Industry Trends

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.

Economy & Politics

The stock market is not Vegas

Trading GameStop every 20 minutes might be a lot of fun, but it is certainly incredibly risky and not what investing was meant to be about. Here's advice for smarter investing.

Real Estate

Q1 real estate market trends report

Eagle County has several different markets, ranging from the resort areas of Vail and Beaver Creek to the down valley communities of Eagle and Gypsum. Each one offers its own unique attributes and different price point options, tailored to the needs, lifestyle interests and budgets of buyers.

What Millennials want in a Colorado home

A dream home can quickly turn into a money pit if more damage is revealed once renovations begin. Understanding the needs of young adults and first-time home buyers is imperative to staying ahead in Colorado’s busy residential market.

Transportation

How traffic engineering makes your community safer

A lot of care and planning goes into selecting the best intersection or roadway type for a specific location and creating the most efficient traffic flow possible. The process of planning, designing, and implementing these intersections and roadways is called traffic engineering.

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

Solar co-ops on the rise in Denver

Going solar is a great way to get affordable, reliable electricity for decades. Right now is a particularly good time to go solar, as COVID-19 relief legislation recently passed by Congress extends the Investment Tax Credit for solar, so business owners can recoup 26 percent of what they spend on solar systems installed this year or next.

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

6 strategies to reduce health care disparities among employees and tackle top cost drivers

A recent white paper by the Health Action Council (HAC) and UnitedHealthcare finds companies that implement deliberate strategies around their employees’ most common chronic health conditions may improve overall employee health and achieve cost-savings over the long-term. The study also revealed a number of important disparities in care, which can be improved through a combination of lifestyle modifications and targeted wellness programs.

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.

Consumer

Pandemic accelerates direct-to-consumer farm sales

Around 7 million additional U.S. households turned directly to producers in 2020. Experts say that growth in direct agricultural sales across the state could benefit the industry long term due to the increase in consumer knowledge and appreciation of local food production. Plus, a collection of resources to connect farmers, ranchers directly to consumers.

Entrepreneur sees green in scrap-tire mountains

According to most estimates, Colorado has more scrap tires than any other state. Roman Navarro, founder and CEO of Tires to Green Recycling in Hudson, saw an opportunity to recycle tires in Colorado after starting his career recycling electronics in Mexico.

Amid COVID, craft brewers see the can half-full

Many breweries turned to canning beers and building a model resilient enough to survive a slow winter. For Ska Street Brewstillery in Boulder, they kept brewing and found a market thirsty for canned beer, which made up about half of all sales before the pandemic.

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