Colorado Concern 

November 24, 2014

The Week in Review


Many of you were able to join us for breakfast with Governor John Hickenlooper last week.  A special thank you to Colorado Concern Board member Rick Sapkin, managing principal at Edgemark Development, for serving as our host.


As the Governor prepares for the opening legislative session of his second term - the first with split party control in the General Assembly - he noted an interest in both sides of the political aisle in moving past the caucus "lock down" behavior evident in recent years, and leaders coming together to find Colorado-focused solutions.  


Key issues with an economic impact that require that type of focus include balancing the importance of oil and gas development with local control and private property rights, as well as modifications to the state statute that dictates the process related to construction defect litigation.  Current law has created an imbalance that leads directly to the courts.  In response, the development community has chosen to forgo building for-sale, multifamily units, leaving an important part of the housing market unavailable.  The Governor also referenced a measure Colorado Concern has been working on - and plans to see introduced as legislation this session - a proposal that requires that a fiscal impact statement noting the cost or benefit of a proposed ballot measure be included on the petitions utilized to collect signatures prior to ballot placement.  This may sound familiar to you.  It mirrors Initiative 137, a measure that Colorado Concern Chairman Pat Hamill and Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Chairman Bob Deibel served as the proponents for this past election cycle.  The measure was poised for action by voters in November, but was withdrawn as part of the grand bargain that removed U.S. Rep. Jared Polis' proposals that would have banned energy development in our state.


Colorado Concern will be engaged with all the issues noted above, and we are in agreement that both legislative chambers and parties must work in a pragmatic fashion toward solutions.


Meanwhile, last week at the State Capitol leadership elections occurred.  Click here for a synopsis of who will be in control the next two years.  Committee assignments have been announced by  Senate Republicans, and some assignments have been posted by House Democrats.  Look for more assignments to be announced this week.


Your Colorado Concern team wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving, and we look forward to seeing you at our Holiday Party at the Governor's Residence on Dec. 8th.  If you have not yet registered, please do so here.


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Members in the News


Bill Lindsay  

Lockton releases annual Colorado Employer Benefits Survey

November 18

Features Bill Lindsay


Denver Post: November 18

Features David Siegel

Kim Day


Denver Business Journal: November 21

Features Kim Day


Denver Post: November 21

Features Kim Day


Kate Paul  

Denver Business Journal: November 21

Features Kate Paul

Colorado Concern Upcoming Events


Below is information on upcoming Colorado Concern events. 

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

Monday, December 8: Colorado Concern Annual Holiday Reception
 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Governor's Mansion Main Residence, 400 E. 8th Avenue

Colorado Concern News Clips


Development/Real Estate/Housing

Opinion: Kudos to Denver's housing plan

Denver Post: November 17


Denver mayor: Affordable housing shortage threatens city's identity

CPR: November 18


US home construction drops 2.8 percent in October

ABC News: November 19


Home affordability for metro Denver middle class slipping away

Denver Post: November 19


Audit report says Denver needs more focus on affordable housing

Denver Post: November 21


Economy/Economic Development

Governor Hickenlooper appoints Fiona Arnold as executive director of OEDIT: Ken Lund joins PwC

Brian Almer Radio Network: November 17


US producer prices rise 0.2 percent in October

Denver Post: November 18


Denver's retail market ranked among top 10 for investors

Denver Business Journal: November 19


Denver a top 10 city for millennial entrepreneurs

Denver Business Journal: November 1



Opinion: Honor great schools, not great scores

Denver Post: November 17


A Colorado university ranked No. 1 for study-abroad programs

Denver Business Journal: November 18


Report finds economic gaps for Colorado students attending top schools

Denver Post: November 19



Colorado returns to split-party legislative rule

9NEWS: November 17


Hullinghorst becomes Colorado's second female House speaker 

Denver Business Journal: November 17


Morgan Carroll to lead Colorado Senate Democrats as minority leader

Denver Post: November 17


Colorado agriculture chief John Salazar leaving Hickenlooper administration

Denver Business Journal: November 17


In Denver, governors press Congress to break gridlock

Denver Post: November 17


Compromise at heart of 2015 Colorado legislative session

Colorado Public Radio: November 18


Seeking the next Gardner in Colorado

The Hill: November 19


Mixed Results for GMO Ballot Measures

RealClearPolitics: November 20


One lawmaker's plan for the legislature: work smarter, bloviate less

The Denver Post: November 20


Shorter Colorado legislative sessions - by self-discipline

The Denver Post: November 21


Penmanship matters: 1299 Boulder County ballots invalid in 2014

Colorado Daily: November 21


The Colorado legisature: The good ol' days - or were they?

The Denver Post: November 23



Researchers assess emissions from Colorado oil and gas fields

Denver Post: November 17


Colorado's Fracking Lesson For Democrats And GOP

Forbes: November 19


Colo. is hampering energy efficiency efforts, claims advocacy group

CPR: November 19


Keystone vote fails in Senate; Colorado vote split

Denver Post: November 19


Xcel wants rate hike, PUC staff recommends $57M reduction

Denver Post: November 20


Maps shows drilling boom in Colorado's Front Range oil fields

North Denver News: November 20


Lower oil prices here to stay, strategist tells Denver audience

Denver Post: November 20


The Impacts of the 2014 Elections on Colorado's Energy Industry

The National Law Review: November 21


Colorado oil, gas task force gets earful from elected officials

The Denver Post: November 21


General Business

15 entrepreneurs who helped put Denver on the map

Denver Business Journal: November 17


Denver Business Journal honors 2014 Partners in Philanthropy winners 

Denver Business Journal: November 20


Colorado is on the cutting edge of agriculture innovation, CSU study finds

Denver Business Journal: November 21


Health Care

Colorado Health CO-OP built to shake up state insurance marketplace

Denver Post: November 17


Colorado employer health costs rising 8% in 2015, survey finds

Denver Business Journal: November 19


Strategies: Health insurance tips, twists and turns for 2015

Denver Business Journal: November 19


Colorado hospital giant Centura Health to stop hiring tobacco users

Denver Post: November 21



Job shuffle in greeley creates worker shortage

Denver Post: November 17


Report: Business must take lead in filling thousands of middle skill jobs

Denver Post: November 17


Weld County oil, gas boom stealing workers from schools, manufacturers

Denver Post: November 18


Plunging crude oil prices lower gasoline costs in Denver

Denver Post: November 18


Colorado sees tech job growth, but also a need to prepare future workers

Denver Post: November 20


Colorado employers rank high on LGBT equality index

Denver Post: November 20


Colorado in top 3 states for employment growth, but it's not without problems

Denver Business Journal: November 21



EDITORIALS: The GOP's best move on immigration

Denver Post: November 20


Obama announces executive action on immigration, dares Congress to act

Colorado DOT: November 21


Latino advocate suggests Hickenlooper misses mark on immigration

Denver Post: November 21



New pot shops draw ire of nearby businesses

WUSA: November 17


OPINION: Meyer: Big changes coming in Colorado's marijuana market

Denver Post: November 17


No agreement over how to change Colorado rules on marijuana edibles

The Cannabist: November 18


Colorado marijuana edibles rules group adjourns without a decision

Denver Post: November 18


Colorado pot credit union could be open by Jan. 1 under state charter

Denver Post: November 21



FCC spectrum auction boosts Dish value by billions

Denver Business Journal: November 20



Colorado airports face huge cuts in funding for safety, maintenance

Denver Post: November 17


RTD official charged with accepting bribes

Denver Business Journal: November 17


Study: DIA's Thanksgiving travel crowds could soon be a weekly event

Denver Business Journal: November 19


RTD's $2.1B FasTracks Eagle rail project is hitting major milestones

Denver Business Journal: November 19


RTD board wants more public feedback

Denver Post: November 19


Council gives DIA OK for $900,000 hotel asset management contract

Denver Post: November 20


C-470 expansion with toll lanes moving ahead

Denver Business Journal: November 20


CDOT's I-70 east plan attracts 900 comments as process continues

Denver Post: November 21

In This Issue
The Week in Review

Take Our Survey

Members in the News

Upcoming Events

News Clips

Join us for our annual Holiday Reception December 8 at the Governor's Mansion.
 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