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    1. Longmont to provide free NextLight to low-income schoolchildren

      Longmont to provide free NextLight to low-income schoolchildren

      A new program, “Sharing the NextLight” is helping low-income children have access to essential internet services. Sharing the NextLight provides a free NextLight connection to qualifying low-income Longmont families with children in the St. Vrain Valley Schools. The families would receive a free symmetrical 25-megabit connection to their home, along with a combined modem/ wireless router.

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    2. Radish CEO resigns to take position in Polis’ cabinet

      Radish CEO resigns to take position in Polis’ cabinet

      Theresa Szczurek, CEO of Boulder-based Radish Systems LLC, has stepped down from the position to take a high-profile job in the cabinet of Colorado Gov. Jared Polis. Szczurek assumed a position Jan. 9 as chief information officer/executive director of the Governor’s Office of Information Technology. In that role, she will lead more than 900 staff around the state, driving information-technology solutions and supporting state agencies.

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    3. Yonomi recognized as breakthrough IoT development tool

      Yonomi recognized as breakthrough IoT development tool

      Yonomi, an IoT platform that integrates smart home devices, was recognized as the “IoT Development Tool of the Year” by the IoT Breakthrough Awards. The IoT Breakthrough Awards recognize a select list of the top IoT companies and technologies. Yonomi is among names such as Sony, GE Appliances, Dell and Samsung. The Boulder-based IoT company provides turnkey software solutions for consumer IoT devices.

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    4. Innovate! Longmont receives state economic development designation

      Innovate! Longmont receives state economic development designation

      The Innovate! Longmont programs has been designated a North Metro Enterprise Zone Contribution Project by the Colorado Economic Development Commission. Projects with this designation encourage community participation and public/private partnerships resulting in job creation or retention and business expansion to revitalize Enterprise Zone areas, according to a Longmont Economic Development Partnership news release.

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    5. Boulder software developers look to grow apprenticeship program

      Boulder software developers look to grow apprenticeship program

      BOULDER  — A software development company is looking to close the talent gap in coding through a program to create more diverse developers. Techtonic Group Inc. is a software development firm, but over the past four years it has created an apprenticeship curriculum to train more people in coding and engineering. Unlike a boot camp, which requires students to pay around $20,000 to be trained over six months, Techtonic has developed an exclusive course where students are paid to learn.

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    6. National Center for Women & Information Technology awarded $4.1M

      National Center for Women & Information Technology awarded $4.1M

      The National Center for Women & Information Technology has received a $4.1 million grant from the Cognizant U.S. Foundation. Cognizant is a nonprofit focused on supporting STEM education and initiatives for workers and students. The grant will fund digital skills education programs and an awareness campaign to increase interest among women of all ages pursuing careers in technology.

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    7. Innosphere celebrates 20 years, seeks applicants for new cohort

      Innosphere celebrates 20 years, seeks applicants for new cohort

      Innosphere is seeking applicants for its first cohort of 2019. Innosphere is an incubator for high-impact science and technology companies in the startup and scaleup stages. The program focuses on ensuring that companies are investor-ready, connecting entrepreneurs to experienced mentors, making introductions to corporate partners and accelerating top-line revenue growth, among other necessary skills.

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    8. United launches new non-stop flights between DIA, European hub

      United launches new non-stop flights between DIA, European hub

      Starting in May 2019, United Airlines, Inc. will have a new non-stop route between Denver International Airport and Frankfurt, Germany, according to a airline news release. United’s new service between Denver and Frankfurt is the only nonstop service from Denver to Germany by a U.S. carrier and is the airline’s ninth flight between the United States and Frankfurt, the release said.

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    9. State soon to be epicenter of Blockchain real estate deals

      State soon to be epicenter of Blockchain real estate deals

      Colorado is likely to become the epicenter of the national transformation to Blockchain real estate and other commercial transactions, thanks to the election of Jared Polis as governor. Speakers at a session today detailing the impact of Blockchain on real estate, during the annual Boulder Valley Real Estate Conference organized by BizWest, said that Polis was the founder of the blockchain caucus in Washington, D.C., in his role as Colorado’s Second District U.S. representative.

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    10. Big tech companies drive changes in Boulder commercial real estate

      Big tech companies drive changes in Boulder commercial real estate

      Big tech companies are having a major impact on the Boulder commercial real estate market, with new leases creating intense competition for locally grown startups seeking office space, and with many of those startups turning to coworking spaces as a more affordable option. That was the consensus of the “Big Tech Settles In” session at the Boulder Valley Real Estate Conference & Forecast, held Thursday at the Embassy Suites hotel in Boulder.

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    11. Colorado metros make list of most innovative cities

      Colorado metros make list of most innovative cities

      Three Colorado metro areas have been ranked in the top 25 most innovative cities in the U.S. Boulder, Fort Collins-Loveland and Greeley all made the list, compiled by 24/7 Wall St. The ranking is based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the year 2015, the most recent year available. The ratings look at number of patents issued for 100,000 residents. Boulder ranks No. 4, with 260.2 patents filed per 100,000 residents in 2015.

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    12. Northern Colorado Economic Alliance chief to step down

      Northern Colorado Economic Alliance chief to step down

      Northern Colorado Economic Alliance CEO Andy Montgomery plans to leave his position at the end of the year. Montgomery joined the Loveland-based economic development agency as its first chief executive in 2016. He is stepping down to pursue a yet-to-be announced new business venture, he said. The alliance’s board is close to identifying a successor, he said. Montgomery said he will stay in his position beyond the end of the year if his replacement is not yet in place.

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    13. Greeley voters approve sales-tax measures, Erie says ‘yes’ to broadband

      Greeley voters approve sales-tax measures, Erie says ‘yes’ to broadband

      Weld County communities voted on a variety of sales-tax and other measures Tuesday. Greeley voters overwhelmingly supported an extension of a 0.30 percent sales tax for streets. Ballot measure 2O — dubbed the Quality of Life measure — received 15,763 votes in favor and 7,611 against, or 67.44 percent to 32.56 percent. The measure was first approved in 2002 for recreational and cultural improvements.

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    14. Silicon Flatirons to search for new director as Weiser becomes AG

      Silicon Flatirons to search for new director as Weiser becomes AG

      Silicon Flatirons has announced it will start the search for a new executive director in January; its founder and current executive director Phil Weiser was elected to be the state’s attorney general. Weiser led the group, which promotes technology and innovation in Colorado, for 19 years. Silicon Flatirons’ mission has been to support entrepreneurs, elevate policy discussions and prepare students for careers in technology policy and entrepreneurship.

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