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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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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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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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The Chamber View: Our Evolving Economy

Scott J. Sternberg Executive Director, Boulder Economic Council Three years ago, during the height of the pandemic, The Boulder Chamber and the Boulder Economic Council (BEC) were actively engaged in connecting business and community leaders via online forums to align around strategies for maintaining our economic vitality and, frankly, to save many of our businesses …

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Manufacturers are finding value in regular conversations

On August 17, the Boulder Area Manufacturing Sector Partnership convened the group’s supply chain action-team at Veolia Water Technologies, located at 6060 Spine Rd, in Boulder. The partnership meets on a monthly basis and tackles topics related to workforce development, public policy, and overall operations. Veolia Water Technologies designs and delivers standardized water treatment equipment …

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The Chamber View: Big news for Colorado — big ties to Boulder

Scott J. Sternberg Executive Director, Boulder Economic Council As executive director of the Boulder Economic Council, you’ll often hear me highlight the success of local businesses and research activities in terms of rewarding local job opportunities, higher sales tax returns and the pride of global attention on our life-enhancing breakthroughs. But there’s a broader story …

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Q2:2023 Boulder Jobs Report

  Introduction Using the Colorado Chamber of Commerce with Aspen Tech Labs second quarter jobs report and augmenting it with region specific data powered by Lightcast this report intends to provide granular data (augmented with analysis) on Boulder’s job market as of June 2023. Summary Boulder’s job market remains strong in a time of great …

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