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March 9, 2017
Energy and Environment 

Yesterday, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, the Colorado Technology Association and Colorado Business Roundtable hosted a discussion on GoCode Colorado at the CAP Logistics headquarters in Denver.

GoCode Colorado has been nationally recognized for innovation and public engagement. Entering its fourth year, the app challenge takes a different approach being open-ended versus directed. 

Any business leader or resident can share an idea via There will be five regional competitions with two submissions from each advancing to the finals.

"Data drives decision making. Just having data isn't enough -- we need to make it accessible and useful for our state. GoCode provides an opportunity for teams to use public data to solve real world problems," said Secretary Williams.   Learn more and innovate the state!

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4-5 p.m. Monday through Friday or  live stream online. Podcasts are available at and on your favorite podcast app the day after live airing.

Stream or Download These  Recent Episodes
February 27 - Boy Scouts - Sports Breakfast    
February 28 - Carol Carter - GlobalMindED and Black History Month
March 1 - Stephanie Veck - Colorado Workforce Development Council and TalentFound
March 2 - Driving Forward - Transportation Event Recap
March 3  - Peter Moore, VITAL for Colorado  and Sec. of State Wayne Williams
March 6 - Doug Krug & Christine Kahane - Leading Change Without Resistance 
March 7 - Andrea Young - Colorado Technology Association
March 8 - Secretary of State Wayne Williams - Go Code Colorado
March 9 - Kelly Sloan, Impact of the Affordable Care Act & Edgar Johansson, COBRT Aerospace Advocate

Still to come this week:
March 10- Kristen Muzzy - Manufacturing in Colorado
Next Week's Connect & Collaborate Hosts


March 13 - Pat Maley, Vistage
March 14 - Rebecca Laurie, Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies 
March 15 - Christie Lee, Lockheed Martin and Jay Lindell, Colorado Aerospace Champion - Aerospace Day at the Capitol
March 16 -Paul Bergman, Export Assistance Center
March 17  - Peter Moore, VITAL for Colorado and Weld County Commissioner Julie Cozad



Colorado Business Roundtable's Inner Circle gives our members access to the Colorado's top business women and men. #COBRTInnerCircle members share their leadership lessons and invite you to learn more about them and their organizations. We've be adding new members every week, so stay tuned in the newsletter and on social media as the COBRT Inner Circle continues to expand
Frannie Matthews serves as the IBM Senior Location Executive for Denver. As a public sector, healthcare, and life sciences sales leader for the western region, she is responsible for growing the IBM portfolio within the territory. 

She has over ten years of sales management and leadership experience with local and regional high performance teams. Industry verticals have included higher education, state and local, healthcare, and telecommunications. 

Technology solutions have always been her sweet spot and she has worked with SaaS, cloud, analytics, data warehousing, high-performance computing, mobile, social, and security solutions.

Economic Development 

One of COBRT's business partners, the South Metro Denver Chamber, is hosting a discussion about construction litigation reform to lead to affordable housing. Join us next Wednesday, March 15 for a panel discussion with: 
  • Senator Angela Williams
  • Senator Jack Tate
  • Representative Cole Wist
  • Representative Alec Garnett
  • Buz Koelbel, Developer
  • Mike Kopp, Homeownership Opportunity Alliance
  • Ted Leighty, Colorado Association of REALTORS
Moderated by Jon Roberts, Home Builder, with a welcome from  David Schlatter

Register now
Colorado Farm Bureau has activated a disaster fund to help the farmers and ranchers directly impacted by the Northeast Colorado wildfire in Logan and Phillips counties. One hundred percent of the funds raised will go directly to aiding these producers as they face the aftermath of this natural disaster.

The fire has had a large impact on the agriculture community in the area, including lost livestock, as well as damaged fields, facilities, equipment, infrastructure and homes. 

"We want to help our state's farmers and ranchers in any way that we can, and we offer our support to those who affected by this wildfire," said CFB President Don Shawcroft.

The Northeast Colorado Fire has consumed more than 30,000 acres, making it larger than the Heartstrong Fire in Yuma that occurred five years ago this week. Learn more about Colorado wildfires and lend a hand

P lease join Colorado Business Roundtable and  Vistage  as they welcome  Sacunas  CEO Adam Vasquez for his presentation, "The Next Generation of B2B: How the Millennial Buyer is Changing B2B Sales & Marketing." 

Thursday, March 30, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM MDT
ICOSA Event Center
4100 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80216

Millennials are igniting a transformation in B2B sales & marketing and becoming key purchase decision makers. In this session, we'll share results of our study of 2,000 millennial B2B buyers and learn what drives their B2B path to purchase behaviors.

From Facebook to Glassdoor, we'll discuss the channels and content types that matter to millennials, learning why this group is digital by default, socially savvy, and engaged with cause marketing. As this data impacts the evolution of B2B, we'll give insights on transforming your business to attract and retain millennial buyers.

Immigration Policy 
In every industry and every neighborhood, immigrants help move this country forward.
This week, New American Economy (NAE) is proud to launch two new ads illustrating the impact of immigrants in America's agricultural and tech industries. 
The statistics are daunting:
  • The number of U.S. farm workers declined by more than 20% between 2012 and 2014.
  • We import 80% more fruits and vegetables than we did 15 years ago.
  • More than 25% of science and technology firms report difficulty hiring.
  • It took less than one-week to reach the cap on high-skilled visas granted in 2016.
Watch videos and add your voice
  • V. Lance Tarrance asks this question at Gallup along with statistics such as Satisfaction With Level of Immigration Into the U.S.; Allowing Illegal Immigrants a Chance to Become U.S. Citizens; and the Main Focus in Dealing With Illegal Immigration as polled by political parties.
Citizens for Space Exploration and Space News reported yesterday on the congressional passage of the  NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017. Key points of the authorization:
  • $19.5 billion in spending for NASA in FY 2017
  • Development of a detailed plan for human exploration programs
  • Long-term goal of sending humans to Mars
  • Long-term medical monitoring of former astronauts
Unfortunately, the bill does not directly address all of NASA's science programs such as Earth science, but it is the first time in over six years that a bill for NASA has passed the U.S. House and Senate. See more at  Space News
COBRT is pleased to join Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR), the Colorado Space Coalition (CSC), Citizens for Space Exploration (CSE), and the Aerospace States' Association (ASA) for a day at the Colorado State Capitol. We hope you'll join us too!

You'll be in for a full day of networking and dialogue with our Colorado legislators, discussing how Colorado became one of the largest space economies per capita in our nation and how they can effectively support aerospace in our state.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available, or  register  as an attendee for no cost. 

Transportation and Logistics 

Follow Fix Colorado Roads (FRC) on social media to stay on top of the issues regarding transportation as a bill is introduced in the State Legislature.

Follow  @FixColoRoads on Twitter
Like  FixColoRoads  on Facebook
Especially in light the Driving Forward event we hosted two weeks ago, COBRT encourages our members to follow FRC on social media. Share their tweets and posts to help us spread the word on the need for a transportation solution in Colorado.
Health and Retirement 

From the Global Wealth Management Division of Morgan Stanley in Denver
Retirement is more complicated today than it was a generation ago - especially as companies steer away from traditional pension plans toward 401Ks or other defined contribution plans. You now determine how much you will put aside for retirement, and how it will be invested.

Rather than focus solely on risk tolerance and performance measurement when managing your retirement assets, consider a goals-based wealth management plan approach, that takes into account all of your lifetime objectives. This type of wealth management plan doesn't stop at IRAs and investments, but rather starts there and stakes out a pathway that adjusts with the curves, detours, and re-routes of life.

Does "one size fits all" work for retirement?

Weinberger: Tax Reform Should Address Rates and International System
This year represents a "once-in-a-generation opportunity" for major tax reform to promote economic growth and job creation, Mark A. Weinberger of EY writes this week in a column that discusses Business Roundtable priorities for tax legislation. "The Trump Administration and Congress will ultimately gain the backing of business groups like Business Roundtable, and many others, by coalescing around a plan that includes competitive business tax rates as well as a modern international tax system that doesn't penalize U.S. businesses for returning foreign earnings to the U.S.," wrote Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO of EY and Chair of the BRT Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee. The column, " Tax Reform Is Worth Fighting For ," detailed the case for the two principles as central to reform and also called for an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit. It was published before President Trump's address to the joint session of Congress last Tuesday, and  BRT distributed highlights  to members of Congress.
Business Roundtable Outlines Pro-Growth Priorities in Advance of President's Address
President Trump's address to a joint session of Congress should mark the beginning of cooperation by the Administration and Congress on shared economic policies, Business Roundtable said in advance of his speech last Tuesday. "The joint session is the right place to lay out his plans for how the Administration and Congress can work together to enact an aggressive pro-growth agenda in such areas as tax reform, infrastructure investment and regulatory reform," said BRT President and CEO Joshua Bolten in a statement which provided further details on those policy priorities. During the President's address, BRT praised his remarks on the importance of tax reform. "President Trump is right to emphasize the importance of competitive tax rates on business so U.S. companies can win in the global marketplace," Bolten said. "Reform must also include a modern international tax system that doesn't penalize businesses for bringing their foreign earnings back to the United States to invest, expand and hire."  
International Business 


NSBA and SBEA have partnered with NASBITE International on this year's World Trade Day and National Small Business Exporter Summit, to be held later this month. (more)

See all at our events page and use this contact form to add yours!

3/15 --  3/30  -- 4/4 -- 4/11
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Babson College: The National Cohort (Info Session)
Business Leaders for Responsible Government - Construction Litigation Reform
Colorado Business Education Coalition (Meeting in Denver)
C-Level @ Mile High by Colorado Technology Association
Colorado Aerospace Day at the Capitol
The Tank - Business Supporting Our Community by South Metro Denver Chamber 
Colorado Business Education Coalition  (Meeting in Greeley)
Colorado Business Education Coalition  (Meeting in Colorado Springs)
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