On March 14-16, 2018 your chamber leadership and members will be in Washington D.C. for our annual D.C. Fly In. This whirlwind visit to our nation’s capital will include meetings with NASA, the US Chamber of Commerce, Departments of Energy, Commerce, Transportation as well as Health and Human Services. In addition, we will be meeting with our Colorado Delegation and the White House Business Delegation.
Your chamber is very interested in what is on your mind and encourage you to provide comments, questions or topics for us to discuss while in Washington D. C.
Please send your information to chamber CEO Robert Golden at [email protected].
Journey Out of This World with the Arapahoe Philharmonic at “A Night at the Movies — Final Frontier”
Littleton, CO – The Arapahoe Philharmonic will take you on a musical space exploration on Saturday, March 10, 2018, in a program titled “A Night at the Movies — Final Frontier.” Some of the greatest orchestral music of recent time is from film, with melodies that accentuate on-screen action and provide thematic motifs that separate the heroes from the villains.
Composers Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams have created music beloved to generations due to the popularity of television and movie series over recent decades. Influence from centuries of traditional classical music blend with uninhibited imagination to bring life in faraway galaxies into our popular culture. The Final Frontier program explores the musical creative genius from Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
Music Director Devin Patrick Hughes will share the podium with Ho-Yin Kwok, winner of the 2017–2018 Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Conducting Competition.
Each March the Arapahoe Philharmonic participates in the League of American Orchestra’s Orchestras Feeding America program, through which orchestras across the country partner with local food banks to restock the shelves. This year we are partnering with the Weinberg Food Pantry at Jewish Family Service. JFS serves 22,000 people annually by providing food and services to those in crisis without regard to faith, race, age, income or ability. We ask that all audience members bring non-perishable food items – one can or a whole bag – to the concert as a donation to the Weinberg Food Pantry.
When: Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fisher Auditorium on the Englewood High School Campus, 3800 S. Logan St., Englewood 80113
Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra (introduction only)
Jerry Goldsmith: Selections from Alien
Calvin Custer: Star Trek Through the Years
Jerry Goldsmith: Star Trek 50th Anniversary Suite
John Williams: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
John Williams: E.T. Adventures on Earth
A pre-concert talk with Maestro Hughes, Maestro Kwok and AP member and orchestral arranger Brian LaGuardia will be held at 6:45 p.m. in the Black Box Theater. Kids of all ages are invited to our Classic Children’s Corner in the lobby at 7:10 p.m.
Audience members are invited to join the orchestra in showing their allegiance to their favorite sci-fi franchise by wearing costumes to the performance.
Tickets are available online at www.arapahoe-phil.org or by calling 303-781-1892. Tickets will also be available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., pending availability.
The Arapahoe Philharmonic is grateful for its season sponsors: Citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and Colorado Creative Industries. We also thank the T.G. Parks Trust for sponsoring the Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Conducting Competition.
Download the 2017–2018 Season Brochure: https://www.arapahoe-phil.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/17-18-Season-Brochure.pdf
Music Director Devin Patrick Hughes and arranger Brian LaGuardia speak about the Final Frontier program: https://youtu.be/DbM6fT3Ciy8
About Ho-Yin Kwok
Described by Classical Voice of North Carolina (CVNC) as an “impressive conductor…outstanding in his attention to detail and his command of the big picture,” Ho-Yin Kwok was recently appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra. He was twice-named Conducting Fellow of Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, where he conducted the faculty ensemble, Eastern Festival Orchestra and Guilford Symphony Orchestra. Ho-Yin has previously served as assistant conductor of Collegium Musicum Hong Kong and assisted its debut in Carnegie Hall of New York City. He also conducted tours with the Hong Kong Baptist University Symphony in Southern China and concerts in Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Other previous conducting positions include conductor of Sacred Heart Canossian College Orchestra and St. Stephen’s College Orchestra, with which he made his debut in Großer Musikvereinssaal, Vienna and won 1st Prize in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival 2014. Ho-Yin Kwok is currently a doctoral teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota. Previously, Ho-Yin obtained a Master degree in Orchestral Conducting from University of Iowa and Bachelor degree from Hong Kong Baptist University. Additional studies have taken him to Berlin, where he conducted the Berlin Sinfonietta under the direction of Colin Metters. He also studied with Gerard Schwarz, Grant Cooper, José -Luis Novo and Eric Garcia. His principal conducting teachers are Mark Russell Smith and William LaRue Jones.
About the Arapahoe Philharmonic
Founded in 1953, the Arapahoe Philharmonic is among the longest established, continuously operating musical resources in Colorado. The organization is dedicated to providing the highest degree of musical excellence and cultural enrichment to the region and engaging area youth in educational opportunities promoting an interest in classical music. The orchestra’s musicians are primarily volunteers playing for the love of music, with a core of compensated section principals who provide technical leadership and support the excellence of performance.
Concerts feature repertoire spanning the centuries, from the great masters to composers of the current day. The Philharmonic is invested in future generations, presenting an annual children's concert, sponsoring outreach to schools, working with area student honor orchestras, sponsoring a Play-In for high school students to work side-by-side with experienced Arapahoe Philharmonic players, coaching the Civic Youth Orchestra in partnership with Avanti Music Academy in Highlands Ranch, and presenting three collegiate-level competitions, the T. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition and the Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Conducting and Composition Competitions.
About the Music Director
Devin Patrick Hughes is highly regarded for his exhilarating score interpretations, advocacy for music accessibility and promotion of music of our time. He is concurrently serving as Music Director and Conductor of the Arapahoe Philharmonic and Boulder Symphony, and has established himself as a musical leader in the region through previous positions with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and Denver Contemporary Chamber Players. In 2010, Hughes was the only American selected with eleven other finalists in the Arturo Toscanini International Conducting Competition in Parma, Italy. He was recently selected from hundreds of his peers across the globe to compete in the 2017 Solti International Conducting Competition in Hungary. Hughes was a conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and has conducted ensembles across North America and Europe, including the Winnipeg Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Green Bay Symphony and Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini. More information may be found at www.devinpatrickhughes.com.
First Friday Breakfast - March 2, 2018
Colorado Transportation Finance
We are all experiencing traffic congestion and inadequate infrastructure in our growing state. Like the weather, everyone talks about it, but what can we actually do about it? The challenge is an estimated $9 billion in unmet transportation needs over in the next decade.
Multiple coalitions are working on efforts to address the finance issue. One group is working on a legislative solution and another working towards a fall 2018 ballot solution. Our panel will illuminate these perspectives.
Colorado is well known for its ability to collaborate and innovate to solve mobility needs – can we continue to meet the challenge?
Join us for this important conversation.
When: 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2018
Where: Terrace Room (2nd floor), 1380 Lawrence Street, Denver (map)
Admission: Free, but space is limited! Breakfast will be served.
This event is open to the public. Please forward this invitation to anyone you feel might be interested.
Generously sponsored by Move Colorado and the Colorado Contractors Association.
Each of the State Departments were the biggest winners this week, as the Senate took their final votes on the supplemental budget bills that now head to the Governor's desk for his signature. For everyone else, it was more of the same; awaiting a threat or promise (depending on which side of the issue you're on) on this session's avowed priorities - transportation funding, Public Employee Retirement Act (PERA) reform, and energy regulation.
Conversations on how to fund transportation seem more robust outside the capitol, as SB18-001, this year's $3.5 billion bonding bill, still awaits its hearing the Senate Finance Committee. Early next week, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce will file will file language next week for three separate ballot measures with the state that would raise money for transportation projects by increasing the state sales tax.
The three variations of the proposal each collecting a different sales tax -- .05 cents, .62 cents, or a one cent. If passed, the measures will raise an estimated $500 million, $620 million, and $1 billion a year, respectively, for transportation. 40 percent of revenue will be reserved for cities and counties, and 15 percent for multi-modal projects. The rest would go to pay down the Colorado Department of Transportation's $9 billion Development Program.
Solving challenges for a growing Colorado workforce is central to the need for a fix, much like the next major issue that is facing the state, the future solvency of PERA.
In November the $32 billion problem came to a head when Standard & Poor's announced, for the first time, a negative outlook for Colorado in part because of the troubles PERA is facing.
Over the last few years, Illinois has found itself on a similar path, but has largely ignored the problem. Their state pension's unfunded liability now totals more than $250 billion and, according the state Treasurer Walker Stapleton's office, is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to "junk" status. While, Colorado is not facing a downgrade right now, if a solution for PERA isn't found this session, some say it could be a possibility.
Multiple proposals have surfaced including one from Treasurer Stapleton, one from the PERA board and one from Governor Hickenlooper's office. Sen. Jack Tate (R-Centennial) and Majority Leader KC Becker (D-Boulder) are taking the lead at the legislature to craft a proposal that somehow threads the needle between those who want to see a plan that includes only a "defined contribution" versus a plan that includes only a "defined benefit." That "needle" will also need to balance reliance on employee benefit reductions and payments against the portion that the state will have to pay for underfunding the program since the last legislative fix in 2011. This week the first legislative stakeholder meeting were held and input is being taken from all stakeholders and if bets were being taken, odds would favor this bill coming out in the final weeks of session.
The final issue that too seems to be in a holding pattern this week, but is highly anticipated is energy. Many candidates on the left are taking pledges that would require Colorado to have one hundred per cent of it's electric to be generated by renewable sources, even though the feasibility of such a move is doubted by the scientific community. The intent of these pledges is more about taking a stand against oil and gas development in the state and less about de-carbonization. The political polarity building on this issue is quickly becoming a party litmus test not unlike abortion rights or gun control which is starting to prevent thoughtful dialog on the subject of energy development. This politicking is playing out in state government in a few ways.
The House has passed and the Senate will kill a bill that would among other things upset the mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conversation Commission (COGCC), rewrite financial assurance requirements, and embed court decisions in statute.
There will be other bills that help some answer the "How Liberal/Conservative are you?" question on climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and property rights that likely will be fuel to each party's echo chambers in this election cycle. In spite of this, there are still those that are looking for opportunities to advance cogent energy strategies. Specifically, in the regulatory arena.
The Colorado Oil and Gas Commission (COGCC), following its mission to ensure public safety, upgraded its rules on Tuesday that deal with installing, testing and abandoning flow lines, which carry oil and gas from wells to nearby equipment. The rules, which are the most comprehensive in the country according to some of the commissioners, require energy companies to report the locations of many pipelines to regulators. The rules are in response Firestone home explosion last spring. That event is also one of the animating forces for an 811 ("Call before You Dig") bill that was introduced this week.
There is hope for movement on many of these issues in the next week as the March 1 deadline for the passage of bills from their house of origin approaches.
If that deadline is not waived and late bill designation is not granted, all House or Senate bills that haven't passed on third reading in the chamber they started in will effectively be Postponed Indefinitely, sharing the fate of much partisan legislation.
If these bills continue to stall, look forward to a chaotic March and a busy April as the legislature tries to piece together a budget and work on the legislation that needs to pass for the state to work.
Until next week!
DCBA BILL TRACKER: http://douglascountybusinessalliance.com/legislative-information/
The South Metro Denver Chamber Legislative Action Committee recently took the following positions on the bills described below:
CU South Denver is offering a Mini Nursing School starting March 7 that is designed for individuals with an interest in the field of healthcare or nursing. No homework, tests or required readings. Just an opportunity to learn about nursing from CU experts. Enjoy all eight 90-minute session for only $150. Register today. (https://southdenver.cu.edu/portfolio/mini-nursing-school/)
If you know a Centennial high school student who makes a positive contribution or has made a significant impact to the community, the Centennial Youth Commission would like to acknowledge them. This year, three high schools students will be recognized for demonstrating exceptional leadership with a $1,000 award contributed by SAFEbuilt Colorado and the Centennial Youth Commission.
To enter the Youth Achievement Award program, the following requirements must be met:
1. The applicant’s legal residence is located in the City of Centennial at the time of application and at the time of presentation of award.
2. The applicant must be a high school student.
3. The applicant has made a significant impact on or contribution to the City of Centennial and/or its residents.
4. The applicant’s qualifying project or qualifying actions identified in the application were conducted within 24 months prior to the date that the application is received.
5. The City of Centennial must receive all required application materials including adult recommendations by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018.
To complete the application, the applicant should:
1. Completely answer each page of the application and submit to the Centennial Youth Commission by March 16, 2018.
2. Write an essay of no more than 500 words describing, in detail, the positive impact that was made to the community.
3. Provide a letter of recommendation from an adult (non-relative) who can speak to the student’s character and community involvement. The recommendation letter must be included with the application prior to the March 16 deadline.
Applications and supporting materials may be obtained from and should be mailed or e-mailed to:
City of Centennial
Attn: Kelly Brady
13133 East Arapahoe Road
Centennial, CO 80112
Since 1965, Up with People has toured the globe with young people, making an IMPACT in communities we visit. In addition to our traditional semester long program, we also offer a one week program held in select countries around the world. Our week-long IMPACT program combines volunteer work and regional learning opportunities, all alongside the internationally diverse Up with People cast (100 college-aged students from over fifteen different countries). All elements in the IMPACT program are developed by Up with People with the collaboration of local partners and communities. This helps us to determine the communities’ needs to empower them to meet their goals.
Along with the volunteer work you will take guided tours to some of the area’s top historical and cultural destinations and be special guests at an Up with People backstage tour and public performance. In addition to the worthwhile work at each project, you will also experience a depth of cultural immersion and exchange which is impossible for typical tourists.
This unique international travel program gives participants a chance to experience exciting destinations with a new twist. Expose yourself to culture, service, travel, and even the performing arts. Make an IMPACT and join Up with People on this trip of a lifetime!
NEXT IMPACT PROGRAM
May 20- May 26, 2018
Price $1,195 | Early Bird Price $ 995 (Early bird deadline: March 15, 2018)
Travel with a cause! Join Up with People in their first ever visit to Kosovo for an unforgettable week of hands-on volunteer work and community discovery along with Cast A 2018! The program will provide you an intimate access to Europe’s youngest country!
To register for IMPACT Kosovo, go to www.upwithpeople.org/impactkosovo
To learn more about our IMPACT Programs, contact Beyah Rasool [email protected] or 520-258-8696.
As the third month of the new year approaches, it's not too late to hit "reset" on resolutions that you may or may not have started! Join us with Sam Grantham as he presents on making healthy simple, plus a live cooking demo! We will touch on subjects like:
-Protein: how to get enough
-What's the deal with carbs?
-Changes in our food culture
-How to prioritize the right habits
With breakfast sponsored by Simply Steward!
Amid contentious debates over Family Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI), rural broadband development and mid-year budget adjustments for all state departments, another week has been clouded with a public sexual harassment accusation; this time between legislators.
The complaint, filed in November, was released on Thursday evening by the Representative who was the victim of assault, Rep. Susan Lontine (D-Denver). The report, which she held in confidence over the last month, said that her grievance against Sen. Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa) was found credible.
Senate Leadership had already been privately working out a proper response regarding a separate complaint against Sen. Randy Baumgardner (R-Hot Sulfur Springs) who was accused of inappropriately touching an aide last session.
The newest grievance from Rep. Lontine adds stress to the Senate Republicans who are getting pressure from the Minority Party, whose members are calling for the resignation of at least Sen. Baumgardner.
Regarding legislation, leaders are also exchanging criticisms in the media because of a GOP vote on the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) that defunded the Colorado Civil Rights Division that investigates claims of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. The move can be revisited, but quickly stoked political outcry from Democrats and the LGBTQ community.
The commission is at the center of the pending U.S. Supreme Court case involving the refusal of Lakewood baker Jack Phillips of "Masterpiece Cakeshop" to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple almost six years ago. Democrats saw the move to defund as retaliation against the commission for siding with the couple after their compliant was initially filed.
Sen. Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud) said he voted to withhold money for the commission - which operates under the Colorado Civil Rights Division - because he is waiting to see if lawmakers vote to renew the law to authorize the commission's existence. That bill is coming later this session.
That decision won't have any immediate impact on the Civil Rights Division, as they were discussing next year's budget. And as far as that is concerned there is still a lot of work to do. Especially with the biggest question still remaining: how much money will the state have to spend?
Right now, estimates from the Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) suggest around $300 million will be on the table. Yet with investments that need to be made in the budget stabilization factor, corrections, higher education and the department of healthcare policy and financing, there is not a large pool of money left to spend on other competing interests or on-going needs like transportation, capital construction and K-12 education. Many bills remain in limbo until the March revenue forecast reveals how the state's economy is really doing.
With less than 90 days of session left, a growing number of bills, and simmering controversy, all we can do is hope for civility to prevail.
Over the next week, many of the "messaging bills" from each of the parties will be sent from the House to the Senate or vice versa. We can expect a full docket in both chambers' kill committees. Once those bills die; a balanced budget, transportation funding, job development, a new school finance formula, and bills that deal with energy, public safety, oil and gas, and the mission of higher education institutions will move forward.
Until next week!
DCBA BILL TRACKER: http://douglascountybusinessalliance.com/legislative-information/
The South Metro Denver Chamber Legislative Action Committee recently took the following positions on the bills described below:
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The City of Centennial is currently gathering community input for the third and final phase of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Centennial NEXT. Residents and businesses are invited to provide feedback on potential City-wide design and development standards and smart city possibilities. During the community input events, City staff will be available to discuss outcomes from phase one and phase two of the planning process and gather additional feedback to inform future policy decisions related to the Plan.
Give us your feedback! Stop by anytime.
Tuesday, February 13 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Celebrity Lanes, 15755 E Arapahoe Rd
**Free shoe rental when you take the survey**
Tuesday, February 13 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Resolute Brewing Company, 7286 S Yosemite St, #110
**$1 off full pours that evening and a free beer card for your next visit, when you take the survey**
Thursday, February 15 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Streets at SouthGlenn
Whole Foods Market SouthGlenn, 6853 S York St, Suite 119
Thursday, February 15 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Lost Highway Brewing, 12741 E Caley Ave Unit 140
**$1 off a beer and free sticker when you take the survey**
If you aren’t able to attend the public outreach, please take a short survey at centennialco.gov/centennialnext.
Centennial NEXT will guide our approach to preserving, enhancing and growing Centennial’s neighborhoods in a way that promotes mutual prosperity, coordinated public investment and a healthy environment. The plan will promote quality of life, a sense of community, economic vitality, supporting infrastructure and responsible government that leaves a legacy for future generations.
Stay tuned for additional community input events in March and April. For additional information please visit centennialco.gov/centennialnext.