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    1. Colorado's a pilot region for Obama administration's TechHire job-training push

      Colorado's a pilot region for Obama administration's TechHire job-training push

      Colorado is among 21 regions chosen by the Obama administration as pilot areas for improving technology workforce development through public-private partnerships. The TechHire program, unveiled by the White House Monday, will work with a local coalition including the Colorado Technology Association, the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment, and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).

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    2. A Colorado company you've heard of and one you haven't make Fast Company's most-innovative list

      A Colorado company you've heard of and one you haven't make Fast Company's most-innovative list

      A great big Colorado company and an itty-bitty one share spots in Fast Company magazine's new report of the world's most innovative companies. At the risk of sounding like an Academy Awards presenter introduction: One company connects millions of people to satellite TV and is working hard to disrupt the pay-TV business; the other makes socks. Douglas County-based Dish Network Corp. and Boulder-based XOAB share the honor. XOAB is one of 10 Kickstarter-backed startup companies in Fast Company's…

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    3. Colorado legislators back data center tax breaks — for now

      Colorado legislators back data center tax breaks — for now

      Colorado business leaders' efforts to attract more data centers to Colorado received wide-ranging support in the Legislature on Thursday, though even the staunchest supporters of the push questioned whether there will be enough money in the state budget to turn those efforts into law.

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    4. Colorado data centers tax-break proposal faces many hurdles

      Colorado data centers tax-break proposal faces many hurdles

      Colorado business leaders who are pushing a tax break to attract data centers will have to navigate a changed legislative landscape this year in which the bill is being met with skepticism.

      That skepticism comes not only from its traditional liberal opponents, but from some Republicans who question whether more industry-specific tax credits are appropriate.

      House Bill 1158 — sponsored by a powerful bipartisan team made up of House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, and House Speaker…

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    5. Charter Communications Englewood research facility complete

      Charter Communications Englewood research facility complete

      The 85,000-square-foot, $25.5 million Charter Communications Inc.'s research-and-development facility in Englewood is complete, according to the project's developer, The Opus Group. The flex industrial building is located in the Compark Business Campus near C-470 and Interstate 25. Colorado competed with Missouri for the facility, eventually winning out in April 2014 after the Colorado Economic Development Commission offered nearly $900,000 in tax credits to Charter (Nasdaq: CHTR) in return for…

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    6. Denver's iTriage asks you to take the quiz, test your health knowledge

      Denver's iTriage asks you to take the quiz, test your health knowledge

      Denver innovator iTriage on Tuesday launched a website aimed at improving the low health literacy of Americans. "Health literacy," as defined by the 7-year-old health care technology company, is the degree to which people can acquire and comprehend the basic information they need to make good decisions regarding their health.

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    7. MWH Global's consulting business spins off as Hawksley Consulting

      MWH Global's consulting business spins off as Hawksley Consulting

      MWH Global is spinning off its business consulting business, but it's not going very far. Hawksley Consulting, a new, wholly-owned subsidiary of MWH, will have its headquarters in Broomfield, where MWH is based. Dan McConville, a 20-year veteran of MWH, was named Hawksley's first president. Hawksley will start with a group of about 50 to 60 MWH employees in the United States, McConville said in an interview with the Denver Business Journal.

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    8. WorldRemit lands $100M in venture financing to accelerate Denver hiring

      WorldRemit lands $100M in venture financing to accelerate Denver hiring

      WorldRemit, a London-based money-transfer company that has plans to add 218 employees in downtown Denver per the next five years, has received a $100 million round of venture financing. The company provides website and mobile apps that allow people to send and transfer money internationally more easily. It opened its U.S. headquarters in Denver in December. There are currently 10 employees working there.

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    9. Denver a top 10 city for IT job growth

      Denver a top 10 city for IT job growth

      Denver is ranked among 10 "hot cities for IT pros in 2015" by InformationWeek. The business-technology news outlet used data for the year ending in January from tech jobs site Dice.com to compare markets with at least 500 information-technology job listings. "Recruiters at both Eliassen and Mondo picked Denver among their hottest IT hiring markets so far in 2015," the report says.

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    10. 10 entrepreneurs, 10 health care problems, 10 days to find solutions

      10 entrepreneurs, 10 health care problems, 10 days to find solutions

      For 10 years or so, early-career entrepreneurs have come together at events like startup camps and small-business incubator meetings to try to get a venture off the ground. But Tom Higley — who has started six companies and worked as CEO of two others over the past 20 years — muses that no efforts have been made to bring together proven entrepreneurs to find market-based solutions to societal problems. As of Tuesday, however, Higley is taking on that effort himself.

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    11. 25-acre tech park anchored by Mikron Group planned in Arapahoe County

      25-acre tech park anchored by Mikron Group planned in Arapahoe County

      A 25-acre technology park anchored by Swiss machining and automation manufacturing company The Mikron Group will break ground Tuesday in unincorporated Arapahoe County near Dove Valley Regional Park. Potomac Technology Park, a $16 million development, will include a 70,000-square-foot build-to-suit office and flex industrial building for Mikron Automation, which will relocate and expand its operations from Aurora. Mikron is based in Biel, Switzerland, and has locations all over the world.

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    12. One Denver company picked to make its pitch in Houston

      One Denver company picked to make its pitch in Houston

      A single Denver company has been chosen to participate in the Houston-based Hatch Pitch competition for early-stage technology companies. More than 200 companies from across the world applied for the chance to take part, according to the Houston Business Journal. The idea behind the competition is to draw attention to startups outside Silicon Valley.

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    13. Which Coloradan made the Upstart 100?

      Which Coloradan made the Upstart 100?

      Jared Polis — the Colorado congressman, entrepreneur and philanthropist — has been named to Upstart Business Journal's first-ever Upstart 100 list of intriguing people driving the new economy. The Boulder Democrat represents Colorado's 2nd Congressional District in Congress and has been at the center of the debate of regulation of oil and gas activities in Colorado. Before joining Congress in 2009, Polis was a founder of e-commerce businesses — greeting-card website BlueMountain.com and online…

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    14. 2 Colorado cities named among top 10 innovative tech hubs (Slideshow)

      2 Colorado cities named among top 10 innovative tech hubs (Slideshow)

      Innovation and entrepreneurship thrive in Colorado — so much so that a new study says that two Colorado cities are among America's 10 most innovative tech hubs. The cities are among eight in the western U.S. that the report, from financial website NerdWallet, named as places where the impact of tech funding, innovation and startup activity are the strongest. Only two on the East Coast made the list. Click the image above to view the top 10 innovative hubs for startups, including what the study…

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    15. Colorado job report pinpoints sectors with most future growth

      Colorado job report pinpoints sectors with most future growth

      The construction, healthcare, finance and information technology sectors are projected to have the highest growth rates in the coming years in Colorado, according to the 2015 Job Skills Report released Monday.

      The report, compiled annually by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, uses data from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to analyze degree programs offered by state public and private institutions, as well as…

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    16. NRG Energy, SunShare sign Colorado community solar deal

      NRG Energy, SunShare sign Colorado community solar deal

      Denver's SunShare, a community solar power developer, has teamed up with a deep-pocketed partner, a subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc., to finance and build about 10 megawatts of new community solar power projects in Denver and Colorado Springs.

      The projects are capable of supplying enough power to support 1,600 homes for 20 years, says SunShare, which is partnering with NRG Renew, a subsidiary of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) that owns or has partial investment in some 150 renewable energy projects totaling…

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    17. TechStars raises large startup investment fund

      TechStars raises large startup investment fund

      TechStars CEO and angel investor David Cohen has his $150 million venture fund to invest in startups and growing tech businesses. Cohen announced Wednesday that he's raised the $150 million TechStars Ventures Fund. It's intended to make seed-stage and Series A investments, largely in companies in the tech startup accelerator bootcamps that Boulder-based TechStars holds in the U.S. and Europe. It's not clear what limited partners put money into the TechStars fund. "It's a small group of some of…

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    18. Denver cloud technology startup raises $3.9M VC investment

      Denver cloud technology startup raises $3.9M VC investment

      Dizzion, a Denver-based maker of virtual computer technologies for businesses, has raised $3.9 million in venture capital, an investment that will help the company double its staffing in coming months. The series A investment was led by Grotech Ventures, a Vienna, Virginia-based firm with a Denver presence, and Access Venture Partners, based in Westminster. Point B Capital, Correlation Ventures and Service Provider Capital also participated in the round.

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    19. NexGen Storage re-emerges from SanDisk to be independent startup again

      NexGen Storage re-emerges from SanDisk to be independent startup again

      A data storage company acquired in a high-profile $119 million deal in 2013 is back as an independent, growing company. NexGen Storage Inc., based in Louisville, spun out Jan. 8 from being "buried in the depths of a big corporation," co-founder John Spiers said. It has plans to hire dozens of people in coming months as it again tries to claim a chunk of the $30 billion data storage hardware market. "At the end of the day, it all turned out great for us," said Spiers, NexGen's CEO. "The founding…

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    20. Events-app maker Veuvent relocates from Colorado to Texas

      Events-app maker Veuvent relocates from Colorado to Texas

      Vuevent Inc., a Boulder-based company that developed a mobile application designed to enable users to both find and monitor events such as concerts, has relocated to Austin, Texas. Vuevent, which was founded in 2013, moved to Austin last week so the startup could test its effectiveness in a better place than Boulder, CEO Brenton Shafer told the Austin Business Journal Friday in an interview. The company employs 11 workers, six of whom are based in Austin. "Austin is just a little bigger market…

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    21. 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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