Colorado Concern 
 

January 21, 2014

The Week in Review

 Ensuring that you, our members, receive timely and accurate information about policy issues of interest or that impact your business is one of Colorado Concern's primary responsibilities.  This time of year that information briefing occurs through updates on measures introduced and under debate at the State Capitol. 

 

In an effort to provide you with more targeted information, we would ask that you complete the short survey provided in a link below.  It allows you to select specific issue areas of interest, and as legislation is introduced in that category, we will forward those proposals to you directly.  Our team also will be available to answer any questions you may have about a measure and its likelihood of success or failure.     

 

Meanwhile, our broader reporting of proposals Colorado Concern is engaged with or monitoring will continue - with that information readily accessible via our Web site and weekly communications.   This week's real-time report can be accessed here.

 

Additionally, we know that your voice in direct communication with our elected leaders is our most effective tool.  To that end, we will be utilizing an online program that will allow us to engage you by providing a targeted e-mail message on issues of importance to the business community, along with a direct link to the elected leader, or leaders, we wish to contact.  The system is quick, easy and effective, and all you will need to do is push a button.  This, coupled with a focus on strengthening our one-on-one relationships with elected officials, will be helpful in our work.

 

Thank you in advance for taking a moment to complete the survey.  It will help us better serve you - and, in return, Colorado.

 

Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at 
tamra@coloradoconcern.com.     

 

 

Warmly,

Tamra
Tamra
Colorado Concern Legislative Tracking

 

Click here to find out what legislation Colorado Concern is tracking. The report includes links to bill text, sponsors, Colorado Concern's positions, bill status, and additional notes.

 

Click here to download the Colorado Concern At a Glance Status Sheet for quick tracking of Colorado Concern's bills of interest.
Colorado Concern Upcoming Events

 

Below is information on upcoming Colorado Concern events. 

Click here for more information or to register to attend events.
 
January 27: Colorado Concern Membership Networking Lunch with Guest Speaker Colorado Senate President Morgan Carroll, Co-hosted by Pat Hamill and Sylvia Young
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East 19th Avenue, Suite 400.
This lunch is currently full.  Please email Paige to be added to the waiting list at paige@coloradoconcern.com
 
February 14: Colorado Concern Luncheon with U.S. Senator Mark Udall
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., RubinBrown, 1900 16th Street, 3rd Floor, 3rd Floor
 
February 20: 
Colorado Concern Membership Networking Lunch with Guest Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino, Co-hosted by Walter Isenberg and Kay Norton
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East 19th Avenue, Suite 400.
 
Members in the News

 

Kelly Brough  

Local company cites Lafayette's fracking ban as reason to expand in Louisville

Boulder Daily Camera: January 14

Features Kelly Brough

 

Michael Martin  

Colorado State University to cut 20-25 positions at Pueblo campus

Denver Post: January 17

Features Mike Martin

 

Shaun Yancey  

Colorado company named to Fortune's '100 best companies to work for' list

Denver Business Journal: January 17

Features Shaun Yancey


Colorado Concern News Clips  

 

Economy/Economic Development

Denver Post: January 13

 

4 Colorado cities rank among nation's 20 'best performing' for jobs, tech

Denver Business Journal: January 14

 

New measure finds Colorado economy struggling more than GDP indicates

Denver Post: January 14

 

Good snowfall boosts early-season results at Colorado ski resorts

Denver Post: January 14

 

Colorado venture-capital funding drops in 2013

Denver Post: January 17

 

Colorado startups topped $1.1 billion in 2013 exits; startup formation slows

Denver Business Journal: January 17

 

Denver ranks as a top 'market to watch' for commercial real estate

Denver Business Journal: January 17

 

Education

Denver Post: January 13

 

The money pit

Summit Daily News: January 14

 

Denver's innovation schools show mixed results

CPR: January 14

 

First Senate bill of session hopes to brake costs of higher education

Denver Post: January 14

 

CU-Boulder gets final approval for $142M facilities plan

Daily Camera: January 17

 

Elections/Politics

Denver Post: January 13

 

Denver Post: January 13

 

Good snowfall boosts early-season results at Colorado ski resorts

Denver Post: January 14                               

 

3 percent pay increase proposed for Colorado workers over GOP protest

Denver Post: January 14

 

Colorado Rep. Sue Schafer, a Democratic business favorite, won't seek re-election

Denver Business Journal: January 14

 

Getting down to business at this year's legislature

The Colorado Statesman: January 15

 

 Partisan votes in Colorado Legislature kill GOP bills - but for partisan reasons?

Denver Business Journal: January 16

 

In the Legislature: Three more statehouse business bills to watch

Denver Business Journal: January 17

 

Colorado lawmaker still pushing regulatory reform

Denver Business Journal: January 17

 

Getting down to business at this year's legislature

Colorado Statesman: January 17

 

Gov. Hickenlooper leads Colorado gubernatorial fundraising efforts

Denver Post: January 17

 

Top Democrats said to join Denver's bid for GOP National Convention

Denver Post: January 17

 

Durango Herald: January 17

 

Denver Post: January 19

 

State's current condition far from rosy

Pueblo Chieftain: January 19

 

Energy

Colorado fracking fight gets new website, MoveOn money

Denver Business Journal: January 13

 

Denver Post: January 13

 

Denver Post: January 13

 

Natural gas power plants emit 40% less CO2 than coal plants, says study

Denver Business Journal: January 13

 

Denver Post: January 14

 

Legislators likely to take another look at last year's rural renewable energy standard bill

The Colorado Statesman: January 15

 

Natural gas good to Colorado pocketbooks

Denver Business Journal: January 17

 

Floods

Denver Post: January 13

 

Penned by disaster: Colorado's newest proposed laws spurred by fire, flood

Fort Collins Coloradoan: January 13

 

General Business

Denver Post: January 13

 

Health Care

Denver Post: January 13

 

Denver Post: January 13

 

Denver Post: January 14

 

Legislative panel wants audit of Colorado's health exchange

Denver Business Journal: January 15

 

Labor/Employment

Denver Post: January 17

 

United Airlines threatens to furlough 688 flight attendants

Denver Business Journal: January 17

 

Marijuana

6 Colorado Congress members pressure for marijuana banking

9News: January 13

 

Denver Post: January 13

 

Are things going to pot in the stoner state?

Denver Business Journal: January 17

 

Denver Post: January 17

 

Taxes

Colo. bill to exempt back-to-school shopping from sales tax introduced

kdvr.com: January 15

 

Transportation

RTD seeks public priority list for bus, rail to Denver's Northwestern suburbs

Denver Business Journal: January 14

 

RTD: 59 buses needed for improved U.S. 36 transit system

Denver Post: January 14

 

Denver Post: January 17

 

Denver International Airport sues RTD over $53 million on airport project

Denver Post: January 17

 

Water

Denver Post: January 17

In This Issue
The Week in Review

Legislative Tracking

Upcoming Events

Members in the News

News Clips

Senator Mark Udall
Colorado Concern is hosting a rescheduled luncheon with U.S. Senator Mark Udall at RubinBrown February 14.  Click here for details and to register.
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Colorado Concern Board of Directors

 

Pat Hamill

(Chairman)

Kay Norton (Treasurer)

Tamra Ward

(President and CEO)

Joe Blake

Dr. Ted Clarke

Steve Farber

A. Barry Hirschfeld 

Bill Hybl

Walter Isenberg

Don Kortz

David McReynolds

Larry A. Mizel 

Kate Paul

Blair Richardson

Dan Ritchie 

Dick Robinson
Rick Sapkin
Sylvia Young