Next week promises to be a busy one. I’ll be in Washington, D.C., from Feb. 26 through March 2 with the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Action Mission.

The group of about 70 people will be broken into five teams: business, defense, homeland security, international affairs and education.

Some of the folks participating are Col. Michael Resty, Lt. Col. Dave Johnson, Col. Liz Anderson, Larry Fortner, Dave Csintyan, Venkat Reddy, Sharon Thomas, Lorne Kramer, Mark Earle, Terry Maketa and Terry Sullivan

The Legislative Action Mission was started in 1999. The itinerary for the trip includes briefings with key officials, meetings with Colorado’s congressional delegation and a reception designed to showcase the Colorado Springs area and our business community.

The teams will help to facilitate communication about issues that are important to the Pikes Peak region. It’s a packed agenda.

The business team’s Monday itinerary calls for visits to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for discussions about the economy, taxes, the environment and immigration. This is followed by meetings with AARP about older workers and best employers

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After lunch, the team is meeting with the Small Business Administration to review the president’s small business agenda, the Department of Commerce to receive an overview of community success stories and the Department of Labor to discuss support of economic development initiatives.

Tuesday’s schedule includes meetings with American’s for Fair Tax and the Department of Labor to discuss trends in work force development and regulations regarding the reemployment of military personnel.

There also are meetings scheduled with the National Water Resource Association to discuss western water issues and the Department of Transportation to discuss transportation science and technology, and to receive an overview of the Federal Aviation Administration

In addition to the business team’s agenda, the group as a whole will be meeting Rep. Duncan Hunter, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Peter Hoekstra, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Rep. James Sensenbrenner, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

I will be sending daily updates that will be posted on

You can e-mail questions or special requests while I’m in D.C. to