Weekly News for June 23, 2016

Connect and Collaborate Radio

Podcasts  are available from all Connect and Collaborate shows including these recently added:
Presidential E Award  with Paul Bergman and  David Dendinger (CAP Worldwide)
Generous Leadership with Anthony Lambatos and Tricia Halsey
Heart Led Leadership with Rick Barrera and Rick Tetzeli
Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) with Rebecca Laurie
Anna Ewing and Edgar Johansson;  Barbara Kreisman;  Norman Stucker and Nathan Morimitsu;  Stephanie Veck;  Peter Moore. Click to learn more, and tune in to KDMT 1690 AM Denver's Money Talk from 4-5 p.m. Mon-Fri or live stream online.


WGA Chairman and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead released a report and a policy resolution about the successful first year of his  Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative . He said, "If you care, as Western Governors do, about species and conservation, you also have to care about making the ESA operate at the most effective level possible." Other policy resolutions include topics like wildfire management and energy transmission...   Read more

Transportation and Logistics
Meet in the Street, presented by DaVita and produced by the Downtown Denver Partnership and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, returns for a third year beginning Saturday, June 25, and continues each Saturday and Sunday on the 16th Street Mall (Mall) through July 24. Meet in the Street transforms the Mall into a fully activated pedestrian zone with activities including more than 10 extended outdoor cafes, live music, fitness classes, cultural performances, a kids zone and more.

"The 16th Street Mall is Denver's Main Street, and we are actively working to ensure its long-term future as a thriving public space," said Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership. "On a normal day, only one percent of people spend time on the Mall, contrasted by tens of thousands people passing through. We want to change that through place-making projects that activate the Mall and encourage people to come more often, and stay longer."
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National Small Business Association

NSBA's Action Center urges the following: Senate and House Republicans are working to shut down efforts to nearly double the current minimum salary threshold required to qualify for overtime pay to $47,476 per year, up from $23,600.

The rule is set to go into effect Dec. 1, 2016. However, legislation has been introduced under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) in an effort to repeal the DOL's new overtime rule.
Your lawmakers need to hear from you on what this final overtime rule means for your small business, the new hurdles it creates for you and your employees as you navigate this costly mandate and complex regulatory burden. Take a few moments TODAY to urge your lawmakers to support efforts to overturn the overtime rule.
  Use this online form to make contacting your lawmakers easy.

CEA recently launched a new educational campaign called "Know the Value" focused on educating Coloradans on the central role that energy plays in their everyday lives, and the industries and activities that rely on energy.  To view the new videos, click here .

You can read a related op-ed, "New Campaign Worthy of a Toast," by CEA's immediate past Chairwoman and Board Member Jennifer Diggins here at the Colorado Springs Gazette

In continued support of a collaborative approach to lessen the environmental impact of energy generation and development, Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA) is hosting the third annual Oil & Gas Cleantech Challenge on September 1, 2016 in Denver, CO.

As the oil and natural gas industry evolves and faces challenging markets, they continue to invest in technologies that address methane mitigation, resource usage, water quality and operational risk. Through the OGCC, CCIA brings together innovative early stage companies and oil and natural gas leaders to identify technology solutions for these challenges.

Interested cleantech companies will enter a competitive vetting process, after which 10-12 companies will be invited to present their technologies to the oil and natural gas partners. Applications are due on July 15, 2016. Learn more and apply today

The Space Foundation released yesterday the findings of its publication    The Space Report 2016: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity.

In 2015, the global space economy totaled $323 billion worldwide. The decline from $329 billion in 2014 was due primarily to the strengthening dollar, meaning that non-U.S. government budgets and industry revenues appeared smaller even though most experienced growth in their own currencies.

Non-U.S. government space investment declined by 14 percent in dollar terms, primarily due to exchange rates, to a total of $32 billion in 2015. In reality, most countries increased their budgets for space activities...  Read more and order your copy

Have you ever wanted to drop everything you're doing, quit your day job, and spend your time and skills supporting change in the developing world?  Leaving your day job permanently might not be feasible... but join the  Posner Center for International Development  at the  Posner Poverty Hack 2.0  for a short escape. From July 10-12, 2016 we are hosting our own unique "hackathon" for international development.

We asked our network of international nonprofit organizations to tell us about challenges they face in their work - specifically challenges that they can't solve on their own, that require input from people with fresh perspectives and experience in diverse sectors like business, technology, management and government. 

We've selected three of these challenges to be "hacked" over the course of the 2.5-day event. During the Poverty Hack, individual participants will work together in teams to competitively group problem solve - or "hack" - potential solutions to one of the challenges. The three best solutions (one for each challenge) will compete to be crowned the winning idea, and the Posner Center will fund the nonprofit organization who presented that challenge to implement the solution. Learn more and register now

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A federal court this week upheld the Federal Communication Commission's 2015 order that reclassifies the Internet as a common carrier, allowing federal "net neutrality" regulations opposed by the telecom and cable industries. Ruling 2-1, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit concluded the FCC had the authority to impose common- carrier regulations on broadband services. (Ruling here.)  Business Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers had filed an amicus brief  in the case, U.S. Telecom Association et al. v. FCC, arguing that new rules would slow innovation and investment. In a statement , AT&T said it would appeal the ruling.
Business Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers wrote Congress and President Obama last week calling for TPP's passage this year. The letter  argued that TPP is critical to U.S. economic growth and leadership in the Asia-Pacific region and globally. Read letter
Writing to national leaders in anticipation of a  June 29  trilateral summit in Ottawa , BRT and its counterparts in Canada and Mexico identified five priorities for action: trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); modernizing the borders; regulatory cooperation; energy and the environment; and cybersecurity. "Deeper collaboration among Canada, Mexico, and the United States should focus on improving our international competitiveness, supporting economic growth and jobs in our countries, facilitating the legitimate movement of people, goods, services, capital, and energy between our countries, and addressing emerging challenges such as cybersecurity," wrote BRT Chairman Doug Oberhelman, John Manley of the Business Council of Canada, and Alejandro Ramírez Magaña of the Consejo Mexicano de Negocios. Read letter

ADAPT Open House at Colorado School of Mines at Colorado School of Mines by the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) and Manufacturer's Edge
8th Annual Field Days by Geotech
Jefferson County Aerospace & Defense Small Business Industry Day by JeffCo EDC 
Posner Center Poverty Hack: An International Development Hackathon
Women's Small Business Conference by Colorado SBDC Network
Universal Healthcare in Colorado Luncheon and Pro/Con Discussion by Progressive 15 (Fort Morgan)
M2 2016: Growth & Financing Strategies for Manufacturers by CompanyWeek

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