Weekly News from COBRT - January 16th, 2018
January 16, 2018

Don't wait to watch our 2017 Year in Review video and take our End of Year survey! We appreciate all of your feedback as we try to make 2018 an even better year! 
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, in his final State of the Sate address to the state Legislature today, called for an increase in budgeted funds for transportation need as well as for strong consideration of sending a tax hike proposal to voters, as he laid out a wide range of needs in order to maintain Colorado as a place that inspires special love from people. 

After a deadly home explosion in Firestone, Colo. last spring, the state is now updating its oil and gas regulations. At a public meeting on Jan. 8, several local officials and residents were focused on one item not on the table: mapping a type of small pipeline called a flowline. 

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Partisan differences are heightened in an election year, and the House speaker and Senate president have very different agendas. 

COBRT is excited to have a new partner, Manufacturer's Edge! Thank you for your support and we are excited to collaborate with you.
Leaders of the Colorado Legislature began the 2018 session today with speeches that were both aspirational and confrontational - calling across the aisle to address the rising costs of living in Colorado, and calling out majority parties in both chambers to stop obstructing efforts on everything from road funding to expansion of rural broadband services. 

Leaders of 20 Colorado chambers of commerce and other business groups weighed into the ongoing road-funding debate today, siding with state Senate Republicans and requesting specifically that the Legislature set aside at least $300 million a year in order to tackle major projects throughout the state. 

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Congress and the Administration should move quickly to reach a compromise solution to disputes over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, writes Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc., in a new Business Roundtable column. "For the CEOs of Business Roundtable, the Dreamers are far more than a legislative priority," wrote Robbins, Chair of the Immigration Committee. "They are employees, friends, and colleagues - part of the teams that allow our companies to compete on a global basis and create jobs for Americans. Resolving this issue in a way that reflects American values should be one of the top priorities of this new year." Nearly two-thirds of Americans want to find a way to allow the so-called Dreamers to remain in the country, Robbins noted, citing a recent survey. 
2018 marks the 10th Anniversary of Colorado Companies To Watch (CCTW) and we will be giving out the 500th award at the Gala in June. The program will take qualifying companies through a rigorous and objective selection process in order to recognize the 50 Colorado Companies To Watch for 2018. 

To be considered, the company must meet the following criteria during the year ending in 2017. 
  1. Be headquartered in the state of Colorado
  2. For profit
  3. Past startup phase and have $750k - $50 million in revenue or working capital
  4. Employ between 6 to 99 full time equivalent W-2 employees, including the owner
  5. Demonstrate the intent, capacity and potential to grow
Nominations are set to close on January 31st. 

In an ongoing effort to serve Coloradans, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the Secretary of State's Office are collaborating on a business survey seeking feedback from companies. Your input will help illustrate how to best serve Colorado's businesses and provide a positive environment where you can thrive. 
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2018 Economic Forecast Breakfast - South Metro Denver Chamber


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Aerospace Day at the Capitol - Colorado Chapter of Citizens for Space Exploration

Citizens for Space Event - COBRT

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Western Pathways Conference - Global Pathways Institute

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