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    1. Colorado's 2016 workforce-development package now fully signed into law

      Colorado's 2016 workforce-development package now fully signed into law

      Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed the last measure of a seven-bill workforce-development package that is meant to supplement a more ballyhooed eight-bill effort that went into law after the 2015 legislative session.

      House Bill 1287, signed Monday in his office this week without much fanfare, directs the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to look into how businesses can increase their use of apprenticeship programs and then to make recommendations to the Legislature on what it can…

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    2. Lyft to home-deliver Walmart groceries in Denver (Video)

      Lyft to home-deliver Walmart groceries in Denver (Video)

      Lyft is teaming up with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to offer home grocery delivery in Denver in a bid to complete with Amazon.com Inc.'s same-day services.

      It's part of a pilot program by Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) to home-deliver goods from its Walmart stores in Denver and Phoenix using ride-hailing services. It will use Lyft in Denver and Uber in Phoenix.

      Wal-Mart will roll out a pilot "within two weeks," said Michael Bender, the retail giant's executive vice president of e-commerce.

      “We’ll start small…

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    3. Solar-panel installer introducing homeowner loan program in Colorado, other states

      Solar-panel installer introducing homeowner loan program in Colorado, other states

      Colorado is among 14 states where SolarCity Corp. — the nation's biggest residential installer of solar-power systems — is rolling out a new loan program for homeowners to finance installation of solar panels.

      The company (NYSE: SCTY) said the program will allow many customers to immediately pay less for solar each month than they previously paid for utility bills and pocket thousands in additional dollars from applicable tax credits.

      A 10-year loan comes with an annual percentage rate as low…

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    4. Denver among top cities for growth entrepreneurship

      Denver among top cities for growth entrepreneurship

      Growth entrepreneurs will revolutionize sectors such as health care, education, food and transportation, and Denver is among the cities leading the way, according to a new report from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Metro Denver ranks 13th out of 40 metro areas studied when it comes to growth entrepreneurship, which looks at rate of startups, share of scaleups and high-growth company density.

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    5. Ping Identity sold to private equity firm, plans faster growth

      Ping Identity sold to private equity firm, plans faster growth

      Denver-based software company Ping Identity Corp. is being bought by San Francisco-based private equity firm Vista Equity Partners. The companies said Wednesday that they’ve signed a definitive agreement for a deal expected to close by fall. Terms were not disclosed. The deal nixes 14-year-old Ping Identity's plan to become a publicly traded company next year, but having San Francisco-based Vista Equity as owner gives Ping resources for growth, Andre Durand, Ping's co-founder and CEO, told me.

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    6. Colorado scholarship program authorizes final 24 proposals for $2.3 million

      Colorado scholarship program authorizes final 24 proposals for $2.3 million

      The Colorado Scholarship Initiative board has wrapped up the 2015-16 school year by approving the final set of proposals for scholarships, the Colorado Department of Higher Education said Tuesday. The 24 local scholarships represent 32 counties that were awarded a total of $2.3 million, an amount expected to grow into $4.6 million in funding for Colorado students. Recipients ranged from counties to colleges to workforce development organizations.

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    7. Zayo co-founder leaving company

      Zayo co-founder leaving company

      Zayo Group Holdings Inc. said company co-founder Matt Erickson is leaving the company.

      Erickson, currently the co-chief operating officer, will leave the company "on his own accord for personal reasons" in late July.

      Boulder-based Zayo (NYSE: ZAYO) said that co-COO Chris Morley will become the sole chief operating officer after Erickson's departure.

      "Matt is an extraordinarily valuable member of Zayo’s executive team, and has been from Zayo’s inception,” said Dan Caruso, chairman and CEO…

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    8. Denver to host global entrepreneurial competition ahead of Olympics in Rio

      Denver to host global entrepreneurial competition ahead of Olympics in Rio

      As athletes prepare for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, entrepreneurs in sports innovation also will head into a competition of their own in Denver. Denver will host the inaugural regional Global Innovation in Sports Competition in June featuring entrepreneurs from across the country working on the next big sports technology. The winner of the regional competition will go on to compete in Rio during the Olympic Games in August.

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    9. New 'mobile passport' app means shorter waits at DIA, officials say

      New 'mobile passport' app means shorter waits at DIA, officials say

      U.S. and Canadian citizens arriving on international flights now can slip through customs faster at Denver International Airport, courtesy of a new, free app being rolled out. Denver is among the first large airports allowed to use the Mobile Passport Control app, the first authorized by the U.S. government to expedite a traveler’s arrival in the United States.

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    10. Colorado university to become region's 1st federal research hub

      Colorado university to become region's 1st federal research hub

      The University of Colorado-Boulder will join 19 other universities across the nation as a federal data research hub, the university announced Tuesday. CU-Boulder will create the Rocky Mountain region's first research data center, housed at the Institute of Behavioral Science using a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. University officials said they expect the center to be a boon for researchers and help CU-Boulder draw in more prospective faculty and graduate students.

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    11. Englewood software firm says merger with Hawaii company is dead

      Englewood software firm says merger with Hawaii company is dead

      An Englewood company that makes identity software for the education market said its merger with a Hawaii software company is dead. Aegis Identity Software Inc. said it's merger plans with Code Rebel Corp. of Maui, Hawaii, announced in January, has been called off due to Code Rebel's problems. Earlier this month, shares in Code Rebel (Nasdaq: CDRB) were halted by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission because of "a lack of accurate information" about the company's securities.

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    12. Denver leaders seek $50M 'Smart City' prize for transportation innovation

      Denver leaders seek $50M 'Smart City' prize for transportation innovation

      More than 20 Denver-area civic and business leaders, local and state officials gathered Thursday to pitch the metro region as the nation’s first "Smart City" for transportation. They're hoping to win $50 million in federal and private resources by demonstrating that Denver and the region can integrate new technologies — including self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into the transportation network. The money is the prize behind the “Smart City Challenge Grant” competition…

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    13. Comcast is adding 600-job call center in Fort Collins

      Comcast is adding 600-job call center in Fort Collins

      Cable giant Comcast Corp. is opening a new call center in Fort Collins and plans to hire to fill most of the 600 positions there.

      The Philadelphia-based company (Nasdaq: CMCSA) plans to hold a press conference Thursday morning in the northern Colorado city that’s scheduled to include Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell and Rich Jennings, Comcast’s senior vice president for Rocky Mountain region.

      The new center is in addition to existing customer care sites in the southern Denver metro area, where…

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    14. EKS&H acquires firm with oil and gas specialty

      EKS&H acquires firm with oil and gas specialty

      EKS&H LLP., the largest Denver-based accounting, audit and tax firm, has acquired a Centennial-based accounting firm that specializes in the oil and gas industry.

      EKS&H said Monday that it has acquired Rivington Financial Services, an outsourced accounting provider that has worked with businesses in the oil and gas industry for 15 years. The company’s 25 employees speak the oil and gas language, said Lori Gibson, EKS&H consulting partner.

      "It's very industry specific," she said. "They do the…

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    15. Seattle online insurance comparison company expands to Denver

      Seattle online insurance comparison company expands to Denver

      A Seattle online insurance comparison site has opened an office in Denver.

      QuoteWizard, which was founded 10 years ago, said the Denver office is its first office outside of Seattle, and is located in Denver's LoDo neighborhood.

      "The company is looking to hire sales and technology professionals. The company already has a dozen employees in Denver and plans to continue hiring," the company said in a statement.

      "We are pleased to open a new office in Denver because that city’s vibrant business…

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    16. Xcel to build $1 billion wind-power project, Colorado's biggest

      Xcel to build $1 billion wind-power project, Colorado's biggest

      Xcel Energy Inc. on Friday filed a plan with state regulators to build, own and operate its $1 billion Rush Creek Wind Project, which includes a 600-megawatt wind farm and 90-mile transmission line in eastern Colorado.

      As proposed, the Rush Creek wind farm would be Colorado’s biggest wind farm.

      Xcel (NYSE: XEL) said the project also will be “one of the state’s most cost-effective wind projects” and will use wind turbines built in Colorado by Vestas Wind Systems, the Danish wind turbine…

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    17. Colorado lawmakers hang up on telecom reforms

      Colorado lawmakers hang up on telecom reforms

      Expectations that the 2016 legislative session could produce big changes to telecommunications law in Colorado turned out to be misguided as bills watched by the industry failed or were gutted in the session’s final days.

      A bill that would have let rural counties exempt telecom providers’ broadband hardware purchases from sales taxes died in a legislative committee hours before the end of this year’s session Wednesday.

      It was one of many proposed tech-related measures to run aground in a…

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    18. How Denver ranks among 25 major cities for startup activity

      How Denver ranks among 25 major cities for startup activity

      A detailed analysis of 25 cities measuring where they rank in the "technology revolution," shows Denver is among the very best, giving cities like Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area a run for their money. According the "Innovation That Matters 2016" report released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the chamber's FreeEnterprise.com and public benefit corporation focused on high-growth startups 1776, Denver ranks...

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    19. $2.5 billion in development planned, under construction in downtown Denver, DDP says

      $2.5 billion in development planned, under construction in downtown Denver, DDP says

      Nearly $2.5 billion in development is currently planned or under construction in downtown Denver, according to the Downtown Denver Partnership, which held its annual State of Downtown Denver event Tuesday. As of mid-2016, according to DDP's report, there are 18 projects under construction and 14 projects planned for development in downtown Denver, totaling $2.47 billion in investment in Denver.

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