The Can't Miss Events Issue of COBRT Weekly News
Transportation and Logistics 
Join us with Colorado Senate President Kevin Grantham and Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives Crisanta Duran along with CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt for networking and discussion about the future of the state's transportation infrastructure. 
ICOSA Event Center
4100 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80216

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4-5 p.m. Monday through Friday or live stream online. Podcasts are available at www.cobrt.com/radio and on your favorite podcast app the day after live airing.

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Still to come this week:
  • February 10 - Kristen Muzzy & Tom Bugnitz - Manufacturing
  • February 13 - Pat Maley - Vistage
  • February 14 - Rebecca Laurie - Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
  • February 15 - Anthony Lambatos - Footers Catering
  • February 16 - Paul Bergman - U.S. Commercial Service Export Assistance
  • February 17 - 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'll be adding new members every week, so stay tuned in the newsletter and on social media as the COBRT Inner Circle continues to expand!
Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker blends her passion for education with her experience in nonprofit governance and over 20 years of business leadership as the president of Colorado State University-Global Campus, first and only 100% online, independently accredited, state, nonprofit university. 

We asked Dr. Takeda-Tinker about industry trends that have an impact on her role as a leader. She noted that there are 40 million adults with some college but no degree, yet by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school. 
Colorado Business Roundtable and FWD.us are convening Colorado's new statewide immigration coalition as we look at President Trump's Executive Orders around immigration and critical reforms necessary for an immigration system that protects communities, respects our laws, and allows businesses the important workforce to innovate, expand and compete globally. Space is limited.
Technology 
Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced on January 18, 2017 the launch of a platform to gather ideas for how public data can deliver business insights. 

"We believe public data is an asset and that it ought to be more easily accessible and usable for the people of Colorado, especially business decision-makers," said Secretary Williams. 

"But we need your help. We're looking for your ideas on how public data can create business insights. That includes everyone from the owner of a small business to a manager or CEO of a large corporation. How can public data help you?" Read more
Join Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams as he hosts, with the Colorado Technology Association and Colorado Business Roundtable, a discussion on GoCode. This 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.


House Votes to Overturn 'Blacklisting' Executive Order on Federal Contractors
In action backed by the Business Roundtable, the House of Representatives last week voted 236-187 in favor of a Congressional Review Act resolution overturning regulations to enact a 2014 Executive Order (EO13673). Commonly known as the "blacklisting" regulations, the Department of Labor rules expanded reporting requirements for federal contractors that may have violated labor laws. "We strongly support the goals of ensuring that only responsible companies do business with the federal government and that those companies compete on a level playing field," wrote Wes Bush of Northrop Grumman, Chair of BRT's Education and Workforce Committee, to House members. However, he wrote, the executive order is unnecessary and redundant, would add $474 million in regulatory costs, and will increase litigation while pressuring employers to settle meritless claims. (See BRT letter.)
 
Court Lets Employers Retain Flexibility in Wellness Programs; BRT Had Filed Amicus Brief
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected an attempt by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to restrict incentives under employer-offered wellness programs. On January 25, the court dismissed EEOC v. Flambeau, an appeal from federal district court in which the EEOC has sued Flambeau because its company wellness program required employee health assessments and screenings that the commission considered coercive and a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. While a victory for employers, the court's action does not set a precedent; it dismissed the case as moot since Flambeau dropped its wellness programs. BRT sent a letter to the EEOC when it first sued three companies, including Honeywell, and followed with an amicus brief  in support of Flambeau. For more on the case, see the full BRT summary, and this legal summary prepared for BRT.
 
BRT Draws on White House Meetings to Reaffirm Policies on Trade, Dodd-Frank Reform, Tax
President Trump's meetings with Congressional leaders and top CEOs last week - including eight BRT members - provided Business Roundtable an opportunity to reinforce its policies on trade and financial regulation. The White House meeting Thursday dealt with renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In social media and in outreach to reporters, BRT pointed to a recent statement: "NAFTA has helped create important markets for American-produced goods and services, but it is more than 20 years old and it makes sense to reexamine it." BRT highlighted its support for "smart financial regulation - including improvements to Dodd-Frank - that encourage greater investment and advance America's competitiveness in the global economy." BRT also noted a related interview with Mark Weinberger of EY, Chair of BRT's Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee, on tax reform.
 
The Top Line - The economy added 227,000 jobs in January while the unemployment rate remained steady at 4.8 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week. The strong payroll growth exceeded expectations, but the pace of wage growth disappointed. 

See all at our events page and use this contact form to add yours!
2/15/17
2/18/17
Ball for All Gala: A Roaring Mardi Gras by Center for Legal Inclusiveness 
2/21/17
2017 Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Annual Conference 
2/21/17
Driving Forward Transportation Networking by Fix CO Roads and Colorado Business Roundtable
2/22/17
Secretary of State Wayne Williams Joins COBRT in GoCode Discussion
2/23/17
Immigration Reform Roundtable with FWD.us and COBRT 
2/28/17
3/7/17
2017 Made in Colorado Manufacturing Forum & Awards by ColoradoBiz Magazine
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