Colorado State Archives
Executive Orders from the Administration of Governor Bill Owens 1999-2005
Monday, October 16, 2000
Amy Jewett Sampson
OWENS ANNOUNCES TWO NEW ONLINE INITIATIVES TO HELP SERVE CITIZENS, SMALL BUSINESSES
Coloradans can now register a new business online and by 2001 could file for jobless benefits on Web
DENVER – Governor Bill Owens has announced two projects that will make it easier for state government officials to assist individuals and businesses.
"As more government agencies go online and become interconnected, the Information Age will change the way governments operate," said Gov. Bill Owens. "The changes are already underway and they are profound. As a state, we need to provide these resources via the Web to assist our citizens in this digital era. "
Registering a new business can now be done online. An individual can quickly and easily register their new business online by accessing http://cr100.cdle.state.co.us. The Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Revenue have partnered to develop this Web site, which allows employers to complete the new business form on the Web, submit it, and immediately receive the information they need to do business within the state.
Approximately 3,000 new businesses are registered in Colorado each month, and many will now be able to register via this Web site. Historically, registrations have been filed to the Department of Revenue, and then forwarded to the Department of Labor and Employment. The entire process usually takes several days to complete, but sometimes takes several weeks.
Another Internet project that will allow individuals to file for jobless benefits online is scheduled for completion in late 2001. The project, also designed by the Colorado Department of Labor, was supported by a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Colorado is one of seven states that received a grant for the development of an Internet filing system, and one of only two states to receive the maximum funding allowed. The new filing system will be more efficient, compact, and will create less paperwork.
Both of these online projects are models of The Genesis Project, a larger project focused on technology that will eliminate much of the paperwork and labor intensive processes in business, allowing staff to spend more time providing value-added services to customers.
The Genesis Project will redesign the state’s unemployment insurance program over the next few years, by adding a new computer system, computer telephony integration and increasing employee training.
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