Weekly News for March 24, 2016
Brave Leaders & Best Practices
Thank you to attendees of last week's event! COBRT and the University of Denver recognized Colorado's finest leaders who exemplify courage, risk-taking and commitment. These leaders have stepped up and made strong, courageous decisions to keep organizations, workers and companies alive and vibrant. Check out the panel photo gallery here.

The event included a p anel discussion facilitated by former Denver Mayor Federico Peña featuring:  Chancellor Rebecca Chopp, PhD, University of Denver;  Mayor Michael Hancock, City of Denver;  J. Scott McLagan, Professor, Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver; and  Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton. Sponsored by FirstBank.
Connect & Collaborate Radio
Listen from 4-5 PM Monday through Friday on Denver's Money Talk 1690 AM or streaming at  www.cobrt.com/liveRecent podcasts are available from Stephanie Veck of Colorado Workforce Development Council and Ellen Golombek, Business Experiential Learning Commission; Anthony Lambatos, Footers Catering and Strategic Planning; Peter Moore of VITAL for Colorado and Michelle Smith, National Association of Royalty Owners ;  Paul Bergman and Steve Collier, US Department of Commerce Export Assistance CenterAmbassador to Ireland, Mike Sullivan and Bryson Patterson of the Small Business Administration.

More about next week's line up can be found here
March 28 - Anna Ewing - OEDIT
March 29 - Tim Gaudette - Small Business Majority 
March 30 - Skillful ( Markle Foundation and LinkedIn) 
March 31 - Jim Salestrom and Warren Miller  
April  1 - Peter Moore - VITAL for Colorado
Gov. John Hickenlooper nominated Donna Lynne to serve as Lieutenant Governor effective upon formal confirmation by the General Assembly. Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced previously that he will leave the state to take on the role of president of Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. His last day will be April 29, 2016.

Lynne is currently the executive vice president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, overseeing more than an $8 billion budget, 1.3 million members and 16,000 employees for Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.    Read more
Key Issue: Tax & Fiscal Policy

When a tax or regulation targets those growing companies, it doesn't just hurt the entrepreneurs and owners: Whatever holds the businesses back also holds back their employees and the people who might have become employees. 
That's why we are deeply concerned by the Health Insurance Tax provision within the Affordable Care Act and urge you to contact your legislators
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Key Issue: International Business
Did you hear about the Governor's Award for Excellence in Exporting? It's an annual award to recognize economic growth through international business, and World Trade Center Denver and OEDIT are now accepting applications for the 2016 awardee.  

The Excellence in Exporting award provides official recognition from the State of Colorado and can help local companies increase their competitiveness in international markets. The 2015 awardees were Diversified Machine Systems and Dean Swift Seed Co., and Oliver Manufacturing was the 2014 recipient.  Read more
Key Issue: Energy & Environment
The Colorado Petroleum Council issued the following statement from Executive Director Tracee Bentley in addition to testimony opposing House Bill 1355 that would effectively bypass scientific expertise and remove oversight by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). The bill conflicts with Colorado's safe, efficient development of natural resources and could jeopardize further job creation while increasing costs for local governments.   Read more
Key Issue: Education and Workforce
Our friends at the Markle Foundation just went live with Skillful on March 17, 2016, and they chose Denver as the place to launch. Skillful is a community of online resources and navigators that connects job seekers to employers with well-paying jobs and educators who can help them acquire new skills, and advance their careers. They'll be on Connect and Collaborate radio next week, March 30. Read more
Latino Leadership Institute

Join this elite network in changing the face of leadership throughout Colorado by applying to the Summer 2016 LLI Fellowship. Applications will be available March 1, and the deadline is April 4. To learn more about the application process and Fellow profile, go to the LLI  Apply by April 4. Or hear from Joelle Martinez, Executive Director, and Olivia Mendoza, Director of Strategic Partnerships, who were on Connect and Collaborate last week! Listen to podcast
Key Issue: Health and Retirement
Imagine Colorado, a program of the Colorado Innovation Network and LiveWell Colorado, has extended the challenge out by two weeks with a new submission deadline of April 15.

They have a new video that is available  here. Submissions can be made on behalf of organizations as well (hint, hint).
  Ideas should focus on one of two categories:  Physical Activity (ideas to get  kids moving and engage our outdoor spaces differently) or  Nutrition (ideas that provide kids access to healthy foods and the education to make good choices).   Read more
Creative Industries

The 303 ArtWay is Denver's first Art, Health, and Heritage themed urban trail. The paved walking and biking path will ultimately link the neighborhoods of Park Hill, City Park, Skyland, Whittier, Cole, Clayton, and Elyria Swansea with the new 40th & Colorado rail station on the University of Colorado A-Line from Union Station to DIA, opening next month.

This public trail will add pedestrian and biking connections where none currently exist, as well as incorporating public art, distinctive directional signage, and historical markers to celebrate the unique identity and cultural history of Northeast Denver's neighborhoods. To support and provide feedback about the 303 ArtWay, complete the online survey Read more
Connect and Collaborate
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From National Small Business Association
Last week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced legislation designed to protect small businesses from regulatory sanctions by providing an extended grace period.  Read more 
From Business Roundtable
For the fourth quarter in a row, CEO expectations on the economy remain mixed, indicating an economy performing below its potential . Read more
CU-Boulder Aerospace Summit in downtown Denver
Bizwomen Mentoring Monday by Denver Business Journal
Inaugural Colorado Manufacturing Awards by Manufacturer's Edge
Downtown Denver Annual Awards by Downtown Denver Partnership
Annual Awards Celebration by Denver Regional Council of Governments
Innovators Dinner by The Posner Center for International Development
Annual Meeting by Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission 
Collaborative Learning Conference by The Manufacturing Institute and the Dream It Do It Network

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