1. Articles from Ed Sealover

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    1. Denver leaders dish on lessons learned from the pursuit of Amazon's HQ2

      Denver leaders dish on lessons learned from the pursuit of Amazon's HQ2

      Colorado should continue to bid for the biggest economic-development projects nationally — but it should not raise incentive offerings to the level of states like New York, and it should work to find solutions regarding transportation and education funding before those factors cost it future recruitment opportunities, a variety of local economic-development officials said Tuesday in the wake of losing out on Amazon’s 50,000-worker, $5-billion-impact second headquarters to New York City and northern Virginia.

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    2. Here's why Amazon likely passed over Denver for its second headquarters

      Here's why Amazon likely passed over Denver for its second headquarters

      If there was a single overriding factor that led Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) to choose New York City and the Washington, D.C., area over Denver as locations for its second headquarters, it was not what those cities offered financially so much as the absolute size of the potential workforces that will be needed to staff more than 25,000 full-time jobs in each location, the point man for Denver’s bid effort told Denver Business Journal Tuesday.

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    3. Democrats sweep statewide races, with potential to impact business issues in AG, treasurer's offices

      Democrats sweep statewide races, with potential to impact business issues in AG, treasurer's offices

      The blue wave that led Colorado Democrats to take back the state Senate and to keep the governor’s mansion Tuesday also rolled down the statewide ballot, giving the party control of the attorney general’s office, treasurer’s office and secretary of state’s office as well. That sweep of statewide offices gives Democrats control of all four statewide offices and both chambers of the General Assembly for the first time in at least 70 years. 

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    4. Both ballot initiatives to increase Colorado transportation funding crash

      Both ballot initiatives to increase Colorado transportation funding crash

      Given two opportunities to pump funding into Colorado’s congested and cracking transportation system, voters passed on both Tuesday, leaving the state still searching in vain for a new source of revenue for highways and transit. Statewide voters rejected Proposition 110 — a 0.62-cent, 20-year sales-tax hike that would have produced nearly $22 billion in revenues and funded repayment of a $6 billion bond issue for state highway expansion — by a margin of roughly 60 percent to 40 percent.

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    5. Democrats recapture Colorado Senate, now hold complete power at Capitol

      Democrats recapture Colorado Senate, now hold complete power at Capitol

      Colorado Democrats will hold all three levers of power at the state Capitol for the first time since 2014 after winning back the state Senate from Republicans and holding the Colorado House and governor’s office on Thursday. Democrats flipped two Republican-held Senate seats in the Denver area while holding all of the heavily contested seats they controlled, giving them a 19-16 advantage in the upper chamber of the Legislature for the 2019 session.

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    6. Democrat Jared Polis elected next Colorado governor

      Democrat Jared Polis elected next Colorado governor

      Democratic Congressman Jared Polis won a significant victory over Republican Treasurer Walker Stapleton Tuesday to become Colorado’s next governor, a result that puts a successful businessman and entrepreneur into the top state office but worries company leaders particularly in the oil/gas and health-care sectors because of his promises to re-imagine how the state operates in those crucial areas.

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    7. Hickenlooper proposes $31B budget that would impact college tuition, job-training tax credits

      Hickenlooper proposes $31B budget that would impact college tuition, job-training tax credits

      In his final budget proposal, Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday rolled out a financial plan for the 2019-20 fiscal year that seeks to build on his past economic-development accomplishments and to build opportunities through new initiative like a one-year tuition freeze and a boost in workforce-development tax credits.

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    8. Polis, Stapleton plot ways to improve workforce development in Colorado

      Polis, Stapleton plot ways to improve workforce development in Colorado

      During the first gubernatorial debate, Democrat Jared Polis raised some eyebrows by acknowledging he agreed with Republican nominee Walker Stapleton on a lot of Stapleton’s plan to address workforce development. But while the kumbaya moment was a nice one in the otherwise contentious Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce/Denver Business Journal debate, it also glossed over the differing approaches to the subject that the hopefuls will take.

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    9. Polis and Stapleton have subtle but significant differences in economic development policy

      Polis and Stapleton have subtle but significant differences in economic development policy

      On the surface, it’s arguable that little will change in the state’s economic-development policies regardless of whether Democrat Jared Polis or Republican Walker Stapleton is the next governor. Both largely support the recruitment and retention framework that Gov. John Hickenlooper has put in place the past eight years, and both support the current effort to use the state’s tax incentives to try to attract Amazon’s second headquarters. But peel back the layers of the candidates’ policy proposals and statements made at several business-focused forums this year, and you will see differing thoughts on the new areas ...

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    10. Polis, Stapleton clash in style and on business issues in first gubernatorial debate

      Polis, Stapleton clash in style and on business issues in first gubernatorial debate

      In addition to displaying a vivid clash in the styles of the two candidates, the forum, sponsored by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and moderated by this reporter, offered a vast difference in the specificity of at least some of the positions of the eight-year GOP state treasurer and the 10-year Democratic congressman. And in a smaller amount of instances, it showed similarities between the two men, particularly on the issue of finding innovative ways to create more pipelines to jobs that don’t require four-year degrees.

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    11. New Colorado initiative looks to pair tech ingenuity with transit innovations

      New Colorado initiative looks to pair tech ingenuity with transit innovations

      Colorado Department of Transportation leaders, in conjunction with both public- and private-sector partners, are launching an ambitious effort to work with startups and entrepreneurs to tap into the technology that is changing the way that people move about and work to integrate it with existing roads, transit and other forms of mobility to make the state a leader in getting people seamlessly from place to place. The “MobilityNEXT” initiative, announced Friday at the annual CDOT Summit in Denver, comes at a critical time for Colorado. State transportation officials have pinpointed a $9 billion infrastructure backlog over the next 10 years ...

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    12. Mayor Hancock sends message to business owners, developers in State of City address

      Mayor Hancock sends message to business owners, developers in State of City address

      Denver Mayor Michael Hancock delivered a double-edged sword to business owners in his annual State of the City Address on Monday, telling them they are crucial to growing employment in traditional neighborhoods and to funding projects from affordable housing to transit — but also warning that the city will begin keeping a closer eye on development to stave off gentrification and continued housing-access issues.

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    13. Hickenlooper signs workforce development, opioid-treatment bills

      Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday participated in the final public bill-signing of his eight-year term as Colorado’s highest elected official, and he also signed into law another bill that could pump significant money into the fight against opioid abuse.

      Surrounded by dozens of department heads and lobbyists, Hickenlooper inked House Bill 1266, which extends the two-year-old Career Development Success Pilot Program that reimburses school districts and charter schools who complete internships,…

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