Weekly News from COBRT - May 8, 2018
May 8, 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.

Colorado House and Senate leaders reached a compromise Monday on a transportation-funding measure that will get less money to roads than originally proposed in the first bill introduced this year by the Colorado Senate but will still give voters the opportunity to decide whether to sell bonds - and will put the vast majority of that money to state-operated highways. 

DENVER, CO - Colorado's most prominent business organizations issued an open letter to lawmakers urging responsbile reforms to PERA. "The failure to rein in benefit costs and ever - increasing taxpayer-funded contributions from school districts, state agencies and local governments will send Colorado down the path of states like Illinois, where public pensions consume one quarter of the state budget," warn leaders signing the letter. 

Thank you Congressman Tipton for speaking at the Energy and Manufacturing Forum in Grand Junction this past week. We appreciate everyone that came and supported the event. 

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - Thursday morning at the Grand Vista Hotel, an Energy and Manufacturing Forum was held to discuss many topics about energy and manufacturing on the Western Slope ranging from water rights for the Colorado River as well as the oil & gas industry returning to the Grand Valley, and at the helm of the discussion was Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton. 

DENVER - While there is a high demand for STEM classes such as computer science (CS), in U.S. schools, educator qualifications to teach advanced STEM programs are severely lacking. Google research found that only seven states require a CS certification to teach AP CS sources. 

To address this issue, a public-private-social partnership formed earlier this year to bring STEMpath - a prominent, graduate-level educator preparation program that's the first of its kind - to educators. mindSpark Learning, Couragoin, Metropolitan State University and Colorado Succeeds have teamed up to create direct access and pathways for all educators interested in pursuing STEM-Computer Science credentials. 

Colorado Is A Top State For Small, Medium-Sized Businesses, Says Amazon
Amazon.com Inc. today released a list of the nation's top 10 most entrepreneurial states and Colorado's in the top 10. The online retailing behemoth ranked the states with the most small and medium-sized businesses per capita selling on Amazon, and Colorado finished No. 4 in the country. 

Are You Born To Build? Create Self-Awareness To Discover Your Natural Talents
Like all builders, you are likely to be most successful when you are working within your natural talents. So what kind of builder are you? What are your builder talents? Creating self-awareness and knowing your unique traits and behaviors will give you the greatest potential for meaningful and sustainable outcomes. 

Earlier this year, SPN highlighted a community partnership underway in Lincoln to encourage and support young entrepreneurs. The Future Builders Challenge helps students identify and act on entrepreneurial talents based on research by the Gallup Organization. With the program's boot camp and pitch competition complete, SPN reached out to organizers and mentors for an update. 

With Amazon.com Inc. now reportly done visiting Denver and the 19 other sites on its list of finalists for its sprawling second headquarters campus, some watchers of the process expect that a shorter version of the "Amazon Hq2" short list may be coming soon before the winning site is announced. 
Business Roundtable and three other major business associations this week called on the Administration to retain strong investment protections and Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). "ISDS upholds the same fundamental due process and private property guarantees protected by our Constitution, and it obligates other countries to uphold these precepts as well," the groups wrote in a letter to the President and top economic officials. Joining the letter were the American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Business Roundtable also cited ISDS in a new blog post on preserving and expanding NAFTA's benefits.
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.

As U.S. officials held talks in Beijing with the Chinese government, Business Roundtable urged the Administration to seek lasting reforms to curtail China's unfair trade practices. "Negotiations that focus on temporarily reducing the trade deficit would make this a wasted effort," the Roundtable statement  said. Instead, working with its allies, the United States should set deadlines and outline consequences if China fails to make reforms.
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 members of Congress returning to their home districts over recess, Business Roundtable used targeted radio spots - including its first-ever in Spanish - to reinforce the economic importance of tax reform. Running in 13 markets, the radio ads thank members of Congress who supported tax reform legislation, which is already generating higher wages, greater investment, more jobs and increased employee benefits. Three of the spots were in Spanish, running in heavily Hispanic districts. Business Roundtable also ran print ads in four districts, declaring "Tax Reform is Delivering".
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Cybersecurity Roundtable- CSU-Global and COBRT

05/14/18 - 05/18/18
Boulder Startup Week

Understanding How Tax Reform Benefits Your Business: A Roundtable with Congressman Mike Coffman - Colorado Business Roundtable, Main Street Growth, and Opportunity Coalition

World Trade Day - World Trade Center Denver

Colorado Aerospace Investment Forum - Colorado Space Business Roundtable

05/30/18 - 06/01/18
Western Pathways Conference - Global Pathways Institute

Lunch with Congressman Lamborn - Strategic Resources Group

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