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

Thursday, March 3, Colorado Concern Clean Power Plan Breakfast with David Eves (Xcel), Patrick Mooney (IREA) & Dave Lock (Tri-State), hosted by Barry Hirschfeld & Steve Farber
7:30 to 9:00 a.m., Colorado Concern, 140 E. 19th Avenue, Suite 400

Monday, March 14, Defining Issues Breakfast hosted by Kent Thiry and co-chaired by Dan Ritchie and Brad Holly
7:30 to 9:30 a.m., DaVita, 2000 16th Street, Denver

Wednesday, March 17  Meeting with Senate President Bill Cadman and Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman
2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Colorado State Capitol (another meeting with Senators Cadman and Guzman will take place April 14 at 2:00)

Wednesday, March 23, Meeting with House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst and Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso
3:00 to 4:00 p.m., Colorado State Capitol (additional meeting with Hullinghorst and DelGrosso April 20 at 3:00)

Friday, March 25, Colorado Concern Annual Luncheon with Governor John Hickenlooper
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Carriage House at the Governor's Mansion

Tuesday, April 19, Colorado Concern Membership Networking Luncheon Hosted by Sylvia Young
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Colorado Concern, 140 E. 19th Avenue, Suite 400

The legislative session rumbles along at a slow rate, highlighted now and then by each party killing off the "platform" bills offered by the other.

Bills that we hope will gain bipartisan support and are working on are taking shape little by little.  For example, building a legislative fix to the state's construction defects laws is underway.  It's slow but many legislators feel pressure to resolve this matter because a dozen local governments in the area recently have taken definitive action by putting reforms in place since the state has not.  This includes Denver, Lakewood and Aurora.  Some 2.5 million Coloradans, in fact, live in cities that have enacted reform policies.

Our position is that we want meaningful reform, not merely the passage of a bill, so that home prices come down and builders can construct for sale multi-family projects again.   It is unlikely that this legislative session will produce a result like that, but we are optimistic that we can at least take a small step in that direction.

Speaking of the legislature, as a member you are invited to join me each month as I meet with the party leaders in both houses.  The design of these meetings is to foster a dialogue with leading policymakers about the state's business economy.  Please see the list of events on the sidebar and register there.

Finally, consider forming your own connection to a legislator.  Our board and other members have paired up with both Republicans and Democrats in the house and senate with the plan of meeting together once per quarter to discuss the state's business climate.  If you would to join in please email Julia Kiewit:


Colorado Concern Legislative Update

Click here to find out what legislation Colorado Concern is tracking this year. The report includes links to bill text, sponsors, Colorado Concern's positions, bill status, and additional notes.

Please join us in welcoming new members Chris Frampton with East West Partners and Greg Schmidt with Saunders Construction to Colorado Concern.  Their bios, phone numbers and email addresses are below.
Click here to download the electronic 2016 Colorado Concern Membership Directory through the secure file sharing site Brick FTP.  The directory includes full profiles for all Colorado Concern members, staff and consultants and can be used to replace all profiles in your Membership Directory binder.  Click here to download only the profiles of new members. 
Chris Frampton
Managing Partner
East West Partners - Denver

Chris is the managing partner of East West Partners - Denver, the developer of Riverfront Park, master developer of Denver's Union Station, and developer of the Landmark in Greenwood Village. He is also president of the Civic Center Conservancy board, the city of Denver's partner in revitalizing Denver's only national historic landmark, Civic Center Park.

Chris and his wife, Yvette, have three children, all under ten and all awesome. They also have a great dog named Mia.

Greg Schmidt
President & CEO
Saunders Construction

Greg has worked in construction since 1991 and joined Saunders in 1994. He has held positions such as project engineer, estimator, project manager, pre-construction manager, director of business development, senior vice president of business development and preconstruction services and executive vice president. Prior to joining Saunders, Greg worked in the consulting structural engineering field, and he is a registered Professional Engineer.

There are still seats available for the February 26 luncheon hosted by David McReynolds, President of Columbine Health Plan, featuring a panel of health insurance industry experts that will discuss the single payer issue on November's ballot.  The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, 410 17th Street, 22nd floor.  Click here to register. 
Blair Richardson (Chairman)
John Ikard (Treasurer)
Mike Kopp (Executive Director)
Steve Farber
Tim Gill
Pat Hamill
A. Barry Hirschfeld 
L. Roger Hutson
Bill Hybl
Walter Isenberg
David McReynolds
Larry A. Mizel 
Chip Rimer
Dan Ritchie 
Rick Sapkin
Sylvia Young