In 1906, the Denver Metro Chamber hosted and planned what would become the National Western Stock Show. Now this “Super Bowl” of livestock shows creates $100 million in economic impact in just 16 days. This afternoon, 1,100 business and community leaders celebrated the impact of the Stock Show and the state’s roots in agriculture at the sold-out 23rd annual Boots ‘n Business, hosted by the Chamber.
“It’s become more than a Colorado tradition; it’s become a part of the fabric of Denver and the state,” said National
Western Stock Show President and CEO Paul Andrews.
The Chamber will celebrate 150 years in 2017—making it an organization that’s run longer that Colorado has been a state. “That’s a long time … for helping business,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock.
Leaders also looked toward the future.
Agriculture remains big business, and the lunch is one of four major events that benefits the National Western Trust scholarships to educate future farmers, ranchers and medical professionals who will work in rural areas.
“It’s showing our support for the future of this industry,” said Chamber President and CEO Kelly Brough.
Gov. John Hickenlooper focused on resources—from programs to help jump start businesses, especially in rural areas, to expanding broadband internet access and water conservation.
Hancock highlighted the progress on the National Western Center, noting that construction will start this year to revitalize the area and surrounding community.
“Today we are celebrating 111 years, but we’re also preparing for the next 100 years,” he said.
The event has been made possible by presenting sponsor U.S. Bank, platinum/entertainment sponsor Hensel Phelps and gold sponsors Bank of America, Cigna, Encana Corporation, Fidelity Investments, Lockton, Mechanical Contractors Association of Colorado and Rocky Mountain Pipe Traders District Council 5, Polsinelli, Saunders Construction, Inc., Suncor, Univision Colorado and WilmerHale.
Sara Crocker is the communications manager for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.