Colorado Concern 

September 29, 2014

The Week in Review

 

Thanks to each of you who were able to join us last Wednesday morning to hear from former U. S. Interior Secretary and U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar.  The Secretary served as a co-chair of Coloradans for Responsible Reform (CFRR) - the issue committee that was focused on defeating the proposed statewide ballot measures targeting energy development in Colorado prior to their withdrawal in August.  He was very candid in his assessment of the challenges and opportunities before our state, and country, as it pertains to energy development. 

 

On a national scale, Secretary Salazar noted his support for the Keystone XL Pipeline and the importance of energy independence for our country.  When asked about the proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding clean air and carbon dioxide emissions, he stated his expectation was the Obama Administration would proceed with its efforts and would complete the rule process. That said, he believed there was a seat at the table for industry as there was an acknowledgement that putting in place a plan that could be rolled back by a future Congress, or Administration, because the engagement was not appropriate, would lead the proponents to seek a hard fought, but middle ground.


 
The Secretary also noted the Governor's Oil and Gas Task Force, which is tasked with seeking clarity around energy development and the role of local government in rules and regulations, would be gathering for its first formal meeting later that morning.  He was cautiously optimistic that the group would find some common ground, but also noted there are individuals and organizations that would prefer to put an end to any kind of extraction in Colorado, and a statewide ballot strategy to meet their mission remained likely.

 

Public comment was accepted at the Oil and Gas Task Force meeting, and I attended to share our support for the work the members would be undertaking, and to reiterate the economic driver oil and gas development is in our state.  Click here for a copy of my remarks.

 

Should you have questions about the work of the Task Force, or any other issue, please do not hesitate to contact me at tamra@coloradoconcern.com.

 

Warmly,

Tamra  

Tamra

Members in the News

Bruce Benson   

Denver Post: September 24

Features Bruce Benson

 

Robert Cohen
 Two New Established Industry Professionals Join the Bourbon Brothers Board of Directors

CNN: September 24

Features Rob Cohen

 

Rob Katz
 Vail Resorts CEO: We're still looking for further acquisitions

Denver Business Journal: September 25

Features Rob Katz

Colorado Concern Upcoming Events

 

Below is information on upcoming Colorado Concern events. 

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

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

Hancock wants $3 million to handle Denver building permit surge

Denver Business Journal: September 22

 

Lakewood first to take on Colorado's construction defects law

The Denver Post: September 23

 

National Journal: September 26

 

Denver Business Journal: September 26

 

Economy/Economic Development

Denver Business Journal: September 22

 

Tax refunds imminent as Colorado economy improves

Colorado Springs Gazette: September 23

 

Denver Business Journal: September 25

 

Denver Post: September 25

 

Denver Post: September 25

 

Education

Legality of unpaid internships for Colorado students is questionable

Denver Post: September 22

 

Denver Post: September 22

 

JeffCo teachers, students protest proposal to promote 'patriotism' in history classes

CPR: September 22

 

EDITORIAL: DPS minority contract program on right track

Denver Post: September 22

 

Southern Colorado's Largest School District to Propose Testing Opt-Out

KRDO: September 24

 

Denver Post: September 23

 

Denver Post: September 24

 

Jeffco school board curriculum committee idea latest divisive issue

Denver Post: September 25

 

Denver Post: September 26

 

Here's what's behind the JeffCo history curriculum protests

CPR: September 26

 

Colorado higher education price index more than doubles for 2014

Denver Business Journal: September 26

 

Higher education funding overhaul seeks Northwest Colorado's input

Steamboat Pilot & Today: September 26

 

Elections/Politics/Government

How strong Senate candidates can help GOP also flip statehouses

Reuters Blogs: September 22

 

Colorado Legislative Services: Report misused in casino-campaign ads

The Denver Post: September 23

 

Colorado's "war on women" and the US Senate race: the sequel

The Denver Post: September 24

 

Restoring Colorado reform initiative making plans for 2016

Journal Advocate: September 24

 

Erasing the Gender Gap

U.S. News & World Report: September 24

 

Denver Post: September 24

 

Denver Business Journal: September 25

 

Denver Post: September 25

 

Opponents to Colo. Ballot measure for table games rap Twin River for ties to Colo. racetrack

Daily Journal: September 25

 

NextGen to target state legislature races in Washington, Oregon

The Hill: September 25

 

Colorado Senate race: Latest poll shows narrow lead for Gardner over Udall

Denver Business Journal: September 26

 

Denver Post: September 26

 

Denver Business Journal: September 26               

 

Democrats' 'war on women' falling flat in Colorado Senate

The Hill: September 26

 

Drugs, Minimum Wage and Gambling: Inside 2014's $1 Billion-Plus Ballot Initiatives

TIME: September 26          

 

Should Colorado voters approve Proposition 105 (GMO food labeling measure)? No

The Denver Post: September 26

 

Early voting is changing election 'day' into election 'month'

Los Angeles Times: September 28

 

As Elections Loom, Politicians Conveniently Forget Unpopular Legislation They Sponsored

Care2.com: September 28

 

Energy/Environment

Colorado oil & gas task force meets soon, but skeptics brace for 2016 election

Denver Business Journal: September 22

 

Denver Business Journal: September 24

 

Denver Post: September 24

 

Denver among top 5 counties for man-made environmental hazards

Denver Business Journal: September 24

 

Denver Post: September 25

 

Denver Post: September 25

 

Denver Post: September 26

 

Denver Business Journal: September 26

 

Colorado Fracking Task Force Opens With Anti-Industry Tone

Daily Caller: September 27

 

General Business

Food and Drug Administration will rewrite food safety rules

Denver Post: September 22

 

Denver Post: September 24

 

Denver Business Journal: September 26

 

Colorado Regional Tourism Act launches final round of applications

The Denver Post: September 26

 

Quentin Tarantino set to shoot "Hateful Eight" in Colorado

The Denver Post: September 27

 

Health Care

Denver Business Journal: September 22

 

Denver Business Journal: September 23

 

Denver Business Journal: September 25

 

CPR: September 26

 

Marijuana

Marijuana a worry but not deal-killer for Colorado relocations

Denver Post: September 22

 

Opinion: Meyer: Colorado schools out millions due to marijuana excise tax loophole

Denver Post: September 22

 

Denver Business Journal: September 24

 

Transportation

Denver Business Journal: September 22

 

Water

No TABOR notice on stormwater fee measure

Colorado Springs Independent: September 26

In This Issue
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Members in the News

Upcoming Events

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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