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From wartime work to peaceful play

Everyone in Colorado knows why people from other states continue to move here. The area is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, with lots of hiking and biking trails, places to mountain climb or boulder, many areas for water sports, camping and fishing. But how did Colorado become one of the major outdoor industry hubs in the […]

Outdoor startups embrace small Colorado towns

Small mountain towns in Colorado are increasingly home to incubating manufacturing startups in the outdoor industry, and none seems to be doing a better job of it than Steamboat Springs. While famous for being the home to more Winter Olympics athletes than any other in the nation, it also is home to an incredible assortment […]

Manufacturers picky about where they make camp

We all have reasons — sometimes leaking into rationalization — for being where we are. But whether it’s love, location or incredible luck or lucidity, here are some of our favorite reasons for outdoor manufacturers to be where they are in Colorado — which, of course is always a good place to continue to be, […]

Industry association: There’s green in those green spaces

The outdoor industry accounts for $646 billion in retail sales and services, $80 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues and 6.1 million American jobs, according to the Boulder-based Outdoor Industry Association. The industry shows no sign of a slowdown. Colorado established itself as a major outdoor-industry hub in the aftermath of World War […]

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  • Ag growers association seeking startup presenters for conference

    The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association is seeking startups involved in agriculture innovation to present at its 4th annual conference in Denver on Feb. 20. The association is requesting proposals from companies that are innovating ag tech solutions to meet the pressing demands and challenges of growers, shippers and fresh food processors. Proposals are due by Dec.20. Proposals should be prepared in accordance with the request for proposal sent to admin@coloradoproduce.org. For more information, contact Marilyn Drake, at admin@coloradoproduce.org, 303-594-3827. The pitches will be moderated by James Pritchett, executive associate dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University and assisted by Robert Sakata, president of the growers association. Two awards will be issued at the end of the workshop for a Panelists’ Favorite and Audience Favorite. Each winner will receive a complimentary one-year membership with CFVGA and Western Growers, a customized arrangement for expanded exposure through a relationship with the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology and the association will write a story about the business in its newsletter and emails. As part of the prize package, Holland & Hart LLP has donated up to $3,000 in legal services to the Panelists’ Favorite and $2,000 for the Audience Favorite.  

  • Downtown Artery in Fort Collins wins state art award

    FORT COLLINS — A creative hub in Fort Collins is among the winners of the 2018 Colorado Business Committee for the Arts awards. The  statewide Business for the Arts Awards awards recognize companies and individuals for their partnerships and engagement with the arts. Winning from Fort Collins is the Downtown Artery,  an arts hub that supports a community of creators, including a performance venue, gallery space, classrooms, studios and a café. Other winners are: Bellco Credit Union has a commitment to philanthropy in the arts, including Denver Art Museum’s Free for Kids program. Dazzle, Denver’s premier jazz venue and restaurant, has been supporting musicians, arts education and community causes of all kinds for more than 10 years. Delta Dental of Colorado enhances cultural vitality through sponsorship, programming and employee engagement. Gensler, the international architecture firm, has impacted Access Gallery through a decade of multifaceted involvement. RTD and City of Aurora, in partnership, made an investment in public art with the creation of the light rail’s R Line. Stanley Marketplace opened its doors in Aurora with arts partnerships ranging from experimental immersive theater experiences to pop-up art galleries. Xcel Energy supports arts and cultural organizations across Colorado through philanthropy and an employee volunteer program. Honorees will be recognized at the Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, March 13, in the Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.  

  • New distillery opening in RiNo

    DENVER — The Block Distilling Co. is opening in RiNo on Sunday at 2990 Larimer St. after two years of planning. The 2,600 square foot space was originally leased in October 2015, reports BusinessDen, by co-owners Kameron and Kraig Weaver and their business partner Michelle Flake. The distillery is starting with vodka, summer gin and autumn gin. Pear and peach brandies and whiskeys are aging. Block plans to expand its production space into the rest of the building next year, adding 2,400 square feet of space.

  • RTD reopens Civic Center Station in Denver

    DENVER — The Regional Transportation District is reopening the newly renovated Civic Center Station on Dec. 17 after more than a year of being closed. The station is one of RTD’s busiest and served an average of 15,000 passengers daily before its closure in July 2016. The $31 million renovation adds a third component to RTD’s multimodal network that includes Denver International Airport and Denver Union Station. A grand opening celebration will be held for the public from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday. There will be a commemoration ceremony, preview of the facility and refreshments.

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    RTD is reopening the Civic Center Station in Denver after a $31 million renovation.

  • MLB Advanced Media leases space at Canyon 28

    BOULDER — MLB Advanced Media, a limited partnership of the club owners of Major League Baseball, has leased office space in Boulder, where it will set up a tech hub this spring. MLB Advanced Media, founded in 2000, is based in New York with an office in San Francisco and operates as the Internet and interactive branch of the league. It has leased 6,400 square feet of space — two-thirds of the top floor in Canyon 28 at 2755 Canyon Blvd., a new building developed by Lou DellaCava of Boulder-based LJD Enterprises Inc. An MLB spokesman said Tristen Fargo will manage the office and will hire people locally, but did not divulge the number of jobs. “This will be a tech hub to develop mobile apps for phones and other devices that can be used by baseball fans and teams,” the spokesman said, adding that MLB chose Boulder for this office because of the “tech talent in the area” and the “local reasonable costs.” He said input from Jason Gaedtke, MLB’s chief technology officer, who is familiar with the region and a former senior software engineer at Google, “was a critical factor” in making the decision to select Boulder. Gaedtke will be based in Boulder, the spokesman said. MLB Advanced Media operates the official website for the league and the 30 Major League Baseball club websites via MLB.com. The site offers news, standings, statistics and schedules, and subscribers have access to live audio and video broadcasts of most games. The Boulder team will work on improving existing apps and developing new ones. MLB Advanced Media’s most successful apps so far are AtBat, which provides information about games in real time, and BallPark, which provides maps of ballparks and the ability to order food at ballparks via mobile devices. It also has an app that handles ticket sales.  

  • Oil and gas report card: Industry expands westward

    Oil and gas exploration in Northern Colorado is coming back from a market downturn, as drilling applications and production numbers are on the increase. And the industry is now moving west into largely uncharted territory, in particular filing large proposals to drill in parts of eastern Boulder County. The regional uptick in activity is also being seen statewide. “While still low, global market conditions have stabilized,” said Dan Haley, executive director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, the state’s largest energy industry trade group. “Colorado’s oil and gas industry has responded well since the downturn. In fact, 37 rigs are now operating statewide, while only 18 rigs were active this time one year ago.” According to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the state has produced about 81 million barrels of oil and 1.5 billion Mcf, or thousand cubic feet, of natural gas through August of this year. At that rate, production could surpass 2016 totals of 116.4 million barrels of oil and 2.1 billion Mcf of gas. Northern Colorado counties, which produce about 90 percent of the oil and 30 percent of the gas in the state, could also end higher in 2017. Weld County continues to lead the energy charge in Colorado. In 2016, it contributed 89.3 percent of oil and about a third of natural gas production for the entire state. But other northern Colorado counties could soon become major producers, at a time when they’re experiencing record population increases and increased political pressure from cities to regulate production. According to a recent analysis by the Denver Post, the oil and gas industry is filing twice as many permits for counties such as Boulder, Larimer, and Broomfield, than in remote, rural areas. The industry is generally moving west toward the cities of Boulder, Longmont, and Fort Collins. Industry watchers say the moves are driven by a desire from companies to explore the western edge of the Wattenberg Field, one of the nation’s most productive gas-producing areas. The Wattenberg, part of the Denver-Julesburg Basin, covers more than 2,000 square miles of northern Colorado, and most or all of the towns of Broomfield, Lafayette, and Erie sit atop it. It’s also home to more than 20,000 currently-operating wells. And many more are planned. “The DJ Basin is one of the most prolific oil and gas development areas in the nation,” said COGA’s Dan Haley. And, he added, parts of counties such as Larimer or Boulder that overlay gas-producing fields have historically been very productive. The western boundary of the Wattenberg Field generally follows U.S. 287, with extensions as far west as the towns of Superior and Niwot. How far west in the counties are companies willing to file major drilling applications? Haley didn’t say, but pointed out that drilling has occurred just outside of Boulder for a long time. “Some of the first wells in the state were actually drilled in Boulder in 1901,” he said. “Over 100 wells were drilled in the first five years of […]

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    New York-based MLB Advanced Media has leased 6,400 square feet of space — two-thirds of the top floor in Canyon 28 at 2755 Canyon Blvd. in Boulder, for a tech-hub to develop mobile apps for phones and other devices. BizWest file image.

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  • ComForCare opens office in Longmont

    LONGMONT — In-home care provider ComForCare has opened an office in Longmont to serve southern Weld and Boulder counties. Larry and Mae Linnemeyer will lead the office. The office will provide non-medical, in-home care to residents who are elderly, disabled, living with dementia or recovering from injuries or surgery so they can continue to live independently in their own homes. Services include senior companionship, personal care, mobility assistance, light housekeeping, meal preparation, transportation, medication reminders, family respite care and more, based on each individual’s needs. Married for 36 years, the Linnemeyers have a passion for helping others after first-hand experience caring for both their mothers during their final days. “Aging at home is a very real option, and we help seniors live comfortably in their homes for as long as possible,” said Larry Linnemeyer. His career prior to this was in the U.S. Army followed by nearly 20 years in custom IT development concentrated in medical services. The ComForCare office is located at 500 Coffman St. Suite 102 in Longmont. It is one of 200 independently owned ComForCare locations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.