150 Things You Didn’t Know About the Chamber


The NBA All-Star Game was hosted in Denver in 1984 – the Chamber worked diligently to have Denver be selected as the site city.


Protecting Denver’s sky – the Chamber was in charge of organizing air raid protection among Denver industries in 1942.


When Rocky Mountain National Park (Estes Park) was dedicated as a national park in 1915, this was in large part due to years of Chamber work. Today Rocky Mountain National Park preserves the high-elevation ecosystems and wilderness characters of the southern Rocky Mountains within its borders and provides free recreational use of and access to the park’s scenic beauties, wildlife, natural features and processes, and cultural objects. In 2016, over 4 million people visited Rocky Mountain National Park.


The Chamber led the charge for Denver International Airport, creating a task force in 1978 that confirmed a new airport would be needed before the turn of the century. Chamber affiliate the Greater Denver Corporation invested $700,000 in the 1988 election to make Denver International Airport a reality.


The Chamber is a source of professional development for your business from leadership development to business training — we work to help your business be successful.


The Chamber helped bring street lighting to Denver. In 1923, after four years of hard work, an alley municipal lighting system from Union Station to Broadway from 14th Street to 18th Street was installed.


The Chamber along with the Denver Convention and Visitors bureau underwrote the snow train from Denver to Aspen for the National Down Hill Slalom and Combined Championships in 1941.


The Chamber’s committee on winter sports raised $14,700 to help fund the 2,300-foot tow built at Winter Park.


The Chamber used to give engraved electric lamps as gifts to their board of directors. George H. Knifton was gifted a lamp for his 30 years of service to the Denver Chamber of Commerce, 10 years as director and 20 years as treasurer.


What were the committees of the Chamber 100 years after the board of trade became the Denver Chamber of Commerce? Economic Development Council, Denvoys Committee (promoting Denver as a regional and national trade center), Metro Sports Committee, Armed Service Committee, Small Business Council, Community Affairs Council and Energy, Environment and Transportation Council.

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