Weekly News from COBRT - April 17th, 2018
April 17, 2018

Wasden in Washington, D.C.

Colorado Business Roundtable President Jeff Wasden spent two days in DC last week meeting with Business Roundtable (BRT) leadership and State Business Roundtable Executives (SBRE) from across the country.

"As the state affiliate of the Business Roundtable, COBRT appreciates the support, relationship, and opportunity to meet with BRT leadership. The Business Roundtable is on the leading edge of some critical economic issues facing U.S. companies and workers and COBRT is thankful for not only the timely updates from DC, but also the visionary leadership and prescriptive, pragmatic solutions offered by our nation's leading CEO's", commented President Wasden.

This year's meetings in DC focused on international engagement, trade and tariffs, infrastructure, and update on tax reform. In addition, BRT companies Apple presented on "Apple in the Workforce and in Your Pocket" and IBM "Growing P-Tech in the United States."

To learn more about Business Roundtable and Colorado Business Roundtable, please contact Lisa Gregg at lgregg@cobrt.com or Jeff Wasden at jwasden@cobrt.com. 
The Colorado Business Roundtable and Colorado State University-Global Campus are proud to co-host a roundtable event on the current and looming cybersecurity challenges facing business, government and military. The event will improve awareness, educate, and engender real understanding of the issues at hand regarding cyberthreats, defenses, detection and response.

Join us for a keynote address from Vance Brown, CEO of the National Cybersecurity Center followed by a panel discussion with corporate leaders that will discuss pressing needs, new technologies, the shifting threat landscape, and the growing need to help educate, train and equip the cyber workforce.
The panelists include:
  • Chris Boyer, Assistant Vice President for Global Public Policy, AT&T
  • Doug Lhotka, Executive Cybersecurity Architect, IBM
  • Andrea Young, COO, NewCloud Networks
  • Thomas Hartman, Talent Development Coordinator, Colorado Workforce Development Council
  • Sean McNeill, Threat Management Expert, Microsoft
This event will be moderated by Dr. Charles Lively, CSU-Global's Program Chair for Information Technology and Computer Science.

Please join us on May 10th from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at CSU-Global Campus at 7800 E Orchard Road, #200, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

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Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano joined the presidents and chancellors from the University of Denver, Colorado State University and Metropolitan State University at the State of Higher Education Forum. With approximately 150 people in attendance representing business, government and the broader Colorado community, the panelists explored topics such as successful business partnerships; changes that need to happen in order for higher education to be more relevant, nimbler and agile; how higher education is meeting the needs of the industry, and what is the value proposition for today's students. 

Denver is attracting highly skilled labor at the fastest rate in the country, according to a new study. In its report, JLL used U.S. Census Bureau estimates to measure the growth of a specific segment of the city's population - adults over 25 with a bachelor's degree in the region between 2012 and 2016. 

The Denver Business Journal was named Colorado's best large weekly newspaper for the sixth straight year as the Colorado Press Association presented its annual honors Saturday night. In addition to receiving the statewide newspaper trade group's "General Excellence" award, the DBJ also won best-in-category "sweepstakes" awards for news and for photo/design excellence in the statewide industry organization's annual Colorado Better Newspaper Contest. 

Business Roundtable Welcomes Plan To Speed Infrastructure Permitting
A new Administration plan to expedite reviews of major infrastructure projects will improve U.S. competitiveness and economic growth, Business Roundtable said in a statement Monday following the announcement of the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding. Under the plan, a single federal agency will shepherd an infrastructure project through the review process, setting a two-year goal of approving its permit. "While much work remains to revitalize our nation's aging infrastructure, this is a vital step forward in accelerating long-overdue infrastructure improvements throughout the country," said Mike Burke, Chairman and CEO of AECOM and Chair of the Business Roundtable Infrastructure Committee. Mark Costa, Chairman and CEO of Eastman and Chair of the Business Roundtable Smart Regulation Committee, said the plan would help overcome "onerous permitting processes and lengthy reviews" that have stymied infrastructure investment. The Administration prominently cited the CEO statements on its website.
Special Report: How Innovations Are Redefining Health Care
Colorado health systems are investing unprecedented amounts of money in new facilities, and no small amount of that spending is going toward new equipment. The machines and devices being rolled out by hospitals and physicians are using technology to change major surgeries, ongoing studies, sleep disorder and more. 

At the third annual Colorado Manufacturing Awards (CMAs), the common threads were innovation and Colorado pride. For the April 5 event at the University of Denver's Cable Center, finalists came from all over the state: Carbondale, Crested Butte, Durango, Divide, Grand Junction, Fort Collins/Loveland, Boulder/Louisville, Colorado Springs/Woodland Park, and Denver and its suburban neighbors. And why not? As Taylor notes, manufacturing in Colorado has "arrived". According to a recent analysis cited at the event, Colorado's "direct Industry activity supports a total of 441,000 jobs in the state, and contributes approximately $47 billion in state GDP." 
Held on May 16, 2017 at the Colorado Convention Center from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm, this year's theme, Containers to the Cloud: Trade as Goods, Services and Knowledge will focus on the diverse nature of international trade around the movement of products, services, and knowledge across borders.  Learn about our region's prominence in global trade and identify ways to jump-start your global business, mitigate risk and protect your innovations. 

Former Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia will take over as president of the Colorado Community College System, the state's largest system of higher education. 

The State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education made the announcement Wednesday. Garcia will take over for the retiring Nancy McCallin in overseeing 13 colleges and 39 campuses across Colorado that serve over 137,000 students. 

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The Brown Palace Hotel has sold for an undisclosed price, according to an internal email sent to employees. The new management company will be HEI Hotels & Resorts, which will take over in June. 

The 2018 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 Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, Business-Higher Education Forum, Education Commission of the States, and the Colorado Business Roundtable.

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