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    1. New car-sharing regulations OK'd by Colorado legislators

      New car-sharing regulations OK'd by Colorado legislators

      A bill to regulate the budding car-sharing sector in Colorado will soon be on its way to Gov. Jared Polis with a number of provisions requiring participating auto owners to meet safety and insurance standards — but not with the fee-equity requirements that rental-car companies sought over two months of debate on the legislation.

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    2. Opportunity knocks: Opportunity zones unlock capital gains while investing in distressed communities

      Opportunity knocks: Opportunity zones unlock capital gains while investing in distressed communities

      Imagine a concept supported by U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). Given the partisan rancor that defines so much of the dialogue in Washington, such a bill sounds like a pipedream. But what if it wasn’t?

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    3. Polis signs law to create program simplifying Colorado's sales-tax system

      Polis signs law to create program simplifying Colorado's sales-tax system

      SB 6, sponsored by Sen. Angela Williams, D-Denver, requires the state to put in place a system with which business owners can easily determine the level of taxes owed based upon the address to where they ship, as well as the particular taxing districts to who they owe the money, and to which they can submit taxes for all local governments and have the state parse out those various revenues. Authors of the bill — including co-sponsoring Reps. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, and Kevin Van Winkle, R-Highlands Ranch — believe it will be 18 to 24 months before the system is up and ...

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    4. Q&A: New Colorado CIO Sees Opportunities in Digital Government and Innovation

      Q&A: New Colorado CIO Sees Opportunities in Digital Government and Innovation

      In January, Colorado gained a new CIO and executive director for the state’s Governor’s Office of Information Technology: Theresa Szczurek, co-founder of Radish Systems, a software firm that develops “voice with visuals” self-service and other live-assistance communications platforms. Szczurek previously served as a management consultant.

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    5. Governor signs employee ownership executive order

      Governor signs employee ownership executive order

      Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order Wednesday establishing the Commission on Employee Ownership. The order is meant to encourage employee ownership of businesses. “Increasing employee ownership will help support a strong economy and promote job security in communities across the state,” said Polis when he signed the order.

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    6. Bill to allow remote-notary services gets preliminary OK in Colorado House | Premium | coloradopolitics.com

      Bill to allow remote-notary services gets preliminary OK in Colorado House | Premium | coloradopolitics.com

      Colorado notaries are one step closer to being able to offer remote notary services to rural Coloradans and others who can't get to a notary in person, such as disabled individuals. The issue of how to allow Colorado notaries to get into the remote notary business has divided Colorado Springs Republican lawmakers between those who want to go with a national model and those who want a more state-specific solution.

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    7. Szczurek brings entrepreneurship to state CIO role

      Szczurek brings entrepreneurship to state CIO role

      After a long career in technology innovation working for public and private companies, Theresa Szczurek of Boulder wanted to make the switch to public service. Szczurek, co-founder of Radish Systems Inc. in Boulder, heard a radio announcement that then Gov.-elect Jared Polis sought applicants for various positions, including chief information officer, and in her words, “opportunity knocked.” 

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    8. Meet Denver Business Journal's new technology and health care reporter

      Meet Denver Business Journal's new technology and health care reporter

      Jensen Werley has been named Denver Business Journal's new technology and health care reporter. She previously worked at DBJ sister publication Jacksonville Business Journal and most recently worked at Boulder-based BizWest, covering technology, startups, outdoor recreation, natural products, cannabis and breweries.  Werley takes over the technology and health care beats from Andrew Dodson, who recently began covering commercial and residential real estate for DBJ.

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    9. Colorado's role in 'asset-sharing' economy argued in bill to regulate car-sharing services

      Colorado's role in 'asset-sharing' economy argued in bill to regulate car-sharing services

      Crafting first-of-their-kind regulations for a disruptive industry sector is neither a simple process nor one that tends to create consensus between the newcomers and the older, heavily regulated competition — a fact that a Colorado legislative committee discovered Wednesday during a two-hour hearing on rules for the ride-sharing sector.

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    10. Capitol Business Preview: Battle brews in Colorado over regulating car-sharing services

      Capitol Business Preview: Battle brews in Colorado over regulating car-sharing services

      One of the many machinations of the sharing economy in Colorado involves car-sharing services like Turo, through which automobile owners can list their vehicles for others to use for a price at specific times. As these services have grown over the past few years, however, the state has allowed them to operate largely without regulation — a situation that is about to change and is stirring controversy, particularly for rental-car companies.

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    11. 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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    12. Colorado launching program to help companies convert to employee ownership

      Colorado launching program to help companies convert to employee ownership

      Two years ago, then-Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a law pushing Colorado into the business of helping people convert their companies into employee-owned businesses. It set aside money for the state to offer advice on the practice, allowed for the creation of a commission to oversee the task ... and then basically was forgotten.

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    13. Charge scooters for parking? Some cities are trying it

      Charge scooters for parking? Some cities are trying it

      A pilot program is trying manage the use of electronic scooters. Passport, a mobile-payments firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is heading up the micro-mobility pilot with its own platform. Charlotte, Detroit and Omaha, Nebraska, are participating in the six-month pilot. Using Passport's platform, city officials can see and control scooter use as well as manage curb use with payment options.

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    14. CU tech transfer impacts U.S. economy by $1.9B

      CU tech transfer impacts U.S. economy by $1.9B

      The domestic economic impact of commercialization activities at the University of Colorado Boulder over the past five years amounted to $1.9 billion, with $1.2 billion of that in Colorado. The impact of the university’s technology transfer — the transfer of university research and inventions to the private sector — was recorded in a recently released report titled, Economic Impact of Tech Transfer on the State and National Economy.

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    15. Colorado eco-devo director Betsy Markey plans to focus on these priorities - Denver Business Journal

      Colorado eco-devo director Betsy Markey plans to focus on these priorities - Denver Business Journal

      Now that she has two-and-a-half months under her belt as the executive director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Betsy Markey has come up with three major areas of focus for her term moving forward: Renewable energy, hemp and an increase in employee-owned businesses.

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    16. 5 citywide plans aim to address Denver development, transit issues

      5 citywide plans aim to address Denver development, transit issues

      Street-facing development, more frequent transit routes and wider sidewalks are parts of five citywide plans aimed at creating a more inclusive, connected and healthy city over the next 20 years. Denver officials introduced the plans on Tuesday, which come after the city's three-year Denveright outreach and planning effort and more than 25,000 comments and pieces of input from residents, neighborhood groups and community leaders. 

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    17. Technology helped Fort Collins prepare for blizzard conditions

      Technology helped Fort Collins prepare for blizzard conditions

      While Colorado was dealing with Wednesday’s blizzard conditions, Fort Collins’ Larry Schneider was focused on it on Tuesday. Schneider, director of operations for the street department for the city of Fort Collins, said that when a weather event comes, much of the decisions on how the roads are going to be handled are made the day before. That’s because of the technology available to help make those decisions.

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