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Coal is fading in northwest Colorado. The region is betting its economic future on another natural resource.

DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT — The 10 rafts are secured to the banks of the Green River. The tents are up. The sun is setting over the sandstone canyon walls. As 30 rafters dig into steaming bowls of chili, it’s time to start planning for the future. How can northwest Colorado entice and manage visitors, protect […]

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Colorado’s Sierra Nevada plans to develop commercial space station and serve space tourists

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems division has spent years developing habitats for life in Earth’s orbit and the vehicle to get people there. On Wednesday, the aerospace contractor announced plans to put the two together and build a space station.  Sierra Nevada’s station will be a commercial successor to NASA’s soon-to-be retired International Space Station. […]

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First the trade war, now the coronavirus. Jefferson County gets new tool to tackle international trade

With the ongoing woes of an international trade war and now a global pandemic brewing, Dino Dardano, president of Hestra Gloves, is ready to try a new tool available to him as a business in Jefferson County: foreign trade zones. The county became the latest Colorado community awarded the special designation, which lets businesses postpone […]

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From cleaning toilets to Congress, Betsy Markey is now leading Colorado’s renewed focus on small business

After Betsy Markey moved her young family to Fort Collins in 1995, she felt stir crazy. She and her husband had relocated from Maryland, where the technology company they founded was running smoothly and pretty much independently. That life didn’t really need her anymore. So she bought a little coffee shop in Old Town Fort […]

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First-ever Techstars Startup Week on the Western Slope pushes innovation, investment off the Front Range

EAGLE — Justin Bradshaw and Mark Roebke knew where they wanted to be: close to the ski hills and trails in a riverside mountain town. They just had to convince investors that Colorado’s West Slope was the perfect place to anchor their global technology company. The entrepreneurs who founded Rever — the Eagle-based motorcycle navigation […]

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Another push for Colorado blockchain law has more than token support

Update March 6, 2019: Gov. Jared Polis signed SB19-023 into law. Read the final law here. In one of the more dramatic endings during the last legislative session, a bill aimed at putting Colorado at the forefront of blockchain policy passed by a single vote.  But, moments later, it failed after some lawmakers changed their […]

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Amazon didn’t pick Denver for its HQ2, but the company is not leaving Colorado empty-handed

Welp, it’s official. Denver didn’t get Amazon’s second headquarters, the 50,000 “high-paying” jobs, the $5 billion in investment or the major economic windfall — or massive headache, depending on whom you ask. Amazon notified the public in a news release at around 8 a.m. Mountain time, or roughly 12 hours after The Wall Street Journal said […]