Colorado Public Banking Coalition

We are a coalition working to create local public banks that are socially and environmentally responsible and that keep our money working for our communities.

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Supported By

Over 1,400 Coloradans (and counting)

And the Following Organizations:

350 Colorado Eco-Justice Ministries
350 Roaring Fork Fort Collins Sustainability Group
Adams Counnty Communities for Drilling Accountability NOW (ACCDAN) Front Range Mutual Aid Network
Arvadans for Progressive Action Groundwork Non Profit
Be the Change USA Longmont Food Rescue
Boulder dot Earth North American Climate, Conservation and Environment(NACCE)
Call to Action Colorado Our Children’s Trust – Colorado
Catholic Network Our Sacred Earth
Center for Biological Diversity Physicians for Social Responsibility
Clean Energy Action Phoenix, Colorado’s Transgender Community Choir
Climate Reality Denver- Boulder Chapter Rainforest Action Network
Community for Sustainable Energy Red Cloud Renewable
Colorado Communities for a Livable Climate Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center
Colorado Environmental Advocates Rocky Mountain Public Banking Institute
Conejos Clean Water Songs of Discovery
Colorado WINS Together Against Neighborhood Drilling
Divest Ed Together Colorado
Public Banking & Justice Embracing Conflict
DeSmog Denver Unite North Metro Denver
Compost Colorado Denver DSA


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Amulet Arts by J Dewey Designs LLC Northwest Builders
Arouge Art Jewelry Guitar Instruction by Phil Westfall
Baker’s Dozen Consulting
REEVAAS Public Benefit Corporation (Renewable Energy Electric Vehicles As A Service)
Boulder Homeopathy Robert L Parker Studios
Breathe English LLC Stonebridge Farm
Capitol Solar Energy Spector and Associates
CocoLicious Chocolates Sunshine Shave Ice LLC
Denver Counseling and Art Therapy, LLC Teach Learn Master LLC
Intergrative Massage Solitions Venner Consulting, Inc.
InterTran Energy Consulting Weiss Consulting
Leyla Steele Real Estate Boulder Luxury Group Worldly Exposure Photography and Earth
Gregory K. Marsh & Associates, LLC Chambliss Architects
New Moon Multimedia


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Community Leaders

Anna Koop, Sister of Loretto Juan Marcano, Aurora City Council
Candi Cedebaca, Denver City Council, District 9 Micheal Melio, Secretary, Rocky Mountain Public Banking Institute
Caroline Gleich, Professional Ski Mountaineer Patrick Roybal, District 1 Vice President, Colorado WINS
David Ruchman, Board of Directors, Colorado WINS Sam Weaver, Mayor, City of Boulder
Galina Nicoll, Candidate for CO Senate, District 23 Skip Miller, President, Colorado WINS
Jane Wilson, Secretary, Colorado WINS Stephanie Vigil, Candidate for HD 16
David Ruchman, Board of Directors, Colorado WINS Sam Weaver, Mayor, City of Boulder
Edie Hooton, State Representative, HD10


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Latest Updates

A New Federal Bill Proposed: The Public Banking Act

At the federal level, a new bill was introduced at the end of October by Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Alexandrai Ocasio-Cortez, proposing a public option for banking. The Public Banking Act would foster the creation of public banks across the …

How Would a Public Bank Be Structured? 

A variety of different methods and models could be used in Colorado including

  1. Self-regulation by statute and by-laws: The Bank of North Dakota model has worked very well for 101 years.  The BND was established by making the governor, the

Where Does the Money Come From?

 Although some legislators and public officials say the state does not have any money lying around that it could use to create a public bank, the state and local governments actually have a number of sources they could use to

How Common Objections to Public Banks Can Be Resolved

It is risky to have a government run its own bank

Answer:  This argument is incorrect. Public banks like the Bank of North Dakota (BND) are run by experienced and independent banking professionals, not by politicians.  The BND has been

Legalities of Public Banking

Are public banks legal under the Colorado constitution?

Answer:  Very likely YesIn October 2019, Colorado’s Office of Legislative Legal Services (OLLS) issued a Legal Opinion to State Representative Jonathan Singer in which it concluded that a state public

Public Banking Basics and Key Advantages

What is a Public Bank? 

A Public Bank is a bank owned by a national, state, or local government in which all of its funds, taxes, and revenues are deposited. It is mandated to serve a public mission that reflects

When Crisis Hits: Why Public Banks Respond Faster and Better.

In times of crisis, public banks respond faster and better than private banks, as recent events have shown. Premiering today, this third short video in Public Banking Institute’s public banking series demonstrates how the state-owned Bank of North Dakota has …