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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.


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


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

Whoever coined the phrase, "Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades," likely spent time in the political arena.  

Last Monday night, SB15-177 - the measure focused on addressing the defect in state statute, which is impacting the building of moderately priced for-sale multifamily housing, was defeated in the House State and Veterans Affairs Committee with a party line vote.  The defeat followed countless hours of work and negotiation; building a strong, diverse coalition of affordable housing providers, regional mayors, economic development, industry and business associations; and launching a targeted media and advocacy program.  Five Republicans voted in favor of the measure; all six Democrats opposed the bill.


While this outcome was always a possibility - politics being what they are - there was a belief that partisanship could be set aside when a coalition as large and as diverse as the Homeownership Opportunity Alliance (see a list of the coalition members) came together in support of a legislative solution.  Sadly, that was not the case.


Below is a statement from the Coalition following SB15-177's demise:


On behalf of the Homeownership Opportunity Alliance and its members, we would like to thank Senators Scheffel and Ulibarri and Representatives DelGrosso and Singer for sponsoring this important piece of legislation.  We would also like to thank Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and more than 30 metro and statewide mayors for representing their communities on this issue.


Senate Bill 177 was a thoughtful approach to address Colorado's lack of attainable housing, especially owner-occupied condos.  This bill represented an important first step toward a broader solution to address affordable housing across Colorado.  That is why bipartisan lawmakers, mayors, elected local officials, affordable housing advocates, and business and trade groups joined to form one the largest coalitions in recent memory to encourage the development of attainable housing, transit-orient projects and smart community planning.


 Throughout this effort, we were clear that Colorado needed a more efficient statewide system for handling construction defects issues.  The Homeownership Opportunity Alliance will continue to search for a unified state process while vigorously pursuing local solutions to this housing crisis.

SB177's demise represents a missed opportunity for many Coloradans-including would-be first-time homebuyers and seniors-who want an opportunity to own an affordably priced home.  The House of Representative's inaction will further delay the dream of homeownership for countless residents of our state.


Additionally, both The Denver Post and the Colorado Spring Gazette have weighed in with their disappointment around the bill's defeat.  Where do we go from here?   That discussion and debate will continue, and Colorado Concern will be an active participant in defining our next steps.  We do know several municipalities have taken this issue into their own hands by passing ordinances that will allow multifamily development to proceed, and others are planning to do so.  While workable, it creates a patchwork of regulations for what truly is an issue of statewide concern.  Additionally, the District Court is reviewing a case that could settle this issue in a manner that is consistent with the ideals of SB 177.  That decision is several years out, but should the political winds at the Capitol not change, local actions and awaiting the court's ruling may be the best approach.  


Should you have questions about this measure, or any other proposal under consideration at the Capitol, please don't hesitate to contact me at





Colorado Concern is a sponsor of the upcoming Vital for Colorado breakfast titled "In It Together - Colorado Energy" and has a table at the event.  It features conversations with Governor Hickenlooper and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner about Colorado's energy future.  It is taking place May 27 from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver.   There are four seats left at our table.  If you would like to attend, please email Paige Oswald at For more information, click here to view the event's invitation.

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.  

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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


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




Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare

Modern Healthcare: April 27

Features Donna Lynne







Kelly Brough

Denver Post: April 27

Features Kelly Brough








Exclusive: Frontier Airlines CEO on flight from 'verge of extinction' to profitability; push to cut complaints

Denver Business Journal: April 30

Features David Siegel


Colorado Concern News Clips


Hickenlooper signs budget, urges action on his transportation-funding plan
Denver Business Journal: April 27  

Development/Real Estate

Campaign cash flows to Colorado lawmakers who will decide construction-defects bill's fate

Denver Business Journal: April 27


Housing markets across Colorado vary widely, but improving

Denver Post: April 27


Construction lawsuit change defeated in Colorado House

The Coloradoan: April 28


Metro Denver again sees fastest-growing home prices of big U.S. cities

Denver Business Journal: April 28


Bill that could slow Gaylord Rockies project is introduced in Legislature

Denver Business Journal: April 28


Colorado lawmakers spurn the condo market

Denver Post: April 29


Denver could be the next city to push for local construction-defects reform

Denver Business Journal: April 29


Longmont council hopes strong opposition will halt urban renewal bill

Longmont Times-Call: April 29


Nonprofit purchases 6 acres near National Western Complex for development

Denver Business Journal: April 29


Metro Denver homeowners should brace for tax increases, assessors warn

Denver Post: April 30


Colorado legislature: Bill targets use of farmland in urban renewal

The Denver Post: April 30


Legislature Considers Seizing Public Lands

Public News Service: April 30


Aurora's unseemly process for Gaylord Rockies

Denver Business Journal: May 1


Colorado Senate set to vote on controversial bill that could stymie Aurora hotel project

Colorado Springs Gazette: May 1


Metro Denver TOD affordable housing generated $598 million in 5 years, study finds

Denver Business Journal: May 1


Guest Commentary: Homeowners deserve (and pay for) rights

The Denver Post: May 3



Feds reject Colorado request to give districts a break on opt-outs

Denver Post: April 27


Colorado Education Commissioner Robert Hammond announces retirement

Denver Post: April 27


Guest Column: Education goal should be less testing, better accountability

Colorado Springs Gazette: April 29


Izard & DeGrow: In Colorado's student testing debate, stand firm on important teacher tenure and ...

Greeley Tribune: April 30


House, Senate suddenly at odds on school finance; Indian mascots bill killed

Chalkbeat: April 30


Officials: High Participation Across Colorado For New Tests

KKTV 11 News: May 3


Editorial: A partisan attack on Denver schools

Denver Post: May 1


MSU Denver sales program gets special nod from Sales Education Foundation

Denver Business Journal: May 1



A welcome move toward presidential primaries in Colorado

The Denver Post: April 27


As legislature nears end, Hickenlooper travels coast-to-coast this week

The Denver Post: April 27


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

Denver Post: April 27


Lawmaker Pay Comes Up As Colo. Legislature's Close Draws Near

KUNC: April 28


Denver official indicted, accused of taking bribe to help get DIA contract

Denver business Journal: April 28


Legislative roundup: Buckner's sick leave trims Democrat majority in Colorado House

Colorado Springs Gazette: April 29


Broadmoor pulls back, Utilities loses court case, runoff ballots get mailed, more

Colorado Springs Independent: April 29


Guest Commentary: Half the information doesn't help voters

The Denver Post: April 29


A Truce in the War Between Cities and Their Suburbs

National Journal: April 30


Colorado Lawmakers Looking For A Pay Bump With New Bill

Aspen Public Radio: May 1


Moderate Democrats team with Colorado House Republicans to kill business-opposed bills

Denver Business Journal: May 1


Dennis Gallagher comes full circle

The Denver Post: May 2


Colorado's divided session leaves a legislative graveyard of bills

The Denver Post: May 3



Freaking out over fracking

Washington Examiner: April 27


Colorado lawmakers take up delayed bill to save utility consumer advocate

Utility Dive: April 27


Colorado oil and gas task force recommendations are part of state budget

Denver Business Journal: April 27


Colorado AG says feds went too far with new fracking regs

Denver Business Journal: April 27


Guest Commentary: Leave air quality debate open, inclusive

Denver Post: April 28


Bad air: Denver, western cities rise up list of nation's most-polluted

Denver Post: April 30


Xcel set to return $66.5 million in excess profits to customers

Denver Post: May 1


General Business

Boehner: Killing export-import bank risks thousands of jobs

Denver Post: May 1


Health Care

Colorado health insurance exchange taps Kevin Patterson as interim CEO

Denver Post: April 28


VA mess in Aurora likely to affect other projects nationwide

Denver Post: April 29


Colorado health insurance exchange eyes potential fee increases

Denver Post: April 29


VA report says no good alternatives to Aurora hospital completion

Denver Post: April 30


VA watchdog never finished an inquiry into Aurora hospital

Denver Post: May 1



Four cities help Colorado rank high in best places for tech jobs list

Denver Post: April 28


Scaled-back family leave bill still in trouble at Legislature

Colorado Public Radio: April 29


Effort to create retirement-savings task force blocked in Colorado Legislature

Denver Business Journal: April 30


Employees or contractors? Last-minute bill in Legislature would sort out which is which

Denver Business Journal: May 2



MassRoots marijuana social network integrating seed-to-sale system

Denver Post: April 28



Big pension bill complicates session's final days

Chalkbeat: April 29


UPDATED: Colorado Legislature considers debt a public pension rescue

Watchdog: April 30


Editorial: Put the brakes on PERA bonds bill

Denver Post: April 30


DPS pension bill dies; backers blame DC politics, concerns over Bennet

Denver Post: May 1


Support for PERA bonds bill in Colorado legislature

The Denver Post: May 2



Tax-credit study dies in Colorado Legislature

Denver Business Journal: April 28


Colorado House passes bill to allow vote on taxing offshore accounts

Denver Post: April 29


Guest Commentary: Tax appeal hurdle hurts small businesses in Colorado

Denver Post: April 29



Felony DUI Bill Moves Forward At State Capitol

CBS Local: April 28


Hickenlooper-backed highway-funding measure introduced in Legislature

Denver Business Journal: April 29


Chances of passing $3.5B Colorado road-funding plan turn bleak

Denver Business Journal: April 30


Competing Colorado road-funding bills on collision course at Legislature

Denver Business Journal: May 1



Study: 2013 Front Range floods caused a thousand year's worth of erosion

CPR: April 29