By: Comcast NBCUniversal
Gone are the days when the concept of “corporate social responsibility” was at the periphery of a company’s operations. Today, businesses incorporate volunteerism and giving back at the core of their strategy — not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because of the measurable benefits it brings to the business, the employees and the bottom line.
For businesses small and large, it’s imperative to be a good corporate citizen, as consumers and employees favor companies and brands with socially and environmentally responsible practices.
Here are two ways you can incorporate community impact initiatives into your business strategy.
Leveraging your employee base is a great way to create positive, public visibility for your organization.
Volunteer efforts provide natural opportunities for you and your team to build relationships and network with influential individuals and organizations. Volunteer work increases goodwill toward your brand — both among local consumers and community influencers.
For example, each year thousands of local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and our families, friends and community partners join together to make change happen as we volunteer at project sites in cities throughout Colorado as part of the annual Comcast Cares Day. The company’s long-standing tradition celebrates and exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism our employees bring to life each and every day of the year.
Comcast Cares is quickly approaching again this year, and on May 4, thousands of volunteers will be conducting service projects at schools and community centers across Colorado. Keep an eye out for volunteers in blue shirts in South Metro Denver at:
Defining clear focus areas will help ensure your efforts are aligned with business goals and objectives.
There are multitudes of ways to give back to the community and make an impact. If you think through what resources – time, talent and treasure – you have to share, you will be better set up to address your community’s needs, while being authentic to your business.
At Comcast, we focus our resources around: Digital Inclusion, Digital Exploration and Digital Skills in the Workforce. As a media and technology company, we invest in programs that serve diverse individuals seeking equal access to the advantages of technology and digital skills to help propel their success in life.
One example of how Comcast executes on our focus areas is through our partnership with local Boys and Girls Clubs across Colorado. In 2014, we partnered with Boys & Girls Club of America to launch My.Future, an interactive digital platform teaching critical digital and computer skills to Club members. We continue supporting these programs for kids at Boys & Girls Clubs across Colorado every year.
Internet Essentials, our affordable home Internet program for low-income individuals, is another example of how Comcast uses our expertise to address community needs.
These are just two of many corporate social responsibility strategies you can implement in your business to build brand love, a positive company culture and further connect with your customers.
Giving back is at the core of Comcast’s business. We work year-round to support and partner with our community organizations to connect people and our communities to what matters most.
Learn more about our Community Impact efforts.
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The Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System voted unanimously today to hire Joyce E. McConnell to lead the System’s flagship institution into its 150th year, building on a decade that has seen record levels of enrollment, donor and alumni support and research funding, along with the dramatic transformation of campus, physically and in terms of state and national reputation.
McConnell will become the 15th President of Colorado State University, the state’s land grant university. Currently serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University, McConnell, who will assume the top position at CSU on July 1, 2019, said she is honored to be selected to help lead what is an exceptional institution of higher education.
“CSU is a national leader in higher education, and the achievements of its students, faculty and staff collectively have built a powerful momentum and an upward trajectory of success for generations of Rams to come. I look forward to being a part of that journey with you,” McConnell said. “My decision to leave West Virginia and West Virginia University after more than 20 years of service to both the university and the state was not an easy one, but Colorado State University’s mission, values and character presented an irresistible opportunity to lead one of the nation’s great land-grant universities into the future.”
Rico Munn, chair of the CSU System Board of Governors, described McConnell as an experienced leader who has a deep passion for the work of higher education and the ability to bring together diverse groups in a common drive for excellence.
“In getting to know Provost McConnell through the search process, the Board was immensely impressed with both her outstanding credentials and with the way her personality and determination fit so well with CSU’s mission and character,” Munn said. “CSU has a uniquely qualified and truly exceptional next president, and the Board couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of this search.”
McConnell has served in her current roles as WVU’s provost and chief academic officer since July 2014. In those positions, her charge has had broad scope: overseeing university budgets; building partnerships with political, governmental, business and nonprofit leaders at the state, national, and international levels; and playing a lead role in fundraising. McConnell’s track record also includes tenure as dean of the College of Law at WVU, during which she spearheaded major fundraising and academic initiatives.
“Through higher education we can transform lives and tackle the toughest world challenges through a can-do, innovative spirit,” said McConnell. “The CSU community in particular is independent but always ready to lend a hand, surviving and thriving on innovative problem-solving but proud of tradition and accustomed to quietly accomplishing great things without being arrogant.”
McConnell led efforts at WVU to improve gender equity and Title IX education and compliance, engaged in higher-education policy work with the university’s board and state leaders, focused on raising faculty salaries, promoted excellence in research and graduate education, and played a key role in promoting diversity and inclusion at all levels.
She will succeed CSU’s current president, Tony Frank, who begins serving exclusively as chancellor of the CSU System July 1. Frank is in his 11th year as CSU president and will have served five years in the dual role of both president and chancellor.
“Joyce McConnell is absolutely the right person to join and lead the CSU community as president, and provide the inventive and inclusive leadership that will continue to bring out the best in this university. As chancellor, I welcome the opportunity to work with Joyce as she takes the reins in Fort Collins,” Frank said.
McConnell said President Frank leaves a strong legacy as a leader bolstered by a reputation for always striving to find where the university can do better.
Founded in 1870, CSU has a total enrollment of more than 33,000 students and more than 7,500 employees. CSU is the flagship institution of the CSU System which also includes CSU-Pueblo and CSU Global Campus. More information is available at www.colostate.edu.
The annual Summit for Recycling is Colorado’s only conference and exhibition that brings together businesses and organizations dedicated to the principles of the circular economy and material waste reduction, recovery and diversion. The agenda is complete with educational sessions, a variety of presenters, business partner showcase, site tours, recycling awards, silent auction and plenty of networking opportunities. The 2019 Summit is the 30th year of the conference!
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April 10, 2019
Dear Members of the University of Colorado Community,
My colleagues on the CU Board of Regents and I are pleased to share that today we unanimously recommended Mark R. Kennedy as finalist for the presidency of the University of Colorado. Kennedy is a seasoned leader with a diverse set of skills and experiences in higher education, government and business. He has excelled in leadership roles in large, complex organizations. We believe he is the right person to build on the success CU has achieved in recent years.
He is scheduled to visit all four of our campuses the week of April 22. You will hear more details about those visits soon. The Board of Regents will welcome your feedback from the visits and about him generally. You can find his full resume here.
Kennedy is president of the University of North Dakota. Before that, he served as director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University. He has been a teacher and researcher who has taught at some of the leading institutions nationally and internationally. His academic career has followed an increasingly upward trajectory that makes him ideally suited for our university. He has a strong commitment to diversity and to academic freedom.
Before academia, Kennedy served in the United States Congress as a member of the House of Representatives from Minnesota from 2001-07. In Congress, he had a reputation for working across the aisle, leading bills with 20 members of the opposing party and authoring bills that more than half of the other party co-sponsored.
Before his service in Congress, he had a distinguished business career that included leadership roles at some of America’s largest and most respected companies. He was director of finance at The Pillsbury Company (now General Mills) and senior vice president and treasurer at Federated Department Stores, Inc. (now Macy’s).
We believe his success in these three fields make him uniquely qualified to lead our university. He has a solid track record in leadership roles in large organizations and a deep appreciation for academia. Kennedy also has considerable international experience and has been active in public life.
We’re pleased to forward a great candidate to you. The Board of Regents would like to thank the Presidential Search Committee for its work in bringing us a deep pool of accomplished, diverse candidates. We look forward to your feedback from the campus and system administration open forums.
We are excited for the next chapter in the University of Colorado’s history. Your work has helped position us well for the future, and we believe Mark Kennedy will be a great leader to guide us on our journey.
Sue Sharkey, Chair
Jack Kroll, Vice Chair
University of Colorado Board of Regents
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Last week, Republican and Democrat leaders came to an agreement to spent $300 million more next year on transportation. The question for this and a number of other bills is: how is it going to get funded?
This compromise struck Thursday afternoon is $36 million less than the amount agreed to in the Senate last week. The House got approval from their counterparts before announcing this compromise, which directs the six members of the Joint Budget Committee to find $70 million for the Department of Transportation in the $30.5 billion state budget.
Republicans, since the beginning of the election, have been pushing for more money to go into transportation and Democrats have been expressing concern over where to find it. The retort of the conservatives is to take the money from newly-created programs, of which this year there is no short supply.
Between the Family and Medical Leave Act (FAMLI), the local minimum wage bill, a number of bills that intend to lower the cost of healthcare through programs like reinsurance and transparency, bills to increase Medicaid provider rates, bills that re-regulate the oil and gas industry and a bill that allows local governments to implement rent control measures, hundreds of millions of new money will be spent on new programs and it seems as if the state is expecting business to foot the bill. Finally though, the business voice is finally starting to gain some traction to slow bills down.
After it was delayed a week, the FAMLI program bill is expected to have some major changes. It is uncertain how potential future changes will impact the solvency of the proposed program, which earlier was projected to generate about $1 billion annually for a fund that workers could then draw at $1,000 a week to take leave for an illness, pregnancy, domestic violence or to take care of another individual.
Delays on other bills have been more definite. On Tuesday, Senate Democrats laid over the bill to ban the death penalty, not forcing a vote on the measure. This move has highlighted some disruption in the Senate Democratic caucus and is part of what is helping to slow down impactful legislation that has been moving quickly through. The brakes are not completely "on" however.
In the coming weeks, we still expect a state-run retirement study bill, the school finance act, and more movement on the bills that "debruce” (make TABOR-exempt) the state budget for transportation, higher education and K-12 education.
More to come later this week!
The City of Centennial has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition awarded and represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
This Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting reflects Centennial’s commitment to transparency and accountability. The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential readers of the CAFR.
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What was expected to be a contentious week debating the budget, the omnibus oil and gas bill, and the red flag gun bill was arguably collegial in both chambers. Republicans in the Colorado Senate set a celebratory tone by amending the $30 billion state budget with a transportation deal brokered between the Senate Majority Leader and Minority Leader.
Since last year, leaders have been pushing for more money to buy down the state’s $9 billion obligation to transportation; but after the election, the Democrats’ priorities shifted. Holding the House, Senate and Governor’s office (the “trifecta”), meant that they could instead focus on a myriad of progressive issues and promises made on the campaign trail, in lieu of focusing solely on their past commitments to help the state’s crumbling infrastructure; a criticism routinely cast by the GOP.
Thursday during debate on the long appropriations bill, Republicans were successful in getting a total of 336 million one-time dollars into the Highway Users Trust Fund. This trade was made to end the tactics employed by the minority party to slow work down on the floor. But that extra money remains an uncertainty. The House still has a chance to amend the long bill when they debate it next week and the $106 million that was added in addition to the $200 million already included in the budget for transportation means that cuts need to be made elsewhere.
Lobbyists and interest groups are wondering which programs will face cuts in order to pay for this additional spending and if the House will hold with the agreement made in the Senate. As it stands, state employees are expecting a 3 percent pay raise, higher education institutions are expecting a 13 bump to hold tuition flat and the k-12 education is receiving $77 million to buy down the negative factor on top of the additional $185 million for full-day kindergarten.
Sorting this out likely means that tensions will remain high. Plus, next week, the legislature will take up the death penalty bill, a so-called reinsurance bill which Colorado hospitals may have to pay for, the state run family medical leave insurance bill expected to grow state government by $1 billion. Wild cards (as they relate to timing) are the number of yet-to-be-introduced bills like the pharmaceutical transparency bill and a bill that would allow local governments to implement rent control. Rumors are also circulating about a bill to reinstate a certificate of need requirement before the construction of a new health-care facilities and a bill to re-write the state's laws on the only unsubsidized affordable housing.
With all of this potentially in play, it’s no wonder that working weekends has been a threat from leadership. As of today, only five weeks of session remain and there is no sign of anything slowing down.
Denver, CO – April 2, 2019 – Wings Over the Rockies (Wings), a Denver-based non-profit organization, is pleased to announce it has officially secured a TV series on Rocky Mountain PBS. The series, called Behind the Wings, features long-time museum curator Matthew Burchette as he goes behind the scenes with famous aircraft and aerospace icons.
Each 30-minute episode of Behind the Wings begins at a Wings Over the Rockies location with an in-depth look at an iconic aircraft or artifact before transporting viewers to exclusive locations around the country. Get a private tour of Cessna Manufacturing in Independence, Kansas, chat with pilots on the flight line of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, crawl around the second oldest B-52 Stratofortress in the world and so much more.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Behind the Wings into the homes of thousands of Coloradans,” stated Behind the Wings creator and Wings’ Director of Marketing, Ben Theune. “The partnership with Rocky Mountain PBS is a perfect example of Colorado non-profits working together to educate and inspire the next generation.”
“Wings Over the Rockies has special access to so many aviation stories and is the perfect organization to put together this series,” said Julie Speer Jackson, Vice President of Culture Content at Rocky Mountain PBS. “We are thrilled to be their broadcast partner. Our statewide audience loves history and learning new things. I’m so excited to share this series with them!”
Originally started as online videos, Behind the Wings has grown since its inception in 2017. To date, the series has garnered nearly 1 million views on Facebook and YouTube with viewers all over the world.
Season 1 of Behind the Wings will premiere Friday, April 26th at 8:00 PM on Rocky Mountain PBS (click for channel listing) and can be seen for 4 consecutive Fridays.
Watch additional episodes of Behind the Wings online at WingsMuseum.org/VideoBlog and see the official season 1 trailer here.
About Wings Over the Rockies:
Wings Over the Rockies is a Colorado-based non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring all people about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future. By utilizing two iconic locations, Wings Over the Rockies strives to educate the future aerospace leaders of tomorrow. For more information about Wings Over the Rockies please visit WingsMuseum.org.
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