Weekly News from COBRT - November 14, 2018
November 14, 2018

Colorado Business Roundtable would like to thank all who have served our great country. 
Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA)'s Economic Activity Study of Metro Denver Culture saw record-breaking employment in the nonprofit cultural sector, increase in new money from cultural tourists and capital spending, and growth in attendance. The continued success of the arts is due in great part to the citizen-supported Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a special tax district that funds arts, cultural and scientific organizations in the metro area, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. 

Join us on Monday, December 3rd from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm as we recognize champions in Colorado and hear from our keynote speaker, Reggie Rivers, former NFL running back discuss his views on being a champion throughout his life.

This event offers the opportunity for Colorado Business Roundtable to recognize the champions within Colorado who stand out and make a difference in their industry. Our champions for this years event are: 

  • Bye Aerospace
  • Catalyst Space Accelerator Team
  • AeroSpace Ventures
  • Ball Aerospace
Education & Workforce Development
  • Panther Industries
  • Turning the Corner
  • MSU-Denver
  • Colorado Petroleum Council
  • Vital for Colorado
  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
  • Jacobs Engineering
  • Merrick
Farming & Agriculture
  • Colorado Cattlemen's Association
  • Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
  • Colorado Department of Agriculture
Financial Services
  • Wells Fargo SBA Lending
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Bank of America
  • Serve Colorado
  • Area Agency on Aging, a program of Denver Regional Council of Governments
  • Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization
Health & Wellness
  • DaVita
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • United Health Group
Hospitality & Lodging
  • Footers Catering
  • Westin Denver International Airport
  • Crafted Concepts
  • Barry Walter Sr. Company
  • Geotech Environment Equipment
  • Manufacturer's Edge
  • WorldDenver
  • Common Sense Policy Roundtable
  • Westminster Chamber of Commerce
  • American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado
  • Crown Castle
  • AT&T
  • Zayo
Tourism & Outdoor Recreation
  • Visit Denver
  • Colorado Tourism Office Regional Branding Task Force

If you are interested in being a sponsor for the Champions in Industry Awards Luncheon, please contact Lisa Gregg at 303-394-6248 or lgregg@cobrt.com.

Colorado Business Roundtable Board of Directors elected their executive committee for 2019 to 2020. Roberta Robinette from AT&T is the board chair, David Eddy from Boeing is the chair elect, and also serving on the executive committee is Peter Moore with Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, Becky Takeda-Tinker with CSU-Global, and Chris Schmidt with Deloitte. Colorado Business Roundtable looks forward to working with our newly elected government officers, business, academia and community leaders here in Colorado.  
Voters in California defeated a proposition that would have capped dialysis clinic profits in the state, a major win for Denver-based DaVita Inc. With 94 percent of precincts reporting, 61.6 percent voted against Proposition 8, a ballot measure that would have capped profits for dialysis clinics run by DaVita and Fresenius Kidney Care at 15 percent. 

In an interview Wednesday on Bloomberg Daybreak, Business Roundtable President & CEO Joshua Bolten discussed the post-election environment for business in Washington. Topics included U.S. trade policy, privacy legislation and financial regulation. 

Thank you to everyone who came to the Legislative Reception last night. We hope you had a great time and enjoyed the event. We would like to thank our sponsors of the event PhRMA, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Vital for Colorado, AT&T, Quarterly Forum and South Metro Denver Chamber. We are honored to have your support. 
In comments today to the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Business Roundtable urged the Administration to work to harmonize privacy regulation by countries, states and local governments. Such "fragmentation" is not in the consumer's interest and threatens the global digital economy by restricting the flow of data across borders, wrote Julie Sweet, Chief Executive Officer of Accenture North America and Chair of the Business Roundtable Technology Committee. "As a first step, the United States should eliminate fragmentation within our own borders by establishing a comprehensive and consistent national privacy law, which does not exist today," Sweet wrote. The comments noted that Business Roundtable is developing a framework for legislation that strengthens protections for consumers, achieves greater transparency and supports innovation.

Amazon.com Inc. made it official Tuesday, announcing plans to spilt its highly coveted second headquarters known as HQ2 between the Washington, D.C., and New York City areas. Crystal City and its surrounding areas (rebranded in Amazon's press release as part of "National Landing") and Long Island City in Queens will each ultimately get more than 25,000 Amazon employees as part of the deal. 

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