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The Passenger Kicks off Rebrand with Boulder Area Food, Beverage, and Hospitality Sector Convening in Longmont

The 2024 Sector Partnership Has Begun! On Tuesday, January 30, the Boulder Area Food, Beverage, and Hospitality Sector Partnership convened at the Passenger Restaurant (formerly Roots) in Longmont, CO. The partnership would like to thank Ray MacCrindle, Vipul Seth, and Lisa Dudley for helping coordinate the meeting and lending their impressive space. About The Passenger […]

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Sun Construction rises to the occasion – helping kick off 2024 sector convenings

The 2024 Sector Partnership schedule has begun!  On Tuesday, January 23, the Boulder Area Manufacturing Sector Partnership convened at Sun Contruction, based in Longmont, CO. The partnership would like to thank Sun’s Jessica Erickson, Director of Business Development, for providing space and helping to coordinate the meeting.   About Sun Contruction Sun Construction is a

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Unwrapping the Holiday Employment Landscape

  Unwrapping the Holiday Employment Landscape The holiday season is upon us. Stockings are being stuffed and Menorah’s are being lit. As we shift into holiday gear, the retail service sector in Boulder is currently witnessing a surge in demand, leading to a corresponding uptick in hiring. From retail salespeople to package delivery hires, holiday

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Local school districts seek industry support via mentorships

St. Vrain Valley Schools Colorado’s Opportunity Now Grant Funds $7M Investment in Career Pathways for St. Vrain Valley Schools and Collaborating Districts. As the initiative’s largest grantee, the Breakthrough Pathways project will implement three comprehensive career pathways in education, advanced manufacturing, and information technology. Currently, St. Vrain is in the process of building a base

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Boulder Chamber’s Apprentice Sponsorships are Gaining Momentum while Addressing Critical Workforce Needs

IN SUMMARY: Workforce Centers across Colorado are beefing up resources for apprenticeships Institutions of higher education are developing new pathways Healthcare, manufacturing, finance, and professional services offer great entry-level apprenticeships Boulder Chamber continues to work with employers to develop apprenticeships and talent As the State’s Office of the Future of Work takes control of all

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Scott Sternberg

The Chamber View: Parting reflections

Scott J. Sternberg Executive Director, Boulder Economic Council At the time you read this, I will have departed the Boulder Chamber and leadership of its Boulder Economic Council (BEC) to join CU Boulder’s CUbit Quantum Initiative. While it’s difficult to leave a position that I’ve enjoyed immensely over the past three years, my transition gives

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Arts and Economic Vitality in Boulder

  Background In economics, analysts, theorists, and students often overlook what truly drives an economy. While economic activity can be represented by supply and demand graphs or neatly summarized by the sum of consumption, investment, and government spending, these models tell an incomplete story. The places where people spend money and the factors that attract

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Boulder’s Semiconductor Industry

  Background In August 2022, President Joe Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act into law, where CHIPS stands for “Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors.” This legislation allocated $280 billion in tech funding, with a significant portion, $53 billion, directed towards strengthening the nation’s semiconductor industry. This emphasis on semiconductor funding was a strategic response to

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Scott Sternberg

The Chamber View: How vulnerable is Boulder to the AI Revolution?

Scott J. Sternberg Executive Director, Boulder Economic Council How vulnerable is Boulder to the AI Revolution? With the proliferation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools and the rapid increase in user adoption, AI has taken center stage in discussions surrounding the future of work. As much of the dialog might be emotional in nature, a more

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The AI Revolution — How vulnerable is Boulder?

  Part 1: Introduction This report centers around AI and its effects on employment and labor markets. Both the risk and opportunities AI presents are considered. Part one introduces AI and explores the ways it can affect the job market. Part two explores Boulder’s exposure to AI through labor market data. In part three competing

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