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  • Headline | Labor Force | Labor force & employment

    Colorado unemployment level syncs up with national average

    Unemployment in Colorado matches the national average rate of 3.6%, according to new data about April 2022 provided by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment today.  Ryan Gedney, senior labor economist with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, was optimistic about employment levels in a press call. The April unemployment report also found … Continued

  • Colorado bankruptcies, April 2022
    Bankruptcies | Economy | Homepage

    Colorado bankruptcies decline 40% in April

    DENVER — Colorado bankruptcy filings dropped 40% in April compared with the same period a year ago, continuing a pattern of declines seen throughout 2021 and thus far in 2022. Filings also dropped in Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer and Weld counties compared with the year-ago period. That’s according to a BizWest analysis of U.S. Bankruptcy Court … Continued

  • Bankruptcies | Economy | Headline | Statistics

    Colorado bankruptcies decline 26% in February

    DENVER — Colorado bankruptcy filings dropped 25.8% in February compared with the same period a year ago, continuing a pattern of declines seen throughout 2021 and thus far in 2022. Filings dropped in Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties, with only Broomfield recording a single filing more than in February 2021. That’s according to a BizWest … Continued

  • Headline | Homepage | Transportation

    Growth-inspired road projects continue to snarl area travel

    The first half of 2022 saw the continuation of a series of major improvement projects that began during the past two or so years along Interstate 25, the main artery connecting Northern Colorado and the Boulder Valley with the wider Front Range.  Those projects — most of which center on adding a lane and replacing … Continued

  • EWI
    Technology

    Tech tops charts in exports from state

    Tech continues to thrive in the Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado. Computer and electronic products were the state’s biggest export last year, and employment in the field grew for the fifth straight year.  That bore out in a real estate market that got hotter than ever. Real estate giant BioMed Realty LLC purchased for $625 … Continued

  • Flatiron Park
    Real Estate

    Residential, commercial sales boom, but office, retail questions linger

    Commercial and residential real estate have proved largely immune to negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll be taken ill by another factor: rising interest rates. From Broomfield to Fort Collins, Boulder to Greeley, sales of commercial and apartment projects have set records, including the largest portfolio sale … Continued

  • The Pro's Closet
    Outdoor Industry

    State remains home to much of outdoor sector

    While Colorado — and specifically Boulder — remains home to the outdoor industry’s top trade group, the Outdoor Industry Association, the Centennial State will no longer play host to the industry’s top trade show, Outdoor Retailer.  After five years in the Mile High City, OR is heading back to Utah. OR, which had previously been … Continued

  • Love's Gluten-Free Bakery in Longmont
    Natural & Organic

    Organic sector thrives despite headwinds

    The last year has been something of an out-of-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire situation for the natural and organic industry, which clawed its way out of the COVID-19 pandemic only to face the wrath of a knotted supply-chain and rising costs.  For example, Sovos Brands Inc. (Nasdaq: SOVO), a formerly California-based food-brand company that last year planted its headquarters … Continued

  • Manufacturing

    Despite headwinds, manufacturing shows growth

    Despite the headwinds created by the pandemic, with workplace health challenges, with supply chains disrupted worldwide and an economic slowdown at the beginning of the health crisis, manufacturing managed to keep growing. Most categories of manufacturing saw year-over-year increases in activity. Exports from Colorado were up during 2020, and employment remained more stable than might … Continued

  • Buc-ees
    Hospitality

    Hospitality venues rebound from pandemic closures

    One by one, hotels, event venues, restaurants and tourist destinations are coming back from the pandemic-induced closures and reductions in operations. Perhaps no industry took a more direct hit from the pandemic than the hospitality industry. Suffice it to say, new hotel developments were not in the cards for much of the pandemic, but now … Continued

  • Health Care

    Health care continues growth cycle regionwide

    Health care in the Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado is poised for a strong year, with 1.5% statewide growth projected by the Leeds School of Business.  However, the industry received a blow right at the start of the year when smoke damage from the Marshall Fire forced Centura Health’s Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville to … Continued

  • Energy

    Energy companies move toward zero emissions

    Statewide, electricity and natural gas rates have moved up as natural gas production went down over the past year. Xcel Energy announced plans to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from its natural gas business by 2050 and reduce carbon emissions by 25% by 2030.  Locally, water was also a chief concern. Numerous reservoir and pipeline … Continued

  • Labor force & employment

    Region shifts from jobless surge to labor shortages

    A year ago we wrote: “What a difference a day can make. Or a virus. Colorado businesses in virtually every sector of the economy went from crying about being unable to hire enough people to propel continued growth to, almost overnight, laying off and furloughing people at levels not seen since the Great Depression.” Indeed, … Continued

  • Colorado State University
    Education

    Region’s universities fuel state economy

    One critical factor in the strength of the Colorado economy — including its ability to outperform the nation during economic downturns — is the presence of institutions of higher education. Economic contributions of institutions of higher education run into the billions of dollars in Colorado, with the Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado hosting the state’s … Continued

  • Cannabis - NoCo Hemp Expo
    Cannabis

    Cannabis markets soften, yet still robust

    With its uncanny power to chase away the boredom of being stuck inside during a worldwide pandemic, cannabis usage and sales skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic but have since come back down to Earth as the world has opened back up.  “Across California, Colorado, Nevada and Oregon, total dollar sales fell about 10% between [the … Continued

  • Brewing

    Brewing industry grows, but not without hiccups

    Brewing has had an uneven year, with supply chain issues and rising costs affecting the industry at large but smaller breweries especially.  The year began with a massive splash, with Monster Beverage Corp. purchasing Canarchy Craft Brewery Collective LLC — which includes the Longmont giant Oskar Blues and its hard seltzer brand Wild Basin — … Continued

  • CoRE – Colorado Research Exchange
    Bioscience

    COVID highlighted region’s bioscience industry

    The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the strength and capacity for innovation within the region’s bioscience industry, particularly in the Boulder Valley where a number of pharmaceutical and medical-device companies entered the fray to beat back the virus. The industry’s hot streak has continued into 2022 and has blasted the flex-industrial real estate market into the stratosphere … Continued

  • Banking

    Bankers position themselves for economic bumps

    Despite economic headwinds whipping and the potential for a recession on the horizon, bankers aren’t getting flashbacks to 2008. “Capital levels remain really high,” Jenifer Waller, president and CEO of the Colorado Bankers Association, told BizWest in June. “They remained high all through the pandemic.” Part of that is due to the Dodd-Frank Act instituted … Continued

  • Corn
    Agribusiness

    Greeley, Weld dominate agriculture sector

    Corn, wheat, hemp, cattle, sheep, chickens, dairy — and multiple other agricultural endeavors including processing of such products — make Weld County the top ag county in Colorado and one of the top counties in the nation for its ag operations. And while those ag operations have sustained the economy of the county for generations, … Continued

  • Aerospace - James Webb image
    Aerospace | Industries

    Region’s aerospace players have role in largest discoveries

    In July, people around the globe were greeted by a dazzling photograph, the first of its kind, of what scientists described as images of the origins of the universe. The satellite, more than a million miles from Earth, transmitted an image captured by photographic gear included on a Northrop Grumman satellite commissioned by NASA’s Goddard … Continued

  • Future Legends Sports Complex in Windsor
    Cities | Windsor

    NoCo town straddles Larimer, Weld counties

    WINDSOR — Windsor not only extends into two diverse counties but also embraces a diverse base of industries. Combining small-town charm with consistent growth, this town located about halfway between Fort Collins and Greeley has become the region’s boomtown, doubling its population in the past decade and projected to double again in the next. Windsor … Continued

  • Cities | Westminster

    Prime location benefits sprawling Denver suburb

    WESTMINSTER — With a population nearing 120,000, the sprawling suburb of Westminster benefits from its many transportation options and strategic location along metropolitan Denver’s northern and northwestern gateways. For more than a decade, the seventh most populous city in Colorado has earned top-25 rankings for best places to live in the United States. The first … Continued

  • Cities | Wellington

    ‘Colorado’s Northern Gateway’ offers a more affordable option

    WELLINGTON — Growth is brewing in the perky Larimer County town, helped by the fact that living there is a comparative bargain. A 2020 study from SmartAsset ranked the city that bills itself as “Colorado’s Northern Gateway” the 10th most affordable place to live in Colorado. While many of its residents commute to Fort Collins … Continued

  • Cities | Superior

    Up from the ashes, town looks ahead

    SUPERIOR — The Marshall Fire on Dec. 30, 2021, dealt a fearsome blow to the town of Superior, southeast of Boulder. Seven commercial properties and about 378 homes, or 14% of the town’s single-family residences, were destroyed and dozens more were damaged. But Superior responded in superior fashion. Recovery and rebuilding efforts are underway, supported … Continued

  • Amazon building in Loveland, July 2022
    Cities | Loveland

    Heartbeat of business powers Sweetheart City

    LOVELAND — In terms of economic-development blockbusters, these are heady days for Loveland. Many people who live in the Larimer County city are used to getting deliveries from Amazon — but nothing quite like this one. The online retailer will deliver a 3.87 million-square-foot fulfillment and distribution facility — one of Loveland’s largest-ever developments — … Continued

  • Loxo@Lilly in Louisville
    Cities | Louisville

    Huge fire can’t destroy city’s high-tech dreams

    LOUISVILLE — In some ways, life may never be the same in Louisville. But in some ways, it may be better. Propelled by hurricane-force winds, the Marshall Fire on Dec. 30, 2021 – the most destructive in Colorado history – forced the evacuation of more than 21,000 people in the southeast Boulder County city, destroyed … Continued

  • South Main Station in Longmont
    Cities | Longmont

    Growing BoCo city thrives on technology

    LONGMONT — Once home to an economy dominated by agriculture, Longmont has more than doubled in population in four decades, now exceeding 100,000 in population, and makes a global impact with cutting-edge technology.,  With its NextLight municipal broadband service ranked second fastest in the nation for offering 1-gigabyte speeds for businesses and residents, Longmont has … Continued

  • Eberspacher Vairex in Lafayette
    Cities | Lafayette

    Southern BoCo city touts affordability

    LAFAYETTE — Steered by a comprehensive plan that will help guide the city’s evolution through 2040, Lafayette remains committed to cementing its reputation as the affordable alternative in southern Boulder County. The city strives to grow while still maintaining a small-town feel. Lafayette boasts a variety of single-family neighborhoods surrounded by parks, along with a … Continued

  • Scheels in Johnstown
    Cities | Johnstown

    Development gains steam at major NoCo crossroads

    JOHNSTOWN — For decades, Johnstown’s most familiar claim to fame was cinnamon rolls. The famous pastry from Johnson’s Corner, a truck stop with a retro restaurant and bakery, are still around; and the rolls have been recognized by the Food Network as some of the country’s best. It soon will have some major competition, however, … Continued

  • Cities | Greeley

    Weld County’s largest city attracts a diverse economy

    GREELEY — Propelled by agriculture, energy, education and health care, Greeley’s population has surpassed that of Boulder, according to the 2020 Census. The official estimates for 2021 should reflect even more growth in the Weld County seat. Following the coronavirus pandemic, Greeley has bounced back strongly, including the return of the Greeley Independence Stampede, a … Continued

  • Premier Manufacturing in Frederick
    Cities | Frederick

    Carbon Valley town ‘built on what matters’

    FREDERICK — In 2014, the town of Frederick designed a logo featuring a stylized gas lamp with a mountain range in the background, along with the slogan “Built on What Matters.” And what matters to Frederick is its quality of life, its expanding economy and its rich history. When pharmaceutical ingredient maker Agilent Technologies Inc. … Continued

  • Fort Collins - courtesy Zebrajellyfish Photography
    Cities | Fort Collins

    Vibrant NoCo city an eclectic magnet

    FORT COLLINS — Beer, bikes, bands and brains make Fort Collins a great choice for residents and businesses alike. Located 60 miles north of Denver along Interstate 25, the Larimer County seat is Colorado’s fourth largest city, with a population that has swelled past 170,000. It offers choices in education and employment, restaurants and retail, … Continued

  • Firestone Water Treatment plant
    Cities | Firestone

    Carbon Valley town pumped about progress

    FIRESTONE — Just after Tulsa, Oklahoma-based QuikTrip opened its first Colorado convenience store and fueling station in Firestone, the area locally known as “Del Camino” near the interchange of Interstate 25 and Colorado Highway 119 drew flocks of motorists as something of an old-fashioned “gas war” developed in summer 2022. Per-gallon prices sometimes dipped below … Continued

  • Cities | Evans

    Evans optimistic about ‘road ahead’

    EVANS — Evans continues to work to emerge from the shadow of its larger neighbor city to the north to the point where some town officials refer to the area as the “Evans-Greeley Metroplex.” The town maintains a fierce independence and an intense drive for progress on its own; it launched “The Road Ahead” infrastructure … Continued

  • Cities | Estes Park

    Scenic mountain village meets every challenge

    ESTES PARK — Tourism remains the prime economic driver for Estes Park, the village at the eastern gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. As legendary as its scenery, however, is its resilience. It survived the deadly 1976 Big Thompson flood that destroyed a prime access route. It survived the 1982 Lawn Lake dam break, which … Continued

  • Classics Electrics in Erie
    Cities | Erie

    Many flavors spice town’s diverse growth

    ERIE — Only 1,254 people lived in Erie in 1980. Today, its population tops 30,000 — a 66% increase in the past 10 years alone — and the new residents just keep coming. For instance, Southern Land Co. this spring broke ground on the first single-family homes at its Westerly community, located on 400 acres … Continued

  • Ball Corporation in Broomfield
    Broomfield | Cities

    U.S. 36 midpoint continues to boom

    BROOMFIELD — U.S. News & World Report has ranked Broomfield as Colorado’s third-richest county in terms of median household income, and in lots of ways it basks in the riches of growth. With a second-to-none location between Denver and Boulder, commercial and residential growth was inevitable for Broomfield. Wise stewardship of that growth has led … Continued

  • TPC Colorado in Berthoud
    Berthoud

    Larimer city an affordable option along urban corridor

    BERTHOUD — Burgeoning Berthoud, with a population that has soared from 5,105 in the 2010 census to more than 10,000 today, is making its mark as an affordable option along the Front Range urban corridor between Loveland and Longmont. The family-oriented town has numerous parks, an active recreation program and a vibrant calendar of events. … Continued