Colorado Concern 

September 2, 2014

The Week in Review

A number of you were able to participate in the 2014 Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) Summit last week.  This is the third year for this annual event, which is focused on bringing together leaders from  established businesses, academic settings, all levels of government and new and serial entrepreneurs to learn from each other about how innovation can, and should, play a role in the economy's growth, and how global trends impact activity here in Colorado. 


As part of the Summit, COIN released "The State of Innovation:  Colorado's 2014 Report", an index that allows the state to measure and benchmark its progress in such key areas as job creation, startup activity and venture capital engagement.  Some of the highlights from this year's report include:
  • Colorado ranks among the highest of its peer group states for both job creation and startup activity.
  • Colorado companies are doing well at obtaining federal grants; however, they need to improve their ability to attract interest from the venture capital community.
  • Colorado continues to have a highly educated workforce, and has experienced an increase in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) degree attainment.
  • Colorado has been successful in undertaking new research and translating that research into new findings with commercial potential.

The data in this report is interesting and comprehensive, and provides a solid assessment of our strengths and challenges as a state focused on growing and advancing business activity.  As our world becomes smaller through increased technology and globalization, it is of value to have activities such as the COIN Summit to bring together leaders from Colorado -- and across the world -- to share best practices and discuss how we ensure our future economic success.

 

If you would like to learn more about COIN, click here.

 

Warmly,

Tamra  

Tamra

Colorado Concern Upcoming Events

 

Below is information on upcoming Colorado Concern events. 

Click here for more information or to register to attend events.

Friday, September 5: Membership Breakfast with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet
8:00 to 9:30 a.m., Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, 410 17th Street, 21st Floor
 
Thursday, September 25: Membership Networking Breakfast Hosted by John Ikard, Featuring an Energy Discussion with Former Secretary of the Interior and United States Senator Ken Salazar (CO)
7:30 to 9:00 a.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East 19th Avenue, Suite 400

Tuesday, October 28: Membership Networking Lunch Co-Hosted by Ted Brown and Larry Mizel
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East 19th Avenue, Suite 400

Colorado Concern News Clips

 

Colorado Concern in the News

Let's make a deal: How Colorado came to a fracking compromise

Denver Post: August 25

 

Development/Real Estate/Housing

Denver Post: August 25

 

Denver Post: August 25

 

Pace of home price gains slows in Denver, says Case-Shiller report

Denver Post: August 26

 

Negative home-equity rate falls to 9.7% in Denver

Denver Business Journal: August 26

 

Denver Business Journal: August 28

 

Economy/Economic Development

Gap arises between Colorado's high startup ranking and low VC ranking in innovation report

Denver Business Journal: August 26

 

Colorado has talent, but comes up short on funding, report says

Denver Post: August 26

 

CPR: August 28

 

Education

CU Independent: August 25

 

Denver Post: August 25

 

Colorado school districts have more financial issues, audit reports

Denver Post: August 26

 

College students, counselors would welcome shorter financial aid form

Denver Post: August 27

 

New JeffCo leader on teacher pay, charter schools, and unions

CPR: August 27

 

Denver Post: August 28

 

Denver Business Journal: August 28

 

Denver Post: August 28

 

JeffCo board restricts pay raises for "partially effective" teachers

Denver Post: August 29

 

Elections/Politics/Government

CPR: August 25

 

Denver awards first 'Imagine 2020' creative placemaking grants

CPR: August 26

 

Colorado Republican strikes Democratic tone in first ad

The Hill: August 27

 

Ballot initiatives become pricey playgrounds of parties and corporations

Washington Post: August 28

 

Politics aren't beanbag in Colorado

Cherry Creek News: August 28

 

Denver Post: August 28

 

GOP campaign arm seeks candidates with staying power in Colorado

Colorado Springs Gazette: August 29

 

5 Popular Ballot Themes This Election Year

Governing: August 29

 

Energy

Colorado oil compromise limits voter sway

The Coloradoan: August 25

 

Denver Post: August 25

 

Denver Post: August 25

 

Who wants to be on Colorado's new oil and gas task force?

Denver Business Journal: August 26

 

In Grand Junction, natural gas crash still reverberates through struggling economy

CPR: August 26

 

Environmental group will spend big to turn out Colorado millennials

KDVR: August 27

 

Denver Business Journal: August 27

 

Denver Business Journal: August 27

 

Polis: Oil and gas regs likely headed to 2015 vote

The Coloradoan: August 28

 

Denver Post: August 28

 

Denver Post: August 28

 

Environmentalists like Tom Steyer see Colorado as key in election

The Denver Post: August 29

 

General Business

Denver Business Journal: August 25

 

Denver Post: August 25

 

"Internet of Things" coming quickly, panel tells Colorado audience

Denver Post: August 27

 

Denver Post: August 27

 

Colorado Springs courts young professionals as military's future uncertain

CPR: August 27

 

Health Care

Denver Post: August 25

 

CPR: August 25

 

Rep. Amy Stephens to advise Colorado Health Institute

Denver Post: August 26

               

Labor/Employment

National program comes to Denver to help combat long-term unemployment

CPR: August 27

 

Denver Business Journal: August 28

 

Denver Business Journal: August 28

 

Marijuana

Denver Post: August 25

 

PERA

Denver Business Journal: August 27

 

Telecommunications

Denver Post: August 25

 

Denver Business Journal: August 25

 

Transportation

Vail Daily: August 25

 

Denver Business Journal: August 28

 

Denver Post: August 29

 

Denver Business Journal: August 29

 

Water

Stormwater issue heading toward November ballot, organizers call it the 'fourth quarter' of long game

Colorado Springs Gazette: August 26

In This Issue
The Week in Review

Upcoming Events

News Clips


Michael Bennet
Colorado Concern is hosting U.S. Senator Michael Bennet September 5 for breakfast at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck from 8:00 to 9:30
Click here for details and to register.
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Colorado Concern Board of Directors

 

Pat Hamill

(Chairman)

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