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    1. Colorado’s internet of roads is a go. Soon cars will “talk” to signs and traffic signals – The Colorado Sun

      Colorado’s internet of roads is a go. Soon cars will “talk” to signs and traffic signals – The Colorado Sun

      A plan to turn a portion of Interstate 70 into a roadway where cars communicate with street lights, signs and other internet-connected things just tripled to more than 500 miles. Colorado’s “internet of roads” project will now extend to highways that reach from Pueblo to Wyoming, and Sterling to Utah, after the state Department of Transportation was awarded a $20 million federal grant earlier this month.

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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. New Colorado business committee chairwoman vows to bring business, labor together

      New Colorado business committee chairwoman vows to bring business, labor together

      Six years ago, when she was named chairwoman of the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee, then-Rep. Angela Williams called representatives from business, labor and other organizations together and informed them things would be different under her oversight. Before controversial measures came before the committee, she would sit down with both sides — either together or separately — understand their issues and try to find common ground.

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Colorado gives online retailers a temporary reprieve from new sales-tax rules

      Colorado gives online retailers a temporary reprieve from new sales-tax rules

      Online retailers who are worried about how to comply with Colorado’s new sales-tax rules got a couple of months more to figure things out Thursday from the Colorado Department of Revenue. State officials extended by two months — from March 31 to May 31 — the deadline for retailers to comply with rules announced in September that require sellers of online goods to remit taxes to the state and to the local jurisdictions in which the purchasers reside. Revenue department leaders have exempted from the rules out-of-state businesses that make less than $100,000 in revenues or do less than 200 ...

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    8. Colorado wants to be an epicenter of blockchain technology. Can it succeed?

      Colorado wants to be an epicenter of blockchain technology. Can it succeed?

      Headlines are buzzing about the demise of the popular cryptocurrency bitcoin. But many experts in Colorado say these reports obscure the growing promise of the technology that supports cryptocurrencies: blockchain. “Even if cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin are seeing a fall in prices, blockchain, as an underlying but independent technology, is following its own path of advancement,” says Emily Garnett, an attorney at the Denver law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Colorado — and the Denver metro in particular — is home to many promising blockchain startups, while established businesses in the area are looking into using blockchain technology. The state's government ...

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    9. Colorado sales tax changes: Small-business owners oppose new rules

      Colorado sales tax changes: Small-business owners oppose new rules

      Christy Fowler, owner of Loveland woodworking supply company Blue Sky Supply, captured the exasperation Friday that many business owners are feeling over forthcoming changes to Colorado sales tax collection rules. Fowler was one of dozens of business owners and advocates that packed a small hearing room on an upper floor of a state administration building to comment on the not-yet-finalized regulations during a rule making hearing.The draft rules take informal effect Saturday. Business officially have until March 31 to meet the new standards before facing potential audits from the state.

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    10. DISH Appoints Suma Nallapati Chief Digital Officer

      DISH Appoints Suma Nallapati Chief Digital Officer

      DISH today announced that it has appointed Suma Nallapati Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer reporting to DISH Chief Information Officer Atilla Tinic. Nallapati currently serves on Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's cabinet as Secretary of Technology and State CIO. She will join DISH in mid-January when Colorado Governor-Elect Jared Polis assumes the office.

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    11. Dish Network taps Colorado's CIO as its next chief digital officer

      Dish Network taps Colorado's CIO as its next chief digital officer

      The woman who overhauled Colorado’s antiquated computer systems to make things like applying for food stamps and driver’s licenses more efficient is bringing her expertise back to a well-known satellite TV operator in the state. Dish Network said Wednesday that it has hired Suma Nallapati as its senior vice president and chief digital officer. Nallapati currently serves on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s cabinet as secretary of technology and as the state’s chief information officer.

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