150 Things You Didn’t Know About the Chamber
In 2008 the Chamber introduced a new logo, symbolizing our statewide focus and reach – it’s the logo that we still use today.
The first committees of the Chamber in 1884 were: finance, commerce, manufacturers, railroads, mines and smelting, stock growing, stock yards and packing, agriculture and horticulture, architecture building and arts, education and schools and membership. Today our committees and councils include education and workforce, health and wellness, infrastructure, legislative policy and public affairs.
Out of necessity for a flying field in Denver, the Chamber donated the land for Lowry Air Force Base to the federal government in 1931.
The Chamber saves you money on your office supplies through our Office Depot discount program. In 2016, we helped members individually save on average $1,300.
To increase food supply, members of the Chamber planted 5,000 vacant city lots with vegetables in 1917.
The Chamber has always been focused on water conservation – we helped create water flow through Moffat Tunnel. In 1936, when water first ran through the tunnel it was a celebration of decades of hard work.
For the Colorado Convention Center to be built, the Chamber moved from its long-standing headquarters on Welton Street.
The Chamber’s current building at 1445 Market St. is green – we’re Energy Star, Certifiably Green Denver, LEED Silver and Denver City Energy Project rated.
The Chamber paved the way for Interstate 25, then known as Valley Highway, to be created in 1958. In 1921, the Chamber was credited with breaking deadlock under the dome on the state highway measure and secured the passage of a state highway commission law.
There were no dentistry or pharmacy courses in Denver in 1922. The Chamber devised a plan to raise $90,000 to create a fund for the Colorado hospital in order to make it possible for a four-year course in medicine at the University of Colorado. And in 1923, the Chamber helped secure appropriation for a state medical school and hospital.