Colorado Concern 

January 19, 2015

Colorado Concern in the News


Tamra Ward

Many of you were able to join us last Thursday evening to welcome Blair Richardson, managing partner of Bow River Capital, as the 2015 Chairman of Colorado Concern, and to thank Pat Hamill, chairman and CEO of Oakwood Homes, for his service in that role over the last three years.


As part of the festivities, Governor Hickenlooper was on hand to join in acknowledging Pat for his exemplary service to our organization and the state, and to read a proclamation noting January 15th as Pat Hamill Day. Click here for a link to that document.


Governor Hickenlooper reads Pat Hamill's proclamation

I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to thank Pat for his passion and commitment to our mission, his boundless energy, and his ability to investigate all angles of issues and find creative and meaningful outcomes.  While his accomplishments during his time as our chairman are many, the most recent is the role he played behind the scenes working with business and industry executives and state and federal elected leaders to strike a deal that led to the anti-energy development measures being pulled from the 2104 ballot.  Colorado benefited from his tireless work in this space, and I know you join me in thanking him.

Pat Hamill, Tamra Ward, Blair Richardson


On a more personal level, Pat stood firmly beside me as I managed through my diagnosis, treatment and recovery from breast cancer.  His support and friendship are something I will never forget, and will always value greatly.  Thank you, Pat.    


As we embark on a new year we look forward to the focused and dynamic leadership of Blair Richardson.  As noted in our January 5th newsletter, Blair outlined our vision for the coming year.  We look forward to engaging you in this important work.


Should you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at





Colorado Concern in the News

Governor John Hickenlooper mentioned his support for a fiscal transparency bill that Colorado Concern is spearheading in his state of the State address last Thursday. Click here to read the full text of his speech.
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Colorado Concern News Clips




The Supreme Court is considering a challenge to Colorado's TABOR law

The Denver Post: January 12


Divided Colorado General Assembly to Divvy $1.05B in New Revenue

Bond Buyer: January 12


Hickenlooper's State of the State speech calls for new look at TABOR

Denver Post: January 16


Development/Real Estate

Colorado Legislature gets 2 affordable housing bills; construction-defects reform yet to come

Denver Business Journal: January 15


Colorado property values show big two-year increase

Denver Business Journal: January 16


Economy/Economic Development

Colorado out of film incentives

Denver Post: January 12


Three signs Denver's economy is thriving

CPR: January 12


Metro Denver economy accelerates in third quarter

Denver Post: January 13


Small businesses haven't felt this good since 2006

Denver Business Journal: January 14


Colorado gains 5,500 private-sector jobs in December

Denver Business Journal: January 15


Examining Hickenlooper's 1st-term record on economic development

Denver Business Journal: January 15



Colorado universities to get millions for research in advanced composites

Denver Business Journal: January 12


MSU Denver launches pilot fast-track program for students

Denver Business Journal: January 14


Caldwell: Common Core, PARCC will expose deficiencies 

Denver Post: January 15


Denver schools board to vote on $35 million in additional projects

Denver Post: January 15


Colorado's second largest school district may seek PARCC waiver - if legal

Chalkbeat New York: January 16


Number of Colorado students grows but at slower rate

Denver Post: January 16


Colorado student debt bill sent to kill committee

The Colorado Independent: January 16



Hickenlooper names Doug Friednash his chief of staff

Denver Business Journal: January 12


Duran, Navarro, Ryden and Roberts lead Colorado in Women in Government

The Denver Post: January 12


Voter ID among items on new Secretary of State Wayne Williams' agenda

Colorado Public Radio: January 12


Colorado's honey badger leaves office but not election activities

The Denver Post: January 12


Here Come The Freshman Legislators

Law Week Colorado: January 13


Republicans bar liberal group

Colorado Springs Independent: January 13


Despite Colorado rebound, Hickenlooper faces challenges in second term

Denver Post: January 13


In inaugural address, John Hickenlooper marks Colorado's progress

Denver Post: January 14


Denver plan to raise pay for elected officials advances

Denver Post: January 14


Eager for his second chance

Pueblo Chieftain: January 14


2000 dine, drink to celebrate start of Hickenlooper's second term

The Denver Post: January 14


For the record, it's state Treasurer Walker Stapleton

The Denver Post: January 14


New Colorado Secretary Of State Immediately Starts Pushing For Voter ID Laws

ThinkProgress: January 14


Group collects enough signatures in push to recall Colorado Springs councilwoman

Colorado Springs Gazette: January 15


El Paso County commissioner wants to take on U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in 2016

Denver Post: January 15


Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's State of the State address

The Denver Post: January 15


Can State Rep. Klingenschmitt also be 'Dr. Chaps?'

9NEWS: January 15


Aurora's Mayor Hogan sees need for tolls at DBJ's State of the Cities event

Denver Business Journal: January 15


Colorado's GOP Lawmakers Praise Democratic Governor's Balanced State of the State Speech

Governing: January 16


Hickenlooper State of the State: Colorado cooperation and random acts of kindness

The Colorado Independent: January 16


Ballot Countdown: John Suthers makes Colorado Springs mayoral bid official

Colorado Springs Gazette: January 17



Colorado oil, gas commission eases process for citizen complaints

Denver Post: January 12


Colorado lawmakers introduce biomass, energy bills

Biomass Magazine: January 13


Oil and gas is a complicated issue for Gov. John Hickenlooper's political firm

Denver Post: January 13


Oil & gas industry spent $11.8M on Colorado 2014 elections, says report

Denver Business Journal: January 13


Report offers a glimpse into oil and gas industry campaign spending

Denver Post: January 13


Colorado still needs action on drilling rules

The Denver Post: January 14


Colorado had more than 700 oil and gas spills reported in 2014

Denver Post: January 14


Opinion: Colorado still needs action on drilling rules

Denver Post: January 14


Hydraulic Fracturing: Amid drilling bans, mineral rights owners mourn losses

Environment & Energy Publishing: January 14


Cooke and Yeatman: Big Colorado energy issues in 2015: Fracking and EPA's 'ObamaAir' power grab

Greeley Tribune: January 15


Fracking Could Be Non-Issue

Law Week Colorado: January 15


Hickenlooper's State of the State speech calls for economic plan 2.0

The Denver Post: January 15


Wells Fargo examines its energy loans after oil-price drop

Reuters: January 15


Judge sides with PUC in Boulder-Xcel utility fight

Denver Business Journal: January 15


Oil and gas chief: Local government needs more say in siting oil, gas wells

Denver Post: January 16


Despite low gas prices, gas-tax hike appears unlikely

Denver Post: January 16


Opinion: A call to climate action in Colorado legislative session

Denver Post: January 16


Tipton leaves door open for Colorado Senate

The Hill: January 16


Colorado Legislature Considers How to Implement EPA's Clean Power Plan

The National Law Review: January 17


Former Sen. Greg Brophy visits the state Capitol, hails his new job and boss

The Denver Post: January 17


General Business

Denver's Philip Anschutz: biz magnate, and now Citizen of the West

Denver Post: January 12


Colorado State Fair continues to lose money

The Denver Post: January 14


Intrawest reports that skier visits are down but lift-ticket revenue is up

Denver Business Journal: January 14


9 game-changing innovations that came from Denver

Denver Business Journal: January 15


DBJ announces 2015 Healthiest Employer nominees

Denver Business Journal: January 15


Health Care

Colorado Bill Would End the State's ACA Health Care Exchange

Tenth Amendment Center: January 13


Colorado health exchange approves $322,000 to fix enrollment problems

Denver Post: January 13


Colorado hospitals hit by Medicare penalty for high readmission rates

Denver Post: January 14


Colorado's health insurance exchange faces questions about alleged mismanagement at Capitol

The Republic: January 15


Connect for Health Colorado faces state Legislature

Denver Business Journal: January 16


Study: Fewer struggle with medical costs as coverage grows

Denver Post: January 16



House votes to undo Obama immigration actions

ABC News: January 15



Denver rises in top 10 ranking for science, tech professionals

Denver Business Journal: January 16


State of the State: Hickenlooper emphasizes Colorado's workforce development

Denver Business Journal: January 16


Withheld wages: Enforcement a patchwork for workers across Colorado

Boulder Daily Camera: January 18



Panel calls for more pot study

Denver Post: January 13


Colorado pot credit union surveying industry, acquires location

Denver Post: January 14



Colorado property tax report shows big jump in values

The Denver Post: January 15



United Airlines moves to outsource labor at 28 airports

Denver Post: January 13


Denver highways should be tolled, says group offering $52 billion plan

Denver Post: January 14


Uber, Lyft could soon face tighter restrictions in Colorado

CPR: January 14


Program aims to reduce U.S. 36 congestion

9NEWS: January 14


CDOT's new I-70 czar takes on weekend congestion

CPR: January 15



State water engineer to test support for a new rule to allow new/increased well use

La Junta Tribune Democrat: January 15

In This Issue
The Week in Review

Colorado Concern in the News

Buddy Survey Reminder

News Clips

Colorado Concern Board of Directors


Blair Richardson


Tamra Ward

(President and CEO)

Ted Brown

Steve Farber

Tim Gill

Pat Hamill

A. Barry Hirschfeld 

Bill Hybl

John Ikard

Walter Isenberg

David McReynolds

Larry A. Mizel 

Dan Ritchie 

Rick Sapkin
Sylvia Young