Weekly News from COBRT - December 12th, 2017
December 12, 2017
Thank you to everyone who came and supported the first annual Collaboration in Industry Awards. The event was a major success and we hope to see everyone again next year. 

CEOs see economic growth continuing in 2018, with plans for capital investment reaching their highest point since early 2011, the fourth quarter Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Survey reports. Expectations for sales over the next six months picked up from Q3, while hiring plans dipped even as they remain near their highest level in four years. CEOs also projected 2.5 percent GDP growth in 2018. Responding to a survey question asked every fourth quarter, CEOs identified labor costs as the greatest cost pressure facing their company (31 percent). For the first time in six years, regulatory costs (26 percent) were not the top cost pressure, having dropped 14 percentage points from 2016. 

On February 21st and March 29th, the Denver Business Journal and Colorado Business Roundtable will be hosting the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial primary business debates. The registration link is now live so you will want to get your tickets early. You can register for either debate or register for both and receive a discount. There are some fantastic partnership opportunities available. 

February 21st, 2018
7:00 am to 9:00 am 
History Colorado

March 29th, 2018
7:00 am to 9:00 am 
History Colorado

Contact Lisa Gregg to learn more about the event, sponsorship opportunities, and how you can be a part of these important business discussions as we bring the candidates together that will most likely lead our state for the next four years. 

Friday, January 19th from 7:00 am to 9:00 am at CU South Denver

South Metro Denver Chamber Economic Forecast Breakfast has proven to be informative, thought provoking and entertaining. Each year we invite you to hear from a distinguished panel of speakers to explore and shape our businesses, our state and our country for the upcoming year. 

Congratulations to the winners of the first annual Collaboration In Industry Awards! This year's winners and finalists are outstanding examples of businesses and organizations showing great collaboration in Colorado. 

Education & Workforce - Colorado State University-Global

Engineering & Construction - Crossroads Commerce Park

Farming & Agriculture - Colorado FFA Foundation

Financial Services - FirstBank

Government & Economic Development - Denver Regional Council of Governments

Hospitality & Lodging - Sage Hospitality

Tourism & Outdoor Recreation - The Historic Hot Springs Loop

Congress passed a short-term spending deal Thursday, sending to President Trump to bill to avert a partial government shutdown and setting up a heated budget fight later this month. 

Trump has indicated that he will sign the deal, preventing a government stoppage that has been set to take effect at 12:01 am Saturday, December 9th. 

Republicans used a burst of eleventh-hour horse-trading to edge a nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill to the brink of Senate passage Friday, as a party starved all year for a major legislative triumph took a step toward giving President Donald Trump one of his top priorities by Christmas. 

The United States Air Force (USAF), Lockheed Martin, and CU-Boulder are collectively working to design, procure, and install a collaborative R&D development environment to include: 1) remote sensing data analysis and archiving capabilities, 2) shared cloud computing resources for remote access, and 3) computing infrastructure and services for lab development activities. 

As tax reform dominates Washington discussions, Business Roundtable continues to reinforce the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and international trade. Eight CEOs taped video messages this week explaining NAFTA's value to their companies and the U.S. economy. Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc. and Chair of the International Engagement Committee, explained in a POLITICO interview that withdrawing from NAFTA would lead to higher tariffs amounting to a $15.5 billion tax on U.S. exports. "I'm excited about the growth that could come from tax reform, and I think that withdrawing from NAFTA could have the exact opposite effect and essentially undo the benefits," he said. A new fact sheet buttresses the argument, "The Costs of Withdrawing from NAFTA." 
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