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Bloomberg: Smartest Americans Heading West
On the home page of the Northern Colorado Economic Alliance website they state that Northern Colorado is “nerdy and proud of it.” Bloomberg would agree. The Bloomberg Brain Concentration Index tracks business formation along with employment and education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Their most recently released data shows that three cities on the Colorado front range are among the top 10 metro areas attracting American’s best and brightest. In the 2017 Bloomberg Brain Concentration Index, Boulder ranked #1, Fort Collins #4 and Denver #10. You can read the full Bloomberg article at: https://www.bloomberg.com.
Boulder, Fort Collins top list happiest cities
Dan Buettner, National Geographic Explorer and author, partnered with Gallup social scientists to rank the 25 happiest places in the United States. A total of 15 metrics ranging from civic engagement to healthy eating were used to gauge the level of happiness in 190 metropolitan statistical areas. Boulder ranked #1 and Fort Collins came in at #4 on their list. In the happiest cities people smile and laugh often, feel they are making progress toward life goals, socialize frequently and have access to green spaces. Learn more at: www.nationalgeographic.com.
WalletHub: Windsor best place to raise a family in Colorado
WalletHub, a personal finance website, recently released their 2017 list of the best places to raise a family in Colorado. Windsor, CO took the #1 overall spot with their highest marks in the categories of ‘Education, Health & Safety’ and ‘Family Life & Fun.’ Rounding out the Top 10, in rank order, were: Castle Pines, Erie, Parker, Louisville, Frederick, Superior, Castle Rock, Fort Collins and Boulder. In conducting their analysis, WalletHub took into account graduation rates, crime rates, availability of kid-friendly activities, socioeconomic factors and affordability. You can view the complete WalletHub report at: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-places-to-raise-a-family-in-colorado/38264/
NoCo Foundations unite for Hurricane Relief Fund
The Bohemian Foundation and Northern Colorado Community Foundation have partnered to help nonprofit organizations address intermediate and long-term recovery needs in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, U.S. Territories, and other areas affected by hurricanes in the United States this fall. Through midnight on November 1st, all donations made by Colorado residents to the Northern Colorado Community Foundation’s Hurricane Recovery Fund will be matched by the Bohemian Foundation dollar-for-dollar up to $3 million. Click here to learn more and donate!
Rocky Mountain Hyperloop could be a game changer
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has partnered with Hyperloop One to study the possibility of Hyperloop travel in Colorado. With increasing traffic on Colorado’s major arteries, in particular I-25, it makes sense to investigate alternative options…even if they seem to be straight out of a movie. Hyperloop One is a magnetic levitation-based bullet train that can transport passengers and cargo at speeds up to 700mph. The proposed Rocky Mountain Hyperloop route would connect Cheyenne, Fort Collins, Greeley, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Golden, Vail and Denver with Denver International Airport. Click here to learn more and check out a Hyperloop prototype in action.
CSU adding satellite campuses
Colorado State University (CSU) recently announced plans to open satellite campuses in Rocky Ford and Orchard Mesa. Rocky Ford, located in the eastern plains, will be home to CSU’s High Plains Campus that will include a regional Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and serve as the leadership center for agricultural experiment stations in the High Plains. The CSU Western Campus will be located in Orchard Mesa and will include a new Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory building as well as a new Research and Engagement Building.
2nd Quarter Market Watch
Information and Real Estate Services (IRES), the Northern Colorado MLS, released the Q2-2017 Market Watch Report for Northern Colorado. In Weld County, the number of Closed Sales was up 6.4% and the Median Sales Price was up 13.8%, reaching $329,950. The Days on Market (DOM) for listings decreased by 10%, dropping down to 60 days. In Larimer County, the number of Closed Sales was up 6.4% and the Median Sales Price was up by 7.1%, reaching $379,297. Homes sold slightly more quickly in Larimer County compared to the previous year, with the DOM for listings down 6.4% to reach 71 days.
Colorado top state for aerospace manufacturing
PricewaterhouseCoopers recently released their 2017 Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness rankings and Colorado ranked #8 in the United States, tying with Texas. The following sub-categories were taken into account: labor force, infrastructure, aerospace industry, economy, costs and tax policy. Tax policy, labor and infrastructure were leading strengths for Colorado. You can view the full report at: http://www.pwc.com/us/en/industrial-products/publications/aerospace-manufacturing-attractiveness-rankings.html.
Denver Art Museum sets date for renovation
The Colorado front range is enriched with arts, culture and fun things to do. One of the state gems is the Denver Art Museum, which is set to close mid-November for a $150 million renovation. The renovations plans include a Welcome Center featuring a restaurant and cafe as well as event space, a seventh-floor terrace, expanded gallery space and new education and youth facilities. You can visit the BizJournal’s website for renderings of the remodel: https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/08/15/denver-art-museum-sets-start-date-for-150-million.html#g1