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    1. Officials promise new details today about Denver's bid for Amazon HQ2

      After weeks of secrecy, metro Denver economic-development officials today are expected to finally reveal some of the details of the area's joint bid for Amazon.com Inc.'s second headquarters. Some, but not all. J.J. Ament -- CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., which submitted the bid for "Amazon HQ2" -- said there has been so much interest in the region's pitch that he will release some details this morning at the agency's executive committee board meeting.

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    2. Colorado's unemployment rate inches up, but it's still below national level

      Colorado's unemployment rate inches up, but it's still below national level

      Colorado employers added 4,000 non-farm jobs to their payrolls in September, a slight dip from the previous month, and the state's unemployment rate inched up to 2.5 percent from the August rate of 2.4 percent. That's according to the latest monthly report on the state's jobs picture from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, released today.

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    3. Metro Denver will push lifestyle, workforce over incentives in Amazon HQ2 bid

      Metro Denver will push lifestyle, workforce over incentives in Amazon HQ2 bid

      When Colorado submits its bid this month for Amazon HQ2, the proposal will emphasize the region's highly educated workforce, quality of life and global connectivity through its international airport. Financial and tax incentives? Not so much. “We are not the biggest incentive state — and we won’t do anything differently for Amazon than we would for any other company that is looking to locate here,” J.J. Ament, president and CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., told me Thursday.

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    4. JPMorgan Chase kicks off Denver Startup Week with grants for underserved entrepreneurs

      JPMorgan Chase & Co. kicked off Denver Startup Week today by handing out $60,000 checks to five metro Denver nonprofit organizations that help startups get started. Chase for Business, a title sponsor of the sixth annual Denver Startup Week, gave $300,000 to Accion, Colorado Enterprise Fund, The Commons on Champa, Community Reinvestment Fund USA and Mi Casa Resource Center.

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    5. Amazon teams with Colorado labor agency on workforce development

      Amazon teams with Colorado labor agency on workforce development

      Amazon.com Inc. is teaming up with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's office and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) for a workforce development program targeting business.

      The event — to be held 8-11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18 — will highlight Amazon’s Career Choice program, in which the company pays 95 percent of tuition for college or training programs for its fulfillment and customer service center employees.

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    6. Amazon quietly begins operations in Aurora fulfillment center

      Without fanfare, operations have quietly begun at the Amazon fulfillment center in Aurora, a spokeswoman said today. Some of the 1,000 employees hired to work in the 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center are expected to report Sept. 25. A spokeswoman for Amazon said there would be no media tours in the new facility this year but the company expects to allow media in early in 2018.

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    7. Colorado sees a prime opportunity in Amazon's mega-campus

      Colorado is gearing up to enter one of the biggest economic-development sweepstakes in history, with the prize being Amazon.com Inc.'s planned second headquarters campus to rival its huge complex in Seattle. The online retail giant announced Thursday that it plans to invest more than $5 billion to build and operate the new headquarters, which it is calling "Amazon HQ2," and that up to 50,000 employees would work there. ( Full details here.)

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    8. Colorado ranks high among big states for startup activity, report says

      Colorado ranks high among big states for startup activity, report says

      It looks like 2016 was a good year for Colorado entrepreneurs. Among the 25 largest states by population, Colorado was among the top five for startup activity, according to the 2017 Kauffman Index on Startup Activity released today. Kauffman releases a series of studies each year that also look at main street entrepreneurship and growth startups. This report looks at the:

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    9. Metro Denver unemployment rate drops to 2.4 percent

      Metro Denver's unadjusted unemployment rate dropped to 2.4 percent in March, down from 3.6 percent one year ago. There were about 14,360 more people employed in metro Denver in March than in February, according to raw county jobs estimates released today by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The 2.4 percent unadjusted jobless rate is for a 10-county area that includes Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Broomfield and Centennial, but not Boulder County.

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    10. Inside the massive Amazon fulfillment center under construction in Aurora (Photos)

      Inside the massive Amazon fulfillment center under construction in Aurora (Photos)

      Today it's just the concrete shell, but by late summer the Amazon fulfillment center in Aurora will have 20 million items, 1,000 employees and 75 bays with trucks coming and going all day long. Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) construction managers on Friday morning gave some Aurora elected officials and members of the media a sneak peak inside the 1 million square foot facility under construction and expected to be completed by late summer.

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