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UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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

SAVE THE DATE - Monday, January 18: Colorado Concern Membership Luncheon with US Senator Cory Gardner
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., location TBD

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Colorado Concern Board of Directors

Blair Richardson

(Chairman)

John Ikard

(Treasurer)

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 

A VETERANS DAY SALUTE TO THE ECONOMIC ENGINE THE MILITARY PROVIDES COLORADO
On this Veterans Day I invite you to take a moment to consider the broad and deep economic benefit that Colorado's defense sector plays in the economy.  A landmark report released by the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs earlier this year shows that defense has become the third-largest industry in the state, rivaling agriculture.   I was very pleased to be reminded how important the Centennial State is to America's national security.
 
The report may be obtained by clicking the Military Value Study Reports at the homepage of Colorado's Department of Veterans and Military Affairs.  It tells a powerful story about the state's seven military installations and their contribution to Colorado's economy.  
 
Among the economic benefits Colorado enjoys with the military's presence here:
  • Almost one-third of Colorado's counties - 20 out of 64 -- have DOD-related jobs within their borders.   Activity in three counties - El Paso, Arapahoe and Weld - produces $10.5 billion annually.
  • Total DOD-related employment amounts to or 170,000 jobs - which is 5.2 percent of the state's workforce.
  • Defense-related activity provides fully 6.5 percent of the Gross Regional Product (GRP).
  • Defense-related economic activity in just three counties - El Paso, Arapahoe and Weld - accounts for $10.5 billion annually.
The report also underscores that veterans who return home want to stay in Colorado not only because of our quality of life but because there are real career opportunities for them to build family-sustaining careers.  The report shows that our state will continue to be a center of job growth in the defense sector and we want to make sure we plug our returning veterans into these life-changing opportunities 
 
A key organization trumpeting Colorado's unique and very positive relationship with the defense sector, including the state's indispensible role in military training, is Colorado Wants You, chaired by Joe Blake, chancellor emeritus at Colorado State University and a Colorado Concern member. We at Colorado Concern are proud to host the headquarters for the group at our Denver office.
 
So on this Veterans Day, we salute not only the individual sacrifices made by military men and women, but also the positive role the entire military sector plays in Colorado's growing economy.  

 Sincerely yours,
Mike Kopp
INVITATION TO ATTEND A METRO AREA BUILDING A BETTER COLORADO SUMMIT

Colorado Concern board member Daniel Ritchie would like to invite you to attend a Building a Better Colorado Summit in the near future.  Upcoming dates, locations and registration information may be accessed as follows:

● Downtown Denver Summit, Nov. 16th, 8:00-10:00am. RSVP HERE.

● Jefferson County Summit, Nov. 16th, 4:00-6:00pm. RSVP HERE.

● Douglas County Summit, Nov. 17th, 4:00-6:00pm. RSVP HERE.

● Adams County Summit, Nov. 18th, 5:00-7:00pm. RSVP HERE.

● Westminster Summit, Nov. 23rd, 4:00-6:00pm. RSVP HERE.

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

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

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, January 18, Colorado Concern Membership Luncheon with US Senator Cory Gardner
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., location TBD

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Denver Business Journal: November 5
Features Greg Maffei with Liberty Media
Colorado Concern News Clips
Budget/TABOR
Denver Business Journal: November 2
 
Hickenlooper budget seeks $373 million in reduced spending, refunds
Denver Post: November 2
 
Denver Business Journal: November 3
 
Judge: Use of Colorado business fees for elections legal under TABOR
Denver Post: November 4
 
Colorado budget 2017: $373 million in reduced spending, refunds
Denver Post: November 4
 
The Denver Channel: November 4
 
Development/Real Estate
Denver metro home prices up 11.7 percent over past year
Denver Post: October 30
 
New Aurora ordinance focuses on arbitration for construction defects
Denver Post: November 3
 
Rent increases in Colorado taper off slightly in October
Denver Post: November 4
 
Denver Business Journal: November 5
 
Denver Business Journal: November 5
 
Economy/Economic Development
Colorado business registrations pass 600,000 for first time
Denver Post: October 30
 
Denver Business Journal: October 30
 
Denver Post: November 1
 
Denver Business Journal: November 2

Colorado's San Luis Valley lands new drone flight test site
Denver Post: November 3
 
Denver Business Journal: November 4
 
Education
Colorado Youth for a Change helps students graduate high school
Denver Post: November 1
 
Chalkbeat Colorado: November 3
 
Denver's go-ahead and a Jeffco revolt
Denver Post: November 3
 
Election 2015: Denver college scholarship proposal defeated
Denver Business Journal: November 4
 
Election 2015: Why Colorado conservative education reformers lost
Denver Business Journal: November 5
 
Aurora Sentinel: November 6
 
Examiner: November 6
 
Elections/Politics/Government
Colorado communities trying to lift limits on municipal broadband
Denver Post: November 1
 
5280 | The Denver Magazine: November 3
 
Roll Call: November 3
 
Judge's ruling takes campaign ban too far
Denver Post: November 3
 
Election 2015: Denver voters back big upgrades to stock show site, convention center
Denver Business Journal: November 4
 
Tax for college help only bust among Denver measures
Denver Post: November 4
 
Free day at National Western Stock Show announced as ballot-win thank-you
Denver Post: November 5
 
Denver Business Journal: November 5
 
KOAA.com: Colorado Springs and Pueblo News: November 8
 
Energy
Denver Business Journal: October 30
 
Denver Post: November 1
 
Denver Post: November 2
 
Denver Business Journal: November 4
 
Denver Business Journal: November 4
 
Real estate firm offers rent-free office space to Denver-area oil and gas companies
Denver Business Journal: November 4
 
General Business
Denver Business Journal: November 3
 
Denver Business Journal: November 6
 
The Colorado Statesman: November 6
 
Grocery stores submit Colorado ballot language seeking sales of beer and wine - but not spirits
Denver Business Journal: November 6
 
Health Care
Guest Commentary: What Colorado HealthOP was all about
Denver Post: October 30
 
VA hospital delayed until early 2018, but new contract in place to finish facility
Denver Post: October 30

  Kaminsky: "Free" health care costs too much
Denver Post: October 31
 
Colorado study says patients spend $800 million a year on unneeded ER visits
Denver Post: November 4
 
Survey reflects commitment to offer health care coverage
The Business Times: November 5
 
Veterans wrestle with new VA Choice Card effort to reform care
Denver Post: November 5
 
Immigration
CBS Local: November 7
 
Labor/Employment
Colorado businesses need a new way to bridge workforce gap, says Lumina Foundation CEO
Denver Business Journal: November 4
 
Workers plan march on CU-Boulder to demand $15-an-hour minimum wage
Denver Post: November 3
 
Marijuana
Legal to legit: Colorado marijuana industry sheds stoner stigma
Denver Post: November 1
 
Election 2015: Colorado, Denver voters let government keep marijuana tax revenue
Denver Business Journal: November 4
 
Transportation
Opening date set for I-70 mountain express lane
Denver Business Journal: October 30
 
Election 2015: Voters approve DIA business development plan
Denver Business Journal: November 4
 
KKTV 11 News: November 4
 
Denver Post: November 5
 
CDOT says bad tires on I-70 this winter could mean big fines
Denver Business Journal: November 5
 
Transportation bill designates I-70 as high priority corridor
Summit Daily: November 6
 
Water
EPA expects to grant more time for mine spill repayment pact
Denver Post: November 2
 
Parker dam and reservoir offer hope for thirsty Colorado communities
Denver Post: November 3
 
Western senators launch effort to reform mining law to spur cleanup
Denver Post: November 5