Weekly News from COBRT
May 23, 2017
COBRT and the Denver Business Journal are teaming up to help introduce you, the community's leaders and constituents, to some of the 2018 gubernatorial candidates for the state of Colorado. 

This interview series will educate us all on the people and the ideas that may make up our state's next executive leadership. The series is also designed to foster conversation, so please feel free to contact COBRT and get involved in this exciting civic process.

What will you ask our next governor?

Contact COBRT with your questions   or use  #FindingCOGov  on social media!
Colorado Business Roundtable's Inner Circle  gives our members access to Colorado's top business women and men. #COBRTInnerCircle members share their leadership lessons and invite you to learn more about them and their organizations.

Joe Rice is the Director of Government Relations for Lockheed Martin Space Systems.  He is a Colonel in the Army Reserve with five combat tours of duty in Iraq and one peacekeeping tour in Bosnia. 

Joe is on the Board of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable and active with the Colorado Space Coalition and Citizens for Space Exploration.  He also serves as an appointee of Governor Hickenlooper on the Colorado Aeronautical Board. 

He is a former member of the Colorado State House of Representatives, and a former mayor of the City of Glendale.

  Learn more about Joe
Immigration Policy

Colorado Business Roundtable, the  South Metro Denver Chamber , and the  National Immigration Forum  came together for a luncheon discussion on immigration policy.

The keynote subject matter expert was Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. He's also the author of the newly released book,  There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration .
International Business
Blockchain technology is poised to recover billions of dollars lost to coordination costs in both capital markets and the shipping industry, according to Arvind Krishna, the director of research at IBM.

"A single piece of paper, if it's missing when it arrives in Rotterdam, means that a container full of avocados just sits there. A few days extra of sitting there and you've got to throw out the whole container because you've crossed the limit of how long those goods can sit there without being considered spoiled," said Krishna.

Blockchains, he went on to say, are an ideal platform for aggregating and transmitting the certifications required at each step along the way and could shave twenty percent of the cost from international shipping.

"We believe that just doing this kind of digitization can result in tens of billions of dollars saved across that network," he said.

"Business Roundtable supports the Administration's efforts to modernize and strengthen NAFTA. NAFTA is over 20 years old and should be updated to expand upon the many benefits it has helped create for the United States.

"Today's notification is a step forward in the right direction, and we stand ready to work with the Administration and Congress to achieve a successful negotiation that will benefit U.S. workers and create new opportunities for U.S. businesses."

Read more here
Business Roundtable made a wide-ranging push for infrastructure investment this week, with CEOs leading Infrastructure Week activities and the BRT releasing a major policy document,  Back in Business: A Blueprint for Renewing America's Infrastructure

"Modern infrastructure is a strategic asset that must be maintained and upgraded to ensure the continued health, safety and prosperity of our people and our nation," wrote Jacqueline Hinman of CH2M, Chair of BRT's Infrastructure Committee, in  a column marking the week . Hinman spoke Monday at a kick-off event, and Michael Burke of AECOM moderated a panel discussion ( CSPAN video ). In addition, Hinman and Nicholas Akins of AEP joined Sean McGarvey of North America's Building Trades Unions in a  nationally distributed opinion column   on  shared business-labor priorities in financing, permitting, regulation, labor standards and skills. (See also this  Washington Post  ad.) CEOs also contributed industry-focused columns:
Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Unemployment Rate, and Interest Rate are important terms to understand. Learn more about these economic indicators from Information Station, a project from the Job Creators Network aiming to provide employees across America with the tools, materials and guidance they need to learn more about the impact of government policies on their jobs, pay, benefits, and families.

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