Weekly News from COBRT - November 7th, 2017
November 7, 2017

Colorado Farm Bureau and Colorado Business Roundtable hosted a roundtable discussion on Monday about delaying the Health Insurance Tax (HIT). 
Washington Governor Jay Inslee hosted and spoke at the fourth workshop of the Western Governor's Workforce Development Initiative on November 1-2 in Seattle. 

Gov. John Hickenlooper proposed a wide range of new spending in the $11.5 billion state budget proposal he unveiled Tuesday. But the budget line drawing the most contentious discussion a day later was one the Democratic governor didn't propose any new spending at all - transportation. 

Just months after nearly calling a special legislative session partly to deal with what he said was a lack of funding for transportation, Hickenlooper proposed a budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 that puts no new money toward the Colorado Department of Transportation. 

The full Denver City Council will weigh in over the next few weeks on a $1.5 billion plan to add 39 gates at Denver International Airport after a council subcommittee signed off on the plan Wednesday. 

The gates are part of DIA's $3.5 billion, five-year capital improvement plan - one whose dollar value approaches the original $4.2 billion price tag for the 22-year-old airport. 

Americans are more worried about being the victim of a cyber crime than other, conventional crimes, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. 

The survey found 67 percent of adults worry at least occasionally about computer hackers stealing their personal or financial information and 66 percent are concerned about being a victim of identity theft. 

Colorado Business Roundtable's first annual Collaboration in Industry Awards Luncheon is December 7th now from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Cable Center in Denver. 

Please join us December 7th with keynote speaker Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup and Governor John Hickenlooper as we recognize 12 extraordinary companies and organizations that have demonstrated collaboration in Colorado. 

Sponsorships are still available with exclusive opportunities that could include a private dinner with Jim Clifton, private VIP reception before the event, event tickets, branding, autographed books, and much more. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorships, contact Lisa Gregg at lgregg@cobrt.com

You never really know the type of leader you need to be. You may have an idea of how you want to lead in certain circumstances but as situations change and reality unfolds, you begin to see that who you aspired to be and what you hoped to do don't actually fit. 

Leadership challenges are more complex today than ever before, and one leadership challenge that I see as an executive coach is the tendency to anticipate what might happen tomorrow while forgetting about what is happening today. In other words, leaders try to out think and over analyze the future. They anticipate all the possibilities that could happen, select the outcome most likely to occur and then mold their leadership style to accommodate it, only to find that Murphy has a full-time job and is apparently dedicated solely to them - and Murphy wins. The point is, tomorrow, next week or next year are all uncertain, so if you try to mold your leadership style to the "most likely" option to occur, then you're not leading, you're contingency planning. 

Metro Denver's median annual wage is $55,910 - but there are dozens of jobs in the area that pay twice that or more. In fact, the two top-paying professions in metro Denver will pay you north of a quarter-million bucks a year. 

Last year, we shared the Denver area's "Mile High Salaries" - the professions that pay the most across the region. And now we've updated our countdown with the latest numbers. 

In the wake of recent natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, everyday Americans assumed the role of first responders as their family and friends' lives hung in the balance. The energy industry was at the forefront of this response. In life-threatening conditions, countless members of the energy industry worked alongside first responders and law enforcement officials to evacuate those in danger and begin the process of restoring critical energy sources. GEI is proud to tell their stories in a series of short videos which bring us back to the critical hours during and immediately after these events. We hope these stories will both educate and inspire. 

Anyone reading the headlines knows that cyber attacks are on the rise; indeed, malware, viruses, phishing and spam are a menace. Often, hackers infiltrate targeted computer networks to corrupt crucial data files or steal personal, proprietary or financial information. 

Business Roundtable on Thursday commended the House's introduction of tax reform legislation for embracing key growth components and advancing the tax reform debate. In a statement, Chairman Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., called the legislation "significant progress" towards achieving economic growth, U.S. jobs and higher wages: "Congress and the Administration clearly appreciate the importance of getting pro-growth tax reform finished, how it will improve the economic security of all Americans and how it will give American companies the ability to compete equally in the global economy."

Mark A. Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO of EY and Chair of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee, highlighted the bill's globally competitive 20 percent corporate tax rate and its shift toward a territorial system of international taxation. " We are fully committed to working with the Administration and Congress to maximize the growth potential of their legislation and to constructively raise any widely held concerns that we hear from business leaders," Weinberger said. 

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