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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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