Colorado Concern 

June 16, 2014

 The Week in Review 

Last week, discussions intensified around a special legislative session of the Colorado General Assembly focused on a local control statute that would lead U.S. Rep. Jared Polis to withdrawn the series of proposed statewide ballot measures focused on banning the oil and gas industry.


On Wednesday, the Colorado Concern Board of Directors met to discuss the legislative proposal that the Congressman viewed as acceptable, and following the discussion released a statement supporting the efforts of Governor Hickenlooper and other interested parties to continue working toward a bipartisan compromise that can pass the legislature and avoid a costly and divisive campaign.


Discussion and debate continues in earnest, and we will alert you as more information becomes available. 


Below is the text of Colorado Concern's public statement:



Urges Continued Effort To Forge Bipartisan Compromise


(DENVER) -- Pat Hamill, Chairman of Colorado Concern and Chairman and CEO of Oakwood Homes, and Tamra Ward, President and CEO of Colorado Concern, issued the following statement encouraging a bipartisan agreement on legislation concerning oil and gas development in the state:


"We applaud Governor Hickenlooper and all those who have been working to forge a meaningful, bipartisan legislative solution on oil and gas development that will forestall a statewide initiative election this fall.  The Governor's leadership in bringing widely divergent interests together has been invaluable. Compromise is never easy to achieve, but we encourage all parties to keep at it.


"As an organization of more than 100 CEOs focused on fostering economic growth in Colorado, we believe that the enactment of any of the current crop of proposed initiatives would be devastating to our economy and result in a massive loss of jobs.  It would set Colorado's economic development and job creation efforts back decades.


"In contrast, a bipartisan legislative solution could be enacted soon and could be amended in future legislative sessions if necessary.  A Constitutional amendment, such as are being discussed for this year's ballot, would be virtually impossible to amend much less repeal.  We urge negotiations to

continue, and a Colorado compromise to emerge."


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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
Two spots are still available for this event.  Click on the link above to register if you would like to attend. 
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
Members in the News

Don Childears  

Colorado's new cannabis co-ops law: Bankers, pot advocates agree it probably won't work

Denver Business Journal: June 9

Features Don Childears


Pete Coors  

Pete Coors: Denver is all about business, not 'circus,' as RNC scouts city for GOP convention site

Denver Business Journal: June 10

Features Pete Coors


Dan Ritchie  

Dan Ritchie will retire as CEO of Denver Center for Performing Arts

The Denver Post: June 11

Features Dan Ritchie



University of Denver names former Swarthmore president Rebecca Chopp new chancellor

Denver Post: June 13

Features Chancellor Robert Coombe

Colorado Concern News Clips



Colorado Concern in the News

Colorado Concern, Denver Chamber voice support for Hickenlooper's local control bill

Denver Business Journal: June 13


Development/Real Estate

Hickenlooper vetoes urban renewal authority bill

Steamboat Pilot & Today: June 10


Stapleton study reveals problems with new urbanism development

Denver Business Journal: June 11


Economy/Economic Development

Colorado given excellent grade for small business friendliness

Denver Business Journal: June 11


Colorado was sixth fastest growing state in GDP in 2013

Denver Post: June 12


Neil Westergaard: Gaylord incentive deal doesn't pass smell test

Denver Business Journal: June 13


Colorado skier visits surge to 12.6M in 2013-14, set new season record

Denver Post: June 13



Judge dismisses DPS teachers' lawsuit

Westword: June 10


Editorial: Judge right to deny CEA suit

Denver Post: June 11


Hancock seeks ballot measure to renew Denver preschool program

Denver Post: June 12



Renfroe battling other candidates, GOP flaws in race for Congress

The Denver Post: June 9


2016 RNC bid: Is legal marijuana Denver's elephant in the room?

Denver Post: June 9


Experience could help Denver land 2016 RNC; pot won't hurt

Denver Post: June 11


Gov. Hickenlooper talks marijuana, Western issues at governors meeting

Denver Post: June 11


2016 RNC visits: In Dallas, Denver's experience gets different play

Denver Post: June 12


Mike Kopp prays he again beats the odds, wins gubernatorial primary

Denver Post: June 12


Vail woman tabbed as GOP frontrunner's running mate

Vail Daily News: June 12


For the election's sake, do Republicans really want their 2016 convention in Denver?

Denver Business Journal: June 12


Denver's top shortcoming as 2016 RNC host is money

Denver Post: June 13



Guest Commentary: There is a sensible middle in the fracking debate

Denver Post: June 9


Scientists to study possible link between wells, Greeley earthquake

Denver Post: June 9


Multiplier Effect from Oil Industry Jobs

Pagosa Daily Post: June 9


Battle Over Fracking Poses Threat to Colorado Democrats

New York Times: June 10


Voters may decide future of fracing in Colorado

Oil & Gas Journal: June 10


Opposition grows to Hickenlooper's local control compromise on oil and gas

Denver Business Journal: June 10


Editorial: Oil and gas deal worth a close look

Denver Post: June 10


EPA pitching global warming proposal to governors

Denver Post: June 10


Colorado Nearing Compromise on Local Oil/Gas Control

Natural Gas Intelligence: June 10


War for slice of oil, gas taxes lives on after bill becomes law

The Denver Post: June 10


Democrats See Winning Issue in Carbon Plan

New York Times: June 10


Loveland fracking vote on separate ballot from county

The Coloradoan: June 11


Colorado Oil and Gas Association rejects latest Hickenlooper compromise on local control issue

Denver Business Journal: June 11


Campaign-finance complaint filed against two groups backed by U.S. Rep. Polis

Denver Business Journal: June 11


Western governors' views on proposed EPA rules

Hilton Head Island Packet: June 11


Colorado At The Epicenter Of A Political Fracking Fight

KUNC: June 11


Oil and gas deal no "compromise"

The Denver Post: June 11



Denver Business Journal: June 12


Carroll: The risk in rejecting Hickenlooper's drilling compromise

The Denver Post: June 13


General Business

Hickenlooper signs five final business bills on last possible day

Denver Business Journal: June 9


Hickenlooper signs a flurry of new laws

Denver Post: June 9


Colorado dairy industry boosts milk production

Denver Post: June 9


Secretary of State's office to reduce filing fees to $1 this summer

Denver Post: June 10


Fees reduced to lure new business to Colorado

9NEWS: June 11


Colorado gets $5.6M to help small businesses get loans

Denver Post: 13


Denver's patent office expected to speed innovation

Denver Business Journal: June 13 


Fewer Colorado banks, credit unions are seen as 'troubled'

Denver Business Journal: June 13


Health Care

Colorado health insurance exchange asks for carrier fee, sets budget

The Denver Post: June 9


Audit: More than 57,000 await first VA appointment

Denver Post: June 10


Colorado health exchange board OKs fee

Denver Post: June 10


Colorado hospitals see good, bad from change in payer mix

Denver Business Journal: June 13



Colorado Made A Ton Of Money Off 4/20

Huffington Post: June 9


Colorado Dispensaries Sell Over $20 Million In Recreational Marijuana In April

Huffington Post: June 9


Employee pot use is not protected

Denver Post: June 9


Denver plans to beef up staffing using marijuana sales tax money

Denver Post: June 9


There is still a lot to learn about using marijuana

Denver Post: June 9


Denver may shut down dozens of medical-marijuana businesses on July 1

Denver Post: June 10


Colorado preparing to spend $9 million on medical marijuana research

Denver Post: June 12



Colorado Water Community Expresses Disappointment in Senate Bill 14-023 Veto

Fort Mill Times: June 9

In This Issue
The Week in Review

Upcoming Events

Members in the News

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