Weekly News from COBRT
September 26, 2017
The Consulate General of Canada in Denver, the Office of the Governor of Colorado, and the Colorado Business Roundtable will host an event addressing urgent issues in Colorado and Canada: supporting displaced workers and preparing the workforce of the future in a transforming economy. 

Speakers will address trends that are accelerating change in the Coloradan and Canadian economics, successful approaches to support workers who lost their jobs while they re-train for other opportunities, and best practices in preparing K-12 and higher education in Colorado and Canada for the jobs of tomorrow. 

Please join us on Wednesday, October 4th from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the Commons on Champa. 

Council for a Strong America is a national nonprofit that unites five organizations comprised of law enforcement leaders, retired admirals and generals, business executives, pastors, and prominent coaches and athletes who promote solutions that ensure our next generation of Americans will be citizen-ready.

Last week they released their new report called, " Connecting Classrooms to Careers to Shrink Colorado's Skill Gap." This report focuses on the importance of Deeper Learning strategies in closing the skills gap, which occurs when there are more job openings than there are qualified workers to fill those positions. 

Several Colorado groups are rallying and joining forces in support of GOP proposals to simplify and reform the nation's tax system, which they see as a drag on both economic growth and a more prosperous middle class. 

But for others in the state, advancing certain tax reforms seems problematic, especially when Republicans have offered few concrete details about their proposals. 
September 22, 2017 - Yesterday afternoon the Aerospace States Association Chair, New Mexico Lt. Governor John Sanchez announced Lockheed Martin Space Systems' Joe Rice as the selectee for the association's 2017 Thomas R. Hobson Distinguished Aerospace Service Award. The award honors a person that has a body of achievements over many years that reflect exemplary support of state base aerospace. The award is named in memory of Thomas R. Hobson, who served as Principal Manager of Government and Public Affairs at Rockwell Collins, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Rice was selected from five extremely worthy and impressive finalist based on his significant achievements to aerospace. During his career he has contributed to, and recognized, the U.S. states' and territories' fundamental and important economic role in strengthening America's aerospace prowess. Rice has show enormous capacity, innovation and commitment in bringing government, industry and education stakeholders together to make aerospace in Colorado and the nation stronger, and more competitive. 

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper touted his state's job creation and low unemployment rate at the Denver workshop of the Western Governors' Workforce Development Initiative. 

"Colorado has added 400,000 jobs since I came into office," Gov. Hickenlooper said during a keynote that opened the workshop focusing on effective partnerships with industry. "Unemployment, which was 9% at the time the recession hit, is now about 2.3%."

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

President Trump visited Springfield, Missouri, and laid out his plans for reforming our nation's outdated, complex and uncompetitive tax system. The president's plan is built around an America-first tax system that is focused on jobs, increasing wages and wealth in America, and restoring the American dream. 

The Business Roundtable conducted a survey of their CEOs and 90 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. 

With a CEO forum, television interviews, and a variety of other activities, Business Roundtable made a concerted push this week for tax reform. 

In a panel discussion Wednesday morning, five Business Roundtable CEOs detailed the positive impact that tax reform would have on their companies and employees, capital investment, and the U.S. economy. Moderated by Norah O'Donnell, co-host of CBS This Morning, the forum featured David Abney, UPS; Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin Corporation; Dennis Muilenburg, The Boeing Company; Randall Stephenson, AT&T Inc,; and Mark Weinberger of EY, Chair of BRT's Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee. The event drew extensive media coverage, and BRT has posted video of the panel discussion. 
The Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Index - a composite of CEO projections for sales and plans for capital spending and hiring over the next six months - stood at 94.5 for the third quarter of 2017, edging up from 93.3 in the second quarter. 

For the second quarter in a row, the Index reached its highest level since the second quarter of 2014 (95.4). the Index has also significantly exceeded its historical average of 80.3 for three quarters in a row and remains well above 50, suggesting CEO's continued confidence in the U.S. economy. 
The World Trade Center Denver is entering its 30th year as an international trade resource for business professionals and companies in the Rocky Mountain region. Your partnership, friendship and support have been the pillars of our organization for 30 years. 

In celebration of you, please join us for our Year of the Pearl Anniversary reception of great food, spirits, and networking opportunities with global business professionals from the World Trade Center network and Denver Startup Week. 

This event will be held on September 27th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Larimer Social. 
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.  
A group of U.S. business executives called for Congress to cut the corporate tax rate as low as possible and end the current global approach in which companies' profits are taxed no matter where they're earned. 

"We see this as a big enabler," said Dennis Muilenberg, chief executive officer of Boeing Co. "It will unleash our ability to grow jobs." 

Colorado Education Initiative 2017 Review
For 10 years, Colorado Education Initiative has been at the forefront of Improvement, Innovation, and change in Colorado's public education system. We are a statewide nonprofit organization that invests time, expertise, and dollars in K-12 public education. 

We are rooted in a vision of equitable outcomes for every kid that drives a strong bias for action focused on sustainable change to the system. Over the years, we've worked with educators as an inspired and supportive partner on the ground in over 150 urban, suburban, and rural school districts. We are known as a visionary organization that fuses best practices with innovation, that is turned into today's school dynamic and always mindful of what the future demands. 

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