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April 9, 2019
SportsHosts, an app created in 2017 that connects local fans and visitors to go see live sports, soon outgrew its Melbourne, Australia, hometown. And Ensight Energy Consulting, an energy management consulting firm, has ambitions that span beyond its Denver hometown. SportsHosts founder Darren Walls and his team knew that they wanted to connect fans in the U.S., where he says sports are even more of a national passion than in Australia. So he weighed the pros and cons of moving his startup's headquarters to five American cities: New York, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Austin, Texas, and Denver. 

Democrats and Republicans in the Colorado legislature have reached an agreement to allocate $300 million for transportation in this year's budget package, but its unclear what will be cut in order to make that spending possible. "We're going to dig through the couch cushions," said Rep. Daneya Esgar, a Pueblo Democrat and state budget writer who sits on the legislature's powerful Joint Budget Committee. The deal was reached as the House was debating the state's $30.5 billion budget on Thursday and after the Senate agreed to spend an extra $106 million on transportation on top of the initial $230 million that was set aside. 

A bill that will ramp up local regulation of the oil and gas industry and remove Colorado from the business of promoting natural-resources extraction is on its way to Gov. Jared Polis' desk after re-passing the Senate on a fully partisan, Democratic-led vote Wednesday. It is assumed that Polis will sign Senate Bill 181, since the first-year Democratic governor was the lead state official in announcing the roll-out of the bill in February. And while 33 amendments were tacked onto the bill during the course of debate in the Legislature, including several sought by industry leaders, they were not enough to dissuade backers of more regulation from voting against the controversial proposal or to get any opposition Republicans to jump behind it. 

Seattle-based PayScale annually crunches data from college and university graduates to arrive at potential salary estimates for those who hold bachelor's degrees from those institutions. The latest edition of the website's "College Salary Report" used alumni survey data from 3.2 million respondents - representing more than 4,000 higher education institutions - to arrive at early and mid-career earnings for those organizations' graduates. 

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In a joint statement, the Business Roundtable, the European Round Table of Industrialists and Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) shared their support for the trilateral efforts of the trade ministers of the United States, the EU and Japan to modernize and revitalize the World Trade Organization. "Business Roundtable supports the U.S. Administration's work with our European and Japanese allies and their commitment to develop together market-oriented policies that can modernize and strengthen the multilateral rules-based trading system and the WTO," said Tom Linebarger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cummins and Chair of the Business Roundtable Trade and International Committee in a news release. "Workers, farmers and businesses in the United States and around the world depend on a well-functioning multilateral trading system that facilitates the free flow of trade and investment, and that ensures members abide by their commitments."

In a letter submitted to the Administration, Business Roundtable voiced its serious concerns regarding executive actions that would shutdown, partially shutdown or significantly slow commerce at the U.S.-Mexico border. "Closing the border would back up thousands of trucks, impact billions of dollars of goods each day, cripple supply chains and stall U.S. manufacturing and business activity," President & CEO Joshua Bolten said in the letter. "Instead, we urge the Administration to keep U.S. land ports of entry open to legal commerce to support U.S. economic growth and competitiveness."

Wings Over the Rockies, a Denver-based non-profit organization, is pleased to announce it has officially secured a TV series on Rocky Mountain PBS. The series, called Behind the Wings, features long-time museum curator Matthew Burchette as he goes behind the scenes with famous aircraft and aerospace icons. Each 30 minute episode of Behind the Wings begins at a Wings Over the Rockies location with an in-dept look at an iconic aircraft or artifact before transporting viewers to exclusive locations around the country. Get a private tour of Cessna Manufacturing in Independence, Kansas, chat with pilots on the flight line of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, crawl around the second olders B-52 Stratofortress in the world and so much more. 

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