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Development foes hope to address Boulder growth on November ballot

Daily Camera – Boulder’s development debate is headed toward the November ballot as growth opponents on Wednesday announced a pair of voter measures that would give residents more control over which projects are approved and require developers to pay more to the city to offset growth. The proposed amendments to Boulder’s charter have been submitted …

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Positive Statewide economic indicators report released by Secretary of State, CU-Boulder

Colorado Secretary of State – Current Colorado economic indicators continue to show strong growth.  Read more…

Boulder seeks public input on restructured utility rates

Daily Camera – City leaders seek public feedback as Boulder initiates a review of the way it charges customers for water, wastewater and stormwater/flood management services. The first public meeting on the topic will be open to business and industrial customers, held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. April 29 at the Boulder Chamber, 2440 Pearl …

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Life-science execs: Boulder a ‘discovery’ town

BizWest – Boulder has a track record of being home to life-science startups that succeed in making discoveries by tapping into local talent and research at universities, only to have the startups move away or be acquired by larger biopharma companies as they move into drug development and then commercialization. “Boulder remains a niche player …

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Boulder County unemployment rate up to 3.6% in March, metro area 4.6%

Denver Business Journal – Metro Denver’s unadjusted unemployment rate stood at 4.3 percent in March, down from February’s 4.5 percent rate and well below the 5.9 percent rate in March 2014, according to raw county jobs estimates released Tuesday by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.  Read more…

Boulder named most fitness-friendly city

Huffington Post – On the doorstep of the Rockies, Boulder offers the type of year-round opportunities for recreation that not only make getting in shape easy, but also fun! Throughout the spring, summer and fall, there’s plenty of nearby trails and mountains to take care of all your rock climbing, hiking and trail-running needs.  Read …

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Boulder lands five of Colorado’s 23 first-quarter venture capital deals

BizWest – Five of the 23 venture capital deals in Colorado during the first quarter involved companies in Boulder, according to the latest MoneyTree Report released Friday by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association. The list is based on data provided by Thomson Reuters.  Read more…

California-based SnapLogic hiring for new Boulder office

BizWest – SnapLogic, a cloud-software company based in San Mateo, Calif., has opened an office in Boulder and is hiring sales representatives to staff it. The office at 929 Pearl St., Suite 200, opened in early April and will serve as inside-sales headquarters for the company. Garrett Cole, who started Thursday as director of inside …

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City requests proposal from Xcel to sell power to planned municipal utility

City of Boulder – The City of Boulder today sent Xcel Energy a Request for Proposal (RFP), asking the company if it would sell power to a city electric utility for a limited time. The move is intended to ensure a smooth transition and continued reliability of service while the city gradually transitions its supply …

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Boulder incubator Watson University launching bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship

BizWest – Watson University, a nonprofit incubator in Boulder geared toward socially-minded startups, is launching a two-and-a-half-year bachelor’s degree program in entrepreneurship through a partnership with Lynn University. The program is accredited through Lynn, a small private school in Boca Raton, Fla., and gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to build their own startups as part of …

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