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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Colorado's 'Amazon tax' upheld by federal appeals court

      Colorado's 'Amazon tax' upheld by federal appeals court

      A U.S. federal appeals court has reversed a lower court's ruling and ruled in favor of the state of Colorado and its implementation of a controversial "Amazon tax."

      The "Amazon tax" requires online retailers to keep track of how much sales tax should be paid by Colorado residents for their purchases of more than $500; a move that was opposed by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), which insisted that online companies without a physical presence in the state, such as Amazon.com, shouldn't be required…

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    5. DigitalGlobe teams with Saudis on new satellite fleet

      DigitalGlobe teams with Saudis on new satellite fleet

      DigitalGlobe Inc. has reached an agreement with a Saudi Arabian partner to build a fleet of small satellites that the Westminster-based company will use for its orbital earth-imaging business. Monday's announcement comes as DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI) faces the prospect of new competition from companies using less expensive small-satellite technology. Those new entrants may include an offshoot of Google, which has been a steady DigitalGlobe imagery customer.

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    6. Hancock unveils 3-year eco-devo push to help startups, entrepreneurs

      Hancock unveils 3-year eco-devo push to help startups, entrepreneurs

      Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and the city's Office of Economic Development are announcing a three-year project for economic development that includes a new loan fund for Denver startups, launching an academy for entrepreneurs to share ideas, and establishing a retail incubator for immigrant entrepreneurs to manufacture, market and sell goods. The project unveiled Monday is part of JumpStart, the city’s economic development plan, now in its fifth year.

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    7. DU studies short-term rental impact ahead of city council proposal

      DU studies short-term rental impact ahead of city council proposal

      Short-term rentals, currently the subject of proposed changes in the city of Denver, contribute millions to the local economy, according to a new study from DU.

      Researchers at the university's school of hospitality management conducted a study of VRBO users in Denver and have estimated that short-term rentals bring in approximately $13.6 million in rents per year and that visitors who stay in the units spend another $21.3 million beyond rent and transportation, although that number was lower than…

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    8. Denver's great but can improve, say entrepreneurs at DDP forum

      Denver's great but can improve, say entrepreneurs at DDP forum

      Nothing drives Bryan Leach, founder and CEO of Ibotta Inc., crazier than seeing national beer commercials that show off the cold, snowy Rocky Mountains. When he is trying to woo talent from San Francisco and San Jose, that image of frozen tundra is one he fights. "There is this notion that Denver is all lifestyle all the time," he said. "We ski, yes. But we are trying to build world-class organizations.

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    9. Twitter planning expansion in Boulder

      Twitter planning expansion in Boulder

      Twitter Inc. reportedly plans to double its Boulder workforce, adding 100 employees, and moving this fall into a new home under construction at 1301 Walnut St. The Denver Post reported that Twitter will lease 30,000 square feet in the top two floors of the Wencel Building, currently under construction. The expansion effort comes less than two years after Twitter paid $134 million to buy Gnip Inc., the Boulder tech company that lets clients analyze the bulk content of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube,…

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    10. Virgin America to open 100-worker customer center in metro Denver

      Virgin America to open 100-worker customer center in metro Denver

      Ahead of its launch of nonstop flights between Denver and San Francisco in mid-March, Virgin America plans to open a "customer contact" call center in metro Denver staffed by 100 workers. The airline also said it will hire about 40 new workers in the Denver area -- including ticketers, baggage handlers and others -- to support its operations at Denver International Airport.

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    11. Level 3 names new executive for North America, Asia operations

      Level 3 names new executive for North America, Asia operations

      Level 3 Communications Inc. has named Laurinda Pang to be the telecom's new regional president for North America and Asia-Pacific, the company's largest geographic unit. Pang has served in various executive rolls at the Broomfield-based company (NYSE: LVLT) and previously at Global Crossing, which Level 3 bought in 2011. She most recently had been executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Level 3.

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    12. Texas technology company makes Denver home

      Texas technology company makes Denver home

      A Texas technology business has made Denver its main location for job growth, hiring a couple dozen employees and poaching a pair of executives from another tech business.

      Apto launched in Houston making business management and lead-generation software for the commercial real estate industry.

      It quietly opened a software development office in Denver in mid-2014, but found hiring here so fruitful, Denver became the company’s focus for both technology development and sales.

      The expertise Apto…

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    13. Fast Company names Colorado company among world's 50 most innovative

      Fast Company names Colorado company among world's 50 most innovative

      Vail Resorts Inc. (NYSE: MTN) is the only Colorado corporation named to Fast Company’s list of the 50 most innovative companies in the world.

      The business magazine cited several of the Broomfield-based ski resort’s programs, including:

      The Epic Season Pass, which connects Vail’s properties in the Rocky Mountain West, California, the Midwest and Australia as a way to attract destination travelers. EpicMix, an app that allows skiers and snowboarders to track and share their routes and to earn…

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    14. Denver eco-devo office helped add, keep jobs, report says

      Denver eco-devo office helped add, keep jobs, report says

      Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is touting a solid year of economic growth in the city, with more than 4,000 jobs created in 2015.

      The numbers are in the Denver Office of Economic Development Annual Report, released Thursday, which also says that the Denver's OED had a hand in helping retain 3,076 jobs and adding 628 affordable housing units.

      “Denver is experiencing one of the most dynamic times in our city’s history and, in 2015, we turned ambitious plans into reality,” Hancock says in his…

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    15. CEO seeks to tap big growth of influence marketing

      CEO seeks to tap big growth of influence marketing

      Promise Phelon came to Boulder nine months ago to infuse some Silicon Valley energy to the tech startup she heads, heightening its ambitions and kick-starting its growth. Recruited to be CEO of TapInfluence Inc., Phelon has pushed the fast-growing marketing technology company to be a more data-intensive and user-driven business, and she trying to create a culture capable of explosive success in Boulder.

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    16. CDOT, with mountains of info to sort through, seeks 1st chief data officer

      CDOT, with mountains of info to sort through, seeks 1st chief data officer

      The growing mass of data available to the Colorado Department of Transportation has the state agency on the lookout for a new kind of executive: a chief data officer.

      The department is following in the footsteps of the U.S. Department of Transportation, which hired its first chief data officer in the summer of 2014.

      Colorado “is one of the first” states to create to create the role, said CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford.

      The position, details of which which can be seen here, was posted on Monday.…

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