Weekly News from COBRT - April 24th, 2018
April 24, 2018

Colorado Business Roundtable is committed to working with our partners, industry leaders, and the business community to ensure students today are prepared for jobs tomorrow. By using new technologies and collaborating with industry & education leadership, we can build a nimble, connected, supportive ecosystem that drives a new way of working and learning. 

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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Thank you to everyone who came to our Energy and Manufacturing Event in Greeley this past Friday. We hope you enjoyed the conversation. We would like to give a special thank you to Xcel Energy for sponsoring the event. Also a big thank you to Congressman Buck and our panelists who took time out of their schedule to speak to everyone. 
Jamie Dimon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co., discussed a wide range of policy issues in a CBS News interview this week, highlighting the strong U.S. economy: "The tax reform is helping. Regulatory reform is helping. Wages are going up. More people are coming back into the workforce." Responding to a question about meeting with the President, Dimon noted his chairmanship of the Business Roundtable, saying, "We're trying to give him our insights and what we think would be good for the country." The interview (video) took place as JPMorgan announced a major expansion into the greater Washington, DC, market. 
Colorado Business Roundtable understands the importance of an efficient, integrated transportation system to our business community. Our infrastructure is the platform for a modern, competitive economy, one that allows for productivity, innovation, safe movement of goods, and supports a high quality of life. 

Colorado, like the United States, has failed to make adequate investments in transportation. Disagreements among business groups mirrors the challenges legislators have faced on finding the right strategy to fund our $9 billion dollar shortfall. Priorities should center on statewide solutions, accelerating our permitting process, attracting private investment, and allows for local input on pressing priorities. 

Thanks to the leadership of many in and out of the Capitol, a compromise version of SB1 passed unanimously out of the State Senate and has become the consensus choice among Colorado's leading business organizations. The two key components that business groups are rallying behind is the $495 million from this year's budget surplus, and a long-term commitment of funding towards transportation. If SB1 passes, it will represent the largest commitment towards transportation in over 20 years. 

One of the targets of a lawsuit filed Tuesday by two Colorado counties and the city of Boulder says climate change is bigger than the one company - and tackling it will require a coordinated effort. "Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a global issue and requires global participation and actions," said Scott Silvestri, a spokesperson for Exxon Mobil, based in the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas. 

Lockheed Martin CEO: Space Industry Has A Once-In-A-Generation Opportunity
Colorado's biggest space company is trying to be more nimble, speeding up design and production of space technologies to match what the U.S. military wants and where the industry is headed. The change at Lockheed Martin's space division, headquartered outside Denver, reflects how digital technologies are reshaping the industry at a time when nations, some of them potential adversaries, are investing in space like never before, said Marillyn Hewson, CEO, president and chairwoman of Lockheed Martin Corp. 

Economic Literacy Colorado is excited to announce the winner of the second annual Kay Schmidt Young Economist Scholarship essay contest, Mannon Frykholm, of Fairview High School, Boulder. The scholarship, which provides a $1,000 cash award. 

Mannon's essay was selected from thirty submissions, all responding to the prompt, "What Economics Means to Me." We congratulate Mannon and her economics teacher, Amy Paa-Rogers. 
The Colorado Business Leaders for NAFTA (CBL4NAFTA) strongly encourage President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and other Administration officials to extend the steel and aluminum exemptions placed on our neighbors and NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico, and make them permanent. 

Business Roundtable this week released an updated analysis of the economic impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on the United States and all 50 states. The analysis shows that exports to and imports from Canada and Mexico support 11 million U.S. jobs. Exports to the two NAFTA partners also totaled $583 billion in 2016, up 37 percent since 2006. The website,trade.brt.org , features a map with NAFTA-related data on each of the 50 states. The full report is here.
It's no secret that the world's population is becoming increasingly urban. By 2045, estimates put 6 billion people living in urban centers. Dealing with all those people will be no small task for urban centers. As John Wilmoth, Director of UN DESA's Population Division puts it, "Managing urban areas has become one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century."

The space ship being developed by Louisville-based Sierra Nevade Corp. Space Systems is finding itself a star of this year's massive annual space industry gathering in Colorado Springs. The Dream Chaser space craft is on display in front of the Broadmoor Hotel's conference center, which hosted the 34th Annual Space Symposium, a conference that's drawn 14,000 space industry and military officials. 

Denver's ozone levels have improved and even a slightly higher particle pollution level since last year remains well below national standards, according to the American Lung Association's 2018 "State of the Air" report released Tuesday. 

Nine cities across the West and Southwest had fewer high ozone days, according to the report, "including five that experienced their fewest days since the report began: Modesto-Merced, CA; Las Vegas; Denver; El Centro, CA; and Dallas-Fort Worth." The remaining four also improved their ozone levels over last year's report, including Phoenix, Houston, and Fort Collins, Colo. 

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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. 

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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DEA April Take Back Social Media Tool Kit For Take Meds Back
The 15th DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue The DEA's Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. The Take Back Day will happen nationally on April 28, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Take Meds Seriously's "Take Meds Back" program is asking for your help to spread the message via social media. Below are some basic details and attachments for your digital teams to copy and paste, edit or co-brand for your target audiences.

Take Meds Back Landing Page ULR Links for Social Channels:
Please use these URLs to help us track which social medium is getting the biggest reach for future Take Meds Seriously campaigning.  Thanks!
Handles to mention:
@deahq @takemedsserious @rxconsortium @CDPHE
Hash Tags:
  • DEA Hashtags: #TakeBackDay   #DontBeADealer
  • Take Meds Hashtags:  #SafeDisposal #ProtectOurWatersCO  #TMB  #TakeBackCO
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