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Tech

Comcast launching "Lift Zones" in Denver Metro Area

Working with its network of nonprofit partners, Comcast is providing robust WiFi coverage at safe spaces like parks and recreation centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc. and other non-profit and community centers that are expected to help thousands of low-income students get online, participate in distance learning and do their homework

Top tips to boost your home’s internet performance

With students and families continuing to work and learn from home, it’s never been more important to have a smart, reliable home network that delivers fast Internet speeds for everyone in the family – whether you’re on a video conference at work, in a Zoom room for school or streaming a movie or playing a game at the end of a long day.

How to protect yourself against cybersecurity threats

As more people continue to increase their use of online shopping or services, work from home or have kids attending virtual school, they are exposing themselves more to the online risks. So, what can you do to help protect yourself and your loved ones from becoming a victim of cybercrime?

Economy & Politics

2021 economic forecast

In 2021, we expect to see robust economic growth and consumer spending, lower volatility in the financial markets along with lower-than-average returns and no new Federal Reserve activity.

Steel deal showcases Pueblo’s solar prowess

The mill will produce the 200-meter ribbons of rail preferred by railroads. That decision wasn’t a given. Other states, especially those with abundant low-priced hydroelectricity, made a hard run. How Pueblo won says much about the evolving nature of the economy of Pueblo and that of Colorado. Prominent is the solar farm, the largest east of the Rocky Mountains when the deal was announced. It will provide about 90% of the electricity for the mill.

Real Estate

Denver’s National Western Center aims for year-round impact

The ambitious goal at the 250-acre National Western Center is to create “the global destination for agricultural heritage and innovation.” That’s on a year-round basis, not just 16 days in January. And food, not just livestock. Think also of concerts and festivals, farmers’ markets and sporting events, classrooms and laboratories. The City of Denver is the master developer.

Transportation

The railroad less taken

The celebration for the 50th anniversary of the scenic railroad was put on hold, as was the unveiling of Rio Grande 168, a steam locomotive that sat in Antlers Park in Colorado Springs for decades.

Energy

Carbon fiber stokes hope in dwindling coal industry

Carbon fiber, strong and light, has been around since the 1970s. Already carbon fiber is used in high-end cars and very substantially in the Boeing 847, but it is expensive and made from petroleum. Making it from coal could bring the cost down – but there is that engineering to be done.

Healthcare & Wellness

Four ways COVID-19 is changing health care–now and in the future

As Colorado and the nation continue to navigate the deep impacts of COVID-19, one thing seems certain—the pandemic has changed the way many of us have traditionally viewed and engaged with the health care system. Many times, crises create an urgency to speed up innovations to meet consumers’ demands and provide convenience. COVID-19 has led to a few emerging trends that may usher in permanent changes to the ways we access health care.

Well-being in tomorrow’s workplace

Colorado’s Center for Health, Work & Environment’s nonprofit program, Health Links, brings together science-led experts and mentors to equip employers to promote the health, safety and well-being of their workforces—right here in Colorado and with companies nationwide.

How some Coloradans’ health habits changed during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed many aspects of our lives, including some of our daily habits that may have an impact on our health. Among those changes may be ways in which some people have adapted their workout routines and changed diets. Here are some tips to consider to help people focus on their fitness and well-being amid the on-going pandemic.

Travel, Tourism, and Recreation

Retailer launches CBD vending machines

Loveland-based CBD retailer Plenty Wellness recently unveiled its automated retail channel for selling cannabidiol products, Plenty Wellness Express. The machines sell Plenty Wellness products as well as CBD products from other brands. In the next 12 months, Plenty Wellness plans to have Express automated retail kiosks in 300 gyms, grocery stores, malls and other locations.

Which type skier are you? The Walmart, Costco or Whole Foods model

The ski industry has been on a wild ride since the resorts were shut down last March. Mountain real estate has been on a tear and summer visitation has been off the charts. Winter looks to follow the upward trend. What does this mean for residential and commercial real estate in resort communities throughout Colorado?

Consumer

Colorado brewers roll out lighter option

Reflecting a national trend centered around healthy living, Colorado breweries including Oskar Blues, Ska, Odell and New Belgium have begun rolling out low-calorie, low-carb brews targeted at consumers with active lifestyles.

The importance of shopping sustainably this holiday season

Wrapping paper, single-use plastics, and packaging materials pile up in the trash this time of year, introducing more pollution into our environment. The good news? There are many ways that we can be more conscious consumers this holiday season. For those who want to shop green but don’t know where to start, here are some ideas and tips to make this easier.

Beer in 2021 and beyond

Breweries that want to not only survive but to thrive on the other side will need to change and adapt. 2021 may or may not mark the end of the pandemic, but it will certainly bring additional twists and turns for breweries as they weather the current crisis and position for growth in the coming years. As 2020 finally nears its end, here are some items to watch in 2021.

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