The month of May is full of dynamic networking opportunities for our members. Register for a few of these events to discover that networking, connecting, and getting engaged helps your business grow!
WORLD TRADE DAY 2017
Containers to the Cloud
Trade as Goods, Services and Knowledge
Hear the latest in trade policy.
Learn global best practices from peers.
Take your business to the world.
Dr. Noah Raford
COO Dubai Future Foundation, Advisor to the Sheikh on Innovation and "Smart Cities"
"Trade Under Attack? A View from Washington," Director of International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC
May 16th, 2017
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street, Denver, Colorado
Corporate Table $1,500
(early bird pricing through April 21)
Corporate Sponsorships Available
Download the Conference's full agenda here:
More information: Visit: https://www.codot.gov/programs-projects/projects/I25COSDEN.
Transportation: Yesterday to Today — that's what the Chamber's Business Leaders for Responsible Government (BLRG) met to discuss on Wednesday, 4/19. Moderated by Amy Sampson of Sampson PR, this meeting was well balanced forthright.
On Friday, April 14th, over 120 EDG Members, elected officials, business and community leaders gathered to discuss autonomous vehicles: the technology behind it, its implications, current legislation surrounding it, and its financial impacts. Panelists from Arrow Electronics, Uber, Lockheed Martin, and the Colorado Department of Transportation were there to weigh in on the progressive and controversial subject.
Arrow’s famous SAM technology — a 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray — was parked outside the Chamber’s front doors for the event. Chakib Loucif, VP of Engineering, Arrow, described the car in full detail. The corvette was modified by Arrow so that Sam Schmidt, a former Indy Racing League driver, could once again get behind the wheel after becoming quadriplegic. “For the first time in 15 years, I feel normal again,” said Schmidt in May 2014, after driving the car for the first time. Arrow’s innovative technology gives Schmidt the ability to control the vehicle using only movements from his neck. As a billion dollar Fortune 500 Company headquartered here in Centennial, Arrow’s mission is to leverage technology to solve problems. And that they do. Not just for former race car drivers, but for people across the globe. It’s safe to say the company is in support of the push for autonomous tech.
As you’re reading this, Uber has self-driving cars retrieving passengers in Pittsburgh, PA and Tempe, AZ. The technology for self-driving vehicles is certainly here, being tested, and no matter which side of the fence you’re on regarding the subject, the change is happening sooner than anyone could have predicted. Uber’s very own Dave Britton, Uber General Manager of Colorado and Utah, spoke on the company and its use of the vehicles. There are over one billion cars in the world — Uber is trying to help solve transportation issues: cars sitting idle (throughout the day), traffic, business travel, everyday commuting options, and pollution. The company is at the forefront of leveraging autonomous technology and using it for the greater good. After a study they conducted, it was discovered that 10% of millennial Uber riders in the U.S. have either given up a car or not purchased one. This ridesharing trend will only grow. Global financial firm, Morgan Stanley, recently conducted their own survey, and the results: in 2015, ride-hailing mileage accounted for 4% of global miles traveled, but by 2030, Morgan Stanley estimates the number could reach 26%. With the increase in ride-sharing, plus technology available for self-driving cars, it only makes sense that Uber would push forward for such change.
Where does Lockheed Martin stand? Jamie Adams, leader of the LM Autonomous Vehicle Program, Lockheed Martin, spoke on the subject. As a leading global company in aerospace, defense, security, and technology, Lockheed is currently increasing investments in autonomy. The company believes autonomous technology “will be an expectation, not a bonus” in the future. Adams stated the company has a partnership with Ford Motor Company for autonomous vehicles— but not self-driving cars for consumer use. These autonomous systems would be mainly for military vehicles and military use.
It only makes sense that the Colorado Department of Transportation would have opinions on the topic of transit change: Peter Kozinski, Director of CDOT’s RoadX program, was among the panelists. This program will utilize tech to improve road infrastructure. According to their website, “Bold thinking and bold actions drive progress. That means smarter roadways with more informed drivers and, eventually, self-driving cars that can communicate with the roads on which they travel.” In 2016, CDOT committed $20 million to kick-start RoadX, with plans to do such things as connect vehicles and drivers, with the capacity to “talk” to each other, helping to prevent accidents and speed the flow of traffic. It’s a forward-thinking roadmap to keep Colorado’s roads safer and smarter.
Colorado House Representative, Jeff Bridges, concluded the meeting with a few words about autonomous vehicle legislation. Senate Bill 17-213 passed, with an overwhelming majority, and is on its way to Governor Hickenlooper's desk. The bill is three-fold: it states that autonomous vehicles do exist, that they must follow the same rules of the road that normal cars do, and that if these driver-less vehicles are not going to follow road laws, the Colorado Department of Transportation must pass the vehicle.
For more information on the Chamber's Economic Development Group, click here.
The University of Colorado South Denver announced they embarked upon an ambitious strategic planning process that will help them set goals and define a vision to bring innovative models to the South Denver community.
In order to better understand the unique needs of the general community including businesses, employers, residents, educators and CU constituents, CU South Denver has developed a questionnaire strategically designed to provide insight about how they can best innovate and incubate new educational programs.
"As valued stakeholders of our local community, your contribution to the future of CU South Denver is greatly needed and appreciated," said Luella Chavez D'Angelo, vice chancellor for enterprise development for CU South Denver. "The University of Colorado plays a profound role in the lives of individuals and communities throughout Colorado, across the country and around the World. CU South Denver, the newest addition to the CU enterprise, is a place for lifelong learners of all ages that brings together the knowledge from all four campuses — CU Anschutz Medical Campus, CU Boulder, CU Colorado Springs, CU Denver."
The survey - open April 10th through April 24th - (please click here to take the survey) seeks to gather information from local community members to inform future programming and offerings from CU South Denver and ensure community needs are being met.
CU South Denver will also hold an open forum where members of the community can provide input and feedback in person. "We welcome the community to join us on Monday, May 1, at 6:30 at CU South Denver in our Great Hall," stated Vice Chancellor D'Angelo. "This is an opportunity to share thoughts and opinions in person crucial to the success of our strategic plan. We truly want to know what CU can do for you."
CU South Denver Community Forum: An Evening to Discuss What CU Can Do for You
Monday, May 1
6:30 - 8 pm
CU South Denver
10035 S Peoria Street, Lone Tree, CO 80134
Near Park Meadows Mall, one mile east of I-25 along Lincoln Avenue
This event is free to the public.
More information is available here.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Isaac Slade of The Fray, and Governor Hickenlooper Team Up on Take Note The Concert benefitting Music Education — May 4th
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Denver (March 8, 2017). Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will headline the first annual Take Note The Concert, a benefit featuring an all Colorado-based line-up. Proceeds from Take Note The Concert will support the Governor's initiative, Take Note Colorado, for expansion of music education programs and access to musical instruments in Colorado's schools.
Denver's latest music success story, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, had a breakthrough year (2016) that included a number of milestone — their hit single "S.O.B." blasted on the nation's airwaves for months. The Bank played over 246 shows in 16 countries since the release of their debut album and sold over 700,000 albums.
The May 4 concert at the 1STABNK Center will also feature short sets by Isaac Slade of The Fray, Todd Park Mohr, Billy Nershi of the String Cheese Incident and Tracksuit Wedding. The event will be enceed by comedian Josh Blue and Bret Saunders from 97.3 KBCO. Other specials guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
"Study after study shows that music learning supports other learning — from language development to improved test scores in countless subjects," said Gov. John Hickenlooper. "But it's so much more: music is crucial to creating a unique and vibrant culture. If Colorado wants to ensure everyone has access to a high-quality education, we must expand access to music education."
The music education initiative, Take Note Colorado, was born over a conversation between Governor John Hickenlooper, musician and community leader Libby Anschutz, Bohemian Foundation, and Colorado resident and lead singer, Isaac Slade, of Denver-based, Grammy nominated rock band, The Fray. "Music has made a difference to me, personally, and I think that it can make a difference in the lives of Colorado's students as well," said Libby Anschutz. "I am excited to found the Colorado Music Coalition which will become the umbrella 501 (c) (3) organization for the Take Note Colorado initiative. We are going to expand the opportunities for Colorado's kids to learn to play music that they know and love."
More than 28,000 Colorado students attend schools that don't offer formal arts education. and 50 percent of the state's high schoolers are not in arts classes.
"Music is about communication and connection," said Slade, Chair of the Take Note Colorado initiative. "It gives us ways to express ourselves and deeply connect with each other. We want to give every kid the chance to pick up an instrument and learn how to play, learn how to speak that language."
Tickets for the event, produced by AEG Presents Rocky Mountains and sponsored by 97.3 KBCO and CBS4 News are $25-$55. VIP Tickets are $250, which includes premium seating, early-entry access, dinner and hosted bar. Tickets can be purchased at www.altitudetickets.com.
"I've been blessed to have had such a long and rewarding career doing something I love in the music industry," said Chuck Morris, CEO of AEG Presents Rocky Mountains, who is producing the Concert and serving on the Colorado Music Coalition board. "It gives me great pleasure to be able to give back to Colorado by being part of this exemplary committee helping our schools increase and enhance their music programming!"
Proceeds from Take Note The Concert will establish Colorado Music Coalition's grant-making fund. The goal is to raise initial funding necessary to partner with several Colorado school districts for the 2017 school year.
Colorado Music Coalition is a newly-forming nonprofit organization that will raise and distribute funds to support music education and cultural activities for the benefit of Colorado students and residents. In addition to its initiative Take Note Colorado, the Coalition will host Sing It To Me Santa, a holiday benefit concert now in its fourth year. Colorado Music Coalition, founded and chaired by Libby Anschutz, has named Karen Radman, formerly of the Denver Public Schools Foundation, as its Executive Director.
Follow Take Note Colorado on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with @TakeNoteColo and the Colorado Music Coalition with @COMusCoalition.
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South Metro Denver Chamber presents ‘The TANK’ at Denver Botanic Gardens
Inspired by “Shark Tank”, contest raised over $20,000 for local non-profit
Photos: Versatility Creative Group
South Metro Denver Chamber’s Nonprofit and Business Partnership presented its second annual, The TANK, on Thursday, March 23rd from 4 – 6:30 pm at Denver Botanic Gardens. The TANK provided local nonprofits the opportunity to compete for funding awarded by community business leaders and investors.
The results are in: $20,485 was raised for these nonprofits, including $3,685 in donations from audience members.
Robert Golden, Chamber CEO, said, “The South Metro Denver Chamber is honored to partner with the Denver Botanic Gardens for our annual The TANK event. Raising over $20,000 for 6 non-profits in our business community is truly an honor and most gratifying.”
Steve Bocher, Owner, Catch Fire Marketing, and Nonprofit and Business Partnership Chair: “The Tank is great, because it shows that our business community “walks the talk” about caring and making this a better place. Raising over $20,000 in an hour and one half speaks volumes on that commitment. This is the event’s second year, we doubled the number of sharks and nearly doubled the amount of money raised for the non-profits. This demonstrates that our business community is truly about giving back.”
Attendees were pitched by these nonprofits, asking the audience to support a program for their organization. Set in the stunning Mitchell Hall, The TANK was emceed by Brian Vogt, CEO, Denver Botanic Gardens. The event was an entertaining way to highlight the tremendous work these organizations are doing for our community.
The ask of each nonprofit varied. From scholarship support - granting a student at Arapahoe Community College, sponsoring a group on a trip to the Audubon Society of Greater Denver or sending an at-risk youth to Skatuary’s skate camp. Anne Hellstrom, Crisis Center, asked for Shark support to raise funds for marketing tools and techniques that educate high school students about dating violence and prevention. Warrior Bonfire Program requested support of their ongoing efforts to send Purple Heart Recipients on bonding trips. The TANK presentations concluded with a heartfelt pitch from Dirt Coffee, who’s working to open the doors to a brick and mortar coffee shop that employs people with autism. Each of the six presentations moved the audience.
An additional engagement opportunity was provided to other nonprofits. Finalist Nonprofits that hosted an expo table included: City Year, Developmental Pathways Early Childhood Development, LifeSpark Cancer Resources, FRIENDS FIRST, American Cancer Society, and Boy Scouts of America – Denver Area Society – collectively accepted over $2,000 in donations at the event.
The South Metro Denver Chamber would like to thank the following sponsors: Denver Botanic Gardens, Footers Catering, and Breckenridge Brewery. A special thank you to the event Chair, Steve Bocher, Catch Fire Marketing, for his time and dedication to the success of the event.
On Friday, March 17th, Chamber Members and Board Members ventured to Greeley, CO to tour Noble Energy's training and competency site. What an insightful day. Thank you, Noble, for having us.
Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Activates Disaster Relief Fund
Centennial, Colo., – March 7, 2017 – Colorado Farm Bureau has activated a disaster fund to help the farmers and ranchers directly impacted by the Northeast Colorado wildfire in Logan and Phillips counties. 100 percent of the funds raised will go directly to aiding these producers as they face the aftermath of this natural disaster.
The fire has had a large impact on the agriculture community in the area, including lost livestock, as well as damaged fields, facilities, equipment, infrastructure and homes.
"We want to help our state's farmers and ranchers in any way that we can, and we offer our support to those who affected by this wildfire," said CFB President Don Shawcroft.
The Northeast Colorado Fire has consumed more than 30,000 acres, making it larger than the Heartstrong Fire in Yuma that occurred five years ago this week. Three homes have been lost, along with multiple structures, hundreds of thousands of dollars in crops and feed, as well as dozens of cattle and horses. High winds are hampering efforts to contain the fire which is being fought mainly by volunteer fire departments.
For more information on how to donate and aid these producers please visit http://coloradofarmbureau.com/disasterfund/
Checks payable to Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation, cash and credit card payments are being accepted at this time. Please note Disaster Fund-CO Wildfire in the memo line on the check. Cash and checks can be sent to:
Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation
Attn: Disaster Fund
9177 E. Mineral Circle
Centennial, CO 80112
To make an online donation, click here. All major credit cards are accepted.
CFB's thoughts and prayers are with the families and producers affected by this wildfire.
The CFB Foundation is the 501 (c)(3) charitable foundation of the Colorado Farm Bureau. The foundation operates a catastrophic disaster fund dedicated to assisting farmers and ranchers in need following agricultural disasters such as blizzard, flood or wildfire. The fund was initially established to assist farmers and ranchers in southwest Colorado following devastating blizzards of 2007 and has been activated to support victims of the Heartstrong Fire in Yuma in 2012, the Colorado floods of 2013, and other rural natural disasters.