Weekly News from COBRT - May 1, 2018
May 1, 2018
The Colorado Business Roundtable and Colorado State University-Global Campus are proud to co-host a roundtable event on the current and looming cybersecurity challenges facing business, government and military. The event will improve awareness, educate, and engender real understanding of the issues at hand regarding cyberthreats, defenses, detection and response.

Join us for a keynote address from Vance Brown, CEO of the National Cybersecurity Center followed by a panel discussion with corporate leaders that will discuss pressing needs, new technologies, the shifting threat landscape and the growing need to help educate, train and equip the cyber workforce.
The panelists include:
  • Chris Boyer, Assistant Vice President for Global Public Policy, AT&T
  • Doug Lhotka, Executive Cybersecurity Architect, IBM
  • Andrea Young, COO, NewCloud Networks
  • Thomas Hartman, Talent Development Coordinator, Colorado Workforce Development Council
  • Sean McNeill, Threat Management Expert, Microsoft
This event will be moderated by Dr. Charles Lively, CSU-Global's Program Chair for Information Technology and Computer Science.

Please join us on May 10th from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at CSU-Global Campus at 7800 E Orchard Road, #200, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

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Colorado Business Roundtable and the Main Street Growth and Opportunity Coalition invite you to attend a Tax Reform Panel with Congressman Mike Coffman. The event will take place on Monday, May 14, from 7:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. Registration will be from 7:15 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., with the Roundtable beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Representative Mike Coffman will speak on positive benefits of tax reform and how it will benefit Colorado business owners and working families. The panel, comprised of accountants and business leaders, will discuss what positive tax reform can mean for local businesses and how it will impact businesses going forward. Business leaders will share how tax reform has already begun to increase economic and consumer confidence allowing them to invest in equipment and hire additional employees.

A group of Colorado business leaders are urging President Trump to ease up on tariffs and extend exemptions to U.S. partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement. "Our markets need to be made secure, and our North American allies are a part of the solution," Colorado Business Leaders for NAFTA said in the statement issued Wednesday. The directive to the president is signed by the group's co-chairs, Karen Gerwitz, president and CEO of the World Trade Center Denver, and Jeff Wasden, president of the Colorado Business Roundtable. 

The United States is lagging behind other wealthy nations when it comes to preparing students for workforce changes wrought by automation, according to a new study by a research group affilitated with The Economist magazine. The spread of artificial intelligence is expected to boost demand for science-and-tech skills, as well as for soft skills such as problem solving that robots can't easily replicate. But only a handful of nations have taken steps to update school curricula and teacher training for the changes ahead, the study says. 

Thank you Quarterly Forum for inviting Colorado Business Roundtable to your successful event, The Pitch, last week. We enjoyed the event and hearing from Dr. Rebecca Chopp, Katie Kramer, Governor John Hickenlooper, and Dr. Kim Hunter Reed about education. 

How Denver Ranks On A List Of Best Large Cities To Start A Business
On a new list of the best large cities to start a business, Denver fares pretty well. On WalletHub's new "2018's Best Large Cities To Start a Business" list, Denver ranks No. 12 out of 182 large cities. WalletHub said it used 19 different criteria to come up with its list, including: business costs (cost of labor, office space); business environment (average growth in number of small businesses, startups per capita, five-year survival rate); and access to resources (financing accessibility, prevalence of investors).

When Colorado Succeeds took 33 statewide business and civic leaders on a delegation visit to Tennessee last fall, our objective was to inspire the participants and prompt some new thinking. While there are many great and innovation education and workforce development initiatives underway in Colorado, our state still has a lot to learn. 

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper talked about the top public policy issues in the state. He was interviewed from aboard the C-SPAN Bus in Denver. This program was part of C-SPAN's "50 Capitals Tour" series. Between September 2017 and November 2018 the C-SPAN Bus traveled to all 50 state capitals to mark the 25th anniversary of the C-SPAN Bus program.

Monday marked the beginning of Small Business Week. The U.S. Small Business Administration under Administrator Linda McMahon has been committed to expanding opportunity for entrepreneurs and job creators across the country. In addition to other events this week, SBA is hosting a 3-day virtual conference beginning tomorrow. 

Business Roundtable CEOs Discuss Workforce Legislation With Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner
Business Roundtable CEOs and U.S. senators joined presidential advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Wednesday to discuss legislation to improve the quality of career and technical education. Joining the pair at their home were Wes Bush, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Northrop Grumman Corporation and Chair of the Education and Workforce Committee; Ginni Rometty¸ Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM Corporation; and Joshua Bolten, Business Roundtable President & CEO. Last June, the House passed H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act; the Senate has had difficulty reaching agreement on its own bill. Also participating in the discussion were Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).
"I'm convinced the first person who gets to Mars will arrive on a Boeing rocket," Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg commented at the Politico Space Launch Event on April 12th. The Space Launch System that will take the first humans to Mars, is at the forefront of space exploration. Boeing is working hand-in-hand with NASA to build the new Space Launch System (SLS). Once completed, the SLS will carry astronauts back to the Moon, and, eventually, Mars - giving the United States the lead in the new, 21st-century space race.

New "Workforce Wednesday" Series Features CEO Initiatives On Skills And Training
Business Roundtable this week launched a new "Workforce Wednesday" blog series. The series highlights specific actions of Business Roundtable CEO member companies to close the workforce skills gap. In the series' first post, Wes Bush called workforce shortages in cybersecurity and STEM-related fields a serious problem. "Northrop Grumman is confronting this challenge head-on through innovative partnerships with business, government and academia," said Bush, Chair of the Education and Workforce Committee. "We are dedicated to increasing STEM-related educational opportunities for today's students so they can fill America's security and workforce needs as a new generation of talented, diverse cybersecurity professionals." Individual CEOs will highlight their own company's initiatives in future posts, also available on Twitter via the #WorkforceWednesday hashtag.
Peterbilt is exhibiting its latest innovations for the refuse market at Waste Expo. The refuse lineup, including the Models 220, 520 and 567 as well as an advanced Model 520 Demonstration Vehicle with a fully electric drive train will be on displace in booth No. 2123. 

"Peterbilt provides a complete lineup of products for the Refuse market. The Model 520 lowcab-forward continues to gain momentum and has quickly become a top choice within the industry fo residential and commercial pickup operations," said Tony Sablar, Vocational Marketing Manager, Peterbilt Motors Company. 

World Trade Day is the premier international business conference in the Rocky Mountain Region.  Join us on May 15 for a day of keynote speakers, short talks by trade experts, an expo featuring the region's top global businesses, and peer-to-peer learning followed by a networking reception.

The 2018 Western Pathways Conference is uniquely focused on an issue central to the future of our economy and society: how can we build an education and workforce development system that will prepare ALL young adults for careers leading to economic independence? This will be an action oriented conference in which teams from the participating states will work together to develop plans for addressing such issues as the skills gap, strengthening connections between business and education, providing high-quality career development and career pathways, and much more. The Western Pathways Conference will attract national leaders from business, education, government and philanthropy to share knowledge, experience, ideas, and best practices.The Conference is organized and hosted by the Global Pathways Institute at Arizona State University in partnership with the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, Business-Higher Education Forum, Education Commission of the States, and the Colorado Business Roundtable.

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With Tax Day fresh in our rearview mirror, it's a good time to reflect on the contributions immigrants make to our economy. Nationally, immigrants earned $1.4 trillion in 2016 and contributed more than $117 billion in state and local taxes, as well as almost $262 billion in federal taxes. This left them with more than $1.0 billion in spending power. Immigrants in Colorado play an important role in contributing to the state's economy both as consumer and as taxpayers.

With Earth Day fresh in our rearview mirrors, it's an opportune time to think about how to best incorporate sustainable investments into your portfolio. Let's look at the numbers. By 2050, the world's population is expected to increase by as much as 33 percent.  This means in a few decades, there could be two and a half billion more consumers utilizing resources that are already limited. As living standards rise for people across the world, the global need for food, water and energy will increase at an even faster rate. It's no wonder that more and more investors are voicing their environmental sustainability beliefs or dissention via socially responsible investments - a trend that has surged in the past decade.

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Cybersecurity Roundtable- CSU-Global and COBRT

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