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    1. Drone bill flies through Senate committee | Western Colorado | gjsentinel.com

      Drone bill flies through Senate committee | Western Colorado | gjsentinel.com

      People who fly drones over wildfires just for the fun of it are becoming an increasing problem to firefighters who are trying to put out those fires. That's why the Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee unanimously approved a bill Monday calling on the state to invest in technologies that can zero in on where those unmanned aircraft are flying.

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    2. Radish CEO resigns to take position in Polis’ cabinet

      Radish CEO resigns to take position in Polis’ cabinet

      Theresa Szczurek, CEO of Boulder-based Radish Systems LLC, has stepped down from the position to take a high-profile job in the cabinet of Colorado Gov. Jared Polis. Szczurek assumed a position Jan. 9 as chief information officer/executive director of the Governor’s Office of Information Technology. In that role, she will lead more than 900 staff around the state, driving information-technology solutions and supporting state agencies.

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    3. Denver adopts new rules for electric scooters

      Denver adopts new rules for electric scooters

      After months of confusion surrounding rules related to those electric scooters that invaded Denver over the summer, city council members voted on Monday night to approve changes on where they are allowed to operate. Dockless scooters are now classified as "Electric Mobility Scooters," subjecting them to a different set of rules. The biggest change is that scooter users should now use bike lanes whenever they are available.

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    4. How Gov.-Elect Jared Polis Rose From A Dorm Room Coder To Colorado's Top Executive | CPR

      How Gov.-Elect Jared Polis Rose From A Dorm Room Coder To Colorado's Top Executive | CPR

      In the early 1990s, Jared Polis lived in the dorms at Princeton University. Before many people even knew what the internet was, he made a move online. “With like 10 modems and a server,” a then 19-year-old Jared Polis and his college buddies gave people dial up access to the internet. That company, American Information Systems, sold for more than $20 million and sparked a run of big money tech startup deals.

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    5. The 'Internet of the Road': CDOT to implement new technology along I-25 - KRDO

      The 'Internet of the Road': CDOT to implement new technology along I-25 - KRDO

      A new type of technology might just help you when you're out driving. and Colorado roads are getting a jump start on the future of transportation. It's called V2X, or Vehicle to Everything, and it's essentially a new cellular network. Colorado Department of Transportation is calling it the “Internet of the Roads,” and it'll let cars communicate with signs and traffic signals to help with safety and alerting drivers. 

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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