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    1. Both ballot initiatives to increase Colorado transportation funding crash

      Both ballot initiatives to increase Colorado transportation funding crash

      Given two opportunities to pump funding into Colorado’s congested and cracking transportation system, voters passed on both Tuesday, leaving the state still searching in vain for a new source of revenue for highways and transit. Statewide voters rejected Proposition 110 — a 0.62-cent, 20-year sales-tax hike that would have produced nearly $22 billion in revenues and funded repayment of a $6 billion bond issue for state highway expansion — by a margin of roughly 60 percent to 40 percent.

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    2. Democrats recapture Colorado Senate, now hold complete power at Capitol

      Democrats recapture Colorado Senate, now hold complete power at Capitol

      Colorado Democrats will hold all three levers of power at the state Capitol for the first time since 2014 after winning back the state Senate from Republicans and holding the Colorado House and governor’s office on Thursday. Democrats flipped two Republican-held Senate seats in the Denver area while holding all of the heavily contested seats they controlled, giving them a 19-16 advantage in the upper chamber of the Legislature for the 2019 session.

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    3. Democrat Jared Polis elected next Colorado governor

      Democrat Jared Polis elected next Colorado governor

      Democratic Congressman Jared Polis won a significant victory over Republican Treasurer Walker Stapleton Tuesday to become Colorado’s next governor, a result that puts a successful businessman and entrepreneur into the top state office but worries company leaders particularly in the oil/gas and health-care sectors because of his promises to re-imagine how the state operates in those crucial areas.

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    4. Denver area has some of the top 'digital cities' in the U.S.

      Denver area has some of the top 'digital cities' in the U.S.

      The city and county of Denver rank No. 4 among large cities on a list of the top digital cities in the U.S. for 2018. The list was put together by the Center for Digital Government, a research and advisory institute on information and technology policies based in Folsom, California. Westminster ranks No. 1 in the 75,000-124,999 population category; Boulder ranks No. 3 and Pueblo ranks No. 5. Fort Collins ranks No. 5 in the 125,000-249,999 population category. 

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    5. Report: Amazon will split HQ2 into two locations

      Report: Amazon will split HQ2 into two locations

      Amazon.com Inc. plans to split its second headquarters between two locations rather than picking one site. The Seattle-based e-commerce and cloud computing company is weighing evenly distributing its needs for up to 50,000 employees among the two areas, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing an unidentified person familiar with the matter. The company has not made a final decision on which two it will pick, but a decision could come as early as this week.

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    6. Colorado blockchain council drafting two bills, considering fintech regulatory sandbox

      Colorado blockchain council drafting two bills, considering fintech regulatory sandbox

      The Colorado Council for the Advancement of Blockchain Technology is in the process of drafting two bills to help spur innovation in the blockchain industry. “The goal is to create incentives and to not make it difficult to use cryptocurrency to use goods and services,” Snell and Wilmer lawyer Eric Kintner said. Kitner is a member of the Council for the Advancement of Blockchain Technology, which Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper created in June.

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    7. Hickenlooper proposes $31B budget that would impact college tuition, job-training tax credits

      Hickenlooper proposes $31B budget that would impact college tuition, job-training tax credits

      In his final budget proposal, Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday rolled out a financial plan for the 2019-20 fiscal year that seeks to build on his past economic-development accomplishments and to build opportunities through new initiative like a one-year tuition freeze and a boost in workforce-development tax credits.

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    8. Polis, Stapleton plot ways to improve workforce development in Colorado

      Polis, Stapleton plot ways to improve workforce development in Colorado

      During the first gubernatorial debate, Democrat Jared Polis raised some eyebrows by acknowledging he agreed with Republican nominee Walker Stapleton on a lot of Stapleton’s plan to address workforce development. But while the kumbaya moment was a nice one in the otherwise contentious Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce/Denver Business Journal debate, it also glossed over the differing approaches to the subject that the hopefuls will take.

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    9. CU Denver is Colorado's only CIBER school. Here's what that means for business.

      CU Denver is Colorado's only CIBER school. Here's what that means for business.

      U Denver just received $1.28 million in federal funding to remain a Center for International Business Education and Research, or CIBER. That makes it one of just 15 CIBERs in the nation, and one of the top three when considering total grants received. But what is a CIBER, and what does it mean for Colorado? Denver Business Journal asked CIBER faculty leader and Associate Professor of International Business Manuel Serapio to lay it out.

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    10. Bird, Lime hit with class-action lawsuit

      Bird, Lime hit with class-action lawsuit

      Accusing the startups of “gross negligence,” a class-action lawsuit has been filed against Bird Rides Inc., LimeBike and other companies involved in the proliferation of shared electric scooters. The complaint, filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court and spotted by The Washington Post, accuses the defendants of “aiding and abetting assault” by contributing to injuries sustained from collisions with the scooters.

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    11. Another Bay Area tech company has growth plans for its Denver office

      Another Bay Area tech company has growth plans for its Denver office

      Add Sumo Logic to the ring of Silicon Valley tech companies growing their Denver offices. The data analytics software maker opened its Denver office in 2015 with three people and has since expanded to 35 employees in an office at 17th and Arapahoe. The company plans to hit at least 50 employees in the next two years, said Chris Bowman, who leads the Denver office.

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    12. Philly firm to open 18,000-square-foot esports arena in Lakewood

      Philly firm to open 18,000-square-foot esports arena in Lakewood

      N3rd Street Gamers, the Philadelphia-based operators of an esports venue in the Northern Liberties section of that city for semiprofessional and amateur gamers, unveiled plans to open an esports arena next month in Colorado. The company is hopeful the 18,000-square-feet area in Lakewood near Denver will attract the largest names in the esports industry to the Rocky Mountain region. 

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    13. More scooters spin into Denver, but with a twist

      More scooters spin into Denver, but with a twist

      Hundreds more e-scooters are hitting Denver's sidewalks today, but the company is taking a markedly different approach than its rivals. Some might even call it a charm offensive. San Francisco-based Spin has approval from the city to deploy 350 scooters — the maximum allowed by law, and the same number competitors Lyft, Lime and Bird are each currently said to have scooting around Denver. But rather than flood the zone, Spin says it wants to ensure it understands the market before unleashing its full fleet. It's also making an effort to appeal to consumers, government and even bike-lane proponents.

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