Colorado Concern 

December 15, 2014

The Week in Review

 

As we prepare for the upcoming session of the Colorado General Assembly we would like you to share with us which members of the House and Senate you know - or would like to get to know - so we can create a "buddy" system.  We have created a short survey to gather this information.  Please click on the link below to fill it out.  You may select as many members as you would like.  We will compile the data from all our members and do our best to connect you with an individual you requested.   

 

We will utilize our "buddy" program throughout the session, calling on you to reach out and share your thoughts on key issues, as well as simply to build a relationship with our elected leaders.  Often our legislators are not familiar with how proposed legislative measures impact business, in a positive or harmful manner, and strengthening our one-on-one connections will be of great help during the session.

 

 

Take this survey

 

If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact me at tamra@coloradoconcern.com or 303.860.1201. 

 

Warmly,

Tamra  

Tamra

Members in the News

 

 

Rocky Vista University in Parker finds new ways to train doctors

Denver Post: October 23

Features Dr. Cheryl Lovell

 

Kelly Brough  

Colorado's strong economic run expected to power on in 2015

Denver Post: December 9

Features Kelly Brough

 

Dan Ritchie  

Dan Ritchie joins Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority board

The Denver Post: December 13

Features Dan Ritchie

Colorado Concern Upcoming Events

 

Below is information on upcoming Colorado Concern events. 

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

RESCHEDULING: Evening Reception Welcoming Blair Richardson as Chairman of Colorado Concern
The date for this reception is in the process of being moved from January 13 to another date due to Governor Hickenlooper's inauguration taking place on the same date.

Thursday, January 15: Colorado Concern Membership Networking Lunch Hosted by Blair Richardson
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East 19th Avenue, Suite 400.

Denver Post: December 8

Denver Business Journal: December 9

 

Denver among 10 least affordable rental markets in U.S.

Denver Business Journal: December 9

 

Economy/Economic Development

Downtown Denver sees economic expansion, job growth, says report

Denver Business Journal: December 10

 

Colorado foreclosures spike 60.6 percent, backlog of cases blamed

Denver Post: December 11

 

Colorado offers biggest incentive in state history to company considering 1,000-job facility

Denver Business Journal: December 12

 

Renters need to make $35 an hour to afford housing in metro Denver

Denver Post: December 12

 

Editorial: Final Colorado water plan will need specifics

Denver Post: December 12

 

Education

Editorial: Reward higher ed for performance

Denver Post: Denver 8

 

Former legislator Steve Durham picked for State Board of Education

Denver Post: December 8

 

Douglas County voucher case heads for Colorado Supreme Court

Denver Post: December 8

 

Denver analyzing students' odds of improving once at the bottom

Denver Post: December 12

 

Report: Hispanics have big impact on Colorado's economy, taxes

Denver Business Journal: December 12

 

Elections/Politics

Adams County: Changes include stunning Republican victories

Denver Post: December 8

 

Mayor Michael Hancock urges students to end walkouts, talk with police

Denver Post: December 9

 

GOP wants recount in pair of Adams County races

Denver Post: December 9

 

Colorado legislature undergoes change with office moves, remodeling

The Denver Post: December 10

 

Colorado legislature: old guard teaches incoming rookies

The Denver Post: December 10

 

Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force hears Western Slope voices

Denver Post: December 11

 

Global supply glut tanks oil prices, Colorado producers fall, too

Denver Post: December 11

 

Lawmakers wary of genetically modified food labels

Denver Post: December 11

 

Adams County discloses third ballot printing issue

The Denver Post: December 12

 

Mitsch Bush appointed as chairwoman of House Transportation and Energy Committee

Steamboat Pilot & Today: December 13

 

Suburban lawmakers hash out priorities for next Colorado General Assembly

The Denver Post: December 14

 

Energy

Xcel's new solar program denied by Colorado regulators

Denver Business Journal: December 9

 

Environmental Group Calls On Colorado To Aim Higher To Achieve More Aggressive Solar Growth

Solar Industry: December 10

 

Aurora moves forward with new oil and gas rules

Denver Post: December 10

 

Fracking industry: Discounts will cut $3 billion in 2015 earnings

Denver Post: December 10

 

Audit of Colorado Energy Office reveals no "fraud, abuse or waste"

The Denver Post: December 11

 

General Business

Vail Resorts creating largest ski area in United States

Denver Business Journal: December 8

 

Ski resorts pursue green goals while watching bottom line 
Denver Business Journal: December 8

 

Colorado Gives Day off to strong start, looking for record-setting day

The Denver Post: December 9

 

Hancock makes case for DIA-area development at Aerotropolis Americas conference

Denver Business Journal: December 10

 

Denver billionaire Anschutz floats plan to revive Rocky Mountain News

Denver Post: December 10

 

Health Care

Where will Colorado get its nurses?

Denver Business Journal: December 8

 

Audit: Colorado health insurance exchange lacks financial controls

The Denver Post: December 9

 

Colorado legislators advance bill to expand audit of health exchange

The Denver Post: December 10

 

Colorado is among top 10 healthiest states, United Health study finds

Denver Business Journal: December 10

 

Work on Aurora VA hospital halted after agency breaches contract

Denver Business Journal: December 10

 

Denver mayor appoints Don Mares as first mental health strategist

Denver Post: December 11

 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers takes over Aurora's VA hospital project

Denver Post: December 11

 

Editorial: Retool quickly on Aurora VA hospital

Denver Post: December 11

 

Saint Joseph Hospital moving into new $623 million facility

Denver Business Journal: December 11

 

Editorial: On U.S. torture, Sen. Mark Udall hits nail on head

Denver Post: December 11

 

Colorado delegation asks VA, Kiewit-Turner to negotiate on hospital

Denver Post: December 12

 

Colorado health insurance exchange has enrolled 24,811 since Nov. 15

Denver Post: December 12

 

Labor/Employment

Leeds study: Colorado to be among top 10 states for job growth in 2015

Denver Business Journal: December 8

 

Marijuana

Fourth Corner pot credit union in Denver waits for federal master account

Denver Post: December 12

 

Growing pains for legal marijuana in Colorado

Denver Business Journal: December 12

 

Independent Bankers of Colorado against proposed marijuana credit union

Denver Business Journal: December 12

 

Colorado gun group: Let marijuana users have concealed carry permits

Washington Times: December 13

 

Transportation

New 18-mile bikeway along U.S. 36 to expand options

Denver Post: December 8

 

Transportation

Hancock makes case for DIA-area development at Aerotropolis Americas conference

Denver Business Journal: December 10

 

Opinion: I-70 traffic could be improved before Christmas

Denver Post: December 12

 

Water

Colorado's first water plan 'a good first step'

Denver Business Journal: December 8

 

Drought to dominate Colorado River states meeting in Vegas

Arizona Capitol Times: December 10

 

With future uncertain, Colorado shields its water

FOX 4 News: December 10

 

Colorado water plan's big hurdle: uniting Western Slope, Front Range

CPR: December 10

 

Draft state water plan delivered to governor

Aspen Times: December 11

 

Colorado Springs working on plans for water shortage

Colorado Springs Gazette: December 11

 

Editorial: Final Colorado water plan will need specifics

Denver Post: December 12

In This Issue
The Week in Review

Members in the News

Upcoming Events

News Clips



Join us January 15 for Colorado Concern's Membership Networking Lunch Hosted by Blair Richardson.
 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