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Colorado Concern Board of Directors

Blair Richardson


Tamra Ward

(President and CEO)

Steve Farber

Tim Gill

Pat Hamill

A. Barry Hirschfeld 

Bill Hybl

John Ikard

Walter Isenberg

David McReynolds

Larry A. Mizel 

Chip Rimer

Dan Ritchie 

Rick Sapkin

Sylvia Young 

Tamra Ward

This week a bipartisan measure focused on utilizing a private sector approach to leveraging public sector resources will have its first committee hearing. 


HB15-1317 - Pay for Success - (Reps. Garnet & Rankin/Sens. Johnson & Martinez Humenik) creates a process for Colorado to utilize philanthropic or private investor funding for promising intervention programs that could save public sector dollars if implemented.  If the intervention program reaches a success threshold outlined in the detailed contract between the state and a lead contractor, the investors are reimbursed.  If the outcomes are not met, the state is not on the hook for the dollars expended.


What are examples of programs that could be funded through Pay for Success?  Currently, New York City, as well as the States of New York and Massachusetts, are utilizing this model to implement efforts to reduce recidivism in their correctional systems.  Here in Colorado, the City and County of Denver is using this approach to combat homelessness.  And our neighbors in Utah, as well as the City of Chicago, have investors and philanthropic organizations putting forth resources around programs in early childhood.  Attached is a fact sheet that details the issues, target populations, intervention and projected cost savings in the Pay for Success Contracts currently under way across the country.  Click here to view frequently asked questions about the measure.  


Colorado Concern supports HB15-1317 because it is focused on actual outcomes and it shifts the financial risk from the state's coffers to the initial investors.  As public resources are more limited, this type of public-private partnership is a wise approach.  We will continue to weigh in with our elected leaders and executive branch officials noting our approval of innovative approaches such as Pay for Success to address challenging issues for our state.


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Thursday, May 14: Colorado Concern Membership Networking Lunch and State Legislative Session Wrap-Up Co-Hosted by Barry Hirschfeld and John Ikard

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East 19th Avenue, Suite 400


Kim Day

Denver airport boosting electric-car charging capability

Denver Post: April 8

Features Kim Day


Kelly Brough
Steve Farber

Davidson: Colorado Black Women for Political Action honors 12 leaders

Denver Post: April 9

Features Kelly Brough and Steve Farber


EXCLUSIVE: Anadarko Petroleum's Colorado chief on challenges facing oil and gas

Denver Business Journal: April 9

Features Brad Holly

Colorado Concern News Clips


Denver Business Journal: April 9


State Legislators Budget Vote Coming Down to the Wire

Pagosa Daily Post: April 10


Development/Real Estate

Denver's overheated new home construction market, and how it got that way

CPR: April 6


Denver Post: April 8


Clark on Case-Shiller, high home prices

Insider Real Estate News: April 9


Colorado Senate passes bill reducing time to file defects claim 

Denver Post: April 10


Economy/Economic Development

Is this the most interesting man in Denver economic development?

Denver Business Journal: April 6


Denver Business Journal: April 7


'Economic gardening' supports local business efforts

The Colorado Statesman: April 9


Denver Business Journal: April 9



Denver Post: April 7


Testing 1, 2, 3, 4...

Colorado Springs Independent: April 8


Denver Post: April 8


Denver Post: April 8


Denver Post: April 9


Colorado Senate Education Committee approves testing reduction bill 

Denver Post: April 10


$17 million STEM focused expansion opens at Colorado high school 

Denver Business Journal: April 10


Senate Education Committee advances three testing bills 

Chalkbeat Colorado: April 10


Mark Hillman: Colorado school funding suffers from Obamacare

Longmont Times-Call: April 11



Issues reflect entire city in race for south Denver District 7 City Council seat

Denver Post: April 6


Denver Post: April 7


Procrastinator's guide to the Fort Collins election

The Coloradoan: April 7


Little voter interest in Colorado Springs ballot measures

Colorado Springs Gazette: April 8


RESULTS: Troxell voted Fort Collins mayor

The Coloradoan: April 8


Colorado business leaders back constitutional amendment on ballot reform

Denver Business Journal: April 9


Colorado Springs election had 39 percent voter turnout

Colorado Springs Gazette: April 9


Older voters twice as likely to cast ballots as those under 40 in Colorado Springs, data show

Colorado Springs Gazette: April 12



Standardized test bills struggle to catch on at Colorado Capitol

Colorado Public Radio: April 7



Denver Business Journal: April 6


Lower oil prices driving more layoffs in Colorado and other states

Denver Post: April 6


Fracking in Colorado: Did the Oil and Gas Taskforce Finish Its Tasks?

The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists: April 6


9NEWS: April 8


Denver Business Journal: April 8


Denver Post: April 8


Denver energy company plans unique power plant for New Mexico

Denver Business Journal: April 8


Colorado Senate GOP wants some say in plan to curb air pollution

The Denver Post: April 9


Denver Business Journal: April 9


Denver Post: April 9


Denver Business Journal: April 9


Colorado's plan to cut CO2 would see multiple reviews under state Senate bill 

Denver Business Journal: April 10


General Business

New CEO of Denver's Molson Coors Brewing ready to face headwinds

Denver Post: April 6


Denver Post: April 7


Denver Post: April 7


Denver Business Journal: April 7


Denver Post: April 9


Denver Business Journal: April 9


Guest Commentary: Retirement task force would help state's small businesses

The Denver Post: April 10


Yes, allow Colorado grocery stores to sell full-strength beer and wine

The Denver Post: April 12


Health Care

MONEY & THE LAW: Obstacles hinder those seeking home health aides

Colorado Springs Gazette: April 7


Denver Business Journal: April 7


CSR Wire: April 8



Denver joins cities opposing hold on immigration executive action

Denver Post: April 7



Lauren Sveen: Changing social norms also changing the norms of work

Denver Post: April 6


Colorado Legislature snuffs Pay Equity Commission

9NEWS: April 7


Interpretation of 100-Year-Old Law Keep State Labor Investigations Secret

Inewsnetwork: April 8


Colorado business groups concerned about bills leveling new employer mandates

Denver Business Journal: April 9


Colorado taxpayers pay $304 million to support low wage workers, report finds 

Denver Business Journal: April 10


Low wage jobs dominate among Colorado hires, study shows 

Denver Post: April 10


Century-old Colorado law shields cheating employers

The Durango Herald: April 12



Tipton: Congress has 'no appetite' to fix pot banking problem for now

Denver Post: April 6


The Glitch in Colorado's Weed Experiment

New York Times: April 6


Colorado hash-making limits face 1st hearing

Daily Journal: April 9



DishWorld drops Dish name, rebrands itself Sling International

Denver Post: April 6


Comcast Expands Fiber Network Throughout the Denver Metro Area

Marketwatch: April 8



RTD's new commuter rail cars make their maiden voyage to DIA

Denver Business Journal: April 6


Editorial: Colorado lawmakers have right idea on taxis

Denver Post: April 7


Denver airport sees February traffic decrease, Frontier to blame

Denver Post: April 7


Colorado lawmakers have right idea on taxis

The Denver Post: April 7


Uber's popularity surges; business travelers avoiding taxis

Denver Post: April 7


RTD rate hikes draw protests at Denver headquarters

Denver Business Journal: April 9


RTD and Regional Partners Stand Up for Transportation 

Mass Transit Magazine: April 10


Complaints soar for Frontier Airlines; CEO calls situation 'profoundly disappointing' 

Denver Business Journal: April 10



CWCB seeks more than US$27 million for new dams, civil structures and hydroelectric facilities

HydroWorld: April 6


OPINION: Citizen input and Colorado's Water Plan

Denver Post: April 6


Is The Public Engaged When It Comes To Colorado's Water Plan?

KUNC: April 7


Colorado River named most endangered in US

CPR: April 8