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In This Issue

Colorado State Capitol
Join us May14 for our state legislative session wrap-up Membership Networking Lunch 
co-hosted by Barry Hirschfeld and John Ikard.

 

 Click here for details and to register.

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Norm Franke, Regional President of Alpine Bank, invites you to attend Alpine Bank's VIP Open House and Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, May 15 - 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Alpine Bank Cherry Creek, 215 St. Paul Street

RSVP to Tiffany LaCome at 

970-625-6659 or  cherrycreekrsvp@alpinebank.com

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Colorado Concern Board of Directors

Blair Richardson

(Chairman)

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 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Tamra Ward

Municipal elections in the City and County of Denver are in eight days - on May 5th.  This cycle's races include:

  • Mayor (Michael B. Hancock running for re-election)
  • Auditor (open seat)
  • Clerk and Recorder (Debra Johnson running for re-election)
  • 13 Denver City Council members (6 open seats) 

In preparation for the election, and a likely run-off for a number of City Council races on June 2nd, our friends at the Downtown Denver Partnership have done an excellent job of compiling information on each of the candidates for city office, as well as circulating a thoughtful, business-focused questionnaire for individuals seeking to serve our capitol city.  Below are some statistics based on the Partnership's survey of prospective city leaders:

  • 95% of candidates said they would support a no-smoking policy on the 16th Street Mall
  • 87% said they would support a local ordinance that addresses construction defects issues
  • 62% opposed the recent changes that were made to Denver's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance
  • 73% would support creating a higher minimum wage in Denver
  • 89% believe Downtown parks and public spaces should be maintained, programmed and managed differently than other city parks

While Colorado Concern's focus is on state issues and legislative candidates, we recognize the connections between people and policy - and how municipal leaders and the issues they consider intersect with activities at the State Capitol.  Municipal leaders who understand the role business plays in our city, region and state are critical to our economic success and sustainability.

 

Whether you live in Denver, commute in for work, or simply visit the city for civic engagements or cultural opportunities, you know that the vision of those who lead the Queen City of the Plains forward matters.  We urge you to review the materials compiled by the Downtown Denver Partnership - we are confident you will find them helpful.

 

To view candidate information and their complete questionnaire responses, click here.


Should you have questions regarding this issue, or any other matter under debate in the final weeks of the Colorado General Assembly, please do not hesitate to contact me at tamra@coloradoconcern.com.

 

Warmly,

Tamra

Tamra

COLORADO CONCERN LEGISLATIVE TRACKING

Click here to find out what legislation Colorado Concern is tracking. The report includes links to bill text, sponsors, Colorado Concern's positions, bill status, and additional notes.

 

Click here to download the Colorado Concern At a Glance Status Sheet for quick tracking of Colorado Concern's bills of interest.
Colorado Concern Upcoming Events

Below is information on upcoming Colorado Concern events.  

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

 

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


 

Tuesday, June 2: Colorado Concern Luncheon with Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Brown Palace Onyx Room, 321 17th Street, Denver

 

Tuesday, June 23: Colorado Concern Membership Networking Breakfast Co-Hosted by Steve Farber and Sylvia Young

7:30 to 9:00 a.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East 19th Avenue, Suite 400

COLORADO CONCERN IN THE NEWS

 

Guest Commentary: Fiscal impact statements for Colorado ballot measures

The Denver Post: April 24

By Tamra Ward

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS AND MEMBER EVENTS

 

Norm Franke, Regional President of Alpine Bank, invites you to attend Alpine Bank's VIP Open House and Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, May 15 - 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Alpine Bank Cherry Creek, 215 St. Paul Street

RSVP to Tiffany LaCome at 970-625-6659 or cherrycreekrsvp@alpinebank.com.  


 


 


 


 

Denver Business Journal: April 22

Features Ray Pittman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stanton Dodge battles for Dish Networks' tech advances

Denver Business Journal: April 24

Features Stanton Dodge

 

Denver Business Journal: April 24

Features Stanton Dodge

Colorado Concern News Clips

Budget/TABOR

Gov. Hickenlooper asks lawmakers to overhaul state spending, TABOR refunds

Denver Post: April 20

 

EDITORIALS: Hickenlooper's Hail Mary on state budget is worth trying

Denver Post: April 20

 

Gov's TABOR plan draws lukewarm reception

The Colorado Statesman: April 24

 

State Rep. Jon Becker: TABOR 101, why it's important

Fort Morgan Times: April 25

 

Development/Real Estate

Arnie Mullen: Building defects at times triggered by poor design

Statesmen News: April 20

 

Colorado urban-renewal reform battles take a twist with 2 legislative votes

Denver Business Journal: April 21

 

Denver Business Journal: April 22

 

As Colorado's economy heats up, so does friction over growth

Denver Post: April 22

 

Denver Business Journal: April 22

 

Denver Post: April 23

 

Economy/Economic Development

Denver Business Journal: April 21

 

Denver Business Journal: April 22

 

Denver Business Journal: April 23

 

Education

Guns on university campuses: The Colorado experience

Washington Post: April 20

 

Colorado General Assembly: Step forward for school finance act

Fort Morgan Times: April 20

 

Colorado lawmakers expected to push education testing bills on Wednesday

Colorado Springs Gazette: April 22

 

Colorado Senate advances bill striking immunity in school shootings

Denver Post: April 22

 

Current, Former Colorado Govs. Make A Pitch For School Testing

KUNC: April 23

 

Denver Post: April 23

 

OPINION: Guest Commentary: Common Core is better than predecessors

Denver Post: April 23

 

Denver Post: April 23

 

Native American tuition heard at Legislature

The Durango Herald: April 24

 

Denver Post: April 24

 

Take Note: a look back at the week in education news (Vol. 14)

Denver Post: April 24

 

Denver Post: April 24

 

Denver Post: April 24

 

Colorado student testing debate down to 2 bills

KSL: April 25

 

Elections/Politics

Compromise keeps Colorado business-backed ballot-reform bill alive

Denver Business Journal: April 20

 

Lawmakers consider changes to ballot initiative process

KOAA Colorado Springs and Pueblo News: April 20

 

Wayne Williams a contrast to former SOS

The Colorado Statesman: April 20

 

Denver Business Journal: April 21

 

Denver Post: April 23

 

Klingenschmitt announces bigger political plans at Colorado Springs town hall

Colorado Springs Gazette: April 23

 

Guest Commentary: Fiscal impact statements for Colorado ballot measures

The Denver Post: April 24

 

Denver candidates grapple with growth

The Colorado Statesman: April 24

 

Colo. Bill Would Give 1.3 Million Independent Voters Full Access to Elections

IVN News: April 24

 

As session wraps up, major work remains for Colorado lawmakers

The Denver Post: April 25

 

Legislators reach out to 'rural Colorado' after landslide to the right

The Denver Post: April 26

 

Energy

Denver Business Journal: April 22

 

Denver Business Journal: April 22

 

Denver Post: April 23

 

Reauthorization for gas, electricity ratepayers' watchdog gains energy

The Denver Post: April 24

 

Carroll: The biggest job facing Colorado

The Denver Post: April 26

 

General Business

This year's fight for the tech industry: Patent trolls

Denver Post: April 20

 

Denver Post: April 23

 

Denver Post: April 24

 

Health Care

Inside the Aurora VA hospital, which will require another $340M in 'activation costs'

Denver Business Journal: April 20

 

Colorado Legislature declines to limit patient billing by out-of-network doctors

Denver Business Journal: April 21

 

Denver Post: April 21

 

Denver Post: April 23

 

Labor/Employment

Denver Post: April 21

 

Marijuana

Longmont lawmaker plans to introduce medical cannabis at school bill

Denver Post: April 20

 

Colorado Lawmakers Start Work On Marijuana Refund Proposal

CBS Local: April 22

 

Legislative roundup: Colorado lawmakers likely to ask voters to keep pot TABOR money

Colorado Springs Gazette: April 22

 

Colorado pot refund measure advances in Legislature

Washington Times: April 24

 

Denver Business Journal: April 24

 

Tax

Tax break proposal for Colorado data centers runs out of juice

9NEWS: April 23

 

Transportation

CDOT director leery of road funding bill coming in Colorado Senate

Denver Post: April 20

 

Denver Post: April 21

 

TSA adding new security measures for airline, airport staff

Denver Post: April 21

 

Denver Business Journal: April 21

 

Northern Colorado lawmakers spearhead drive to fund major road projects without tax increase

The Denver Channel: April 21

 

U.S. 36 plan hit for having "Lexus Lane"

Denver Post: April 22

 

$3.5 billion highway funding bill introduced in Colorado Legislature

Denver Business Journal: April 22

 

Top 10 projects in the $3.5B Colorado highway-funding bill (Slideshow)

Denver Business Journal: April 23

 

Denver Business Journal: April 23

 

Denver Post: April 23

 

Denver Business Journal: April 24

 

Denver Business Journal: April 24