Colorado Concern 

September 15, 2014

The Week in Review

 

The Task Force charged with investigating how best to create harmony between local governments and the oil and gas industry was named by Governor Hickenlooper last week.  Twenty-one individuals, with varying backgrounds, professional affiliations, geographic representation and knowledge of the issues were tasked with crafting recommendations for the Colorado General Assembly to consider during the final months of the 2015 legislative session.  The ultimate goal of this effort is to find common ground that will provide reasonable certainty that a statewide ballot fight focused on shuttering the oil and gas industry does not occur in future years.  

 

Task Force members, listed below, will begin their work immediately.  Any recommendations for action will require a two-thirds majority, or the issue of majority and minority opinions.

 

              Sara Barwinski, member of community group, Weld Air and Water

Bernie Buescher, former Colorado Secretary of State

Peter Dea, president & CEO, Cirque Resources LP

Jim Fitzgerald, rancher, educator, activist

Russ George, former Speaker of the House and former executive director of Department of Natural Resources

Jon Goldin-Dubois, president, Western Resources Advocates

Brad Holly, vice president of operations (Rocky Mountain Region), Anadarko

Dan Kelly, vice president of Wattenberg Business Unit, Noble Energy

Rebecca Kourlis, retired justice of the Colorado Supreme Court; executive director, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System

Steve Moreno, Clerk and Recorder, Weld County

Perry Pearce, manager of state government affairs (Rocky Mountain Region), ConocoPhillips

Kent Peppler,president, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union; farmer

Pat Quinn, former mayor, Broomfield

Bruce Rau, vice chairman/treasurer, Colorado Association of Home Builders

Jeff Robbins, attorney, Goldman Robbins & Nicholson

Matt Sura, attorney, Law Office of Matthew Sura

Will Toor, former Boulder mayor and Boulder County Commissioner

Elbra Wedgeworth, chief government & community relations officer, Denver Health

Scot Woodall, president & CEO, Bill Barrett Corporation

 

The Task Force is chaired by La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt and Randy Cleveland, president of XTO Energy, Inc.

 

Colorado Concern will be actively monitoring the efforts of the group, and providing context from the business community's lens, as appropriate.  Should you have questions about the Task Force, or the scope of its work, please do not hesitate to contact me at tamra@coloradoconcern.com.

 

Warmly,

Tamra  

Tamra 

Members in the News

  

Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper names 19 to new oil and gas task force on local control

Denver Business Journal: September 9

Features Brad Holly


  

Denver Post: September 10

Features Anne Warhover

Colorado Concern Upcoming Events

 

Below is information on upcoming Colorado Concern events. 

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

Monday, October 6: Gubernatorial and U.S. Senatorial Candidate Debate
VIP Reception 11:00 to 11:30 a.m., Debate and Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1400 Curtis Street (Denver Metro Chamber is hosting and partnering with Colorado Concern and other business organizations).  Register for this event at

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

 

Development/Real Estate

More on the cover story: So what is 'new urbanism'?

Denver Business Journal: September 8

 

Survey: Denver among cities where more families moved out than in

Denver Post: September 10

 

Metro Denver rents zoom up 13.1 percent, median 2BR leases for $1,550

Denver Post: September 10

 

Two 30-story towers planned for Cherry Creek

Denver Post: September 10

 

Metrolist: Denver area housing market softening

Denver Post: September 11

 

Colorado foreclosure filings hit biggest year-to-year surge since 2007

Denver Post: September 11

 

Denver Business Journal: September 11

 

Economy/Economic Development

JS Online: September 8

 

Denver's high net worth investors feel good about economy, portfolios

Denver Business Journal: September 9

 

Employers in metro Denver and Colorado expect brisk hiring in Q4

Denver Post: September 9

 

Denver Business Journal: December 12

 

Education

Frustrated with board, JeffCo teachers look to state legislature

The Colorado Independent: September 8

 

OPINION: When it comes to STEM, forget test scores

Denver Post: September 8

 

Districts roll the dice on $1.4 billion in tax increase measures

Chalkbeat Colorado: September 9

 

Chalkbeat: September 9

 

Opinion: Flat TCAP scores demand real solutions for Colorado schools

Denver Post: September 9

 

Denver Business Journal: September 10

 

Jeffco teachers issue 'no confidence' vote in board president Ken Witt

Denver Post: September 11

 

Opinion: Rosen - True performance pay for Jeffco teachers

Denver Post: September 11

 

Denver Business Journal: September 12

 

Elections/Politics

Partisan politics takes the stage in Colorado

Aspen Times: September 8

 

Colorado's federal lands become a flashpoint in first governor's race debate

Denver Post: September 8

 

Hickenlooper, Beauprez square off in first of six debates

Denver Post: September 8

 

Colorado ballot decisions include personhood, GMO food, horse racing

The Denver Post: September 9

 

Colorado voting guide suggest GMO labelling will raise food prices

FreshPlaza: September 9

 

Truth Test: Rhode Island meddling in Colorado?

9NEWS.com: September 9

 

Two down, two to go in SOS Scott Gessler's voter fraud manhunt

The Colorado Independent: September 9

 

Colorado ballot decisions include personhood, GMO food, horse racing

Denver Post: September 9

 

New app allows Denver voters to register, see info on smart phones

Denver Post: September 9

 

What If Republicans Lose In Colorado And Iowa?

Town Hall: September 10

 

Ballot countdown: Politics heat up as summer ends

Colorado Springs Gazette: September 10

 

Colorado bucks the trend in mid-term elections

La Voz Nueva: September 10

 

Colorado Union of Taxpayers Sees Slight Gains for Legislature

Watchdog Wire: September 11

 

With a win on the line in Colorado, Democrats hope to mail it in

Washington Post: September 11

 

Gubernatorial running mates debate death penalty, fracking and state of the economy

Denver Post: September 11

 

Repella, Garcia take different views on Hickenlooper tactics in debate

Denver Business Journal: September 11

 

Libertarian drops out, endorses Republican in race to unseat Rep. Ed Perlmutter

Denver Post: September 11

 

Denver Post: September 12

 

Colorado ballot measures drive turnout, and help or hurt candidates

The Denver Post: September 14

 

Activists target Colorado in "ground game" fight

The Denver Post: September 14

 

Energy

'Community solar' power grows in Colorado

Denver Business Journal: September 8

 

Xcel 'inadvertently' included $460K to fight Boulder utility in rate-hike request

Boulder Daily Camera: September 9

 

Hickenlooper: Land-use conflicts over drilling a key Colorado problem

Denver Post: September 10

 

Hickenlooper optimistic about fracking task force

Colorado Springs Gazette: September 10

 

Colorado's new oil and gas task force holds first meeting

Denver Business Journal: September 11

 

Enviros Take Fracking Ban Fight To Colo. Appeals Court

Law360: September 11 

 

Denver Business Journal: September 12

 

General Business

Fast-growing companies gain agility from workplace flexibility

Denver Post: September 8

 

Colorado banks, credit unions continue to improve financial health

Denver Post: September 10

 

US science suffering from booms and busts in funding

CPR: September 11

 

Health Care

Denver Business Journal: September 8

 

Denver Business Journal: September 9

 

Denver Post: September 10

 

Immigration

Obama punt on immigration could backfire on Udall, Colorado Democrats

The Denver Post: September 10

 

Software glitch sends regular Colorado driver's licenses to immigrants

The Denver Post: September 14

 

Labor/Employment

Fed says median incomes drop for all but wealthiest Americans

Denver Post: September 8

 

Battle brews on living wages

Boulder Weekly: September 11

 

Marijuana

New York Times: September 9

 

Denver Post: September 9

 

Colorado Springs City Council nixes recreational marijuana ballot question

Colorado Springs Gazette: September 10

 

Heavier Teen Pot Smoking Linked To Problems In Young Adults

CPR: September 11

 

Recreational marijuana sales in Colo. eclipse medical for first time

CPR: September 11

 

Telecommunication

Denver Business Journal: September 10

 

Transportation

Denver Business Journal: September 9

 

Denver Business Journal: September 10

 

Water

Denver Post: September 12

In This Issue
Article Headline
Members in the News

Upcoming Events

News Clips



John Ikard is hosting Colorado Concern's September 25 Membership Networking Breakfast featuring an energy discussion with former U.S. Senator and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
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