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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.

Monday, January 18, Colorado Concern Membership Luncheon with US Senator Cory Gardner
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Four Seasons Denver Penthouse, 1111 14th Street

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, March 3, Colorado Concern Clean Power Plan Breakfast with Patrick Mooney, Mike McInnes & David Eves Hosted by Barry Hirschfeld & Steve Farber
7:30 to 9:00 a.m., Colorado Concern, 140 E. 19th Avenue, Suite 400

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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 

ARE YOU A CENTENNIAL LEADER?
 

If you are like a lot of executives I know this is the time of year when you get concerned about the business-impacting bills that will be considered during the upcoming legislative session.  It is likely that more than 600 legislative proposals will be introduced between January and May.  And it is true that getting engaged early and often and staying out in front of issues are two keys to success in the public policy environment.
 
Getting engaged and staying out in front: that is the name of the game.  So I am writing to ask you to personally engage and stay out front in 2016 in one simple but powerful way that I am convinced will make all the difference over the long term.
 
To facilitate this, Colorado Concern is launching Centennial Leaders, a program whose sole purpose is to connect each Colorado Concern member with a member of the state legislature.  As an influential Centennial state business leader your voice truly does matter.  Legislators often are looking for advice and input on bills and concepts they are considering for future bills, but they may not have a good resource to bounce ideas off of. 
 
We can change that, with your help.  How?
 
First, we will connect the influential business leaders of Colorado with the legislative leaders of Colorado. We will make the introduction and kick-start the process.
 
Next, we will promote and facilitate a simple commitment by lawmakers and Colorado Concern members to engage in four focused one-on-one conversations a year.  At times we will suggest discussion topics and ask for your feedback; at others we will provide you research, updates or political news.  Always, we will be available as a resource to you.
 
This engagement, in addition to the other members-only programs we offer, can help move the dial in Colorado toward a stronger dialogue between the leaders who meet at the interesection of business and public policy.  As a result, we expect better long-term planning, better policy outcomes and a stronger business climate. 
 
Are you game?
 
Tell us what you think by clicking here to take the four-question survey and we will get the ball rolling.

Here's to a prosperous New Year.

Sincerely,

D. Michael Kopp
Executive Director
COLORADO CONCERN'S 2016 KEY POLICY INITIATIVES

Defeat the state-run health care ballot initiative known as Colorado Care.  This initiative would impose a new $25 billion annual tax -- nearly equal in size to the state government's total yearly budget.  The effect of the passage of such a measure also would include the creation of a new government bureaucracy to replace insurers in health care delivery, likely limitations put health care services, extended waiting times for treatment, and the certain loss of thousands of Colorado jobs.  We need to be sure that innovation and better health outcomes are safeguarded by stopping this costly experiment from becoming law.

Bring about reform to our construction defects laws.  We need to focus on expanding, not curtailing opportunities for homeownership by reforming our state' s outdated construction defects laws - laws that stand in the way of the construction of attainable, affordable condominiums, which often are the first rung on the ladder of homeownership, especially for millennials who are looking to take advantage of Colorado's strong job market.

Strengthen the process of amending the state constitution. History has demonstrated that the US Constitution's fixity has served the nation well.  Just as amending it requires the broadest public support and thus amendments to it are rare, Colorado should require that future amendments to its constitution gain stronger public backing; in addition, proposed amendments should be required to gain support from all the regions of the state not just the Front Range.  Rather than being used as a political football the state's highest law should instead ensure a stable operating environment for the citizens of Colorado and for future generations of Coloradans.

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Ryan Good
Denver Business Journal: December 1
Features Ryan Good with Etkin Johnson
 
Jeffrey Cummings Selected to Lead Colorado Trucking Industry 
Features Jeff Cummings with Duffy Crane and Hauling

 
CUNA News Now: October 15
Features Alan Peppers with Westerra Credit Union

Denver Business Journal: December 14
Features Phil Kalin with Pinnacol Assurance

Steve Jordan
Denver Post: December 13
Features Dr. Stephen Jordan with Metropolitan State University of Denver

Steve Farber
Colorado Statesman: December 17
Features Steve Farber with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Colorado Concern News Clips
Budgets/TABOR
With potential budget deficit, Colorado lawmakers consider early cuts
Denver Post: November 30

 
Development/Real Estate
Property acquisition for National Western Center in Denver moving on
Denver Post: December 2
 
The Colorado Statesman: December 4
 
Metro Denver home sales chill out, closings down 27 percent in October
Denver Post: December 4
 
Denver Business Journal: December 8
 
Economy/Economic Development
Colorado's economic growth could be in danger, report says
Denver Business Journal: November 30
 
Colorado ranks second to North Dakota for rise in consumer spending
Denver Post: December 2
 
Denver Business Journal: December 2
 
Denver Business Journal: December 2
 
Denver Business Journal: December 3
 
Why no one is equity crowdfunding in Colorado
Denver Post: December 3
 
Denver Business Journal: December 7
 
Economic outlook: Colorado chugging along, but with less steam
Denver Post: December 7
 
Denver Post: December 7
 
Slow to rebound, Pueblo is redefining its economic image
Denver Post: December 7

Denver Business Journal: December 8
 
Education
Denver tech entrepreneur's new STEM school seeks to prepare students for skilled jobs
Denver Business: November 25
 
When A 4-Day School Week Might Cost More Than It Saves
CPR: November 30
 
Denver Business Journal: December 2
 
Denver Post: December 7
 
Hilker: The pull of charter schools
Denver Post: December 7

The Durango Herald: December 25
 
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: December 28
 
Elections/Politics/Government
Denver Business Journal: November 25
 
Colorado Springs Gazette: November 26
 
The Denver Post: November 30
 
Centennial Citizen: December 3
 
The Denver Post: December 4
 
The Denver Post: December 6
 
Denver's new Taxpayer Protection Unit already paying for itself
Denver Post: December 7

Boom in electric cars boosts demand for coal power
Denver Post: November 30
 
Despite national oil slowdown, Weld County wells booming
Denver Post: November 30
 
How 'Resilience' Became Part Of Cities' Climate Change Plans
CPR: November 30
 
Denver Business Journal: November 30
 
Robinson: As world moves to cleaner energy, will U.S. be left behind?
Denver Post: December 1
 
The Colorado Statesman: December 1
 
As Big Food Feels Threat Of Climate Change, Companies Speak Up
CPR: December 1
 
Oil trains raise alarm for Denver residents in growing neighborhoods
Denver Post: December 2
 
Old mines tainting water on federal land pose $21 billion cleanup bill
Denver Post: December 3
 
Colorado high court denies Hickenlooper in Clean Power Plan split with AG
Denver Post: December 4
 
Denver aims to cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050
Denver Post: December 4
 
Denver Business Journal: December 7
 
Local governments jockey for greater say in Colorado drilling
Denver Post: December 7
 
Denver Business Journal: December 7
 
Denver Business Journal: December 7
 
While job growth lifts most of US economy, oil patch suffers
Denver Post: December 7
 
More producers boost their bets on oil play northeast of Denver
Denver Post: December 7
 
Denver Business Journal: December 7

 
General Business
Citywide Banks takes advantage of the market, raises $7 million from private investors
Denver Business Journal: November 25
 
Denver Business Journal: December 4
 
Denver Business Journal: December 4
 
Pioneering Denver developer Jordon Perlmutter dies at age 84
Denver Post: December 7
 
Report: Climate Change Will Effect Colorado's Food Supply
CPR: December 7
 
Health Care
Becker's Hospital Review: December 4
 
Hospital provider fee is a billion dollar political fight in Colorado
Denver Post: December 7
 
Colorado health exchange has 42,000 enrollees, hoping for 190,000
Denver Post: December 7
 
Denver Business Journal: December 7
 
Immigration
Pew: Driver's licenses for immigrants challenge Colorado, other states
Denver Post: November 30
 
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: December 2
 
Labor/Employment
Denver Business Journal: December 8
 
Marijuana
Denver scales back plan to bar new players in marijuana industry
Denver Post: November 25
 
Denver Business Journal: December 1


Denver Post: December 30

 Denver Post: December 30

Pinnacol Assurance
 
Transportation
Partners primed for coming Lone Tree light rail extension
Denver Post: November 25
 
Denver Business Journal: November 30
 
Frontier's contraction spurs expansion of competitors at DIA
Denver Post: November 30
 
Uber and Enterprise launch Denver car-rental pilot to attract drivers
Denver Post: December 1
 
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: December 2
 
CDOT says I-70 traction law making winter mountain drive better
Denver Post: December 4
 
Denver Business Journal: December 8
 
USDOT throws down $50 million challenge to make travel easier, cleaner
Denver Post: December 8

Bond Buyer: December 22
 
The Coloradoan: December 27