Weekly News from COBRT
September 19, 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 this Thursday, September 21st from 4 pm to 6 pm at 4140 Jackson Street in Denver. 

A proposal to build a "hyperloop" transportation system in Colorado with people riding back and forth in a tube at high speed has been named one of 10 winners in a global competiton held by Hyperloop One. 

The Hyperloop One Global Challenges drew proposals from around the world, including several proposals that involved Colorado. 
The National Small Business Association released its 2017 Mid-Year Economic Report where the small-business outlook on the overall economy is at its highest point in seven years despite growing frustration over elected officials' inability to enact needed reforms. 

"For the first half of 2017, we've seen record highs in small-business confidence and outlook, however our most recent report shows more muted projections in hiring and revenue growth," state NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. "The absence of any meaningful legislating is a driver of changes in anticipated growth, and is the reason why small businesses believe the first thing Congress and the administration need to address is ending the partisan gridlock." 

Colorado will join New York, Washington and Massachusetts in a multi-state lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Gov. John Hickenlooper's office announced Wednesday. 

"President Trump's decision to end the DACA program is outrageous and risks the futures of more than 17,000 Coloradans," Hickenlooper said in a statement. " Colorado benefits when DREAMers have the opportunity to thrive in our communities and the only country they've ever known." 

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

There may not be a more important time to gather politicians, business leaders and artists from the Americas than now, said Erin Trapp, executive director of the Biennial of the Americas festival that kicked off today in Denver. 

Trapp, along with Gov. John Hickenlooper and Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global Ltd. were on hand Tuesday at the Denver Art Museum to launch the fourth iteration of the Biennial of the Americas - a week-long festival that brings in politicians, business leaders, entrepreneurs and artists from the Western Hemisphere to talk about big issues like trade, immigration, climate change and the arts. 

Lawmakers are headed back to the Capitol on Oct. 2 to clean up a tax mess that a hastily passed compromise created last legislative session. 

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order Thursday evening declaring the first special session for the Colorado General Assembly since 2012. It will address what he called the "unintended consequence" of Senate Bill 267, a measure that raises money for rural hospitals and transportation but inadvertently cuts off retail marijuana tax revenues for special districts, such as Denver's Regional Transportation District. 
Only two Colorado companies this year were named to Fortune magazine's 100 fastest-growing companies list. 

Heska Corp. of Loveland, which makes veterinary diagnostic products for dogs and cats, made its first appearance on the list, ranking No. 14. And Greenwood Village-based homebuilder Century Communities Inc. also made its first appearance on the list, ranking No. 26. 

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

Denver, CO., September 12, 2017 - Colorado's Office of Economic Growth and International Trade (OEDIT), in partnership with the Colorado Venture Capital Authority (CVCA), is allocating $9 million (plus up to an additional $3 million option) for a new investment fund that will provide seed and early-stage investment capital and/or debt to qualified rural businesses in Colorado. 

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.  
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