During this important election time it is critical that you know the facts about the proposed ballot initiatives. Your chamber has taken positions on a number of the critical statewide ballot measures. The information below is designed to assist you in your decision making process.
The chamber OPPOSES Proposition 112, which requires that new oil and natural gas development be located at least 2,500 feet from occupied structures, and areas designated as vulnerable.
Analysis by state regulators has determined that this would eliminate 94 per cent of non-federal land available for drilling in Colorado's top five oil-and-gas-producing counties. The impact of such an elimination is vast both to the economy and the state education fund. According to the Colorado Alliance of Mineral Rights Owners (CAMRO), this would result in the loss of 140,000 jobs and the elimination of $217 billion in economic activity over the next 15 years. Additionally, because school funding in Colorado relies heavily on property taxes paid by oil and gas companies, the state's investment in education would suffer.
The chamber SUPPORTS Amendments Y & Z that focus on legislative and congressional redistricting.
Amendment Z replaces the Colorado Reapportionment Commission with the Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission, which consists of an equal number of members from each of the state's two largest political parties and unaffiliated voters. The purpose is to amend and approve state legislative district maps drawn by nonpartisan legislative staff.
Amendment Y creates the Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission that amends and approves congressional district maps drawn by nonpartisan legislative staff. Both amendments have received bipartisan support.
The chamber OPPOSES Amendment 73, which will pull in $1.6 billion additional dollars for education by next school year through freezing property tax rates for all homeowners (which were set to decrease) and increasing taxes on corporations and higher income earners.
According to the state's non-partisan Legislative Council, those with $150,000 in taxable income will pay about $80 more a year. Higher income earners will pay more the more they earn. Those who make $500,000 will see their taxes increase by more than $42,000 a year.
Your chamber strongly supports a well-funded and effective PreK-12 system, however, this proposal raises multiple concerns for our members as it places the burden of funding education on the backs of our smallest businesses, threatening their ability to succeed.
Amendment 74 requires property owners to be compensated for any reduction in fair market value caused by the application of any government law or regulation. The chamber is NEUTRAL on this amendment.
The chamber SUPPORTS Proposition 110. Let's Go Colorado would fund transportation improvements in our state through a .62 percent sales tax increase. This six cent increase on $10 would raise $767 million a year for transportation and unlock $6 billion of bonding capacity to be used for statewide projects determined by municipalities and regional projects such as senior bus services.
The chamber is NEUTRAL on Proposition 109. "Fix Our Damn Roads" is aimed at transportation funding by forcing the state legislature to put $3.5 billion into transportation improvements, including widening Interstates 25 and 70. The effort runs ideologically counter to Proposition 110.
The state General Assembly prioritized transportation funding over the last legislative session by dedicating $645 million to transportation over the next two years. If neither Proposition 109 or 110 passes this year, the voters will be asked through referred measure in 2019 for permission to borrow $2.3 billion, repaid with $122.6 million a year over the next 20 years.
In any scenario, all attempts may fall short of what is really needed to fully fund the state's infrastructure needs. The Colorado Department of Transportation says that it has $9 billion in infrastructure needs over the next decade and $20 billion over the next 20 years.
CBRE: Strong Absorption, Rising Lease Rates & Construction Activity Headline Metro Denver's Commercial Real Estate Markets in Q3 2018
DENVER – Oct. 17, 2018 – CBRE announced today the release of its Q3 reports analyzing the recent performance of metro Denver’s office, industrial and retail commercial real estate sectors. Across all sectors, strong absorption and record or near-record lease rates was a common theme while construction activity slowed from earlier in the year. In total the three sectors recorded nearly 3 million sq. ft. of positive net absorption in Q3 and 8.7 million sq. ft. of commercial space was under development at the end of September.
“Denver has maintained its position as a place where top talent and top firms want to be. This is driving strong economics and positively impacts all corners of the commercial real estate market,” said Matt Vance, Economist and Director of Research & Analysis, CBRE.
Q3 Office Highlights
Q3 Industrial Highlights
Q3 Retail Highlights
For more information, visit www.cbre.us/colorado.
Canvas Credit Union's first annual Hero Fest: Celebrating First Responders took place on Saturday September 22nd at the Canvas Credit Union Corporate Office and raised over $7,000! Proceeds will be going towards the purchase and training of a new recruit K-9 puppy through the Friends of Douglas County K-9 Foundation. , Additional proceeds will be going to the AdsitStrong Foundation which helps First Responders who have been injured in the line-of-duty.
A very special THANK YOU to the sponsors, vendors, and community partners! Please consider joining Canvas again next year or volunteer for our planning committee so we can take Hero Fest to the next level. Remember to visit www.canvas.org for all of our other community events we have coming up!
Wednesday, November 7
Join us at the annual 8th Grade Career Expo!
Each fall, the Foundation hosts the Expo at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. This unique career fair, with over 70 participants, is designed with 8th-grade youth in mind as they begin exploring and setting their future college/vocational and career plans.
Hours - 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Douglas County Event Center, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock
Contact Ashley Sommers or 303-387-0504 with questions and to RSVP.
Dr. Natalie Abramson, pediatric psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, shares tips for parents who want to prevent their kids from being bullied as well as preventing kids from becoming bullies:
Watch this video as Dr. Abramson provides parents with what signs to look for and how to address possible bullying with their kids.
What are the signs of bullying?
In this video, Dr. Abramson gives tips for parents about bullying including what to look for and how to deal with bullying.
Free friendship certificate – Download a certificate to reward your child for being a good friend (.pdf).
The original article can be found at:
Gates Industrial Company is a leading manufacturer of application-specific fluid power and power transmission solutions. At Gates, we are driven to push the boundaries of materials science to engineer products that continually exceed expectations.
We don’t rest on our rich heritage of innovation. We leverage it to inspire solutions that will power the next hundred years. We invest continually in R&D and technology, so our products not only outperform industry standards; they exceed our customers’ demanding expectations. We invest in our people, bringing real-world experience that enables us to solve our customers’ diverse challenges of today and anticipate those of tomorrow. And we are constantly expanding our product catalog and value-added service offerings to support every facet of our customers’ operations. In the most extreme environments and those more familiar, Gates is there with the right product, in the right place at the right time. Whether building original equipment or maintaining products in the aftermarket, we enable companies in every industry to be more efficient, productive, and profitable. We are driven by possibility. www.gates.com
Global Leadership Team
Gates is improving onsite safety, increasing operating time and eliminating costly application problems with industry-leading solutions in some of the most challenging power transmission and fluid power applications in the world in the following industries:
On September 20, 2018 Women in Business hosted their annual conference. This year’s theme, Ignite the Power of You, was the notable message of the speakers and call to action of each attendee.
Phylecia Jones, founder of Keep Up with Mrs. Jones, emceed the day-long event. Her high-energy and thoughtful recap of each speaker reminded attendees to consider – how will you ignite your power in your job, your next career transition or in your personal life?
Kimberly Alexander, founder, and CEO of Kimberly Alexander Inc., challenged attendees to Stop Playing Small. Alexander provided attendees with an abundance of valuable information that could immediately be applied to their careers.
One of the most engaging segments of the conference is always the panel discussion. This year’s panelists included Paige Goss, CEO of Point Solutions Group, Katie Kruger, CEO of Denver Metro Commercial Realtors Association, and Amanda Seier, Senior Manager of Community Development of American Cancer Society. The panel was well moderated by Mary Ann Littler, CEO of Peak to Peak Business Strategies. Panelist addressed questions like, what was your toughest transition, challenge, or hurdle and how did you get through it? They all agreed to ask for help, seek a mentor and be a sponsor to someone.
The afternoon keynote connected with each attendee on a different level of what a career is like for a woman. Wende Curtis, Owner of Comedy Works, gave a heartfelt and raw speech about her career journey, touching on personal battles, mental toughness, and grit.
Katie Trexler-Kern with Evolution Communication said, “It's always inspirational and encouraging to be in a room with so many motivated, smart, and savvy business women. Everyone has their own story, tools for success, and vision for where they want to go. Sharing those stories is a great opportunity, and we're glad we were able to participate.”
With networking and a trade-show scheduled into the event, attendees were able to break after each speaker or panel, allowing them to exchange perspectives and build working relationships. The conference concluded a final networking and happy hour.
Attendees reconvened on October 5, 2018, at Serendipity Labs, to reconnect about the conference. In small groups, attendees discussed what they have implemented into their lives since the conference and what they look forward to in 2019, stating they enjoyed having speakers who gave them actionable advice, schedule networking time.
Thank you to the planning committee:
Jackie Sharrock – Conference Chair, Diane RaPue, Allison Kort, Marcy Kaiser, Mary Keener, Donna Galassi, and Heather Howerton, 2017-18 Women In Business Past Chair.
AEG Presents is excited to announce CHAD PRATHER STAR SPANGLED BANTER COMEDY TOUR live at Paramount Theatre Saturday, January 5, 2019. Doors 7:00pm | Show 8:00pm.
Chad Prather was entertaining audiences on television as early as two years old. The desire to be onstage started early. He began acting at the age of 6 and by the age of 20 he was traveling all over the world - from Africa to Southeast Asia, from Russia to Central America - using his communication skills to influence international leaders with humor and inspiration. Back home in America as "the preacher that makes everyone laugh." he was leading churches and non-profit organizations. Eventually Prather's communication skills opened doors for him to move into the corporate arena of motivational speaking and writing. Prather is known for his way with words. He is a comedian, armchair philosopher, musician, and observational humorist. He is often referred to as "the modern day Will Rogers." He is a fast-talking combination of Lewis Grizzard and Jeff Foxworthy. Originally from Augusta, GA Chad now calls the Fort Worth, TX area home. He grew up working with horses (an industry he is actively involved in) and is often recognized by his ever-present cowboy hat. His social media viral video views are counted in the hundreds of millions. Many recognize him from his fast talking, rapid fire rants from the front seat of his truck. CNN has labeled his the “Pick-up Pundit” and Fox News’ Tucker Carlson has called Prather, “supernaturally articulate.” He is known for his comedic family stories told from an adult perspective onstage. Prather has made numerous appearances on Fox News, CNN, A&E, The Blaze, MSN and has been featured in magazines from Southern Living to Nash Country Weekly. He is the host of Ride TV’s “It’s My Backyard.” And just recently finished his wildly successful 2016 “Kings of Cowtown Comedy Tour.” Prather has sold-out theaters all over America and is one of the country’s fastest rising and talked about comedians and entertainers. In 2016, Chad Prather had over 15 sold-out shows throughout Texas, Arkansas, and South Dakota.
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DENVER – Local agency Versatility Creative Group is known around Colorado for its video production, graphic design, photography, social media and web design services. After helping hundreds of businesses, from small start-ups to national brands, some larger firms in Denver have taken notice and worked to entice the company to move to Denver to develop more accessible partnerships.
Building on a prosperous period of growth, 2018 marks the sixth year the media company has been in business – an important milestone for any company. Only 20% of all small businesses make it past their first 18 months, and only about half make it to the five-year marker.
“We will continue to be a community-first business. We’ve always listened to our clients’ needs and have always worked to make sure that the end-products were unique, polished and represented the client’s brand accurately. That’s helped set us apart and keep us growing since we first started out in a small room in our home in Castle Rock,” said Mark Michael, Versatility’s creative director and acting chairman of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce.
Versatility’s work in Castle Rock has solidified its reputation in Douglas County, but it’s their work with companies like NBC Sports, Cooking Channel, The Children’s Museum, Downtown Denver Partnership and many more local and national companies that started to attract the attention of some of Denver’s larger firms.
“People started taking notice of what we were doing through our work and through our social media channels,” said Versatility’s Executive Producer Sandy Michael. “Of all the options available us, we felt that the opportunity to move to Denver best aligned with our long-term goals, and it will give us a chance to better serve the entire Front Range, including Castle Rock, which we still love so much.”
In a Denver business climate that seems to be both booming and saturated at the same time, it’s encouraging to focus on the success stories, but learn from the casualties.
“Every move we’ve ever made has been very calculated. There’s always a temptation to take out loans and try to expand very quickly. Trying to grow too fast can lead to some extreme complications early in a company’s lifecycle. To grow, you do have to take some risks, but they have to be calculated risks. We’ve always believed in ourselves and our team, and our risks are always well thought-out,” said Mark Michael.
Although Versatility has passed an important milestone in regard to small business longevity, there are no plans to relax anytime in the near future. With a combined 25 years of TV experience in Hollywood, the company would like to get back to its professional roots someday soon.
“Over the next several years, we plan to solidify our new partnerships in Denver while helping to transform existing businesses all across Colorado. We know how much blood, sweat and tears go into a business, and we’re going to continue to use our skills and the benefit of our experience to truly benefit the needs of the companies we work with. We also want to keep adding versatile, skilled members to our growing team, and get back into creating original programming,” said Sandy Michael.