input from business owners is currently needed in the conversation around minimum wage. 

Matt Wiggins, Senior Director of Economic Vitality
Boulder Economic Council 

Strong Sectors, Good Jobs Grant

    • This grant includes the formation of 2-3 new adult apprenticeship pathways, apprenticeship wage offsets up to $18 an hour for 120 hours, and regional TIPs and ServSafe Manager trainings.  
    • Feedback is needed from employers looking to create an apprenticeship pathway, host TIPs trainings, or learn more about opportunities within the grant.



Karen Worminghaus, Senior Manager of Transportation
Boulder Transportation Connections 

Boulder Clean Commute Program

    • This new program allows businesses to reward employees for commuting to work using sustainable transportation methods. The city will match employer-provided financial incentives that can then be spent at local CAGID and BJAD district businesses. 
    • If your business is in Downtown Boulder, the Strong Sectors, Good Jobs Grant allows you to participate in this program free of charge.

Throughout the conversation one common theme prevailed: opportunity. Opportunity to give your business’ perspective on policy issues, to recruit, train, and retain skilled workers, and to continue to participate in sector partnership work. We look forward to seeing you at the next convening!

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