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The Green Book helped Black travelers navigate the U.S. Now two women are creating a modern version in Colorado.

The first time Crystal Egli went hunting with a private instructor, she was terrified. Her fear of guns compounded her discomfort of being in rural areas.  Egli, a Black woman, tried to explain her viewpoint to her mentor, a white man. “It’s not that I’m certain rural communities are racist. It’s that I have no […]

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Colorado will get at least $100 million, possibly $1 billion, from infrastructure bill to end digital divide

Colorado’s efforts to end its rural digital divide could finally happen with the $1 trillion U.S. infrastructure bill, currently awaiting President Joe Biden’s signature.  At least $100 million for broadband infrastructure will end up in Colorado, but it could be much more, said Tony Neal-Graves, chief information officer and executive director of the Colorado Office […]

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Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans qualify for a $50 broadband internet credit. So why aren’t they seizing it?

A $50 credit on monthly internet service could mean the difference between having broadband and not having internet at all. But from the looks of federal data, there hasn’t been much interest in claiming the money made available by the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. The program launched in May and provides low-income consumers up to […]

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Where have Colorado’s workers gone? Some say: “We’re still here. Hire us!”

THORNTON — Ground zero for what’s happening to Colorado’s labor market may as well be right here, in Amazon’s 2.4 million-square-foot warehouse where employees work alongside orange 320-pound robots.  The mechanical creatures look like massive robotic vacuum cleaners. But instead of lifting dirt, each robot can lift yellow storage pods filled with random products and […]

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What’s Working: Need a job? Tech companies are hiring in Colorado as a pre-pandemic labor crunch continues

Long before COVID-19 and the ensuing labor crisis, the Colorado technology industry faced its own tight labor market. Four years ago, when Colorado’s unemployment rate was 2.3%, a local manager at job recruiter Robert Half told me that for some tech jobs the rate was even lower — more like 1%. Nineteen months into COVID, […]

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A rural Colorado school district is spending $3 million to connect kids’ homes to the internet. Will it be enough?

SAN LUIS — Tucked in a canyon deep in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo mountains, Kimba Rael’s home doesn’t always get cell service or a stable connection to the internet. “It’s a ‘dead zone,’” said Rael, principal of Centennial School District R-1 in San Luis near Colorado’s southern border. One of the few live spots where […]

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A former DU student launched an app to change charitable giving. Now he hopes to turn it into the next big social media platform.

Nearly three years ago, Reyn Aubrey abandoned his business studies at the University of Denver to launch a digital application called PocketChange, which reimagined charitable giving by offering individuals the power to turn online inspiration into small, instant donations. He thought he was thinking big. But on second thought, he wasn’t thinking big enough. The […]

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Cows on Bluetooth: Your grandpa’s dairy farm is long gone. Meet the farm of the future.

FORT MORGAN — The necklace attached to No. 36911 tracks her every move. The black-and-white Holstein, backed up to a milking machine on a hot June day in a breezy barn, is on Bluetooth, just like the rest of the 4,500 dairy cows at Quail Ridge Dairy southeast of Fort Morgan.  The wireless transponder dangling […]

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What’s Working: The benefits of employing remote workers living in Colorado’s rural communities

The list of employers snubbing Colorado residents for remote work opportunities continues to grow over at ColoradoExcluded.com, the site where Commerce City software engineer Aaron Batilo is posting job listings he finds — or are sent to him — to document an unintended result of Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.  Some companies just […]