Secretary Williams doesn’t have a magic wand but …

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Chuck Berry, president of the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry, at CACI’s board meeting April 19. (SOS photo)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams told business leaders recently that he and other state officials are working to help create a single system for new businesses to interact with multiple state agencies.

MyBizColorado, when it is unveiled, will be user friendly, intuitive and a more expedient way to register a business and obtain necessary licenses and permits.

“We want to make it easier for business,” Williams told the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry at a board of directors lunch meeting.

After his talk, Williams was asked, “If you could wave a magic wand to fix a few things what would they be?”

“The ability to get from Colorado Springs to Denver in a shorter amount of time,” said Williams, who commutes on Interstate 25.

“I go to visit my wife’s family in Utah, and I see a 10-lane interstate connecting Provo and Salt Lake City, the equivalent of Colorado Springs to Denver, plus a light-rail system,” he said.

He added once he asked skiers he met at the Salt Lake City airport if they vacation in the Centennial State. They said no, because if they fly in to Utah they can get on the slopes a half day earlier and stay a half day longer.

“We have to address transportation more than anything,” he said.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams, 2018.
Secretary of State Wayne Williams, 2015. bio photo.

At the start of the CACI board meeting, participants received background information about Williams, who served as an El Paso County commissioner and the clerk before being elected secretary of state in 2014. Marvin Strait, who serves as board treasurer, joked about the picture on the bio, saying Williams looked so young it must have been his Bar Mitvah photograph.

“It’s amazing what driving on Interstate 25 will do to you,” Williams said, without missing a beat.

Williams also talked about cybersecruity and elections. He noted the office got the highest grade possible from the left-leaning Center for American Progress when it graded state for election security. Colorado got dinged because it allows military and overseas voters to vote by electronic transmission under strict circumstances.

“I think you should be able to vote if you work on a submarine,” Williams said. “For those of you who have been on a submarine, you know that mail service is irregular. It ruins your stealth mode of operation if you surface every day.”

Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and his decorated wooden U, which is part of the Colorado Secretary of State’s campaign to inform unaffiliated voters about the June 26 primary. (Josh Miller photo)

The secretary also explained the office’s UChooseCO campaign, aiming at helping unaffiliated voters realize they for the first time participate in the June 26 primary. They can only vote the Republican ballot or the Democratic ballot. If they both both, neither ballot will count.

As part of the campaign, the Secretary of State’s office has been handing out wooden U’s for clerks, politicians and others to decorate.

Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb’s U contains Denver’s logo, a shoelace and a shoe, in homage to his first mayoral campaign, in 1991, where he put on his sneakers and walked neighborhoods for votes after he ran out of money.

“We think it’s important that at CACI you have your own wooden U, so we expect to see this decorate and posted on your social media,” Williams said, as he handed one to CACI’s president, Chuck Berry.