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February 2020

Colorado cities earn smart energy designations

News BriefsThe City of Longmont and Fort Collins utility departments recently earned Smart Energy Provider designations from the American Public Power Association. The designation is in recognition of their proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation and environmental initiatives that also support low-cost, quality, safe and reliable electric services. Click here to read the complete report.

Top 20 American cities for tech professionals

CompTIA recently released their rankings of the Top 20 Best Tech Cities for IT Jobs and three Colorado cities made the list. Denver came in at #9, Boulder at #14 and Colorado Springs at #16. CompTIA is a trade association for the global technology industry. Their indexing is based on factors including projected employment growth, real wages and cost of living. Click here to read the complete report.

Larimer, Weld County outperforming state

Rich Wobbekind, associate dean and economist at the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business, recently served as the keynote speaker at the BizWest 2020 Northern Colorado Economic Forecast. Wobbekind put the spotlight on Weld and Larimer County as leaders in the Colorado economy. Greeley has been one of the fastest growing MSA’s for a decade and the Fort Collins/Loveland MSA is the second-fastest growing in the state. Weld County led the state in job growth, followed by Colorado Springs and then Fort Collins/Loveland. Learn more at:

January 2020

Fort Collins ranks as Top 10 real estate market

News BriefsThe Fort Collins-Loveland metro area as well as Colorado Springs recently ranked on The National Association of Realtors® Top Ten Outperforming Metro Markets Report. More specifically, they are among the top 10 markets expected to outperform the national real estate market in the next three to five years. Consistent job growth relative to the national average, housing affordability, domestic migration, population age structure, home appreciation and attractiveness for retirees were some of the factors taken into consideration. Click here to view the complete report.

Colorado cities top list of Boomtowns

SmartAsset’s 2019 Top Boomtown rankings included Longmont at #1, Greeley at #5 and Denver at #7. Longmont ranked in the top 25% for all metrics taken into account, including GDP growth, unemployment, business growth, housing growth and household income. Click here to read the SmartAsset’s 2019 Top Boomtown rankings.

Five Colorado cities ranked as ‘Best cities for beer drinkers’

SmartAsset recently released a list of the top 50 cities for beer drinkers and Denver (6th), Fort Collins (18th), Colorado Springs (24th), Boulder (30th) and Loveland (48th) made the cut. Factors taken into consideration included number of breweries per 100,000 residents, average number of beers per brewery, bars per 100,000 residents and the average price for a pint of domestic beer. Click here for the complete set of rankings:

December 2019

BizWest InSights: Stories of Success

News BriefsBizWest recently published their latest edition of InSights magazine, a compilation of Northern Colorado and Boulder Valley executive success stories. The regional business-news outlet is featuring at least one new executive profile and one One-on-One question and answer feature each month. You can view the current issue of InSights at:

NoCo Boomers Magazine

The latest edition of Boomer’s magazine has been released and is now available for download at: The publication focuses on issues affecting the Baby Boom generation. Included this year is a report on the greater challenges older workers face when laid off, a story about a critical issues that affects 90% of men as they age – the enlarged prostate, a story about precision medicine and gathering information to treat diseases, and a report about the Fort Collins Veterans Administration clinic.

2019 Governor’s Awards

The Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research recognizes outstanding achievements of Colorado’s scientist and engineers from the state’s federally funded research laboratories. Selections are based on projects that have had a significant global, national, or state impact resulting from a scientific breakthrough, change in public policy or development of a new technology. This year’s winning projects include one that estimates extreme weather so as to avoid flood risks and improve community resiliency, another centered on methane detection, and a third that detects emission violations of the Montreal Protocol. You can check out the 2019 award recipients and watch their Spotlight Videos at: