Colorado Concern 

May 27, 2014

The Week in Review


Thanks to those of you who were able to join us for breakfast with Ken Lund, executive director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).  A key discussion point for our time together was around COIN - the Colorado Innovation Network - and its Talent Agenda, which is focused on talent acquisition as an economic driver.  


For those of you unfamiliar with COIN, Governor Hickenlooper launched this effort in 2011, and it is a privately funded, start -up entity that resides within OEDIT.  COIN's focus is to create both a physical and a virtual network of global leaders that will encourage relationships to support the innovation ecosystem, grow companies and create jobs.


The premise behind the Talent Agenda is that at the center of our state's future economic success is a recipe that includes the right mix of people.  You achieve that by creating a place to call home that  appeals to the best and the brightest.  To learn more, click here to review the Talent Agenda.  The COIN team is seeking feedback on this document, so I urge you to review the report and provide any thoughts to


Also worthy of note is the 2014 COIN Summit, which is scheduled for Aug. 26-27.  This invite-only event targets 250 leaders from Colorado and beyond who are focused on how innovation and collaboration will shape not just the future of our state, but also the global community.  A nomination form and agenda information for this year's summit is available here.  If you would like to attend yourself, please let me know and I would be happy to nominate you.  For those of you who have not participated in the past, I would suggest you review the 2013 COIN Summit Video It provides a great flavor for the energy and the passion that exist during the event. 

Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.
Colorado Concern Upcoming Events


Below is information on upcoming Colorado Concern events. 

Click here for more information or to register to attend events.
June 18: Membership Networking Lunch Hosted by Steve Farber
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East 19th Avenue, Suite 400
June 30: Membership Luncheon with Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., The Brown Palace, 321 17th Street
July 28: Membership Networking Breakfast Hosted by Dan Ritchie 
7:30 to 9:00 a.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East 19th Avenue, Suite 400
Colorado Concern Legislative Tracking


Click here to find out what legislation Colorado Concern tracked during the 2014 state legislative session. 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 News Clips



Development/Real Estate

Does Denver need to build another major convention hotel downtown?

Denver Business Journal: May 20


Economy/Economic Development

Hickenlooper signs job-creation tax credit

Denver Business Journal: May 19


Colorado space industry tax-break signed into law

Denver Business Journal: May 20


Hotels suing to block Gaylord incentives have received incentives as well

Denver Business Journal: May 22


Ardent Mills to launch by month's end; HQ coming to Denver

Denver Business Journal: May 22


Viewpoint: Innovation, efficiency power Colorado's economy

Denver Business Journal: May 23



Differences forgotten for now, finance bills become law

Chalkbeat: May 22


Jeffco Schools posts superintendent contract, public comment Tuesday

Denver Post: May 22


A bright spot on Brighton Boulevard; Industry Denver opens first phase

Denver Business Journal: May 23


Common Core a priority for Colorado's colleges and universities

Denver Post: May 23



Big money targets Colorado's secretary of state race

Denver Post: May 19


Guest Columns Hudson: Let's hear it for the old timers - Hickenlooper lauds bipartisanship session at state of the state to business community

Colorado Statesman: May 19


Climate group to sink $100M in 7 races in 2014

Denver Post: May 22


Ethics board scrutinizes Hancock's Super Bowl trip

Denver Post: May 22


Gessler bests GOP rivals in fundraising in governor's race

Denver Post: May 22


Denver makes cut to host 2016 RNC, joining three other cities

Denver Post: May 23



The Colorado Statesman: May 23


Will The VA Controversy Swing Voters in Colorado?

CBS Local: May 23



Editorial: In Colorado, clean energy battle is far from over

Denver Post: May 17


Federal review of 65 oil and gas leases draws 24,000 comment letters

Denver Post: May 19


White House directive boosts solar education

The Denver Post: May 19


Anadarko Petroleum invests in reducing footprint, truck traffic in northern Colorado

Denver Business Journal: May 20 



The Denver Post: May 20


Environmentalists, industry clash over disputed BLM leases

CPR: May 20


Fracking may not deserve the blame for high water prices

CPR: May 21


Hickenlooper, oil industry executives, consider sparer local control plan

Denver Post: May 22


Groups air great concern to Hickenlooper over Colorado local-control oil and gas talks

Denver Business Journal: May 23


Local control of oil and gas issues is best choice for Colorado

Denver Post: May 23


Shale oil and gas revenues and taxes bolster public finances

Denver Post: May 23


Proposed ballot measure for local fracking control clears hurdle

Colorado Springs Gazette: May 25


General Business

Colorado CFOs navigate companies to brighter futures

Denver Business Journal: May 23


Hewlett-Packard aims to cut 11,000 to 16,000 more jobs by October

Denver Post: May 23


Denver 12th for population growth

Denver Business Journal: May 23


Health Care

When it comes to Medicare billing, Colorado docs slightly more expensive

CPR: May 19


Feds approve Colorado plan intended to lower rural health premiums

Denver Post: May 20


Colorado targets misleading marketing for limited benefit health plans

Denver Post: May 21


Lafayette considers putting 3.5% retail marijuana tax before voters

Colorado Hometown Weekly: May 21


Colorado lawmakers call for resignation, oversight in VA probe

Denver Post: May 22



AT&T to buy Dish competitor DirecTV in $48.5 billion deal

Denver Business Journal: May 19



RTD looks to improve bike relations

Denver Post: May 19


Guest commentary: Colorado PUC did not mislead on taxi and ride-sharing insurance

Denver Post: May 19


Southwest launches formerly banned nonstops from Denver to Dallas Love

Denver Post: May 20


Boulder County wants to spend $286,000 for RTD fares out of Longmont

Denver Post: May 20


Charlie Ergen's Dish has engagement ring for a wireless service, but no one to marry yet

Denver Post: May 20



Colorado River reaches sea for first time since 1993

Denver Post: May 19


Recycled water fight stalls plans for bison, birds, fish and museum

Denver Post: May 20


Feds won't give Colorado pot growers access to water

Denver Business Journal: May 21


Denver pipes will allow Colorado Springs water to flow

Denver Post: May 23


2014 Legislature was hip deep in water bills

Glenwood Springs Post Independent: May 24

In This Issue
The Week in Review

Upcoming Events

Legislative Tracking

News Clips

Mayor Michael B. Hancock
Colorado Concern is hosting Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock for a complimentary luncheon June 30 at the Brown Palace.
Click here for details and to register.
Colorado Concern Board of Directors


Pat Hamill


Tamra Ward

(President and CEO)

Ted Brown

Steve Farber

Tim Gill

A. Barry Hirschfeld 

Bill Hybl

John Ikard

Walter Isenberg

David McReynolds

Larry A. Mizel 

Blair Richardson

Dan Ritchie 

Rick Sapkin
Sylvia Young