Weekly News from COBRT - October 23, 2018
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October 23, 2018
Immigration has been a political hot potato for decades. While there are many complexities to immigration, from border security to balancing the correct allotment of visas to legal requirements, there is strong bipartisan support for acting on immigration reform. 

There are many that view immigration as a zero-sum game - that if immigrants are allowed access and secure employment, somehow the U.S. economy suffers and American workers are denied opportunities. That is a nonsensical argument fed by misguided beliefs in the role immigrants play and the jobs they fill. Immigration has been a critical staple for companies who need world class talent to innovate and compete in the global marketplace. Immigrants are entrepreneurial and spur direct and indirect job creation, drive higher consumption, state and local taxes, and have a positive impact on local communities. Business understands the importance of diversity of thought and how it spurs innovation, creativity, and ultimately, economic growth. 

The Colorado Workforce Development Council released its Guide for Colorado Businesses, a resource that aims to aid businesses in their efforts to become leaders in talent development and provide insights into why partnering can enable a business and their community to grow in tandem more sustainably. 

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! 

Business Roundtable President & CEO Joshua Bolten said Wednesday that CEOs support the Administration's objectives in trying to compel China to reform its trade and investment practices. At the same time, Bolten said in a CNBC Squawk Box interview, the Administration's tariff-based tactics are counterproductive, and coming away from the current "major confrontation" with only a short-term agreement on trade would be a disappointment.

The Clean Energy Means Business Buyer's Summit is the Mountain West's premier event for municipal, commercial and non-profit energy management and sustainability leaders and decision makers seeking to reduce energy costs, manage energy risks, and further sustainability initiatives through implementing clean energy solutions. 

CEMB's content will provide decision makers the insights to and understanding of the financial, social, and environmental performance metrics that which must be ed to be considered in evaluating clean energy solutions. The Summit will equip participants with meaningful information to help them impact the financial performance of their organizations. Clean Energy Means Business' networking environment offers the opportunity to meet connect with other decision makers and industry specialists.

President Trump's promise to cut Obama-era regulations has gone into overdrive, with the slashing generating $33 billion in savings, far more than expected. A new report from the White House budget office said that $23 billion in savings has occurred this year alone, with the total at $33 billion since the president took office. Over his first 21 months in office, former President Obama impose $245 billion in new regulations. 


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. 


A newly released video featuring Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence encourages Colorado voters to vote Yes on Amendments Y&Z to change the way congressional and legislative redistricting happens. The video release is the latest chapter in her post-partisan effort to help pass structural political reforms across America that stop political bribery and fix our broken elections. Jennifer Lawrence is a board member of RepresentUs, the nation's largest grassroots anti-corruption campaign. Members of Represent Colorado are supporting the Fair Maps campaign to end Gerrymandering in Colorado, and are encouraging its supporters to vote "yes" on Amendments Y&Z. 

In a joint column in The Hill, leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and corporate governance efforts at Business Roundtable highlighted a new partnership to encourage U.S. companies and organizations to emphasize diversity and inclusion. "As leaders in the private and public sectors, we believe it is our responsibility to help make our workplaces and communities welcoming and inclusive environments that respect every individual and promote opportunity," wrote Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA), CBC Chairman, and Alex Gorsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson, Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee. The column cited efforts by Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, Dell and Lockheed Martin.

Disasters are most often unexpected and urgent, which sometimes conflicts with funders' desire to perform thorough due diligence and vetting of grant recipients to ensure alignment with strategy and maximum impact. The PwC Charitable Foundation has addressed this tension by identifying credible national and global nonprofits working in disaster relief/response, before a crisis strikes, and establishing strategic multi-year collaborations. Though it takes an upfront investment, having these relationships in place enables the Foundation to mobilize quickly in times of need - an approach which proved incredibly effective during Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma and the Mexico City earthquake. 

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