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COBRT President Jeff Wasden, Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran and Senate President Kevin Grantham

Transportation is one of the most important issues facing lawmakers this year. The need to repair and expand Colorado's roads and bridges has never been so dire, provided Colorado's recent population boom and lack of a reliable, permanent funding source for transportation.

In an event hosted and moderated by Fix Colorado Roads and the Colorado Business Roundtable on February 21, 2017 at ICOSA Event Center, key state policymakers heard directly from the business community about how Colorado's current transportation infrastructure system impacts business and commerce. The evening also featured a conversation with legislative leaders about solutions being considered at the Capitol and the status of their negotiations. Read more

See Colorado Statesman and Denver Post for more about this event!

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Stream or Download These Recent Episodes
February 17 - Peter Moore - VITAL for Colorado
February 20 - Colorado Succeeds - Launch My Career Colorado 
February 21 - Kelly Sloan - Local Governments Require Supervision Too
February 22 - Tom Clark - Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.
February 23 - Jeff Campos - Global Chamber 

Still to come this week:
February 24 - Jim Salestrom & Steve Friesen - Buffalo Bill 
February 27 - Boy Scouts - Sports Breakfast    
February 28 - Carol Carter - GlobalMindED
March 1 - Stephanie Veck - Colorado Workforce Development Council and Talent Found
March 2 - Driving Forward - Transportation Event Recap 
March 3  - Peter Moore - VITAL for Colorado  
Education and Workforce 

Colorado Business Roundtable's Inner Circle gives our members access to the Colorado's top business women and men. Inner Circle members share their leadership lessons and invite you to learn more about them and their organizations. We've be adding new members every week, so stay tuned in the newsletter and on social media as the COBRT Inner Circle continues to expand
Based in the "mile-high" city, Sean is known for his 360-degree thinking. By marrying online and offline tactics, he is a mastermind in creating campaigns that not only improve the political environment but also impact the real world. This often involves generating ideas and strategies for his clients that successfully exert pressure "inside and outside the dome." His track record proves it.
Over the course of his career, he has served in deputy chief of staff positions, as well as worked on the campaigns of President George W. Bush, presidential contender Bob Dole, Colorado Governor Bill Owens, Colorado Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman.

Education and Workforce 

The success of Colorado business and Colorado students are inextricably linked. We are looking for a wide variety of Colorado business leaders who understand this critical relationship and want to convene drive continuous improvement. Whether you are in the financial sector, transportation, media, technology, energy or others, this is your opportunity to be a leader in a new statewide business education coalition. 

If you may be interested in having your business play a role in shaping the coursework that Colorado students will experience, join us (Colorado Business Roundtable, Colorado Succeeds, Colorado Community College System, and MBA Research & Curriculum Center) for breakfast to learn more and connect. We'll start with meetings in Denver, Greeley and Colorado Springs. Learn more and RSVP by March 10
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, center, and members of the winning teams that competed in the Go Code Colorado challenge 2016. (Photo by Lynn Bartels)

Join Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams as he hosts, with the Colorado Technology Association and Colorado Business Roundtable, a discussion on GoCode. This discussion is a can't-miss event if you are interested in tech entrepreneurship or civic engagement.

4140 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80216

Whether you are an App Developer or just curious to learn more about the 2017 challenge statement, you will want to attend this FREE roundtable discussion.
Seating is limited; please register here.
The century-old automotive business model is facing an unprecedented technological disruption. As the auto industry continues to embrace autonomous, shared and electric mobility, it is fast becoming the face of innovation - and investors are taking notice.

On average, current vehicles are in use for about an hour each day, yet account for almost half of the world's oil demand and approximately 3,500 deaths worldwide.  With statistics such as these, it is no wonder that companies are creating new ways to improve consumer experience, sustainability and public safety. Read more
Immigration Policy 
This week, New American Economy (NAE) released its interactive map highlighting the economic impact of immigrants in all 435 congressional districts and 50 major metro areas across the country. 
To highlight the map and data release, more than 140 planned events and actions, in 37 states, covering over 175 congressional districts are taking place over the course of the next several days - and these numbers only continue to grow! Business, tech, ag and other leaders are hosting press conferences and roundtable discussions, writing opinion pieces, sending out press releases, sharing the information on social media, and more, to highlight this new information. 

If you have not already done so, please consider issuing a statement about the impact in your city or district and tweeting the map to highlight the economic impact of immigrants locally using #MapTheImpact.
Tax and Fiscal Policy 
From Job Creators Network: If Democrats and Republicans can agree on anything it's stagnating wages. Median family income dropped from $57,790 in 2000 to $56,516 in 2015. To address the problems, some have pushed to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. But only 1.7 percent of the 77 million hourly employees even earn the minimum wage, and just 395,000 are over the age of 25 and earning entry-level wages for entry-level work like cashiers and waiters. Learn more
From Manufacturer's Edge: Did you know that, even though the official Manufacturing Day 2017 doesn't take place until October, you can start registering your events now? Any manufacturing-related, public event that takes place in 2017 counts as an official MFG Day 17 event and helps us put Colorado on the map! Are you hosting a facility tour? A networking mixer? A webinar or training session? Registering your event is fast and easy. Just visit the MFG Day website and they'll walk you through it. Or contact Manufacturer's Edge. We would be happy to answer your questions and assist you with the process. Email Manufacturer's Edge for more information.
International Business 
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the World Trade Center Denver are now accepting applications for the 2017 Governor's Award for Excellence in Exporting. This award has been given to Colorado exporters annually since 1970 and recognizes economic growth through international business. Winners will be formally recognized on May 16, 2017 at World Trade Day, the region's premier international trade event. Learn more and apply
Energy and Environment 

Also in Colorado energy news: Broomfield council votes to include oil, gas language in Comp Plan by the Broomfield Enterprise
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Last week, NSBA held its 2017 Small Business Congress in Washington, D.C. where small-business leaders from across the country discussed topics ranging from tax reform and alternative financing to improving the Affordable Care Act and regulatory reform. The two-day conference was packed full with policy discussions and culminated in attendees voting on what will be NSBA's Top Priority Issues for the coming two years.

Smarter Approach Toward Regulation Will Boost Economic Growth
Business Roundtable delivered a letter to the White House underscoring the "Top Regulations of Concern" identified by CEOs along with recommendations for minimizing their economic impact. Business Roundtable believes taking a smarter approach toward regulation is a key element in strengthening economic growth and job creation. Read more

See all at our events page and use this contact form to add yours!

Day at the Capitol by Colorado Technology Association
3/1 -- 3/15 -- 3/30 -- 4/4 -- 4/11
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Babson College: The National Cohort (Info Session)
2017 Made in Colorado Manufacturing Forum & Awards by ColoradoBiz Magazine
3/8/17 (new date)
International Women's Day by World Denver 
Business Leaders for Responsible Government - Construction Litigation Reform
Colorado Business Education Coalition (Meeting in Denver)
Colorado Aerospace Day at the Capitol
The Tank - Business Supporting Our Community by South Metro Denver Chamber 
Colorado Business Education Coalition (Meeting in Colorado Springs)
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