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Here's what's coming this year. / rrraven

After the past two years of pandemic operations—or shutdowns, depending on what month it was—there’s not a soul on Earth who could blame the hospitality industry for dreading what’s to come in 2022. But working from a place of fear simply isn’t how the industry functions. 

No, the Colorado restaurant community keeps endlessly calm and carries on. Please pardon the Pollyanna-ish outlook, but I think there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming year. A new legislative session is now underway and the government affairs team at the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) is already in the trenches at the Capitol, fighting to ensure that the plastics, waste management, labor, and business licensing policies passed into law in 2022 will make it easier for you to run your business. There’s hope that the Colorado Unemployment Insurance Fund will be refilled, and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, too.

To help deepen the industry’s talent pool and offset the ongoing labor shortage, the Colorado Restaurant Foundation (CRF) is rapidly expanding its workforce development programming. If you’re looking to hire and/or improve staff retention right now, the CRF is actively seeking restaurant and hotel partners for its Restaurant Youth Registered Apprenticeship (RYRA) program, which places 17- to 24-year-olds in hospitality settings for on-the-job training in specific culinary or management competencies. Through a Colorado Workforce Development Council grant, there’s even a $3,000 incentive for employers to participate in the program; reach out to program manager Paula Thomas (pthomas@corestaurant.org) to learn more.

We’re also excited to be planning the Colorado Restaurant & Bar Show, which is scheduled to take place on March 8 and 9 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. The show will provide us all with a long-overdue opportunity to gather again and learn about the new products, services, and operational strategies that will help our industry rise to new heights in the years to come. I hope you’ll join us and continue to let us know how we can support you. Email us any time at info@corestaurant.org.

Talk to us! Email your experiences (and thoughts, opinions, and questions—anything, really) to askus@diningout.com

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