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Outdoor Industries Report: Rafting Economy

The Arkansas River is the 800-pound rainbow trout of Colorado’s rafting industry. In non-drought years since 2000, commercial user days typically range between 200,000 and 250,000 on the Arkansas, according to the Colorado River Outfitters Association (CROA).

The Future of the Power Grid and Climate Change

2018 was an expensive year for extreme weather events. California’s Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive fire in state history, with more than 150,000 acres incinerated; 18,000 structures destroyed and widespread loss of life among both humans and animals

Top Techie Basit Mustafa Streamlines the Legal Process

Basit Mustafa is a former IBM executive, a sponsored ultra-runner and an ice climber with a “concrete allergy,” so naturally he moved to Telluride five years ago and started a business. After serving as a board member for the Colorado ACLU, he began asking himself how he could use software to make the life of a litigator a little better.

Executive Wheels: Luxury SUV Tales

These two vehicles belong in the same conversation because they are, on balance, amazingly similar: both are mid-sized SUVs, and both are stalwarts in the middle of their respective lines, and those lines, Acura and Lexus, are the luxury brands of two of Japan’s most venerable nameplates, Honda and Toyota, respectively.

Muralist Armando Silva Honored by the CBCA

The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts honored Greeley artist Armando Silva of Artmando Studio with the EY Next Wave Leadership award for his work as an artist, teacher and performer in Greeley who supports the community through performance paintings, engaging murals and an annual hip hop dance festival.

The CBCA Honors Meredith Hutson of Presenting Denver

The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts honored Meredith Hutson, founder and executive director of Presenting Denver with the 2019 PNC Bank Cultural Leadership award for her work with the dance-focused nonprofit.

John Lilley, Top Techie, Strives to Give Ski Resort Guests a Five-Star Experience

“The ski industry is this old, monolithic thing,” says John Lilley, formerly on the tech team at Vail Resorts. “It’s very easy to get $7 million to put in a lift.”

The Independence Center Supports Arts for the Disabled Community

Colorado Springs-based nonprofit The Independence Center offers expansive services to people with disabilities, including "The Art of Accessibility," a quarterly First Friday arts event. The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts awarded the nonprofit as a 2019 honoree for their inclusive programming.

Kaiser Permanente's Public Art Addresses Mental Health

Kaiser Permanente's recent public health awareness campaign included powerful murals promoting the importance of mental health throughout Colorado Springs and Pueblo, making the health care organization an honoree of a 2019 Colorado Business Committee for the Arts award.

Top Techie Katica Roy Envisions Equal Opportunity

Driven by the idea of a romanticized world in which men and women could possess genuine equal opportunity, Katica Roy launched Pipeline Equity in April 2017 as a place “where companies and communities thrive because everyone has the opportunity to make an impact.”

Art is Part of the Experience at the Dairy Block

What could have been another scrape and mega development rebuild is a thoughtfully built multi-use space that combines restaurant, retail and office spaces but also contains a carefully curated collection of more than 700 pieces of art from 30 local Colorado artists.

Stephanie Maxwell Simplifies Staffing for the Hospitality Industry

Sirvo was born in 2015, the result of founder Stephanie Maxwell’s time in the hospitality industry and the need she recognized for restaurants, retail and hotels to attract and hire talent.
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