Weekly News from COBRT - October 17, 2018
October 17, 2018

Check out the latest COBRT Minute video where we discuss the ballot initiatives that COBRT supports and opposes. 

Join Colorado State University-Global Campus and the Colorado Business Roundtable for "Cybersecurity Threats in the Future: What every organizational leader needs to know." The event will be Tuesday, October 30 from 7:00 am to 9:00 am at History Colorado Center.

Cybersecurity threats are constantly evolving. Hear from top companies about the cybersecurity challenges they have faced, solutions their companies took to overcome cyber threats, and how they believe businesses can prepare their workforce to effectively address the current and future cyber challenges ahead.

The keynote speaker is Criss Bradbury, senior manager in the cyber risk services department at Deloitte. Panelists are from Microsoft, IBM, AT&T and more.

Register today for the 5th Annual Legislative Reception! 

In 2017, the Centennial State ranked number one in the nation for private aerospace employment. The Denver-metro area now has the highest concentration of private-sector aerospace employment in the country. This is just part of the reason that Colorado is one of the fastest growing economies in the country. With a diversified economy known for its concentration of scientific research and high-tech industries, like aerospace and cybersecurity, Colorado was ranked 20th largest economy in the United States. In fact, Colorado's economy is growing faster than almost any other state in the nation. The state GDP's expanded 3% in the first quarter of this year, according to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. 

Move past Democrat Jared Polis's advocacy for a government-funded universal health care system and you will find he shares a lot of the same goals on the subject with Republican Walker Stapleton. But Colorado's gubernatorial candidates have vastly different ways of wanting to achieve their aims. 

The Colorado Business Roundtable defines a champion as an individual or organization that works with vision, resiliency, and innovation to resolve issues within the community of Denver and the surrounding communities of Colorado. Leaders who always work hard to push the needle forward in their industry to help add value, in every day, for the communities in Colorado.

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.

Please join us on Monday, December 3rd from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm as we recognize these champions in Colorado.

If you have a company or organization that you would like to nominate for the Champions in Industry Awards, you can do so here. Nominations are due October 26th. 

Colorado voters will be asked to consider a lot of issues and candidates on the November Ballot, but the interaction of just three of those measures - a sales-tax hike to fund transportation, a bond sale to fund transportation and  an income-tax hike to fund education - could determine the near-term fate of the state's overcrowded highway system. State residents will be asked first of all to approve two separate transportation initiatives, Proposition 109, written by the Independence Institute, would allow for the sale of the $3.5 billion in bonds for state highways and require the Legislature to set aside $350 million from the general fund annually to repay the bonds. Proposition 110, written by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and a group of allies, would raise statewide sales taxes by 0.62 cents for a 20-year period to fund a $6 billion bond sale and raise roughly $9.8 billion over that time period for local roadways and $3.2 billion for multi-model projects. 

The space industry has developed into a multi-billion dollar industry and has attracted considerable media attention in recent years, in part because of interest and investment from high profile billionaires like Paul Allen, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk, among others. These entrepreneurs have poured billions of dollars into their respective commercial space ventures and many other private sector investors have likewise turned their attention to the promising opportunities the industry presents. 

Last week Jeff Wasden, the President of Colorado Business Roundtable, had the pleasure of speaking at the APEC conference in Hong Kong. 
SendGrid, the Denver-based software maker that accounts for about 2 percent of the world's wanted email, has been acquired by Twilio for $2 billion, the companies announced Monday. San Francisco-based Twilio makes software for secure messaging platforms. SendGrid sends mass emails for clients, like AirBnB and Uber, and has since expanded to offer more email marketing services. 

Thank you Citizen's for Space Exploration for inviting Colorado Business Roundtable to "An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies" with Neil deGrasse Tyson this week. 
Bob Troyer, the outgoing U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, told Denver Business Journal last week that he hopes that business leaders become more engaged on the potential consequences of marijuana legalization in Colorado. "It's very important for business leaders in Colorado to start getting educated about commercialized marijuana in this state because their leadership on business health and safety topics is as important to the state as the political leadership and I think it's important for these caregivers of the state economy to be engaged on this issue," Troyer said. 

United Launch Alliance put a massive defense communications satellite into orbit overnight Wednesday, launching a $1.8 billion project made by Lockheed Martin Space. The Centennial-based company's Atlas V rocket blasted off just after midnight carrying the U.S. Air Force's Advanced Extremely High Frequency 4 satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The 197-foot-tall rocket launched the satellite into a low orbit, where the Centaur second stage propelled AEHF-4 on a four-hour journey to its final orbit 22,300 miles above the planet. 

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