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    1. More on the cover story: Views on the future of energy (Video)

      More on the cover story: Views on the future of energy (Video)

      With solar gaining popularity and with more people installing panels, Colorado's biggest utility is pushing a plan to reshape its relationship with customers — some of whom are now energy producers.

      Cathy Proctor writes about Xcel Energy and its solar future in this week's Denver Business Journal cover story.

      In the video above, four energy authorities talk about solar, energy and the grid in connection with Cathy's story. Hear what each has to say about the future.

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    2. ULA and SpaceX see the future of space launching very differently

      ULA and SpaceX see the future of space launching very differently

      Colorado Springs— The heads of United Launch Alliance and SpaceX aren’t just rivals for launching U.S. military and commercial satellites into orbit. They don’t even see the business the same way. Tory Bruno, CEO of Centennial-based ULA, and Gwynneth Shotwell, president of Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX, were the biggest presences on a panel Thursday closing the Space Symposium, the biggest annual gathering of U.S. military and private-sector space officials. The session featured executives…

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    3. Brad Feld's Foundry Group raising $500M for later-stage tech, other VCs

      Brad Feld's Foundry Group raising $500M for later-stage tech, other VCs

      What's next at Brad Feld's legendary Boulder-based venture capital firm is a half-billion-dollar raise that will take Foundry Group in new directions. Fortune reports that Foundry Group is raising $500 million for its yet-to-be-formed Foundry Group Next LP fund. While Foundry is best known for backing companies at an early stage, Foundry Group Next will support later-stage tech companies as well as other venture capital firms. Fortune cites Foundry's SEC filing Tuesday on the offering. The news…

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    4. Colorado 'ban the box' bill for job seekers with criminal records gets 1st OK (Video)

      Colorado 'ban the box' bill for job seekers with criminal records gets 1st OK (Video)

      Colorado employers would not be able to ask job seekers if they have a criminal history on application forms under a bill that received its first committee approval in the Colorado House of Representatives on Tuesday and, at least in principle, has the support of Gov. John Hickenlooper. House Bill 1388 -- sponsored by state Rep. Beth McCann, D-Denver -- would prohibit companies from advertising that people with criminal histories cannot apply for jobs and from putting a box on applications that…

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    5. Longmont electric motor firm gets another order from airplane tug maker

      Longmont electric motor firm gets another order from airplane tug maker

      UQM Technologies Inc. said it's gotten more orders for its electric motors from a Swedish firm that makes airplane tugs. Longmont-based UQM said Kalmar Motor AB in Sweden placed another order for UQM's PowerPhaseHD 220 electric motor/controller system used in Kalmar's TBL-50 towbarless airplane tug traction drives. "Kalmar Motor is seeing good market demand for the TBL-50 traction airplane tug and the reliability and performance of UQM’s electric drive systems," UQM said in a statement.

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    6. Level 3 CEO is back on the job

      Level 3 CEO is back on the job

      Level 3 Communications Inc. CEO Jeff Storey says he's back on the job, less than two months after taking a medical leave from the company. Storey took leave in February to recover from successful surgery related to a heart condition. During his absence, Level 3 (NYSE: LVLT) CFO Sunit Patel acted as CEO. "I'm pleased to be back. I'd like to thank Sunit for his leadership in my absence and for moving us forward on our strategy," Storey said in a statement.

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    7. Optiv buys California company, expanding its cybersecurity reach

      Optiv buys California company, expanding its cybersecurity reach

      Denver-based Optiv Security Inc. has acquired another cybersecurity business to get deeper into identity management technologies and give Optiv a presence in India. Optiv bought Advancive Technology Solutions, a Pasadena, California-based identity management consultancy. The transaction, which closed Friday, was announced Tuesday afternoon. Terms were not disclosed. The deal adds Advancive’s 35 identity management specialists to the 50 people at Optiv working on identity management.

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    8. Xcel, Vestas announce major new plan to create wind power in Colorado

      Xcel, Vestas announce major new plan to create wind power in Colorado

      Xcel Energy, Colorado biggest utility, will build a 600 megawatt wind farm in Eastern Colorado that will be created using 100 percent Vestas wind turbines. Vestas Wind Systems, one of the world’s biggest wind turbine manufacturers with North American operations based in Portland, Oregon, has four factories in Colorado building towers, blades and nacelles. David Eves, president of Public Service Co. of Colorado, Xcel’s subsidiary, announced the utility plan today at a press conference at Vestas…

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    9. ULA strikes partnership to get Bigelow inflatable habitats into orbit

      ULA strikes partnership to get Bigelow inflatable habitats into orbit

      Colorado Springs — United Launch Alliance is helping develop and launch experimental, inflatable space habitats that could be readied for launch as soon as 2020 under a new partnership with Bigelow Aerospace that was announced Monday.

      Working with Centennial-based ULA, the main space launch contractor for federal government agencies, Bigelow plans to establish one or two 12,000-square-foot habitats in low-earth orbit in 2020.

      “This is a fundamentally a new mission in space. We have hadn’t…

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    10. 9 nonprofits show off innovative ideas to make metro Denver better (Slideshow)

      9 nonprofits show off innovative ideas to make metro Denver better (Slideshow)

      Denver's continued growth has been a boon for business and jobs — but it's also created challenges, such as increased pollution, a rise in the homeless and people in-need and issues with the attainment gap. Those are among the issues that nine local organizations have sought to address since June 2015, when Denver-based nonprofit Rose Community Foundation named them winners of its inaugural "Innovate for Good" competition. The venture was meant to find and fund new projects "to make the Greater…

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    11. More millennials moving to Denver, says report

      More millennials moving to Denver, says report

      Only two other U.S. cities are attracting more millennials moving in than Denver, according to a new report. According to the 2016 Mayflower Mover Insights Study, only Dallas and Chicago attracted more millennials moving in than Denver. Without providing specific numbers, the report indicated that Denver outdrew cities like Seattle (No. 4), Atlanta (No. 5) and Los Angeles (No. 6) in attracting millennials to the city.

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    12. 9 Colorado cities vote Tuesday on municipal broadband internet; pot also on local ballots

      9 Colorado cities vote Tuesday on municipal broadband internet; pot also on local ballots

      Voters in nine mostly-rural Colorado communities will vote Tuesday on whether to authorize municipal high-speed internet services. According to the Colorado Municipal League, voters in 36 Colorado cities and towns already have authorized a community-based broadband service, either directly provided by local government or by a third-party vendor. But many Colorado cities that have approved local broadband have not yet launched such a service.

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    13. Startup transplant is drawn by Denver's tech, outdoor climate

      Startup transplant is drawn by Denver's tech, outdoor climate

      Another tech startup is relocating from another state to Denver, drawn by what it sees as a better growth climate for the business and lifestyle for employees. The startup is nPloyed, a Scottsdale, Arizona, tech employee recruiting firm. It is scouting west Denver locations for an office, and its founder inking a deal this weekend on a home for his family. All but one of the six employees at his business are moving to Denver by June with plans to double the size of the company nPloyed after it…

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    14. Colorado businesses worry about talent shortage; optimism down from a year ago

      Colorado businesses worry about talent shortage; optimism down from a year ago

      The confidence level of Colorado business leaders about the economy going into the second quarter is unchanged from three months ago, but is sharply lower than it was a year ago. And more than half of those surveyed say that Colorado is suffering from a talent shortage that could hurt their business. That's according to results of the latest quarterly survey of the expectations of state businesses from the University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business, released Thursday.

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    15. Equal-pay bills pass Colorado House but draw business ire

      Equal-pay bills pass Colorado House but draw business ire

      Colorado House Democrats sent to the Senate on Tuesday the final measure in a three-bill package meant to close the gap in average pay between male and female workers in this state. But while no legislative or business leaders opposed the idea of equal pay in general, many did criticize the efforts as doing nothing while at the same time increasing the burdens on employers by growing the amount of paperwork they have to submit to the state and putting more subjects off-limits in interviews with…

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    16. Colorado unemployment hits 15-year low; 2,500 jobs added

      Colorado unemployment hits 15-year low; 2,500 jobs added

      Colorado added 2,500 payroll jobs in February from the previous month, and the state's unemployment rate dropped to 3.0 percent, its lowest level since March 2001 and well below the national rate, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reported. It was the 52nd straight month of jobs gains in the state -- the longest unbroken stretch since the 1990s.

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    17. Fast-growing Houston tech company to open Denver office

      Fast-growing Houston tech company to open Denver office

      Houston-based Poetic Systems, a website development and design company, is opening an office in Denver to boost business. The office will be Poetic's second. It is expected to open in April. The new office will be run by Lauren Schott, an account manager for the company. Eventually, the office will also house a developer and designer, CEO Matt Hager told the Houston Business Journal. The move is intended to boost the company's business portfolio.

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