During a Business on Your Block event, House District 29 Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp spent some time touring Westminster businesses on March 21. Representing Arvada and the Jefferson County portion of Westminster, Kraft-Tharp was on a mission to learn from business owners and employees about the needs and progress of four businesses, Trueffect, Serpentix, Axion Health and the Westminster Brewing Co.
“My main goal was to listen. Just listen,” she said. “I wanted an opportunity to hear what these businesses had to say and also get a sense of who they really are.”
Kraft-Tharp serves as the vice chair on the business, labor, economic and workforce development legislative committee. Connecting with the businesses in her district is always a priority, she said, though she admits she was a little concerned on whether or not the businesses would have time to meet with her, realizing owning a business is quite time consuming.
Luckily, all four businesses were very receptive, opening up their doors to not only Kraft-Tharp, but also Westminster city councilors Bob Briggs, Faith Winter and Alberto Garcia as well as Westminster Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Shannon.
“Representative Kraft-Tharp's visit was very insightful and informative and it's clear, she's committed to the success of those businesses in House District 29 and the State of Colorado overall,” Darryl LaRue, COO at Trueffect said.
Kraft-Tharp said collaborating with the city councilors on the tour allowed businesses to voice concerns they had on both the local and state level. Some of those concerns involved transportation.
“I heard from two of the businesses that they really want to see light rail come to the area,” she said. “People are excited about the changes on US 36, but still would really like to see the rail come in.”
At the end of the day Kraft-Tharp says she was overwhelmed by the amount of innovation that is happening in Westminster and the amount of growth each business was experiencing, which she believes is reflective of the growth in the economy overall.
“Jobs and the economy are not partisan issues,” she said. “It's not about politics, it's about everyone being invested in the economy.”