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Join us June 23 for the June Membership Networking Breakfast co-hosted by Steve Farber and Sylvia Young.


 Click here for details and to register.


Colorado Concern Board of Directors

Blair Richardson


John Ikard


Tamra Ward

(President and CEO)

Steve Farber

Tim Gill

Pat Hamill

A. Barry Hirschfeld 

Bill Hybl

Walter Isenberg

David McReynolds

Larry A. Mizel 

Chip Rimer

Dan Ritchie 

Rick Sapkin

Sylvia Young 


Senate President Bill Cadman, Rep. Lois Court and Sen. Michael Johnston look on as Governor Hickenlooper signs HB 1057

On May 18, Governor John Hickenlooper sign

ed HB15-1057 into law at History Colorado. Initiated by Colorado Concern and supported by a broad coalition of nearly 40 organizations, the measure requires that a fiscal impact statement be included on all petitions

circulated to secure placement for a statewide ballot measure.  


Governor Hickenlooper poses with members from the coalition that supported HB 1057

The transparency measure was a top initiative for Colorado Concern this year but faced an uphill battle in the legislature where several labor, environmental and self-identified progressive and conservative groups opposed the bill.  After countless attempts to amend or weaken the measure, it passed on the last day of the session.


Click here to read an article from the Denver Business Journal covering the bill's signing.  

Colorado Concern Upcoming Events
Below is a list of upcoming Colorado Concern events.   for more information or to register to attend events.


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

Wednesday, July 29: Colorado Concern Membership Networking Lunch Hosted by Pat Hamill and featuring a discussion with Kelly Leid, Executive Director of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East 19th Avenue, Suite 400

Tuesday, August 25: Colorado Concern Luncheon with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., location to be determined - look for online registration soon


Richard Scharf

Summertime and sports in Denver add up to big money

Denver Business Journal: June 2

Features Richard Scharf


Kim Day

Opening day set for DIA hotel; runway resurfacing begins this month (Slideshow)

Denver Business Journal: June 2

Features Kim Day


Colorado university gets a new president

Denver Business Journal: June 2

Features Bill Scoggins


Colorado's largest worker comp provider eyes expansion

Denver Post: June 2

Features Phil Kalin


Pete Coors

It's now a Molson, not a Coors, as chairman of Molson Coors Brewing

Denver Business Journal: June 3

Features Pete Coors


Colorado's biggest rural power co-op postpones decision on solar rates

Denver Business Journal: June 3

Features Patrick Mooney

Colorado Concern News Clips

Development/Real Estate

Hickenlooper signs urban-renewal reform despite threats of stalled projects

Denver Business Journal: June 1


Metro Denver home prices continue near-record gains

Denver Business Journal: June 1


Five Points to get 223 affordable apartments

Denver Post: June 1


Denver eyes 3 downtown plans to boost arts complex, parks, mall

Denver Post: June 2


Denver declared the hottest home market in the country

Denver Business Journal: June 2


Urban renewal bill could jeopardize City for Champions projects

Colorado Springs Gazette: June 2


Denver officials pitch tax vote for stock show plan, outline control

Denver Post: June 3


Economy/Economic Development

Here's where Colorado ranks on small business hiring (Slideshow)

Denver Business Journal: June 2


Knezovich: Property values increase sign of economic growth

The Coloradoan: June 3


Innovation abounds: Colorado and metro Denver among top 5 for startup activity

Denver Business Journal: June 4


Who are the winners and losers in the Colorado region's economy? Here's the Fed's latest survey

Denver Business Journal: June 4



Trouble with PARCC testing

Denver Post: June 1


In Colorado, Teaching to a Changing Climate

Bright: June 2


Boulder is 3rd-best US city for STEM grads, says report

Denver Business Journal: June 3


November ballot may include tax increase for college scholarships

The Denver Post: June 4


Lawyers offer clashing views on Colorado school funding shortfall

Chalkbeat New York: June 4


Amendment 23 school funding lawsuit debated before Colorado Supreme Court

Denver Post: June 4



Audit authorized for Colorado's Regional Tourism Act program

The Denver Post: June 2


Changes to Denver-area cultural funding proposed

Denver Business Journal: June 2


Divided Legislatures Prove to Produce Gridlock Instead of Compromise

Governing: June 3


Denver District 2: Kevin Flynn reverses trend, tops John Kidd

Denver Post: June 3


Denver District 7: Jolon Clark wins against Aaron Greco

Denver Post: June 3


Denver District 10: Development spurs Wayne New to victory over Anna Jones

Denver Post: June 3


Tourism program that helped fund Gaylord hotel project will be audited

Denver Business Journal: June 3


Denver District 11: Stacie Gilmore handily defeats Sean Bradley

Denver Post: June 4


Editorial: Colorado lawmakers' emails should be public

Longmont Times-Call: June 4


Metro Denver home sales hit another average high price in May

Denver Post: June 4


Half the information doesn't help voters

The Colorado Statesman: June 5


Tom Steyer, billionaire environmentalist, calls for broad coalition heading into 2016 elections

Denver Business Journal: June 5


GOP hopes dim for Colorado Senate pickup

The Hill: June 7



Guest Commentary: Hick should revisit EPA proposal

Denver Post: June 1


Colorado's biggest rural power cooperative wades into solar fight

Denver Business Journal: June 2


Colorado's wind industry supports thousands of jobs

Denver Business Journal: June 4


Health Care

Colorado Association of Health Plans to lose director Ben Price

Denver Post: June 1


General Business

Big law firm to be major tenant in new building near Denver Union Station

Denver Business Journal: June 1


Closure of nine metro Denver Safeways has ripple effects on retailing

Denver Post: June 1


Large businesses finds benefits from mentoring small companies

Denver Post: June 1


11 former MediaNews Group newspapers acquired by Gannett

Denver Business Journal: June 2


Dish Network said to be in early merger talks with T-Mobile

Denver Business Journal: June 4



Industry advocate says marijuana's future rides on who's president

The Denver Post: June 3


Colorado to offer one-day tax holiday on marijuana

The Denver Post: June 4


Pot tax issue heads to the ballot - again

The Colorado Statesman: June 5



Startups make pitch on a Fort Collins trolley

Denver Post: June 1


Colorado Finally Has A Felony DUI Law After Many Failed Attempts

CBS Local: June 2


Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper signs felony DUI bill into law

Denver Post: June 2


Frontier Airlines continues growth with $1.3 billion order for new airplanes

Denver Business Journal: June 3


Hickenlooper vetoes red-light camera bills

The Colorado Statesman: June 4


Deal reached to clear the way for DIA business development

Denver Business Journal: June 4


DIA growth deal: Denver would pay neighbors $10 million, split tax proceeds

Denver Post: June 4