Weekly News from COBRT
September 12, 2017
What happens to Colorado's workforce pipeline when 23% of our high school students fail to graduate on time? This is just one of the topics discussed in the new report, "Connecting Classrooms to Careers to Shrink Colorado's Skills Gap." 

Please join Colorado Business Roundtable and Council for a Strong America Colorado for an event to release this ReadyNation report. 

The release will be on Thursday, September 21st from 4 pm to 6 pm at 4140 Jackson Street in Denver. 

The goal of the Western Governor's Workforce Development Initiative is to create enhanced career opportunities for students, graduates and displaced workers to help build a more vibrant economy. The Initiative will pursue this goal in part through upcoming workshops hosted by Western Governors. 
More companies than ever are using the profit motive to solve a multitude of societal problems. Here's the third annual list of the best of them. Click here to read more about the list and how we choose the companies. Click here to meet six small companies that are rising stars for social good. And click here to learn why more CEOs want to make a social impact. 
Don't wait to fill out your nomination form for the Collaboration in Industry Awards Luncheon. The Colorado Business Roundtable plans to recognize Colorado's leaders in collaboration, partnerships, and going the extra mile to help make the business ecosystem of Colorado stronger on December 7th with keynote speaker Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup. 

To nominate a company or organization who has demonstrated collaboration, please fill out this form

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) announced it is accepting applications for the Governor's Healthy Community Award for 2017. Applications are due Wednesday, October 25th. 

The award will recognize a community making great strides toward community wellness while simultaneously impacting economic vitality. The award will evaluate communities in four areas: community health and wellness excellence, healthy workplaces, community collaboration, and social impact. 

Amazon has set off a scrum among cities that are hoping to land the company's second headquarters - with the winner getting the prize of a $5 billion investment and 50,000 new jobs over the next two decades. We're offering to help, using Amazon's own criteria to identify a winning city.

So Denver it is. The city's lifestyle and affordability, coupled with the supply of tech talent from nearby universities, has already helped build a thriving start-up scene in Denver and Boulder, 40 minutes away. Big tech companies, including Google, Twitter, Oracle and I.B.M., have offices in the two cities. Denver has been attracting college graduates at an even faster rate than the largest cities. The region has the benefits of places like San Francisco and Seattle - outdoor recreation, microbreweries, diversity and a culture of inclusion (specifically cited by Amazon) - but the cost of living is still low enough to make it affordable, and lots of big-city refugees have been moving there for this reason. Amazon would be smart to follow them.

The Business Roundtable conducted a survey of their CEOs and ninety percent responded that delaying tax reform will harm the U.S. economy by causing slower economic growth, hiring, and capital investment. Fifty-seven percent of the responding CEOs say delaying tax reform means their company will delay capital spending, the investment that drives jobs and growth. Fifty-six percent say their companies will delay hiring plans.

Colorado Business Roundtable strongly encourages our congressional delegation, leadership, and the administration to pass meaningful and permanent tax reform. If you are interested in joining business leaders, chambers and associations in advocating for a fairer, simpler, and more competitive rate, please contact us at jwasden@cobrt.com

"America is and always has been a country of immigrants. We should do everything in our power to continue to attract the best and brightest because they make us stronger as a people and as an economy. And, when people come here to learn, work hard and give back to their communities, we should allow them to stay in the United States," said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JPMorgan Chase & CO. and Chairman of Business Roundtable. 

Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies today announced the company is teaming with Stratasys Ltd., a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, to unveil a first-of-its-kind additive manufacturing lab in Colorado - located at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Expected to open later this fall, the Lockheed Martin Additive Manufacturing Laboratory is unique to the state, dedicated to advance use of 3D printing for creation of composite tooling applications addressing complex design and manufacturing requirements. Empowering next generation manufacturing, 3D printing allows designers and engineers to improve efficiency and lead times while minimizing costs. 

The next Western Pathways Conference will be held May 30th to June 1st in 2018 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Western Pathways Conference focuses on innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges in education and workforce development. The Conference will convene governors, senior business and education leaders, and changemakers from across the West to discuss developing more effective systems for preparing young people for future success. 

BRT Outlines Priorities for Effective Financial Regulation
In comments responding to President Trump's Executive Order, "Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System," BRT urged Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to preserve the materiality standard for public company disclosure and to focus on long-term interests of ordinary investors. The letter from John Hayes, Chairman, President and CEO of Ball Corporation and chair of BRT's Corporate Governance Committee, specifically urged repeal or revision of the Dodd-Frank Act's conflict mineral disclosure mandate; repeal or modification of the CEO Pay Ratio Rule; modernizing the shareholder proposal process; and improving transparency and accountability of proxy advisory firms. BRT also submitted a white paper detailing needed capital market reforms. 
Please join us on December 7th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in helping recognize leaders in Colorado and come listen to our keynote speaker, Jim Clifton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gallup, discuss his view of business collaboration. Early bird registration is available for the awards luncheon until October 15th.  
Listen at KDMT 1690 AM Denver's Money Talk from 
4-5 p.m. Monday through Friday or  live stream online. Podcasts are available at  www.cobrt.com/radio and on your favorite podcast app the day after live airing.

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9/25/2017 - 9/29/2017

25th Fall Conference & Exhibition - Colorado Nonprofit Association

11/7/2017 - 11/8/2017
Clean Energy Means Business Corporate Summit - Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association

2017 Annual Meeting & Luncheon - Colorado Oil & Gas Association

 2017 CSBR Roundup - Colorado Space Business Roundtable

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