December 5, 2016

To all the guests and partnerships who were part of Colorado Business Roundtable's 3rd Annual Legislative Reception, we would like to say thank you!

Last Tuesday, we had over 150 distinguished guests, featuring Colorado's Lt. Governor Donna Lynne and more than 20 state legislators including Colorado House of Representatives Speaker-Designate Rep. Crisanta Duran and Minority Leader Rep. Patrick Neville as well as Colorado Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chris Holbert. We also welcomed representatives from almost all metro area chambers of commerce and key business groups.

Producers from ICOSA Media created a live Connect and Collaborate radio segment with Lt. Governor Donna Lynne. Tammy Schmidt and Salem Media Group's Mark Crowley co-hosted this interview. Click here to watch the interview, view pics and learn more about what we have in store for 2017.

There is no registration required, but you can join the Facebook event to invite your friends and colleagues.
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Stream or Download These  Recent Episodes
November 18 - Peter Moore - VITAL for Colorado, Election Day Review 
November 21 - Tom Lipetzky and Brent Boydston -  Colorado Ag Trade to Mexico
November 22 - Rebecca Laurie - DORA - Sunrise/Sunset Review Process
November 23 - Anthony Lambatos - Footers Catering - Justin Kruger - Project Helping & Kyndhub
November 24 - Sirine Swede & Molly McCoy - Women Entrepreneurs
November 25 - Stan Litow - P-Tech Schools
November 28 - Anna Ewing - COIN
November 29 - COBRT - Legislative Preview
November 30 - Barbara Kreisman - DU Executive MBA program - Dr. Dianne McCallister
December 1 - Kym McNicholas - Tech and Innovation  
December 2 - Peter Moore - VITAL for Colorado  
December 5 - Doug Krug & Christine Kahane - Institute for UnLearning 
December 6 - Jeff Krebbs & Lauren Beede - Make-A-Wish Colorado 
December 7 - Stephanie Veck - Workforce Development
December 8 - Edgar Johansson - Aerospace Advocate
December 9 - Kristen Muzzy - Leading2Lean 

Economic Development
From Jeff Wasden, President of COBRT: The vital role that the defense sector plays in Colorado's economy could expand in the near future if elected leaders, regardless of party or ideology, stand up for a new, fifth-generation jet fighter that already has a solid economic footprint in our state. Colorado business leaders recently learned firsthand how critically important this is when we had the rare opportunity to "fly" the cockpit simulator of the F-35 Lightning II. 

The F-35 is the fifth-generation fighter jet that is enhancing America's ability to own the skies. Ball Aerospace in Westminster is home to an exciting high-tech manufacturing facility that manufactures and tests antenna systems for the fighter. The company expects to manufacture nearly 50,000 antennas for the program in the next 25 years.  

We civilian business-types, whose closest engagement with a jet fighter was the models we played with as kids, gained a deep understanding, from a pilot's perspective, of how this aircraft is the most lethal and survivable strike fighter jet ever built.  Learn the two important lessons
Energy and Environment
From Jim Ogsbury, Executive Director of the Western Governors' Association: On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. The installation of a new Administration naturally presents an opportunity to reset the state-federal relationship, and WGA looks forward to working with the President-elect in that endeavor.

In the meantime, WGA is urging the appointment of a sitting Western Governor to the critical cabinet post of Interior Secretary. Department of the Interior operations have disproportionate impacts on WGA member states. The jurisdictional area of the Bureau of Reclamation, for example, is entirely within our footprint. The Bureau of Land Management administers 264 million acres of public lands, the vast majority of which are located in the West. The policy issues confronted by the department -- from endangered species to water scarcity to tribal matters -- have profound and unique impacts on the West. Keep reading
In 2006, Consumer Energy Alliance set out to advocate for sensible energy policies that ensured both environmental protection and responsible energy development. Now, 10 years later, the organization, its affiliate members, and individual consumer members continue to create thoughtful dialogue around the way we look at and talk about energy in the United States, through a non-partisan, balanced lens.  Looking at a decade
Education & Workforce
Part 2 of a three-part series by Shelley Ford, Morgan Stanley: Currently, women are earning an average of $11,000 less than their male counterparts -- with the gender wage gap only increasing as we age. If we want to eliminate that gap, then negotiation will be imperative. However, studies have found that while 50 percent of men are more likely to negotiate their salaries, only 1 in 8 women do the same. Perhaps their apprehension derives from a lack of confidence or a lack of know how. Here are some tips that may help women be more successful negotiators.  More
From Scott Laband, President of Colorado Succeeds: Cybercrime and online terrorism are among the greatest threats facing our nation. Just recently, hackers took down some of the world's largest websites in a massive denial-of-service attack that swamped the Internet in large sections of the country.

As someone deeply involved in education policy, I have to ask: Why aren't more students entering cyber security training programs? More than 200,000 cyber security positions presently are unfilled in the U.S.; employment ads in the field have increased by almost 75 percent in five years; entry-level jobs have become particularly difficult to fill.   Learn more
Advanced Manufacturing
The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) is excited to officially unveil the  2016 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide, which features an array of American-made ideas from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

AAM received hundreds of great gift ideas this year from the Made in America movement. In making their selections, they tried to pick a variety of gifts that are also easy-to-purchase and at reasonable price points. If you don't see your idea on the list, don't worry - they'll roll out additional picks on the blog throughout December.   Get the Guide
From NOAA: On November 29, 2016, NOAA's GOES-R satellite executed its final liquid apogee engine burn without anomaly. This has placed the satellite approximately 22,000 miles away with an inclination of 0.0 degrees, meaning it has reached geostationary orbit. GOES-R is now GOES-16!

On November 30, GOES-16 was set to perform its second stage solar array deployment, releasing the solar array yoke and solar pointing platform. In the days that follow, the software will be transitioned from the 'orbit raising' mission phase to 'operational,' several maneuvers will be conducted to adjust the satellites precise orbit, and the magnetometer boom will be deployed. Testing and calibration of GOES-16 will then begin. Bookmark www.goes-r.gov to watch the progress.
Business Roundtable: Trump Economics Team is Right to Focus on Growth, Jobs, Tax Reform
Business Roundtable  welcomed President-elect Donald Trump's continuing focus on economic growth and jobs, as reflected by his naming Steven Mnuchin to head the Treasury Department and Wilbur L. Ross to lead the Department of Commerce.  

As CEO of W.L. Ross, Ross was a member of Business Roundtable from 2003 to 2014.
Earlier this year, Business Roundtable released a plan for accelerating stronger economic growth and job creation.

The National Small Business Association needs your help in completing our 2016 Regulations Survey. Throughout the year, NSBA surveys small-business owners on a variety of topics, and this survey will gather critical data about the regulatory climate you're facing. As the new administration and 115th Congress are setting priorities for the coming two years, it is important we provide them data on how regulations impact America's small businesses.

This survey will take no more than 10 minutes of your time and will provide a wealth of valuable information to ensure NSBA is best representing your needs in Washington, D.C. Please click here to take the survey today.

TO: President-Elect Donald J. Trump 
FROM:     Governor Mitch Daniels, Secretary Leon Panetta, Congressman Tim Penny;
Chairmen, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
CC: Vice President-Elect Mike Pence, Speaker Paul Ryan, Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Chuck Schumer, Representative Nancy Pelosi
Congratulations on your election to the highest office in the land. When you take office, you will face many challenges both at home and abroad. At the same time, your position as chief executive of our great nation will present you with unparalleled opportunities to shape our collective future.

It has often been said that politicians campaign in poetry but govern in prose. While you campaigned on not being a traditional politician, you will soon confront the age-old challenge of translating your ambitious campaign promises into a governing agenda. As you develop your agenda, we hope you will follow through on your promise to address many of our country's greatest challenges, including our rising national debt.   More

See all at our events page and use this contact form to add yours!
Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement Abroad by U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Hogan Lovells & World Trade Center Denver
The Importance of International Trade with COBRT and City and County of Denver at Denver International Airport
13th Annual CSBR Roundup: The Future is in Focus by Colorado Space Business Roundtable
Mayor Hancock Recognition Ceremony by The Global Chamber and the Denver Center for International Studies

Show Your Support on Colorado Gives Day!
Colorado's largest one-day online giving movement, presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, is tomorrow,  Tuesday, December 6, 2016 , and Colorado nonprofits need your support.

Colorado Gives Day is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round website featuring more than 1,900 nonprofits. ColoradoGives.org encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to- date information about Colorado nonprofits and an easy way to support them online.

Thanks to Community First Foundation and First Bank, Colorado Gives Day features a $1 Million Incentive Fund, one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the Incentive Fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated.
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