Weekly News from COBRT
July 12, 2017
View from the Top CEO Panel was a success with over 140 participants from all around Denver coming to History Colorado to hear the viewpoints of three top CEOs in Denver. Colorado Business Roundtable is honored to partner with Denver Business Journal, EKS&H,  and some many other great community partners. 

We can't thank Jacque, John, and Mike enough for the genuine, insightful, and powerful comments on the CEO panel. Their leadership, in leading some of Colorado's largest companies, is conducted in a forward-thinking, transparent manner that focuses on their best asset-their employees. We are so fortune to have CH2M, Ball Corp., and Liberty Global here in Colorado. 

We are blessed with some incredible leaders and organizations in Colorado and its behooves all of us to collaborate and ensure Colorado is the best state to do business. Thank you to so many organizations and companies that support our efforts and we encourage you all to get involved and connect with us. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed an executive order committing the state to climate action. He also announced that Colorado will join the U.S. Climate Alliance. 

"Coloradans value clean air and clean water. Our strong economy is a reflection of how our exhilarating outdoors attracts young entrepreneurs and the talent they need for their business," said Gov. John Hickenlooper. "The vast majority of our residents, and indeed the country, expect us to help lead the way toward a clean and affordable energy future. In this process, we no doubt can address climate change while keeping a priority on household budgets."

Citing Denver's "shocking" pace of development, Mayor Michael Hancock declared during his seventh State of the City Address today that he will not impede the growth but will take steps to guide it. 

Those steps, he said, will range from the preservation of old business in gentrifying neighborhoods to the creation of a transportation plan that will turn more roadway mileage into transit-only lanes. 

The Smithsonian used Kickstarter to raise money for Neil Armstrong's spacesuit and Dorothy's ruby slippers. Was it worth it? 
It seemed a smart gamble. The Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex, would pass a virtual hat around the world, asking for money to conserve a few of its most beloved objects. The bet paid off. 

With the help of Kickstarter, the crowdfunding space devoted to creative projects, the Smithsonian first asked the public for $500,000 for work on the space suit Neil Armstrong wore in 1969 when he walked the moon. The National Air and Space Museum campaign hit its goal in only five days, so $200,000 "stretch goal" was added for the suit worn by Alan Shepard, the first American in space. The response to the 2015 campaign was tremendous - $719,779 from 9,477 backers, more than enough to get the suits back on view in time for the 50th anniversary in July 2019 of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. 
Warren Buffett is probably the most respected and quoted billionaires in the world. He oversees a massive business empire that consists of holdings in media, real estate, food and beverage, insurance, and energy industries - boasting a new worth upwards of $75 billion. And in 2006, Buffett made the largest donation in U.S. history by committing 85 percent of his fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Colorado's energy industry contributes millions of dollars and more than 100,000 jobs to our economy. While our state is fortunate to have rich energy reserves, our oil and gas landscape is complex and the issues facing energy development are challenging largely because political sound bites have overtaken positions based on fact and information. Metro Energy is pursuing an exciting concept aimed at building a leadership program in energy. It has teamed with the policy think tank, the Bighorn Center, and energy leaders like the Global Energy Management School's Executive Director Jim Marchiori and Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory's David Hiller, to develop the leadership program.
The 15th Bighorn Leadership Program: Colorado's Energy Future will commence in September 2017. The program will convene the first of four weekends this September and will take place at the Garden of the Gods Resort in Colorado Springs. Participants will have some tuition costs, but the majority of the funding will come from Metro Energy's existing resources.
Since 2001, the Bighorn Leadership Program has offered Coloradans opportunities to become involved in the issues that impact the state. The non-partisan program supplies participants with the tools necessary to constructively engage in the public policy process. Over the years the program has been supported by such notable foundations and institutions such Colorado State University, the Colorado Health Foundation and Colorado Trust. This year the program will be tackling energy development and sustainability through constructive policy dialogue. The program will take a deep dive into these issues exploring all sides, build trusting and lasting relationships that last beyond the program. 
If you or someone you know is interested in diving deep into global and local energy policies, she or he can fill out an application to get into the program. Applications are due July 25, 2017 and can be found at this link .
After finishing the program, Metro Energy hopes to raise the level of debate by better positioning business and thought leaders to negotiate energy policies from a more informed perspective.
If you have any questions please contact Ellie Reynolds at elliereyno@gmail.com.

Nine wildfires burned around western Colorado on more than 15,680 acres Sunday, driven by high temperatures, dry wood and wind - prompting federal land managers to deploy aircraft and hundreds of firefighters to try to control flames. 

The biggest fires were devouring cheat grass, pinon-juniper forest and sagebrush in northwestern Colorado, mostly in areas overseen by the Bureau of Land Management. 

Governor Names New Executive Director for Colorado Department of Revenue
Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Michael S. Hartman will be the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue. He replaces Barbara Brohl who announced her departure effective Aug. 31, 2017. 

"Michael places high priority on those operations that serve the public," said Governor John Hickenlooper. "He brings extensive banking experience and organizational management to the role. Perhaps more importantly, this opportunity is a bit of a coming home as he served in Colorado's inaugural Governor's Fellowship Class."
The pace of U.S. hiring accelerated in June as employers add 222,000 jobs, up from 152,000 in May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Meanwhile, an uptick in labor force participation pushed the unemployment rate up to 4.4 percent. Subdued wage growth continued to disappoint this month - particularly in light of strong hiring. Will low unemployment and robust hiring encourage the Fed to begin shrinking its balance sheet this fall, in spite of sluggish wage growth and low inflation? 

For a full analysis, see The Top Line online here

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