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Gov. Hickenlooper speaks on Colorado's innovative cybersecurity measures. Photo by LaCome Events.

Tech Community Gathers at Colorado Tech Summit to Boost State's Momentum 
The Colorado tech community gathered yesterday at the Denver Marriott Tech Center for the annual Colorado Tech Summit produced by Colorado Technology Association (CTA). Participants were fully immersed in tech, learning about emerging trends that will shape the future and engaging in thought-provoking discussions.

Leaders from Colorado's tech community shared their expertise and insights on topics such as Virtual and Augmented Reality, Internet of Things, Smart and Safe Cities, and Prescriptive Analytics. Undoubtedly, tech is transforming and strengthening the Colorado economy, and continual collaboration across our community is key to maintaining the atmosphere... More
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Stream or Download These Recent Episodes
Still to come this week: 
October 21 - Peter Moore - VITAL for Colorado
October 24 - Anna Ewing, Colorado Innovation Network and Dan Powers, CO-LABS
October 25 - Barry Gore, Adams County Economic Development 
October 26 - Jeff Krebbs & Lauren Beede, Make-A-Wish Colorado 
October 27 - John Lanning, Global MindED
October 28 - Deborah Jordy and Meredith Badler - Colorado Business Committee for the Arts 

Education and Workforce
The Latino Leadership Institute at DU has reached a splendid achievement in establishing an homage to the Latino leaders who have made significant contributions to the State of Colorado for centuries. The Colorado Latino Hall of Fame's first members were inducted this Tuesday evening.

The evening provided many highlights, first as Governor John Hickenlooper marveled at the great leaders to be inducted, including honorable Federico Peña. Hickenlooper said, "There has not been anyone of any ethnicity, who has done more for Colorado than Federico Peña." More
Smart Regulation 
Colorado Business Roundtable partnered with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and over 25 other organizations to bring the U.S. Senate Candidate Forum over lunch on Monday, October 17

Incumbent U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and challenger Darryl Glenn each had the opportunity to discuss key business issues such as economic development, job creation, immigration, workforce, energy, education and health care.

We also heard about five important ballot items: Amendments 69, 70 and 71 and Propositions 107 and 108. Those presentations were made by Kent Thiry, DaVita; Christian Reece, Club 20; Sonia Riggs, Colorado Restaurant Association; and Ted LeightyColorado Association of REALTORS. The forum was moderated by Denver Business Journal's Ed SealoverSee ballot recommendations
Economic Development
An op-ed from COBRT President Jeff Wasden: In Colorado, we are known for many things: beautiful mountains, unbeatable skiing, world-class dining and breathtaking national parks, to name a few. However, what doesn't get enough recognition is our manufacturing sector, a powerhouse essential to our Rocky Mountain economy.

How important exactly is manufacturing to our state's economy? One of the best measures of an industry's contribution to an economy is its exports. In 2013, exports in Colorado's advanced manufacturing sector totaled $4.8 billion. That accounted for 93 percent of Colorado's exports.

It is my responsibility to understand what industries, policies and trends are driving the Colorado economy. Over the last few years, our economy has performed well compared to the rest of the nation. We have seen decreases in the unemployment rate, increases in our GDP and an incredible tourism boom, all of which have marked Colorado as a leader in economic recovery following the Great Recession... More
From University of Colorado: Economics Professor Keith Maskus has been named chief economist for the U.S. Department of State. Maskus, a professor of distinction who also was the director of CU Boulder's Program on International Development, is beginning the two-year appointment - based in Washington, D.C. - this month. Click here for the press release, and check out the Q&A to learn more about the new position and what he'll miss most about Colorado while he is serving for two years in D.C.
Health and Retirement
Secure Futures Colorado is a non-profit advocacy initiative to advance substantive reforms of Colorado's public employee retirement system. The initiative is built around four principles -- ensure retirement security for public employees; add fiscal responsibility and solvency to the system; expand transparency; and support a system that fits the employment patterns for younger, future generations.
Chuck Reed, the former mayor of San Jose and a leading national expert on pension reform, will be one of the speakers at this roundtable discussion on the need for reform. He will be joined by Ben Valore-Caplan, a former member of the PERA Board. Eric Sondermann will moderate the discussion and will talk about Secure Futures Colorado. NEXT TUESDAY, OCT 25 at COBRT: RSVP now
Learn more about National Retirement Security Week from The National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA).
Consider Your Retirement Savings Goals with National Small Business Association
And ask, Are you on track for a secure retirement? with myRA from the U.S. Department of the Treasury
Tax & Fiscal Policy
During its September meeting, the Federal Reserve decided against raising interest rates - as many had expected. The Fed cited that, while the case for an increase had strengthened, it would like to see further evidence of progress before they decide to raise rates. Though there are two more meetings left this year, economists believe that all eyes will be on December as November will be too close to the election for a major increase decision.

While some are predicting a rate hike will occur in December, we disagree that the case for the next rate hike has strengthened. Morgan Stanley's Chief US Economist Ellen Zentner believes justifying a hike this year will not be easy and the Fed will take no action this year or next. Given more accommodative monetary policy... More
International Business
The newest round of regulatory amendments on Cuba policy went into effect this Monday. These changes are the sixth round of amendments to U.S. regulations on Cuba since December 17, 2014 and represent a continuation of the administration's policy of increasing engagement with Cuba and the Cuban people. Importantly, these latest changes open up the possibility of cooperation within healthcare and biomedical research, as well as expand authorization for investment in Cuban infrastructure to benefit the Cuban people.

In sum, the new amendments:
  • Authorize some transactions related to Cuban-origin pharmaceuticals and joint medical research
  • Allow for more authorized trade between U.S. and Cuba in certain sectors (e.g. consumer goods)
  • Facilitate authorized travel to Cuba and allow additional travel-related imports (e.g. rum, cigars)
  • Expand authorization for grants and humanitarian-related services to benefit the Cuban people... More
Denver Chosen as Forbes' Best Place for Business and Careers
"We chose Colorado because of its central location, as well as the high quality of life the state offers to our employees," said David Layton, co-head of private equity for Swiss investment manager Partners Group which recently announced Denver as its new Americas headquarters. This is the second year in a row that Denver has topped the list. 
Consumer Energy Alliance Speaks at LCD Forum
Last week, CEA Executive Vice President Andrew Browning spoke at the LDC Forum in Denver regarding the state of energy in the US and CEA's initiatives aimed at promoting consumer interests, particularly the Pipelines for America campaign. For more information, please contact Andrew Browning at  
New York Times Columnist Notes BRT's New Principles on Governance, Diversity
A New York Times online columnist has cited Business Roundtable work on board diversity as a model of corporate governance. "It is the most prominent acknowledgment of diversity as a governance principle, and a standard that nominating committees are advised to adopt, writes Michael W. Peregrine, a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery. "It does not retreat from principles of competency-based governance as much as it recasts concepts of competency in a more inclusive manner - one that attributes new value to skills, experience and expertise that is reflective of the broader range of society."
Help Connect Colorado's Workforce to AT&T's Need for Technicians
Here, product innovators, technology mavens, customer service champions, master technicians and business leaders of tomorrow find their home. We seek the brightest minds in an evolving workplace. The A-listers of our industry. The quarterbacks of the next generation. And those who get drafted to the team will walk a red carpet of rewards. For more information and to apply for immediate consideration, send your contacts to

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PERA Reform Roundtable by Secure Futures Colorado
Denver Marijuana Management Symposium
32nd Annual Meeting and Luncheon by Colorado Oil & Gas Association
3rd Annual Legislative Reception by Colorado Business Roundtable

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