Industry Trends

Tech

This Boulder tech startup is the solution to a real life problem

Launching its software platform in June 2021, Tanagram Vision is an improved calibration experience that can cut a process that’s currently two days into a couple hours, or a process that’s currently a couple hours into a couple minutes. Tangram’s platform can act as “a foundational layer” in robotic systems.

Economy & Politics

Being kind to those who show up

Suddenly, the labor market, at least on the low end, has shifted from business-centric to worker-centric, and this dynamic is very likely to play out like that for some time to come. The market has spoken: Business is going to have to be kinder to those who show up. 

New law raises the roof on solar

SB21-261 removes the former limit on total capacity of roof-top solar. The limit, now gone, was 120% of the power consumed by occupants of that building. More important, the bill authorized a new concept called virtual net-metering to customers of Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy. This will allow a company to do business in one location and own solar panels elsewhere.

Real Estate

To buy or to upgrade?

A competitive housing market and aging homes mean many homeowners in Denver are tackling long-planned renovations. See how making home improvements can simultaneously help you build equity while enhancing your everyday life.

8 things to know when selling your home

It’s a great time to sell a home in Colorado. One recent study found that Colorado is one of just eight states where more than half of all zip codes saw double-digit increases in home values over the previous year. But, even in a booming market, selling your home is complicated. Check out these expert-tips before you sell your home.

Transportation

I-70 takes growing toll on Western Slope

First came the national truck and driver shortage. Then Glenwood Canyon was closed for about three weeks. The experience re-ignited conversation about improving a narrow, winding alternative to Glenwood Canyon.

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

Should Colorado adopt California's energy policies?

Natural gas is currently used by both residential and commercial building owners for a variety of purposes, with water heating, space heating, and cooking making up the primary preferred applications. Over the last year, environmental groups have been targeting the natural gas industry and its consumers through local bans on new natural gas hookups. A look at how this could affect access to affordable and reliable energy.

How environmentalism and the oil and gas industry can coexist

Land reclamation and restoration is the process of reclaiming and restoring the land in and around an oil and gas site, pipeline, or mining location after extraction is complete. A Reclamation Plan is being required by more and more state and federal agencies as part of a surface use plan of operation, including in Colorado where reclamation is required by the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).

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.

Healthcare & Wellness

Annual checkup: Taking the temp on health care for 2022

As employers and individuals shop for health insurance during fall enrollment, they might also evaluate how they use health care. The COVID-19 crisis made people contemplate their own wellness, and it made businesses reconsider how they control health-care costs. According…

Funerals in the COVID Age, Part II

When you have lost someone you love your days can be an emotional, grief-filled fog, and having to deal with the cost and the multiple decisions associated with planning a funeral can add considerable stress. Here are ways to prepare for this difficult time.

Workplace wellness put to the test

While frontline and essential workers worried about their physical health, isolation and loneliness affected nine-to-fivers during a historic rise in remote working. Employees in every sector dealt with financial insecurity due to widespread layoffs and pay cuts.

Travel, Tourism, and Recreation

What's next for Colorado hotels?

After 2019 set high-water marks for rates and occupancy across the state, the fall was notably steep. According to data from the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association, Colorado hit 69.3% occupancy in March 2019, then the statewide number tumbled to 38.8% in March 2020. With looming a labor shortage, how will Colorado hotels fare?

Casa Bonita: Life imitates Comedy Central

The announcement by the “South Park” creators that they’re buying the iconic Casa Bonita restaurant was some much-needed positive news this summer for an industry that has been especially hard-hit during the pandemic. But, a Colorado Restaurant Association survey was decidedly less cheerful.

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.

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