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    1. State soon to be epicenter of Blockchain real estate deals

      State soon to be epicenter of Blockchain real estate deals

      Colorado is likely to become the epicenter of the national transformation to Blockchain real estate and other commercial transactions, thanks to the election of Jared Polis as governor. Speakers at a session today detailing the impact of Blockchain on real estate, during the annual Boulder Valley Real Estate Conference organized by BizWest, said that Polis was the founder of the blockchain caucus in Washington, D.C., in his role as Colorado’s Second District U.S. representative.

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    2. Colorado metros make list of most innovative cities

      Colorado metros make list of most innovative cities

      Three Colorado metro areas have been ranked in the top 25 most innovative cities in the U.S. Boulder, Fort Collins-Loveland and Greeley all made the list, compiled by 24/7 Wall St. The ranking is based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the year 2015, the most recent year available. The ratings look at number of patents issued for 100,000 residents. Boulder ranks No. 4, with 260.2 patents filed per 100,000 residents in 2015.

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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. ​Give gig economy workers equity? The SEC is considering it - Denver Business Journal

      ​Give gig economy workers equity? The SEC is considering it - Denver Business Journal

      The gig economy has created economic opportunities for millions of people. Uber and Lyft have empowered everyday drivers to become paid chauffeurs. Airbnb has made homeowners hoteliers. And TaskRabbit has opened new markets for handymen and other laborers. But much of the wealth created by these companies is not passed along to workers through conventional wages, but to a small number of insiders who own stock.

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    6. Greeley voters approve sales-tax measures, Erie says ‘yes’ to broadband

      Greeley voters approve sales-tax measures, Erie says ‘yes’ to broadband

      Weld County communities voted on a variety of sales-tax and other measures Tuesday. Greeley voters overwhelmingly supported an extension of a 0.30 percent sales tax for streets. Ballot measure 2O — dubbed the Quality of Life measure — received 15,763 votes in favor and 7,611 against, or 67.44 percent to 32.56 percent. The measure was first approved in 2002 for recreational and cultural improvements.

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    7. Silicon Flatirons to search for new director as Weiser becomes AG

      Silicon Flatirons to search for new director as Weiser becomes AG

      Silicon Flatirons has announced it will start the search for a new executive director in January; its founder and current executive director Phil Weiser was elected to be the state’s attorney general. Weiser led the group, which promotes technology and innovation in Colorado, for 19 years. Silicon Flatirons’ mission has been to support entrepreneurs, elevate policy discussions and prepare students for careers in technology policy and entrepreneurship.

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    8. While Colorado votes, a crew of cyber experts watch for the worst threats to Colorado’s election systems

      While Colorado votes, a crew of cyber experts watch for the worst threats to Colorado’s election systems

      Inside one of Colorado’s busiest election hubs on Tuesday morning, it was so quiet you could hear someone crack open a can of soda. All eyes were on personal computer screens or the big monitor in the front of the room showing activity on computer systems handling state voter registration, voter verification and vote tallies. They were on alert for unusual activity, cyber attacks or other potential threats.

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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. Denver area has some of the top 'digital cities' in the U.S.

      Denver area has some of the top 'digital cities' in the U.S.

      The city and county of Denver rank No. 4 among large cities on a list of the top digital cities in the U.S. for 2018. The list was put together by the Center for Digital Government, a research and advisory institute on information and technology policies based in Folsom, California. Westminster ranks No. 1 in the 75,000-124,999 population category; Boulder ranks No. 3 and Pueblo ranks No. 5. Fort Collins ranks No. 5 in the 125,000-249,999 population category. 

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