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    1. Can a Colorado startup bring back supersonic air travel?

      Can a Colorado startup bring back supersonic air travel?

      It's been almost 13 years since travelers could zip across the ocean at twice the speed of sound. That's when the last Concorde jet was retired -- a plane that typically flew at 1,300 mph, twice as fast as a conventional jetliner. The Concorde could fly from New York to London in about 3-1/2 hours. But the speedy jet guzzled fuel and carried only a fraction as many passengers as a sub-sonic jumbo jet. And tickets cost as much as $20,000.

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    2. Colorado antenna company acquires Florida company, adds new investors

      Colorado antenna company acquires Florida company, adds new investors

      Golden’s Centerline Solutions, which designs and builds antenna towers for the wireless industry, has acquired a Florida construction company and recapitalized the enlarged company with new investors. Centerline purchased UCI Construction Services, adding its 45 employees and a reach into southeastern U.S. states, the fast-growing mobile phone infrastructure company said Friday. The acquisition gives Centerline 411 employees nationwide. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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    3. Colorado regulators reject Xcel’s proposal to add solar power

      Colorado regulators reject Xcel’s proposal to add solar power

      In an unusual move, state regulators on Wednesday verbally rejected a proposed agreement between Xcel Energy Inc. and three solar power developers that would have added up to 60 megawatts of “community solar” power plants in Colorado.

      The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) typically approves settlement agreements reached by parties in a dispute.

      "It’s infrequent," PUC spokesman Terry Bote agreed. "But it’s based on whether the settlements are in the public interests or not, and…

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    4. Metro Denver unemployment rate down to 3%

      Metro Denver unemployment rate down to 3%

      Metro Denver's unadjusted unemployment rate stood at 3.0 percent in January, down a notch from December's rate of 3.1 percent and well below the January 2015 rate of 4.6 percent, according to raw county jobs estimates released Monday by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The 3.0 percent unadjusted jobless rate is for a 10-county area that includes Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Broomfield and Centennial, but not Boulder County.

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    5. Denver's a finalist in U.S. tech transportation challenge

      Denver's a finalist in U.S. tech transportation challenge

      Denver will compete against six other U.S. cities for a $50 million grant to fund tech-driven, regional transportation initiatives. The Beyond Traffic: Smart City Challenge is sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Transportation in conjunction with the philanthropic arm of Paul Allen-owned, Seattle-based business conglomerate Vulcan Inc., which is chipping in $10 million of the $50 million.

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    6. Colorado tech worker numbers and wages swell

      Colorado tech worker numbers and wages swell

      Colorado added 3,088 high-tech jobs in 2015 and finished the year with 187,242 tech workers who contributed nearly $20 billion to the state's economy. The tech job growth amounted to 1.7 percent compared to 2014, according to the annual “CyberStates” report published Thursday by industry group CompTIA. The study found 14,847 tech businesses in Colorado payed a collective $19.9 billion to tech workers.

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    7. Price-shocked San Francisco tech workers looking for work in Denver, other cities

      Price-shocked San Francisco tech workers looking for work in Denver, other cities

      The San Francisco Bay Area is as hot as ever for tech hiring, but affordability and quality-of-life issues in the infamously expensive area may be increasingly driving high-skilled workers to look elsewhere.

      And Denver is one of the places they are looking, according to data from the job search site Indeed showing a 31 percent increase since January 2015 in "outbound search" by Bay Area-based candidates looking for opportunities outside of the region Bay Area.

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    8. Boulder biotech in $60.5M financing deal

      Boulder biotech in $60.5M financing deal

      SomaLogic Inc., a Boulder medical diagnostics technology company, said it's raised up to $60.5 million in a new financing deal. Visium Healthcare Partners of New York is funding SomaLogic with a combination of debt and equity financing that will be used to "support SomaLogic's continued growth, including its primary focus on the development of novel life science tools and clinical diagnostics based on the company's proprietary proteomics technology."

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    9. 2 sectors show increasing interest in hiring work-from-home employees in Colorado, nation

      2 sectors show increasing interest in hiring work-from-home employees in Colorado, nation

      Studies show that employees who work from home on at least a semi-regular basis are happier and more productive, an idea that's especially taking root in the computer/IT and health care industries. Those are the two career fields that have seen the greatest growth in telecommuting jobs in 2016, according to FlexJob's annual report " Top 100 Companies to Watch for Telecommuting Jobs."

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    10. New workforce development package introduced at Capitol (Video)

      New workforce development package introduced at Capitol (Video)

      Following on the success of last year’s eight-bill workforce-development package, a bipartisan group of Colorado legislative leaders on Wednesday announced a new set of 10 proposals for the 2016 session. The new proposals seek to connect businesses more closely with the educational system in order to train students for jobs that are in need.

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    11. Colorado added more jobs in the third quarter than originally reported

      Colorado added more jobs in the third quarter than originally reported

      Despite the downturn in the oil and gas industry, Colorado and Denver added more jobs in the third quarter of 2015 than originally reported.

      There were declines in the mining and logging sectors, which include oil and gas jobs, and in construction.

      However, other industry sectors — like healthcare, education and leisure and hospitality — added jobs and helped the state maintain strong state job growth – estimated now at 59,800 jobs added in 2015.

      For example, in 2014, leisure and hospitality…

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