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    1. Colorado Gov.-elect Polis announces new economic-development director

      Colorado Gov.-elect Polis announces new economic-development director

      Gov.-elect Jared Polis appointed former U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey as executive director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, choosing a one-time business owner with extensive experience in government to replace a slew of private-sector leaders without government experience whom outgoing Gov. John Hickenlooper put in charge of the state’s business recruitment and retention efforts.

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    2. Colorado needs more economic incentives for companies to create apprenticeships, report states

      Colorado needs more economic incentives for companies to create apprenticeships, report states

      Though Colorado is making progress in terms of the number of its residents who are obtaining advanced degrees, the gap between current figures and where the state needs to be remains a “big deal,” and the state may need to look at providing economic incentives to companies to further expand the infrastructure needed to develop successful career pathways, a new Colorado Department of Labor and Employment report says.

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    3. WeWork picks Cherry Creek for ninth Denver location

      WeWork picks Cherry Creek for ninth Denver location

      WeWork is breaking out of Denver's downtown bubble for its next location. The New York-based coworking company has signed a lease for 18,000 square feet, or room for more than 300 desks, at a new office building in Cherry Creek. Come late summer or early fall 2019, it will occupy floors two and three of the Financial House building located at 2727 E. 2nd Ave., the same corner lot as 205 Detroit St.

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    4. Denver was a magnet for some of the world's most recognizable tech companies in 2018

      Denver was a magnet for some of the world's most recognizable tech companies in 2018

      The flock of Bay Area tech companies expanding into Denver picked up speed as the year went on, establishing the city as the country’s next big tech hub. In January, Strava, maker of an exercise-tracking software, announced the opening of its Denver office. The company has 20 people in Denver today, but it’s currently advertising a slew of engineering jobs for its office here. Throughout the year, a number of large and well-known companies, in addition to some smaller startups, announced plans to expand into Denver, promising hundreds of jobs.

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    5. Boulder software developers look to grow apprenticeship program

      Boulder software developers look to grow apprenticeship program

      BOULDER  — A software development company is looking to close the talent gap in coding through a program to create more diverse developers. Techtonic Group Inc. is a software development firm, but over the past four years it has created an apprenticeship curriculum to train more people in coding and engineering. Unlike a boot camp, which requires students to pay around $20,000 to be trained over six months, Techtonic has developed an exclusive course where students are paid to learn.

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    6. Incentives garner Colorado more than 6,800 new jobs in 2018

      Incentives garner Colorado more than 6,800 new jobs in 2018

      State officials garnered a lot of attention in 2018 for their successful recruiting of VF Corporation’s headquarters, which will relocate from Greensboro, North Carolina, to Denver’s Union Station neighborhood in mid-2019. But that company was just one of 20 that accepted job-growth incentive tax credits from the Colorado Economic Development Commission this year to create as many as 6,821 new jobs in the state over the next eight years.

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    7. National Center for Women & Information Technology awarded $4.1M

      National Center for Women & Information Technology awarded $4.1M

      The National Center for Women & Information Technology has received a $4.1 million grant from the Cognizant U.S. Foundation. Cognizant is a nonprofit focused on supporting STEM education and initiatives for workers and students. The grant will fund digital skills education programs and an awareness campaign to increase interest among women of all ages pursuing careers in technology.

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    8. 7 Questions With The Doctor Who Doesn’T Like Riding Scooters, But Is Helping Others Find One

      7 Questions With The Doctor Who Doesn’T Like Riding Scooters, But Is Helping Others Find One

      Dr. David Mintzer is a hospitalist at Denver Health who dabbles in making smartphone apps. But he also realizes how popular the dockless scooters have become in Denver and across the country. That’s why he decided to develop “Scooter Life” in his spare time. The free smartphone app takes the location data from all of the e-scooter companies and places it onto a single map. 

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    9. 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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    10. Apple plans to more than double the size of its workforce in Boulder

      Apple plans to more than double the size of its workforce in Boulder

      Apple is doubling down on its commitment to high-tech jobs and its workforce nationwide, and that includes more jobs in Colorado. The iPhone maker on Thursday announced plans for a $1 billion, 5,000-job campus in Austin, Texas, but added it has plans to add tech jobs in a number of cities, including Boulder, Pittsburgh and New York.

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    11. Employment Technology Fund Invests in PAIRIN to Remove Soft-Skill Barriers to Employment

      Employment Technology Fund Invests in PAIRIN to Remove Soft-Skill Barriers to Employment

      The Employment Technology Fund (ETF), a social impact fund focused on breaking down barriers to employment for lower-income adults, announced its investment in PAIRIN to rapidly scale the company’s tools that make education more relevant and hiring more equitable by accelerating the development of employability (soft) skills for people with barriers to employment and de-risking those hires for employers.

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    12. Innosphere celebrates 20 years, seeks applicants for new cohort

      Innosphere celebrates 20 years, seeks applicants for new cohort

      Innosphere is seeking applicants for its first cohort of 2019. Innosphere is an incubator for high-impact science and technology companies in the startup and scaleup stages. The program focuses on ensuring that companies are investor-ready, connecting entrepreneurs to experienced mentors, making introductions to corporate partners and accelerating top-line revenue growth, among other necessary skills.

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