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    1. Denver rises in top 10 ranking for science, tech professionals (Slideshow)

      Denver rises in top 10 ranking for science, tech professionals (Slideshow)

      The Denver metro area is inching its way up the list of top places for STEM graduates. STEM refers to the science, technology, engineering and math sectors, and is associated with statewide initiatives to draw companies to the state, as well as produce graduates with degrees in those fields. After claiming the No. 9 spot on a NerdWallet ranking last July, the Denver metro area landed the No. 4 spot on a recent WalletHub ranking that looks at the best and worst areas for STEM professionals.

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    2. Colorado health exchange snafus trip up thousands as cost overruns mount

      Colorado health exchange snafus trip up thousands as cost overruns mount

      A multi-million-dollar IT system that Colorado officials promised would make signing up for health coverage simple has instead snagged thousands of customers and now will cost several hundred thousand dollars — if not millions — to fix.

      Managers at Colorado's health exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, plan to ask their board members on Monday to approve an emergency infusion of $322,000 for the next month to try to help customers get coverage by the Feb. 15 deadline. No warranty covers the…

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    3. 4 Colorado cities rank among nation's 20 'best performing' for jobs, tech (Slideshow)

      4 Colorado cities rank among nation's 20 'best performing' for jobs, tech (Slideshow)

      Denver and three other Colorado metro areas are among the nation's top 20 "best-performing cities" of 2014, according to an annual report released Thursday by the Milken Institute. The report aims to identify "where America's jobs are created and sustained. "

      The Denver-Aurora-Broomfield metro area comes in at No. 12 on the list, up from No. 15 in 2013. • For the ranking of three other Colorado cities in the top 20, as well as other U.S. cities, click on the image above. Milken — an economic…

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    4. Hot Denver startup bought by California's VSCO

      Hot Denver startup bought by California's VSCO

      Artifact Uprising, the fast-growing Denver online photobook startup, has been bought by Visual Supply Co., an Oakland, California-based maker of apps and software for creative industries. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Artifact Uprising will remain in Denver as an autonomous business, the companies said. The deal is intended to help the 14-employee Artifact Uprising expand and keep adding online sales of its hand-crafted photobooks.

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    5. Where Colorado colleges stand in U.S. News online-education rankings

      Where Colorado colleges stand in U.S. News online-education rankings

      U.S. News & World Report is out with its rankings of the top online business education programs offered by colleges and universities, and several Colorado schools rate highly. • The University of Denver's Daniels College of Business is the highest-ranked online graduate business program in the state, at No. 22. DU is followed by Colorado State University, at No. 31, with CSU's all-online Global Campus program ranked separately at No. 53.

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    6. Colorado's Boecore expands eastern HQ

      Colorado's Boecore expands eastern HQ

      Boecore Inc., a missile defense systems company based in Colorado Springs, continues to grow following an expansion to its eastern-region headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama. CEO Kathy Boe started the company in her basement 14 years ago. "We are pleased to be growing our Huntsville presence as we continue to support the mission of our Huntsville customers," Boe said. In 2013, Boecore was awarded a $30 million, five-year contract to provide information technology support to the U.S. Army Space…

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    7. 9 game-changing innovations that came from Denver

      9 game-changing innovations that came from Denver

      Innovation is the driving force behind American business. If we weren't constantly creating new products, our country of entrepreneurs would never be able to carve out new markets and push the dream forward. So let's take a moment to appreciate the inquiring minds of the world, the ones who solve problems with creative solutions, and the ones who made their dreams a reality. Here are nine inventions and ideas (big and small) that were born in the Denver area. They are in no particular order. 1.…

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    8. Boulder won't stand in the way of Google

      Boulder won't stand in the way of Google

      The Boulder City Council won't second-guess the planning board's approval of Google's plans to build a four-acre campus in town. The Daily Camera reports that although some members of the city council expressed concerns about a few aspects of the project, they didn't recommend reviewing the planning board's decision, which was reached earlier this month after a seven-hour meeting.

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    9. Colorado secures $65M for health care innovation

      Colorado secures $65M for health care innovation

      Colorado has been given $65 million that will be used over the next four years toward developing a plan to integrate physical and mental health care. The State Innovation Model funding came from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday announced the awarding of the grant. The governor said in a statement the money "will support our efforts in another critical factor of well-being, which is the integration of physical and behavioral health.

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    10. Dish Network giving up ad-skipping tech in deals with broadcasters

      Dish Network giving up ad-skipping tech in deals with broadcasters

      A detail lost in some of the noise over Dish Network Corp. resolving its contract spat with CBS last week was this: the satellite TV company gave up some commercial-skipping features of its Hopper set-top box to get a deal. It's not the first time Douglas County-based Dish Network has altered the set-top Hopper's ad-skipping, either.

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    11. STEM-focused Metro State U. Denver earns spot on national approved college list

      STEM-focused Metro State U. Denver earns spot on national approved college list

      It's no secret that metro Denver businesses are looking for qualified graduates to fill jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, as the state reportedly will have a 28 percent increase in STEM jobs between 2008 and 2018. And according to Victory Media's 2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges list, Metropolitan State University of Denver is one of the best in the state to produce them.

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    12. More Denver-area CIOs plan to add IT workers in early 2015

      More Denver-area CIOs plan to add IT workers in early 2015

      A new survey of Denver-area chief information officers shows that 18 percent plan to add to their information-technology teams in the first half of 2015 — up six percentage points from the results of a similar survey six months earlier.

      The Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report for Denver, released Tuesday, indicates that another 67 percent of local CIOs plan to hire to fill vacant IT positions in early 2015, but not to add to their staffs. Seventy-nine percent gave…

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    13. DIA grants ride-sharing permit to UberX days after granting it to Lyft

      DIA grants ride-sharing permit to UberX days after granting it to Lyft

      Denver International Airport on Monday said it's given an operating permit to Uber that will allow its ride-sharing service, UberX, to pick up and drop off passengers on the public levels of the airport — Levels 4 and 6. Uber's black car service already picks up and drops off passengers on Level 5, the level set aside for public transportation and commercial vehicles such as taxis and limousines.

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    14. DBJ's top slideshows of November: APEX winners, luxury homes, best

      DBJ's top slideshows of November: APEX winners, luxury homes, best

      Our slideshows of the Colorado Technology Association's APEX winners and third-quarter luxury-sales sales came in a close one-two atop our list of the DBJ's most popular gallery of November. Readers also liked Thrillist's 11 must-visit new Denver ...

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    15. Colorado's Civergy acquired by New York firm, changes name

      Colorado's Civergy acquired by New York firm, changes name

      Civergy Inc. — an Arapahoe County-based company involved in clean energy, smart grid technologies and cybersecurity — says it has been acquired by New York-based Mount Knowledge Holdings Inc. in a stock transaction.

      With the acquisition, Civergy has changed its name to Cybergy Partners Inc.

      In a statement, Cybergy Partners said it will remained focused "on providing products and services to build and protect the nation's critical information and energy infrastructure."

      The company says it…

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    16. Ascent Solar signs distribution deal with WYNIT unit for EnerPlex products

      Ascent Solar signs distribution deal with WYNIT unit for EnerPlex products

      Ascent Solar Technologies Inc. says it has entered into a distribution deal with Navarre, a unit of WYNIT Distribution LLC, for the Colorado solar-technology company's EnerPlex line of photovoltaic-powered consumer products. In Monday's announcement, Thornton-based Ascent said the deal is aimed at expanding its retail channel in North America. It noted Navarre's "long history of connecting brands and consumers through their partnership with well-known retailers.

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    17. Colorado is on the cutting edge of agriculture innovation, CSU study finds

      Colorado is on the cutting edge of agriculture innovation, CSU study finds

      Innovation positions Colorado's Front Range for growth in the agriculture and food system, according to a study Thursday from researchers at Colorado State University. The study found that published studies by Colorado ag researchers has increased by an average 3.25 percent per year between 1990 and 2012. And Colorado inventors have received 2,455 U.S. patents in agriculture and food production over the same period — an increase of 6.5 percent per year. The CSU study also looked at fundamental…

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    18. Historic Colorado frontier trading post to be recreated in Minecraft

      Historic Colorado frontier trading post to be recreated in Minecraft

      Bent's Old Fort, a replica of an 1830s-'40s trading post on the old Santa Fe Trail that is one of southeast Colorado's top tourist attractions, is about to be captured by 21st century technology. The nonprofit Immersive Education Initiative says the fort will be "reconstructed virtually in the video game Minecraft and also as a fully immersive 3D virtual reality ... environment.

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    19. CDOT summit to focus on the future of transportation

      CDOT summit to focus on the future of transportation

      The Colorado Department of Transportation first "Transportation Summit" in years is expected to draw about 400 people to the Westin Hotel downtown on Nov. 20 to discuss the business of transportation and the future of moving people around not only Denver, but the nation as well.

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    20. Denver Startup Week 2015 dates announced; a look back at 2014 (Slideshow)

      Denver Startup Week 2015 dates announced; a look back at 2014 (Slideshow)

      Next year's Denver Startup Week dates have been announced, with the week-long event meant to give area startups a set time to innovate, collaborate and celebrate to take place Sept. 28-Oct. 2. The five-day event this year took place from Sept. 15-19, and drew an estimated 7,800 startup community members and 700 companies to more than 180 events around the city. In 2013, an estimated 5,500 people and 650 companies participated in Denver Startup Week.

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    21. Colorado Eco Devo Commission offers $19M in incentives for more than 1,200 jobs

      Colorado Eco Devo Commission offers $19M in incentives for more than 1,200 jobs

      Continuing a months-long trend of major recruiting spends, the Colorado Economic Development Commission offered $19 million Thursday to eight companies that could create as many as 1,267 jobs in the state — including one whose CEO accepted the incentives on the spot and pronounced he would move his headquarters to Denver from San Francisco.

      Jason Fletcher, CEO of cloud-computing provider Granicus, said his company will create 221 new jobs over the next eight years as it relocates to Denver and…

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    22. Recondo Technology names CEO

      Recondo Technology names CEO

      Colorado health-care software company Recondo Technology Inc. has named Jay Deady as its CEO. Deady also will join the board of Greenwood Village-based Recondo. Ready previously was CEO of San Diego-based Awarepoint Corp., and also has held executive positions with Eclipsys, McKesson Provider Technologies, Cerner Corp. and ADAC Healthcare. He has 25 years of management experience in the healthcare IT industry, Recondo said in Monday's announcement.

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