Colorado does so many things so well, but we’ve got a lot of work to do when it comes to our housing crisis. No one is more aware of this than Ismael Guerrero, President and CEO of Mercy Housing, the nation’s largest affordable housing nonprofit. Housing supply can’t keep up with the influx of people moving to Colorado and even when housing is available, working families can’t afford the rent or mortgage. Where is this housing crisis headed? Jim Licko and Laura Love speak with Ismael to find out.
Beginning in March 2020, the U.S. had the largest, coordinated economic stimulus response since WWII. The result? Low interest rates, an increase in household savings as a result of PPP and stimulus checks and a vibrant stock market. Akasha Absher of Syntrinsic Investment Counsel shares her thoughts with Jim Licko and Laura Love on Good & Grounded on the power of Impact Investing.
Creating a More Equitable Economy in Colorado | Helen Young Hayes, Executive Sponsor of the Inclusive Economy Movement
The Inclusive Economy Movement was born out of the darkest days of the pandemic. On this episode, Jim and Laura talk with Helen Young Hayes, executive sponsor of the IE Movement, about how leaders and CEOs are rethinking the Colorado workforce and are committed to accountability around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts.
In March, the team at Project Angel Heart knew that - pandemic or not - 1,300 people rely on them each week for fresh meal delivery. On this episode of Good and Grounded, President & CEO Owen Ryan shares with Jim Licko and Laura Love how his team of 500 volunteers haven't missed a delivery.
Jim Licko and Laura Love have an honest conversation about a difficult subject – relationship violence – and the impact safer-at-home orders have on those facing domestic abuse. Amy Miller, ED of Violence Free Colorado (www.violencefreeco.org), joins us to share some tips on what to do when you notice that something isn’t quite right with a friend and colleague but you don’t know what to say or do.
The pandemic has devastated the arts scene in Colorado. Arts and culture play such a critical role in our community’s mental health. Andrea Fulton, CMO of The Denver Art Museum, shares the reasons she believes Denver is one of the most resilient cities in the nation and how - thanks to the SCFD - we are lightyears above cities three times our size. Listen to her candid conversation with Jim Licko and Laura Love on this episode of Good & Grounded about how Denver’s arts and culture scene will see it to the other side.
Deidre Johnson, CEO of The Center for African American Health, speaks openly and honestly to Jim Licko and Laura Love on this episode of Good and Grounded about racism, implicit bias, how Black Americans are dying of COVID-19 at three times the rate of their white peers, raising two Black teenage sons in this environment, voting oppression and the hope she has for our future.
Will we walk away from our Denver downtown and our office spaces? How do we get our Denver workforce back to work? Can we jump start the economy by helping people starting new businesses? Higher unemployment leads to greater levels of food and housing insecurity and COVID-19 is further highlighting disparities. How do all Colorado business owners prepare for Colorado’s new Equal Pay for Equal Work Act? Join Kelly Brough, CEO of the Denver Chamber of Commerce for an honest conversation with Jim Licko and Laura Love on the Good & Grounded podcast
Denver is known for a lot of things, but you may not know that we are home to the country’s first ever United Way. Jim Licko and Laura Love have a candid conversation with Christine Benero, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mile High United Way, about the digital equity gap, systemic racism, the future of charitable giving and how days after we went into stay-at-home orders, her team joined forces with Colorado Governor Polis and the Colorado Health Foundation to form the Colorado COVID Relief Fund – building the plane as they were flying it. “Just when you think you can’t do it, people rise up in ways that you don’t expect and get it done.” $22 million dollars in grants later, she was right. Coloradans just get it done.
Frozen global supply chains. Fraudulent practices and price gouging. Frustrations with FEMA. Fear of massive increases in hospitalizations during the flu season – this is what PPE Procurement looks like in a time of a pandemic. Seven months post shut down, Laura Love talks to Pat Meyers, former Chief of Staff to Governor Hickenlooper and appointed by Governor Polis to the State of Colorado’s COVID Innovation Response Team, where he led the team obtaining PPE and other medical supplies, about what it was like navigating this wild fight for PPE in the early months of the pandemic. Meyers was recently awarded one of the eight Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medals in 2020 -- one of the highest honors given to citizens and organizations for their significant contributions to our state.