Weekly News from COBRT
April 11, 2017
Economic Development
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) announced it is accepting applications for the next round of Blueprint 2.0  initiatives for 2017.   Applications are due June 2.

"In our continued effort to identify opportunities for the entire state to share in our overall economic vitality, this program provides support to rural communities 
who are committed to strengthening their economy." 
G ov. John Hickenlooper.

Blueprint 2.0 leverages state partnerships and specialized resources to address the unique economic development goals of rural Colorado.  Blueprint 2.0 is a bottom-up effort to turn regional feedback on local economic needs into a statewide set of initiatives to advance the economies of rural communities.

The 33rd Space Symposium last week brought aerospace industry leaders and experts from around the world to  discuss, address and plan for the future of space.

There were many inspiring and educational speaker, attendees, and coordinators of the event this year, including:

Salvatore T. "Tory" Bruno,  President & CEO -  United Launch Alliance (ULA)

Robert Meyerson, President - Blue Origin

Maj. Gen. Nina M. Armagno, USAF, Director of Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements and Analysis - Air Force Space Command

Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF (Ret.), Vice Chairman - Space Foundation

U.S. Air Force General John Hyten

Dr. Stephen Volz, Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services - NOAA

Dr. Daniel N. Baker, Director - Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)

Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO - SpaceX

...And many, many more. See a list of all the speakers here

Sign up for next year's 34th Space Symposium here

ICIC will be hosting a series of informational webinars about Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses.

The upcoming deadline for the Fall 2017 National Cohort is April 12th.

"Ready to grow your small business? Receive a world-class business education and connections to a professional support network at no cost! 10,000 Small Businesses is
currently delivered in 14 cities across the U.S. With the launch of 10,000 Small Businesses at Babson College, business owners from all 50 states now have the opportunity to participate in a National Cohort. You built your business, we'll help you grow it - apply today!"
International Business 
The COBRT was honored to partner with The Consulate General of Canada and World Trade
Center Denver
 for an ongoing discussion "Trading Nations: United States, Canada, and the Future of Commerce." 

 Learn more and the view photo gallery here
Tax & Fiscal Policy
As a share of the total state budget, Healthcare Policy & Financing increased from just over 20% of the budget in 2006 to nearly 34% in 2016, at the expense of departments like Transportation, Public Health & Environment, K-12 Education, and Human Services. 

Colorado is now spending $667 more per citizen than it did ten years afo after adjusting for inflation, an increase of over 19%.
Health & Retirement
The tax deadline (Tuesday, April 18) will be here before you know it. If you're like most people, you've already received your federal tax refund - or you will soon. Make sure you're making the most of your refund by saving part of it for your future.

If you need an easy way to start saving, myRA® could be right for you. There's no cost to open an account, and there are no fees and no minimum balance or contribution requirements. It's easy to get started using part of your refund. Turn this one-time payment into something that can pay off in the future. Take a few minutes to open an account today.

Education & Workforce

The 2017 Western Pathways Conference is uniquely focused on an issue central to the future of our economy and society: how can we build an education and workforce development system that will prepare ALL young adults for careers leading to economic independence? 

This will be an action oriented conference in which teams from the participating states will work together to develop plans for addressing such issues as the skills gap, strengthening connections between business and education, providing high-quality career development and career pathways, and much more. 

The Western Pathways Conference will attract national leaders from business, education, government and philanthropy to share knowledge, experience, ideas, and best practices.The Conference is organized and hosted by the Global Pathways Institute at Arizona State University in partnership with the Colorado Business Roundtable, Education Commission of the States, Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, and Business-Higher Education Forum .

Early Childhood Support Workforce Success
Across the country, business executives have observed that too many employees and job applicants lack the "social-emotional skills" necessary to succeed on the job. This has consequences for the capability of businesses to compete in the global economy. 

ReadyNation released a new report, titled Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Support Workforce Success: Why Business Executives Want Employees who Play Well with Others. Here, we examine how high-quality preschool and childcare can contribute to solving this problem. In fact, a new national survey of 300 business decision-makers conducted by Zogby Analytics found that 92 percent agree that children's experiences in the first five years of life affect the development of social-emotional skills later in life.

The March employment report  released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics   was mixed. While payroll growth disappointed by adding only 98,000 jobs - in part due to a series of winter storms - the unemployment rate declined to 4.5 percent and annual wage growth remained solid. 

 For more analysis, see The Top Line PDF below and online here. 

The United States is an exceptional country but something is holding us back, Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., said in his annual letter to shareholders, offering policy prescriptions that closely align with Business Roundtable priorities. "Our problems are significant, and they are not the singular purview of either political party," wrote Dimon, BRT Chairman. "We need coherent, consistent, comprehensive and coordinated policies that help fix these problems."

His recommendations included BRT priorities such as business tax reform, greater planning and investment in infrastructure, and an end to excessive regulations that reduce growth and business formation. Other steps should help more Americans share in the nation's economic opportunities, he said, citing workforce skills, education and an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit. Dimon spoke later at a Yahoo Finance town hall with MBA students.

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