Monday, December 15, 2008


Monday, Dec. 15, 2008

9:30 to 9:45 a.m.        Gov. Ritter will appear before the legislature's Committee on Job Creation and Economic Growth, discussing ideas he has provided to the incoming Obama administration regarding economic recovery investments, particularly for transportation and energy infrastructure. Russ George, executive director of Colorado Department of Transportation, will make a presentation immediately after Gov. Ritter. Other administration officials making presentations today include Department of Local Affairs Executive Director Susan Kirkpatrick and Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director Don Mares. Location: State Capitol, Senate Committee Room 356.


Noon                           Gov. Ritter, Secretary of State Mike Coffman and Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey will preside over a ceremony for the state's nine presidential electors to cast their official ballots for Barack Obama. Location: Governor's Office. NOTE TO MEDIA: Space is limited; CBS4 is serving as the broadcast pool, and the public will be able to watch the ceremony via closed circuit TV in the West Foyer.
1:15 p.m.                    Gov. Ritter will take part in the Colorado Press Association's annual legislative forum, discussing his priorities for the upcoming 2009 legislative session. Location: Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm St.
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008
9 to 10 a.m.                 Gov. Ritter will visit with small business owners at a "Surviving Tough Times" economic workshop his office is co-sponsoring with the Small Business Administration and other partners. This is the second of six free statewide workshops to help small businesses get through the financial crisis by providing them with direct access to information and resources. The entire workshop goes from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Auraria Campus, Tivoli Center, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver.
1 p.m.                          Gov. Ritter will take part in a news conference announcing that the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization's electronic data exchange service is now up and running. CORHIO's data-exchange service will initially allow Kaiser Permanente, University of Colorado Hospital, Denver Health Medical Center and The Children's Hospital to electronically exchange patients' medical records. This is one of the first operational statewide health information data exchanges in the country. Location: West Foyer, State Capitol.