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February 19, 2009
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Economists, business owners react to stimulus bill
"We're not going to wake up tomorrow and suddenly see 5 million jobs in the want-ads," said economist Tucker Hart Adams. Bill Rys, tax counsel for the National Federation of Independent Business, said: "We really would have like to see some immediate tax relief." By Dan Ray

The story behind Namaste Solar Electric and the man who introduced Barack Obama
When Namaste Solar Electric Inc. installed solar panels on the roof of the Denver Museum of Nature & History, little did Blake Jones know that job would lead to meeting President Barack Obama, whom he introduced at the signing ceremony for the $787 stimulus bill held at the museum on Tuesday. By Karen Mitchell

Thomas Friedman: 'Energy technology is the next industrial revolution'
Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman was in Boulder this week to promote his latest book, "Hot, Flat, and Crowded." According to him, humankind is not merely sailing into an age of globalization, but also into an age of five disastrously large problems, which are also "a set of incredible opportunities." By Dan Ray

Boulder film company premieres Jesse Ventura flick
"Woodshop," starring former Minnesota governor and pro wrestler Jesse Ventura, is the first script-to-screen feature of Boulder-based 42 Productions. The film, shot in Boulder last spring, showcases a new format called digital cinema; it premiered on campus at the University of Colorado's ATLAS Institute on Feb. 15. By Patricia Kaowthumrong

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Channel 7 and ColoradoBiz on "The Road to Recovery"
As the economy continues to challenge businesses and consumers, KMGH Channel 7 and ColoradoBiz are collaborating on stories that explore how businesses are coping - and succeeding - despite the downturn. Look for new installments of "The Road to Recovery" at 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays, during the second half of the 4 p.m. broadcast. You can also find them online at, where you can watch videos about about raising urban chickens, an uptick in the auto repair business, the success of a bison meat producer, the expansion of a comedy club and the growing trend for "virtual" offices.


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Gov. Bill Ritter, on the stimulus, part 1
Gov. Bill Ritter talks about how the newly passed $787 billion economic recovery plan signed in Denver on Tuesday will help bring jobs to the state.


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Gov. Bill Ritter, reacts to conservative opposition to the stimulus, part 2
Gov. Bill Ritter on lack of Republican support for the newly passed economic recovery plan: 'The Republican party needs to figure out where its soul is.'

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Jeff Thredgold on the economy
Jeff Thredgold, an economist for Vectra Bank and author of econAmerica, on small business, the economy and staying optimistic.

Recession survival
Smooch Repovich Reynolds, of the Repovich-Reynolds Group, on executive recruiting, reinventing your personal career brand and the importance of curiosity in communication.

Bringing jobs to Colorado
Tom Clark, executive vice president of Metro Denver Economic Corp., speaks about the economic outlook for Colorado and bringing new businesses and jobs to the state.

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