Colorado Concern 

February 24, 2014

The Week in Review

There has been a fair amount of news coverage in recent weeks around something called Common Core, which are a set of state-created educational standards in English and mathematics.  These higher expectations provide a clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.  In Colorado, the Common Core is integrated into our own Colorado Academic Standards, which are designed to be relevant to the real world, providing the skills required for college and careers, and taking into account the fact that today's students compete not only with their peers from this country, but from abroad as well.


To highlight this important work, we support our friends at the Colorado Competitive Council (C3), Colorado Succeeds and the Denver Metro Chamber on Future Forward Colorado, an effort to mobilize business leaders who support an improved education system and the sensible guidelines outlined in the Colorado Academic Standards.  If you are in agreement that high expectations, meaningful assessment tools to measure progress, and shared accountability among all stakeholders is required, please take the time to read the letter of support featured on the Web site and consider signing on.  Your voice and your engagement matter, and you will be in good company as more than 100 CEO's of Fortune 500 Companies, including the Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have signed on to a similar letter at the national level.


Additionally, an employer toolkit is available for you to review, and to share with others you believe would be interested.  We often note that today's student is tomorrow's workforce.  Ensuring your future colleagues and employees are appropriately prepared for the assignment you will have for them is critical.


If you have questions about Future Forward Colorado, or the specifics included in the Colorado Academic Standards, do not hesitate to contact me through





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.
March 11:  Colorado Concern Annual Membership Luncheon with Governor John Hickenlooper
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Carriage House at the Governor's Mansion, 400 East 8th Avenue

Colorado Concern News Clips



Colorado slips to 8th in nation for LEED green building in 2013

Denver Post: February 18


Side Streets: A blueprint for settling disputes in HOAs

Colorado Springs Gazette: February 21


Economy/Economic Development

Opinion: Beauprez: Fewer jobs, shrinking workforce expose a disturbing trend in Colorado

Denver Post: February 15


Economist: 2013 Colorado job growth outpaced 2012 by a long shot

Denver Post: February 20


Denver-area prices rise 2.8% from year earlier; housing, energy are key factors

Denver Business Journal: February 20


Gauge of US economy's health up 0.3 percent

Denver Post: February 20


Why site selectors conference in Denver may be year's most important meeting

Denver Business Journal: February 21


A Colorado match made where? Gessler, Dems agree on a business tool

Denver Business Journal: February 22



Colorado Legislature approves money for school district flood recovery

The Daily Camera: February 18


Survey: Colorado teachers say there's too much testing

Chalkbeat Colorado: February 19


Lawmakers propose $263M in new education spending

Denver Post: February 21



Legislators gun down efforts to repeal last year's gun bills

The Colorado Statesman: February 17


Colorado Senate committee kills secretary of state bill on signatures

Denver Post: February 18


Republicans debate guns, toll roads, pot in Colorado governor's race

Denver Post: February 18


Colorado state GOPer leaves loaded gun in Capitol

Salon: February 20


Colorado small business getting mixed bag of legislative results

Denver Business Journal: February 20


Waiting for the shakeout

The Colorado Independent: February 21


Fewer Political Reporters at Denver Post Points to Decline in Colorado Journalism

Huffington Post: February 21


Consumer watchdogs keep eyes on Colo. legislature

Fowler Tribune: February 22


Republican CEOs back Colorado governor amid gun backlash

Chicago Tribune: February 22


As US becomes more urban and suburban, rural lawmakers struggle to make their voices heard

U.S. News & World Report: February 22


Bipartisan support to boost Colorado governor's pay but no bill yet

Denver Post: February 22


Roll-your-own elections in Colorado

Denver Post: February 23


Caucuses give Coloradans a political voice, party leaders say

Longmont Daily Times-Call: February 23



Solar power for no money down? Colorado homebuyers like it

Denver Business Journal: February 18


Small Hydro bill making its way through Colorado legislature

The Daily Planet: February 19


Cooke: Colorado's preferred-energy policy is just cruel

Greeley Tribune: February 20


General Business

Bill to help Colorado small businesses that are sued meets bipartisan end

Denver Business Journal: February 18


Denver City Council expands minority and female contracting program

Denver Post: February 18


Real estate developers partner with Colorado oil and gas producers

Denver Post: February 20


Hancock signs bills to help Denver women- and minority-owned business growth

Denver Business Journal: February 20


Colorado's statehouse staredown: Business fees are at the root of Gessler-Legislature battle

Denver Business Journal: February 21


Denver Business Journal's 40 under 40 winners for 2014 announced

Denver Business Journal: February 21


Who's more likely to approve a small business loan in Colorado?

Denver Business Journal: February 21



Bennet urges bipartisan approach to immigration reform

Denver Post: February 19



Congressional Budget Office: Wage hike would lift pay, cost jobs

Denver Post: February 19


Minimum wage increase could cost 500,000 jobs, CBO estimates

Denver Business Journal: February 19


How much salary do you need to buy a home in Denver?

Denver Business Journal: February 19



Banks won't finance properties where pot shops are located

Denver Post: February 18


Governor: Colorado pot market exceeds tax hopes

7Online WSVN-TV: February 19


Hickenlooper expects marijuana tax money to exceed prior expectations

Denver Post: February 20


Marijuana's Westward March March 21



City may have saved PERA

Colorado Springs Independent: February 19



'Bumper crop' of Colorado tax credits proposed by state legislators

Colorado Springs Gazette: February 18


Denver judge temporarily blocks Colorado's "Amazon tax" law

Denver Post: February 20


State Legislature offers tax relief for property destroyed by flooding

Boulder Weekly: February 21



Editorial: Fear and loathing over U.S. 36 deal

Denver Post: February 18


Lawyers: If bond buyers get look at U.S. 36 deal, so should public

Denver Post: February 19


Colorado leads debate on ride-sharing's impact on insurance premiums

Denver Post: February 19


Protesters tossed from U.S. 36 contract hearing before panel OKs pact

Denver Post: February 20


Denver Builds a Rail System to Grow on for the Mile High City

Free Enterprise: February 21


Denver, Boulder chambers back controversial U.S. 36 plan

Denver Business Journal: February 21


U.S. 36 public-private partnership is good for Colorado

Denver Post: February 21


Last piece of U.S. 36 contract put in place Thursday

Denver Post: February 21



Bill to limit size of new lawns dies in Colorado legislature

Denver Post: February 22

In This Issue
The Week in Review

Legislative Tracking

Upcoming Events

News Clips

Join the Colorado Concern Board of Directors for Colorado Concern's Annual Membership Luncheon with Governor John Hickenlooper March 11.
 Click here for details and to register.
Colorado Concern Board of Directors


Pat Hamill


Tamra Ward

(President and CEO)

Steve Farber

A. Barry Hirschfeld 

John Ikard

Walter Isenberg

David McReynolds

Larry A. Mizel 

Blair Richardson

Dan Ritchie 

Rick Sapkin
Sylvia Young