The blighted Diagonal Plaza, located in the Opportunity Zone in Boulder, designated under the 2017 Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. The Opportunity Zones program seeks to lure private capital into distressed neighborhoods in exchange for big tax breaks. (Jonathan Castner, Special to The Colorado Sun)

The massive GOP tax bill created a powerful incentive to invest in distressed communities — including one in Boulder

Investors are already comparing Opportunity Zone funds to “Apple stock,” but it remains to be seen how the program would actually benefit the areas designated

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Thousands of teachers applied to Colorado’s new educator loan forgiveness program. But only 100 spots are available.

The Colorado Department of Higher Education is granting loan forgiveness of up to $5,000 each year for five years. Will that draw more people into rural classrooms and help the state overcome its teacher shortage?

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Rural Colorado sees more broadband options coming online. But getting up to speed is taking longer than anticipated in some areas.

The expansion goes nicely with the state’s goal to get rural Colorado up to speed -- to 92% by June from 87% today