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Colorado’s tech industry drives state’s economy

It would be difficult to overstate the importance of the technology sector to the Colorado economy. From aerospace companies in Jefferson County to Internet firms along the Boulder Flatirons, from clean-tech companies in Northern Colorado to software developers in LoDo, technology-based companies have found a welcome home in the Centennial State. All told, tech accounts […]

State builds on image as high-tech hub

The days when Colorado was considered solely an energy economy are long gone. Now, the state is nationally known as a high-tech hub, with Boulder, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and the Denver metro area all hosting high-tech industry clusters. The top high-tech industries in the state are aerospace, aviation, beverage production, bioscience, broadcasting and telecommunications, […]

Telecom firms thrive in a Rocky Mountain high

Level 3 Communications started out small, spinning off from an Omaha, Neb.-based construction company in 1998. Back then, it was installing fiber optics for other telecommunication companies. Today, it is an $8 billion global telecom company, serving 60 countries worldwide. It has 10 million fiber miles and 50,000 global customers — and is just one […]

New Springs center a catalyst for startups

The opening of the Catalyst Center in Colorado Springs last month raised some eyebrows in the startup community across the state, although by most measures Boulder still remains the envy of most of the nation in this regard. The Springs campus, a string of three buildings near downtown, is anchored by the remodeled Sante Fe […]

Electronics firm: EE Times to stay straight as an Arrow

When a Fortune 150 company has been around for more than 80 years, you can bet it has seen its share of major product changes, along with raising a few eyebrows along the way. So it appeared to be last month with Arrow Electronics Inc., when it announced the signing of an agreement to acquire […]

Inside job

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ever since the Internet blossomed in the 1990s, cybersecurity was built on the idea that computers could be protected by a digital quarantine. Now, as hackers routinely overwhelm such defenses, experts say cybersecurity is beyond due an overhaul. Their message: Neutralize attackers once they’re inside networks rather than fixating on […]

To combat fraud, Visa wants to track your smartphone

NEW YORK (AP) — Those days of calling your bank to let them know that, yes, you really are in Thailand, and yes, you really did use your credit card to buy $200 in sarongs, may be coming to an end. The payment processing company Visa will roll out a new feature this spring that […]

To find gas leaks, CSU team Googles ’em

FORT COLLINS – For Colorado State University biology professor Joe von Fischer, work is a gas. Methane gas, to be exact. For the third year, Fischer and his CSU team are studying data fed to them from devices they developed through grants from the Environmental Defense Fund to measure how much methane is leaking from […]

Ahead of the White House

Since President Obama outlined a plan in November to spur broadband competition while safeguarding “net neutrality” – helping ensure that no one company can act as a gatekeeper to digital content and the speed at which it’s delivered – many communities across the country have begun considering whether and how to meet the challenge. In […]

Colorado’s fledgling digital health industry luring new cash

Colorado’s more than 100 digital-health companies ranked sixth nationwide for attracting venture capital in 2014, and projections indicate the trend will continue as investors become more familiar with what these companies can do. Venture funding for digital health-care companies is expected to double in the United States over the next three years, luring investors with […]

Holding pattern

The drone industry in Colorado is temporarily banned from American skies as it awaits clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to take to the skies. The economic impact to the state could reach $232 million within a couple of years once the FAA submits regulations and they are approved, according to a report released by […]

Cellular legacies

As the global market around umbilical cord blood stem cell treatments reaches well into the billions of dollars annually, the University of Colorado has taken a pioneering step of sorts by expanding its own cord blood banking services into the private realm. ClinImmune Labs, a company owned by CU and housed at the school’s Anschutz […]

Manufacturing Renaissance

LONGMONT – Until two years ago, Front Range Community College had no machinist shops to teach students the skills needed to work in cutting-edge high tech factories. Another casualty of America’s decline in manufacturing, the school’s last machine shop in Fort Collins closed in 2008 due to a lack of jobs – and a lack […]


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  • Open Door Brewing gets ready to open tap room in Prospect New Town

    LONGMONT — Open Door Brewing Co. is almost ready to open a tap room in Prospect New Town at the southern edge of Longmont. Owners and cousins Andy Riedel and Billy McDivitt expect to have a soft opening in about 10 days and hold a grand-opening celebration March 24. The 1,500-square-foot tap room is being constructed at 2030 Ionosphere St., a space the company is leasing. With the building being new construction, the brewers have been able to tailor the space to their needs. It will seat about 175, with about 50 of those on a rooftop patio and another 12 in an outdoor garden on the ground floor. McDivitt said the roof-top patio provides unobstructed views of the Flatirons in Boulder and Longs Peak and Mount Meeker to the west. The tap room will have about 12 taps, featuring Open Door’s three main brews — Short Arm, Over the Moon and Libertas — along with seasonal brews and others from local brewers. McDivitt said eventually it will add ciders, wines and mead to the lineup. Open Door will sell snacks, but with Prospect New Town having several restaurants, McDivitt said food from the outside can be brought in, and he plans to work deals with food trucks as another option. Open Door brews its beer in Denver at contract brewery Sleeping Giant Brewing Co. McDivitt said the tap room has been designed to handle brewing tanks, but he said it probably will be a year before they start brewing onsite. Open Door was founded in 2014 and began brewing beer in 2015, producing about 160 barrels in 2016.  It sells the beer to about 60 liquor stores and restaurants in Longmont, Boulder, Superior, Erie, Lafayette, Louisville and the Denver metro area.  

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    An architectural rendering shows Open Door Brewing Co.’s tap room in Longmont that it will open in March.

  • FirstBank posts net income of $190.6M for 2016

    LAKEWOOD – FirstBank, Colorado’s second-largest bank, reported net income of $190.6 million for 2016, a 7.2 percent increase compared with 2015. FirstBank operates more than 120 locations in Colorado, Arizona and California. It has branches all along the Front Range, including Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley, Broomfield, Longmont, Louisville, Loveland and Windsor. As of Dec. 31, FirstBank’s total assets grew to $17 billion, an increase of 9.6 percent, total deposits increased to $15.4 billion, up 9.7 percent, and net loans totaled $9.5 billion, an increase of 9.3 percent compared to the same period in 2015. FirstBank also donated more than $4 million to 809 nonprofit organizations across Colorado, Arizona and California, bringing its charitable donation total to $57 million since 2000. “Last year was significant for FirstBank in many ways. Beyond our year-over-year growth, we opened our new headquarters, hired over 600 employees and continued to enhance our products and services,” said Jim Reuter, who became FirstBank’s chief executive on Feb. 1, replacing John Ikard, who retired. In recognition of its charitable efforts, FirstBank received the 2016 Corporate Citizenship award from Gov. John Hickenlooper for being one of the most philanthropic organizations in Colorado and in recognition of several initiatives, including founding Colorado Gives Day, implementing its Employee Volunteer Program and making significant contributions to Colorado-based charities.

  • Windsor, Weld County establish shared development standards

    WINDSOR — Weld County and the town of Windsor have finalized an agreement for a set of common development standards that will be used for unincorporated areas of the county that are on the outskirts of the town’s limits. The proposed standards will make sure that development within the town’s growth-management area is consistent with the county and town’s desires regarding site access, screening, lighting, signs and paving materials. Site access refers to shared access points or other mutually approved alternatives to the adjacent county road to avoid multiple driveways onto future arterial roads. Screening pertains to developers proposing outdoor storage and/or nonresidential uses that may have negative impacts on neighboring residential properties within 1,000 feet. Those structures will need to be screened from view by opaque fencing, earth berms, dense landscaping, hardscaping or any combination. Opaque fencing as defined in the standards won’t include chain-link fencing with slats. All lighting fixtures, including wall-pack lighting and other service area and security lighting, shall be mounted so that light is directed downward.  Light sources shall be concealed or shielded to minimize up-light, spill-light, glare and unnecessary diffusion on neighboring properties. Freestanding signs shall meet a minimum setback distance of 15 feet from the property line and are encouraged to be mounted on a monument base. Pole-mounted signs are prohibited.  Signs will not exceed 16 feet in height or 72 square feet per side of sign. All parking lots and driveways that are designed to be used for employee, visitor or customer parking with direct access to a town street shall be paved with asphalt, concrete or other material mutually approved by the county and town. All parking lots and driveways shall include an approved method of tracking control to prevent tracking of mud and debris onto town streets. “Completing this agreement with Windsor is a great step toward working together on development,” said Weld County commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer, coordinator for the planning department this year. “This agreement will help us maintain consistent design and development goals for projects near Windsor’s boundaries, which is beneficial for both the town and for the residents.” Tom Parko, manager of Weld County’s planning department, said the county will first ask a developer who wants to build on a site within the common area to reach out to the municipality and discuss annexation. “If the municipality and developer cannot agree on terms of an annexation, the developer can proceed with the project under the county’s process,” he said. “It is at this point when the common development standards come in to play – ensuring the development, while not in the municipality, is consistent with the municipality’s development goals.” Windsor is the first municipality to take partner with the county for this process, Kirkmeyer said. The county is hoping to work with all municipalities to develop agreements to match each municipality’s development and growth goals. “It’s always good planning when the county and a municipality work together to achieve common standards and work cooperatively on regional issues,” Parko […]

  • Canadian firm agrees to acquire DigitalGlobe for $2.4B

    WESTMINSTER – A Canadian satellite and space company will acquire Westminster-based DigitalGlobe Inc.(NYSE: DGI) in a deal worth about $2.4 billion, the companies announced Friday. The Wall Street Journal reported on Feb. 21 that the two companies were in negotiations. The Denver Business Journal reports that In the cash-and-stock deal, MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates Ltd., or MDA, of Vancouver will assue DigitalGlobe’s $1.2 billion in debt. DigitalGlobe in 2015 completed the move of its corporate headquarters from Longmont to Westminster.

  • Whole Foods speeds up closing of store in Boulder

    BOULDER – Whole Foods will permanently close its store on Baseline Road in Boulder this Sunday, Feb. 26, sooner than the natural- foods grocer announced earlier this month. The Denver Post reports that the store at 2584 Baseline Road, one of nine Whole Foods locations nationwide that will close this spring, had been scheduled to stay open until April 9. The store will close at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday before shutting its doors permanently at 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Encana to maintain major U.S. office presence in Denver

    DENVER – Despite selling its oil and gas properties in the Denver-Julesberg Basin last year, Encana will continue to maintain a presence in Denver. The Denver Post reports that the Calgary-based energy company has signed a lease to keep its main U.S. office in the Mile High City through at least 2026. Encana will occupy about 334,000 square feet in Republic Plaza, the tallest building in Denver and the company’s home since 2004. The Denver office will continue to oversee Encana’s U.S. operations, the core of which is in Texas’ Permian Basin and Eagle Ford, a company spokesman said. Encana employs about 650 workers in Denver.

  • Innosphere gains Boulder presence with Innovation Center of the Rockies merger

    FORT COLLINS – Fort Collins-based Innosphere and Boulder-based Innovation Center of the Rockies plan to merge effective Jan. 1, combining a pair of nonprofit incubators that serve tech startups and university innovations along the Front Range. The two organizations will join forces under the Innosphere flag, with ICR’s assets transferring to Innosphere. Both boards of... Read more »

  • Boulder Valley, NoCo startups land millions in OEDIT grants

    Several companies and university ventures from the Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado were awarded grants in the latest round of the Advanced Industry Accelerator Grant Program administered by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. The state handed out more than $4.1 million in Proof-of-Concept and Early Stage Capital and Retention grants that... Read more »

  • 7 startups cap Boomtown Accelerator program with demo night pitches

    BOULDER – Seven startups capped off the latest Boomtown Accelerator session by pitching their companies to investors and the public at a Demo Night event at the Boulder Theater. In exchange for a 6 percent equity stake, Boomtown provides startups with $20,000 in seed money and a 12-week mentorship program. The seven startups pitching Tuesday... Read more »