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On the heels of a national report that studied the significant impact that global companies have on the national economy, the Organization for International Investment (OFII) convened a meeting at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce today with business, government and civic leaders from Denver and Colorado.
Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) announced today state general fund revenue is projected to be $239.5 million higher in the current fiscal year than was forecast in March.Under current law, the excess funds will spill into next year's budget and will be transferred to the State Education Fund based on current expenditures. This fund supports per-pupil funding in Colorado school districts. "Colorado is seeing growth in a variety of industries and is on the right path forward," said Gov. John Hickenlooper. "But we still have a long way to go to fully recover from the recession. That's why we remain laser-focused on making Colorado the most pro-business state in the nation."
Engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center are marking five years of collaboration with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems in Louisville, Colo., as partners in the design and development of the Dream Chaser® Space System.
Thumbtack.com, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, released new data on June 4, 2012, showing that Colorado small businesses are among the top ten most optimistic nationwide about their economic future. There are a lot of "business climate rankings", but there aren't any that draw upon considerable data from small business owners themselves. The Thumbtack.com Small Business Survey is the only survey to draw data from an extensive, nationwide universe of job creators and entrepreneurs themselves in order to investigate the best places in the country to do business."After a two-month survey of over 6,000 small business owners nationwide, though Colorado doesn't fail in any particular category, its small businesses certainly see a lot of room for improvement," said Sander Daniels, co-founder of Thumbtack.com. "However, given the overall supportive environment by Colorado, small businesses looking for a place to hang a shingle or to plant a flag can't do much better than Colorado."Some of the key findings for Colorado include:
Gov. John Hickenlooper on June 8, 2012, signed two bills to help military families in Colorado. The bills will allow military spouses to transfer professional licenses and military children to obtain education at in-state tuition costs.
By Greg Avery, Denver Business JournalLockheed Martin Space Systems Co. has won a $2 billion contract to build missile interceptors for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.The military piggybacked its purchase on the production of interceptors for the United Arab Emirates to save money over the life of the six-year contract.Click here to read the full article.
It was only the previous week that the Office of Information Technology unveiled the Colorado Information Marketplace and on June 6, 2012, is already it is being honored as an example of an effective and innovative use of Information Technology. IDG's CIO magazine has chosen the Office of Information Technology as a recipient of the 2012 CIO 100. The annual award recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology.
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a Colorado State University physicist a five-year, $762,000 Early Career Award to improve scientific understanding of spin dynamics in magnetic materials.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed HB12-1321 on June 6, 2012, moving forward a "Talent Agenda" approved by the General Assembly this spring to improve the state's personnel system."To continue to attract top talent to the state workforce, we must modernize a personnel system that has not seen significant change in nine decades," Hickenlooper said. "The Talent Agenda focuses on increasing flexibility in hiring, improving the employee compensation structure and moving the workforce environment into the 21st century."