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    1. Bank of America announces major expansion plans for Denver metro

      Bank of America announces major expansion plans for Denver metro

      Bank of America will open 12 bank branches in the Denver metro by 2021, according to a company announcement made Monday. The branch openings are part of the bank’s creation of 350 branches throughout the country. “In order to be there when and where our clients need us, we’ve created a high-tech, high-touch experience across all channels, including our financial centers and state-of-the-art ATM network,” David Tyrie, head of consumer advanced solutions and digital banking, said in a news release.

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    2. Colorado bill to study how blockchain could solve water rights issues dies in committee

      Colorado bill to study how blockchain could solve water rights issues dies in committee

      A bill that would have authorized the study of how blockchain technology could be used to ameliorate water rights issues died on Thursday afternoon. If passed, Senate Bill 19-184 would have directed the Colorado Water Institute, an affiliate of Colorado State University, to study the potential uses of blockchain technology to manage a database of water rights. Best known for supporting cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, blockchain is a technology that allows computer networks to communicate without relying on a centralized authority.

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    3. Meet Gusto's new chief security officer from fintech giant Square

      Meet Gusto's new chief security officer from fintech giant Square

      Last week, payroll and HR software startup Gusto revealed that it had appointed Lee as its chief security officer. Lee most recently served as the head of information security at Square (NYSE: SQ), a San Francisco-based payments processing company. He has also worked at Bank of America and Twilio, a communications platform that specializes in text messaging and voice communication.

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    4. Two Colo. firms among top 100 companies for remote jobs

      Two Colo. firms among top 100 companies for remote jobs

      Two Colorado companies made the top 100 companies for FlexJobs’ annual list of businesses to watch for remote jobs. "As we saw in the latter part of 2018, we expect 2019 to continue to be a job seeker's market where companies will need to offer flexible/remote benefits to remain competitive and attract and retain the best talent," Sara Sutton, the founder and CEO of FlexJobs, said in a news release.

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    5. Meet the CEO of cryptocurrency exchange business ShapeShift growing its Denver presence

      Meet the CEO of cryptocurrency exchange business ShapeShift growing its Denver presence

      ShapeShift, a cryptocurrency exchange business based in Zug, Switzerland, has big plans for its operations in the Denver metro area. CEO Erik Voorhees said the company has more than 120 employees here and plans on hiring “at least” between 30 and 50 more people within the next year. Voorhees is also active in the community. In June, Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed 12 people, including Voorhees to the Colorado Council for the Advancement of Blockchain Technology.

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    6. Colorado wants to be an epicenter of blockchain technology. Can it succeed?

      Colorado wants to be an epicenter of blockchain technology. Can it succeed?

      Headlines are buzzing about the demise of the popular cryptocurrency bitcoin. But many experts in Colorado say these reports obscure the growing promise of the technology that supports cryptocurrencies: blockchain. “Even if cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin are seeing a fall in prices, blockchain, as an underlying but independent technology, is following its own path of advancement,” says Emily Garnett, an attorney at the Denver law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Colorado — and the Denver metro in particular — is home to many promising blockchain startups, while established businesses in the area are looking into using blockchain technology. The state's government ...

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    7. Thornton site submitted for Amazon HQ2 ‘being considered for another office development’

      Thornton site submitted for Amazon HQ2 ‘being considered for another office development’

      The city of Thornton submitted one site to the Denver Metro Economic Development Corp. as a possible location for Amazon HQ2. “It is currently being considered for another office development,” Todd Barnes, the communications director for the city of Thornton, said. He declined to discuss more details about the development. The Denver metro area was one of 20 semifinalist cities for Amazon's second headquarters. The project aimed to bring the winning metro 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in economic impact.

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    8. Lone Tree site proposed for Amazon HQ2 being 'actively pitched' to other companies

      Lone Tree site proposed for Amazon HQ2 being 'actively pitched' to other companies

      The city of Lone Tree in Douglas County submitted one site to the Denver Metro Economic Development Corp. as a possible location for Amazon’s HQ2. “What we learned in the process of doing this is that this site is now ready for prime-time development,” said Jeff Holwell, economic development director for the city of Lone Tree. “This validated all the work we’ve done since we annexed the property in 2000 for a significant development.” He added that the owner of the site is "actively pitching" it to other companies.

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    9. Colorado blockchain council drafting two bills, considering fintech regulatory sandbox

      Colorado blockchain council drafting two bills, considering fintech regulatory sandbox

      The Colorado Council for the Advancement of Blockchain Technology is in the process of drafting two bills to help spur innovation in the blockchain industry. “The goal is to create incentives and to not make it difficult to use cryptocurrency to use goods and services,” Snell and Wilmer lawyer Eric Kintner said. Kitner is a member of the Council for the Advancement of Blockchain Technology, which Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper created in June.

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