COBRT's Weekly News for You - April 8, 2016
Best Practices
Last night, the Downtown Denver Partnership presented six awards to transformational projects in Downtown Denver that contribute to an economically healthy, growing and vital center city at the 55th Annual Downtown Denver Awards Dinner, presented by Polsinelli.  The honorees, selected by a jury of key business leaders convened by the Downtown Denver Partnership, are businesses, projects and initiatives that had the most significant impact on the center city in 2015. 

The 55th Annual Downtown Denver Awards winners are:  16M;  Balfour at Riverfront Park;  Co-Development Expansion Project at the Denver Art Museum-the ART Hotel;  Elan Union Station-King Soopers;  Lawrence Street Community Center; and  Regency Athletic Complex at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  More than 1,000 people - a new attendance record - celebrated award winners at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.  Read more
Education and Workforce

Yesterday, legendary folk singer Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul & Mary, was inducted to the Denver Southeast Rotary Club as an honorary member in acknowledgement of his partnership with the Club and Rotary District 5450 for The Peaceful Schools Program through Operation Respect.

The Peaceful Schools Program was developed in Denver in the fall of 2013 and has now expanded to 15 schools and 50 classrooms,  teaching social and emotional skills to more than 750 elementary school children and hundreds of high school students who are trained and delivering the program in these schools.  Peter Yarrow had been a champion of the program and instrumental in connecting Rotary to this important cause. Read more

Colorado State University-Global Campus joined hundreds of local students, government officials, community leaders, and education providers at the national launch of Skillful held at the Emily Griffith Technical College last month. Skillful, a new career platform, creates collaboration between educational providers, job seekers, and companies. The platform's purpose is to aggregate resources, and ultimately broaden the employment discussion to include skills, rather than degrees-only. As part of the pilot program, CSU-Global joined forces with founding partners LinkedIn and the Markle Foundation on this groundbreaking initiative.  
The most innovative aspect of this partnership is the LinkedIn training finder, which creates a direct link between jobs, skills, and employers. Similar to the training finder, CSU-Global works with affiliates to complement its programs. The university utilizes programmatic advisory boards comprised of industry experts and hiring managers to obtain industry insight from the field, and uses this feedback to refine and assess courses biannually. Importantly, these boards identify key skills that industries require. These skills have been identified and integrated into the LinkedIn training finder, allowing job seekers to view CSU-Global programs and specific outcomes. 
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Connect & Collaborate Radio
Listen from 4-5 PM Monday through Friday on Denver's Money Talk 1690 AM or streaming at

Podcasts are available from all shows including these recently added:

More about next week's line up can be found here
Apr 11- Pat Maley, Vistage and guest  Kathleen Quinn Votaw
Apr 12- Carol Carter, G lobalMindED
Apr 13- Lauren McIntosh, Women in Manufacturing Colorado
Apr 14-  Ryan Heckman and  Meegan MoszynskiQuarterly Forum and The Leaders Initiative 
Apr 15-  Peter Moore, VITAL for Colorado and guest Chris Hansen
Economic Development

The optimism of Colorado business leaders remains unchanged entering the second quarter of 2016, but is projected to slightly dip ahead of the third quarter of the year, according to a University of Colorado Boulder report.

Additionally, more than half of respondents surveyed for the index indicated a talent shortage in Colorado, which can lead to higher salaries or wages, lower retention rates, slower business growth and higher project costs, as well as longer recruiting processes and the need to hire from out of state.   Read more
Best Practices

Footers Catering was awarded the "ACE" award at the Catersource National Catering Conference in Las Vegas on March 15th, 2016. The annual Catersource Achievement in Catering Excellence (ACE) Award recognizes companies that have shown noteworthy achievement in the catering industry through culinary, business, community and professional development.

Each year, winners are chosen to represent the best of the best in each of these three geographic regions: East, West and International. These regions are broken down into two revenue segments: Annual revenue up to $2 million and greater than $2 million.  Footers Catering won the award for best in the western region over $2 million.   Read more
Energy & Environment

Last Friday, April 1, forty-four  current and former senators and 164 current and former house members from thirty-eight states filed an amicus brief to support President Obama's Clean Power Plan in case currently before the U.S. Court of Appeals. Additionally, the brief stands to defend EPA's authority to protect public health and the environment by regulating new pollutants in keeping with the intention of the Clean Air Act Of 1970.   Read more
Transportation and Logistics
RTD wants riders to get the service information ahead of University of Colorado A Line opening. Service is changing on April 24, 2016. They  are holding a series of events along the line that will give you all of the details about the service improvements that are on the way. 

There will be food, art, prizes and more! There are two sessions left: Saturday, April 9, 11 am.-1 p.m.  Broncos Boys & Girls Club and  Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at  Whittier Neighborhood Association Center.  RTD has partnered with the Be Well Health and Wellness Initiative to present these service information events.   Read more
Health and Retirement

Submissions can be made on behalf of organizations and companies as well as individuals.
Ideas should focus on one of two categories:  Physical Activity (ideas to get  kids moving and engage outdoor spaces differently) or  Nutrition (ideas that provide kids access to healthy foods and the education to make good choices).   Read more
Smart Regulation
Op-Ed from Job Creators Network
Last month, a group calling itself the Colorado Families for a Fair Wage proposed a ballot measure hiking the state's minimum wage to $12 per hour. This comes after several attempts to raise Colorado's minimum wage failed in the state Legislature. 
For good reason: A minimum wage increase is a bad move for Colorado. Because hiking the minimum wage makes employees more expensive and therefore less employable, it would actually hurt rather than help.

Only about 3 percent of Coloradans earn the minimum wage, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So raising the minimum wage would do little to help the working poor. And 60 percent of minimum-wage earners fall between the ages of 16 and 24 - when people are just entering the workforce and earning entry-level wages.  This means that there are only about 64,000 minimum wage employees in Colorado above the age of 25 who aren't entry-level but are in need of some help. A better way to help them is expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC.   Read more
International Business

Join U.S. Global Leadership Coalition at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs on Monday, May 2 for a dynamic lunch discussion with Representative Doug Lamborn, Lieutenant General Ed Anderson (U.S. Army, Retired) and Randy Welsch (President, Jibu) on the positive impact of global affairs programs in Colorado.   Register here
From National Small Business Association

The White House Council of Economic Advisors recently released a report on patent litigation outlining a number of developments in the U.S. patent environment.  Read more 
From Business Roundtable

Congress Returns from Recess
The U.S. Senate returned after its spring recess on Monday, April 4, and the U.S. House returns next Monday, April 11.
The Top Line: U.S. Economy Adds 215,000 Jobs in March
The labor market showed resiliency in March despite continued global headwinds. According to this week's Bureau of Labor Analysis'  employment situation summary, non-farm payrolls added 215,000 jobs, while the average hourly workweek held steady and wage growth ticked up. Finally, the slight uptick in March's unemployment rate - from 4.9 percent to 5 percent - was coupled with an increase in the labor force participation rate, suggesting that sustained labor market gains may be drawing more Americans into the labor force. For more analysis, see The Top Line below and online here.
The Top Line: GDP Up 2.4 Percent in 2015
The U.S. economy grew by 1.4 percent (revised) in the fourth quarter of 2015, down from 2 percent in in the third quarter but faster than previously estimated, according to a March 25  Bureau of Economic Affairs release. Solid consumer spending and strong residential investment in Q4 were partially offset by reduced business investment and negative net exports. Despite a slowdown in the second half of the year, economic growth averaged 2.4 percent in 2015 - the same growth rate as 2014 and above the 2.1 percent average rate for the six years following the recession. For more of the factors, see The Top Line analysis online here.
4/11/16 through 4/14/16
32nd Annual Space Symposium by The Space Foundation (Colorado Springs)
4/13/16 and 4/14/16
Colorado Livestock Association Annual Meeting and Finest Celebration (Loveland)
4/13/16 and 4/14/16
Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference by ACG Denver
Fireside Chats with Successful CEOs - Denver by Clean Tech Colorado
4/22/16 and 4/23/16
Grand Opening of the University of Colorado A Line by RTD and partners with grand opening ceremony, station neighborhood theme parties and free rides on all lines (Denver, Aurora)
Annual Awards Celebration by Denver Regional Council of Governments
NOCOM 2016: Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership Expo (Loveland)
Global Leadership Forum with Rep. Lamborn by U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (Colorado Springs)
Innovators Dinner by The Posner Center for International Development
5/5/16 and 5/6/16
2016 Creative Industries Summit by Colorado Creative Industries/OEDIT (Carbondale)
5/15/16 through 5/17/16
Annual Meeting by Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission 
5/18/16 through 5/20/16
Collaborative Learning Conference by The Manufacturing Institute and the Dream It Do It Network (Arlington, VA) 
CDFA Colorado Financing Roundtable Annual Conference
6/6/16 and 6/7/16
Small Business Leadership Conference by NSBA (Washington, D.C.)
6/9/16 and 6/10/16
Gala Awards Dinner by Colorado Companies to Watch

These events are located in Denver unless otherwise indicated.
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