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Mark your calendars for Colorado Concern's 2015 holiday reception.  It is taking place Wednesday, December 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Governor's Mansion.  Look for an invitation in your inbox this week.


Colorado Concern Board of Directors

Blair Richardson


John Ikard


Mike Kopp

(Executive Director)

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 


As a member of Colorado Concern you are a part of the single most prominent business organization in the Centennial State.  I couldn't be more honored to be named as the new Executive Director and to join in the effort of building the nation's best business environment.  

I first became acquainted with Colorado Concern as a state senator.  Because of its strong pro-business agenda, backed by the rather unparalleled advocacy of Colorado's most prominent CEOs, it absolutely was a force to be reckoned with and remains so today.  And we can make it even stronger.

Advancing a robust business and jobs climate is the main thing.  Our website's banner says it all: Colorado Concern is "Strategic. United. Committed.  For a Strong Business Environment." A straightforward and lean regulatory environment, low tax policy, ease of market entry, a legal environment marked by common sense, great roads to facilitate commerce, ample water resources and abundant energy; these all stand as pillars of the vibrant economy we want to grow.   
In the weeks ahead, I will be reaching out to you and to all our members to not only thank you for your investment in our organization and support for our agenda, but to get your ideas about how we can continue to move Colorado Concern forward. I look forward to visiting. 

In the meantime, please call me at the office at 303-860-1201, on my cell phone at 303-929-9349, or email me anytime at  

I am grateful for your support and optimistic about what the future holds for our great state.

Sincerely yours,
Mike Kopp
Please join Colorado Concern board member Rick Sapkin, Managing Principal of Edgemark Development, as he hosts Colorado Concern's November Membership Networking Breakfast with special guest Governor John Hickenlooper. 

The event is this Thursday from 8:00 to 9:30 at the Brown Palace Hotel.  Click here to register today before registration is closed Wednesday morning.

Last week, Senator Michael Bennet announced the formation of a bipartisan advisory committee that will implement an open process to recommend highly qualified applicants to fill an upcoming vacancy on the U.S. District Court in Colorado, created by Judge Robert Blackburn's taking senior status on April 12, 2016.  
Application forms can be found on Senator Bennet's website and are due to Senator Bennet's office by November 23.
Colorado Concern Upcoming Events
Below is a list of upcoming Colorado Concern events.  Click here for more information or to register to attend events.

Thursday, November 5: Membership Breakfast with Governor John Hickenlooper Hosted by Rick Sapkin
8:00 to 9:30 a.m., Brown Palace Central City Room

SAVE THE DATE - Wednesday, December 2: Colorado Concern Holiday Reception
5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Governor's Mansion 


Michael Long
Denver Business Journal: October 29
Features Mike Long with Arrow Electronics
Colorado Concern News Clips
Development/Real Estate
Average metro Denver apartment rent drops as downtown vacancies rise
Denver Post: October 23
Denver Business Journal: October 26
Denver Business Journal: October 27
Metro Denver's condo crunch pushing prices up
Denver Post: October 27
Economy/Economic Development
Denver Business Journal: October 26
Denver Business Journal: October 27
Denver Business Journal: October 29
Aurora's Gaylord Rockies Resort to receive $500 million commitment
Denver Post: October 29
Why Denver Voters Are Being Asked To Help Fund College Scholarships
CPR: October 23
Colorado's approach to FAFSA college-aid application shines at White House
Denver Business Journal: October 23
The Denver Post: October 26
Castle Rock Newspress: October 27
New York Times: October 29
Colorado scores on 'nation's report card' decline but stay above national scores
Denver Post: October 29
Navarrette: The war on school testing
Washington Post: October 29
New working group could slow Denver ethics code changes
Denver Post: October 25
The showdown over the Colorado AG's lawsuits
Denver Post: October 26
9NEWS: October 27
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: October 28
FOX21News: October 29
The Hill: October 29
Denver Business Journal: October 31
As EPA advances Clean Power Plan, Ritter calls shift inevitable
Denver Post: October 23
Colorado coal production continues to drop as mines slow
Denver Post: October 26
Hickenlooper wants Colorado Supreme Court to review AG Coffman's challenge to Clean Power Plan
Denver Business Journal: October 27
New West: October 29
Denver Business Journal: October 29
New solar farms underway in Weld County
Denver Post: October 29
Oil explorers prepare for another year of stubbornly low prices
Bloomberg News: October 29
General Business
Aurora Gaylord Rockies incentive case reaches Colorado Supreme Court
Denver Post: October 24
How Comcast wants to meter the Internet
Denver Post: October 27
Pinnacol adding free worksite wellness programs for Colorado policyholders
Bizwest: October 27
Denver Business Journal: October 30
Health Care
Colorado residents face 10 percent increase to buy health insurance
Denver Post: October 23
ColoradoCare backers collect 156,000 signatures for single-payer plan
Denver Post: October 23
Washington Times: October 26
The Colorado Independent: October 27
Colorado health exchange ready for influx of customers of failed co-op
Denver Post: October 27
Major health insurer returns to Colorado market
Denver Business Journal: October 29
Denver Business Journal: October 29
AS-COA: October 27
Colorado's full employment not so full
Denver Post: October 25
U.S. Chamber Foundation Addressing Skills Gap with Youth Employment Network
US Chamber: October 27
USA TODAY: October 26
The Hill: October 29
CBS Local: October 31
Watchdog: October 27
Denver City Council OK's Frontier's airport lease amendment
Denver Post: October 26
Denver Business Journal: October 28
Uber Surge Price? Research Says Walk A Few Blocks, Wait A Few Minutes
CPR: October 28
New parking option opens at DIA
Denver Business Journal: October 29
Best: Colo. canal offers a peek into future of energy
Denver Post: October 24
Colorado residents seek cleanup of festering inactive mines
Denver Post: October 26
Aspen Journalism: October 28