Weekly News from COBRT - December 5th, 2017
December 5, 2017
The Collaboration in Industry Awards Luncheon is full! If you have registered for the first annual Collaboration in Industry Awards Luncheon, don't forget that it is at the Cable Center from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. We are excited to see everyone and we hope you have a great time. 
It was a wild couple days of chaos and confusion after President Trump signed his travel ban. Not up to speed on what went down over the weekend? Here' a quick primer. 

In a total turnaround, North Carolina ranked as Forbes' best state for business this year, jumping up from near bottom of last year's list. 

For the annual ranking, Forbes analyzed states across six categories: business costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life. 

iMarch For Immigration
This Thursday, December 7th, New American Economy and Colorado Business Roundtable will be hosting an event to help Congress prepare to take action on the DREAM Act this winter. With the help from leaders in agriculture, business, education, manufacturing, tech, faith, hospitality and tourism, military, political leadership, Dreamers, and other key constituencies, our goal is to engage policymakers from both parties and demonstrate the overwhelming bipartisan support for immigration reform. 

Join us on December 7th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Student Success Building, 890 Auraria Parkway, Room 440A, Denver, CO 80204 to discuss what we need to do to support Dreamers. 

Contact Lisa Gregg if you would like to attend. 
The Douglas County School Board voted Monday to end a controversial private-school voucher program and directed the school district to end a long-running legal battle that reached the nation's highest court. 

The board voted 6-0 at a standing room only meeting to end the program, which was put on hold in 2011 by a Denver District Court judge before families could use it. 

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. 

Increasing compensation and benefits is among four key goals in a plan aimed at addressing teacher shortages that the Colorado Department of Higher Education on Friday submitted to the Legislature. 

That will involve things like a potential teacher minimum salary requirement, subsidy programs, student loan forgiveness and offering housing incentives to attract and retain teachers, the plan says. 

As resorts, retailers and restaurants face their annual challenge of staffing up for the 2017-18 ski season, the last thing they need is federal policy that makes it more difficult to find workers. 

That's why Colorado business leaders, including leaders in the resort industry, have pledged support for efforts to address the urgency of passing a legislative solutions for Dreamers before the end of the year. 

President Trump formally reconfigured two big national monuments in southern Utah on Monday, shrinking them by more than 2 million acres and establishing five smaller units within them - a public lands declaration unlike any ever made by a U.S. chief executive. 

In-N-Out Burger - a California chain famous for its "Double Double" and popular with many Colorado fans - said today it will make its Colorado debut. 

The company said in a statement that it plans to open a "patty production facility" in Colorado Springs ahead of opening restaurants in the state. 

CVS Health Corp.'s $67.5 billion takeover of Aetna Inc. will test the Trump administration's approach to far-reaching corporate takeovers, just weeks after the U.S. government sued to block a major telecommunications merger. 

Twelve Western Governors attended the WGA Winter Meeting on Dec. 1-2, 2017, at the historic Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. 

WGA Chair and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard was joined at the meeting by WGA Vice Chair and Hawaii Gov. David Ige, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, and Northern Mariana Islands Gov. Ralph Torres. 

At a recent event with presidential economic advisor Gary Cohn, the moderator asked CEOs in the audience to raise their hands if their companies plan to invest more if tax reform legislation is enacted. Only a few hands went up. 

Put aside for the moment the fact that benefiting shareholders - most of whom are ordinary Americans - is not such a bad thing. The overwhelming evidence is that the tax bills now pending in the House and Senate would substantially boost U.S. business spending on plant, equipment, hiring and wages. 

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. 

With the vacancy created by Justice Allison Eid's appointment to the federal bench, Gov. John Hickenlooper faces the rare opportunity to appoint a fourth justice to the Colorado Supreme Court. 

We think it's critical that Gov. John Hickenlooper considers how important this appointment is to Colorado's business community, including our smallest businesses. In fact, at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, more than 90 percent of our members are small businesses, reinforcing how important it is that this appointee has the background and experience to understand how businesses work. As an entrepreneur himself, Hickenlooper knows that businesses thrive when courts provide certainty or "bright lines" defining legal risks and liabilities. 

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