Weekly News from COBRT - September 18, 2018
September 18, 2018
Colorado Business Roundtable is excited to share the latest testimonial video with Stéphane Lessard, Consulate General of Canada Denver. The Consulate General of Canada has been a long time supporter of COBRT and we are honored to highlight him in this video. Thank you for all of your support and partnership with us, Stéphane

Please join Congresswoman DeGette and a panel of business leaders on September 19th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Geotech for a town hall discussion about the effects of climate change and environmental factors on businesses in the Denver area. This event will discuss topics of climate change that focus on the business ramifications rather than the political or scientific aspects of the issue. The panel of business leaders will include representatives from the brewery, outdoor recreation, coffee and construction industry. A reception with appetizers and beverages will follow the panel discussion. Opportunities to tour the Geotech facilities will also be available.

Join Colorado Business Roundtable At The NAFTA Burger BBQ Event
On Friday, September 21st from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the State Capitol on the east lawn, please join Colorado Business Roundtable, Canadian Consulate, Mexican Consulate, World Trade Center Denver, and Colorado Farm Bureau as we show how integrated our economies are. We will be grilling burgers to demonstrate where our food comes from and how trade deals benefit businesses and consumers. Stop by the Capitol and enjoy lunch as we highlight the importance of our largest Colorado trading partners. This is a free event.
Tory Bruno's job description can sound like a recipe for disaster. As CEO of Centennial based United Launch Alliance, the nation's leading space launch contractor, the 56 year old leads a organization with thousands of workers, supplier and parts coming together on projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars that, in the blink of an eye, could explode and have ramifications for national security. 

The Colorado Business Roundtable believes in the power of being a champion. We are going to recognize Colorado's champions in collaboration, partnerships, the business community and who go the extra mile to help make the business ecosystem of Colorado stronger. We welcome your nominations in the following categories:
  • Aerospace
  • Education and Workforce
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Farming and Agriculture
  • Financial Services
  • Government
  • Health and Wellness
  • Hospitality and Lodging
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofit
  • Technology
  • Tourism and Outdoor Recreation
Nomination forms will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of leaders in Colorado. The committee will identify three finalists in each industry. The final winner in each industry will be announced at the Awards Luncheon.

A representative from each finalist company will need to be available at the luncheon which is scheduled for December 10th at the Cable Center.

Finalists and winners in each industry will have the opportunity to host a segment of Connect and Collaborate - the Voice of Colorado Business Roundtable.
The deadline for nomination forms is October 12, 2018.

Denver, CO - A new study released by the REMI Partnership finds that without any guarantees of improvement in student performance, the $1.6 billion tax increase proposed by Initiative 73 will negatively impact the Colorado economy, cost private sector jobs, and place a significant tax burden on Coloradans. The study, "Amendment 73: The Economic Impacts of a $1.6 Billion Increase to Spend on Education," evaluates the impacts of the tax and spending increases proposed by Amendment 73 as well as performance impacts and the net economic impact. 

Business Roundtable today released Advancing Diversity and Inclusion, a report on how large U.S. companies are actively promoting diversity and inclusion. In the report, more than 120 CEOs describe their work to expand opportunities for people of all backgrounds in their companies, supply chains and local communities. The report was announced in a joint statement from Alex Gorsky, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson and Chair of the Business Roundtable Corporate Governance Committee, and Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).

"Across the board, Business Roundtable companies are deeply committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace," Gorsky said. "This report details what America's CEOs are doing to actively advance diversity and inclusion throughout our companies and in our communities." The statement also highlights how congressional groups like the CBC are pressing corporations to ensure that diversity and inclusion are priorities. "As a part of this effort firms have been more transparent with the progress made and the significant challenges that remain," Richmond said. "This first of its kind initiative by Business Roundtable is a significant step in the right direction." To see the individual company profiles and more information about the report, please click here. Gorsky introduces the report in a video here. If your CEO is not a participant and would like to become one, please contact Maria Ghazal with Business Roundtable at mghazal@brt.org."

BridgeSat, a Denver-based startup that uses laser technology to quickly transmit large amounts of data into space, has received a healthy boost of funding of aerospace giant Boeing. Officials from Boeing on Monday, Sept. 10, annouced that the company led a $10 million investment to scale BridgeSat's global network of optical ground stations, calling the startup's technology "the future of connectivity in space." Boeing declined to disclose its specific investment in the Series B funding round. 

One year ago, President Donald Trump instructed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to announce the administration's plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Attorney General Sessions carried out these orders (he's opposed DACA from its start in 2012 as senator). No friend of Dreamers, he stood in front of TV cameras and told the American people the program would come to an end on March 5, 2018. 

On the same day of Sessions' announcement, President Trump said he wanted Congress to act to replace DACA with a lasting program that would offer Dreamers the chance to attain a permanent place in American society. Answering the president, House and Senate lawmakers from both parties pledged to get to work; to step in and make things right. 

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.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman joined with a Democrat in introducing legislation Thursday that he said would "reform and streamline" the H-1B high-skilled workers visa program while banning employers from replacing American workers with those who hold the visa. Coffman, an Aurora Republican, introduced the Immigration Innovation Act of 2018 with U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., according to a Thursday statement press release from Coffman's office. The bill's next stop: the Judiciary Committee. 

U.S. News and World Report released its 2019 Best Colleges rankings and while only three Colorado Universities cracked the top 100 of its National Universities list, quite a few ranked in other categories. Besides National Universities, the magazine ranks schools regionally and by category, like National Liberal Arts College. 

The mystery since spring wasn't whether the U.S. Air Force would keep Lockheed Martin Space building its new generation of global position satellites but how much it would spend. Now we know. U.S. Air Force on Friday committed to paying the Jefferson County-based aerospace company up to $7.2 billion to build the next 22 GPS III satellites for the military. 

U.S. small business optimism surged to a record in August as the tax cuts and deregulation efforts of President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress led to more sales, hiring and investment, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business. The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index jumped to 108.8 last month, the highest level ever recorded in the survey's 45-year history and above the previous record of 108 in in 1983, set during the second year of Ronald Reagan's presidency. The August figure was up from a 107.9 reading in July. 

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