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Economy/Politics

May 23, 2024

New Study Suggests Denver’s Transit System, RTD, is Plagued by Crime and Costs

A study of metro Denver’s transit system by the Common Sense Institute examines the history of RTD and the budget, ridership and crime impacting the system today. From 2020 through 2022, 66% of RTD’s revenue came from sales and use taxes in participating counties, amounting to $275 per Denver metro area resident, according t[...]

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May 21, 2024

Ambitious Migrant Program Underway in Denver

In a hotel conference room in Denver, Dallenis Martinez attended orientation with hundreds of other migrants Monday for the city’s new, ambitious migrant support program, which includes six-month apartment stays and intensive job preparation for those who can’t yet legally work. It’s an about-face from strategi[...]

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May 17, 2024

Business, Residential and Tourism Growth in Downtown Denver Reaches an Important Juncture

Like cities across the country, Downtown Denver is at a pivotal moment in history. While looking toward the Downtown Denver of the future, we call for a focus on business support and dedication to business retention and attraction. The city has and continues to face challenges, however these challenges bring about opportunity fo[...]

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May 17, 2024

Legislative Session Outcomes Addressed by Gov. Jared Polis at Denver Metro Chamber and Colorado Competitive Council’s State of the State

Colorado’s business community heard from Gov. Jared Polis and business leaders from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Colorado Competitive Council (C3) about the outcomes of the 2024 legislative session at the Chamber and C3’s annual State of the State event, presented by Xcel Energy. With more than 600 community memb[...]

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May 3, 2024

Colorado’s State Arts Agency Gets First Budget Increase in Over a Decade

On Monday, April 29, Governor Polis signed Colorado’s FY24-25 state budget, which included $1.25 Million in additional operating funds to Colorado’s state arts agency, Colorado Creative Industries (CCI). This is the agency’s first operating budget increase in over a decade. READ: Governor Polis, OEDIT Announce 180 Small[...]

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Apr 29, 2024

What If the Fed Doesn’t Cut Rates in 2024? Implications for Stocks, Bonds, and the Housing Market

What happens to stocks, bonds and the housing market if the Federal Reserve (“the Fed”) doesn’t cut interest rates this year? This is what seems to be on everyone’s mind. Investors have been betting on rate cuts since last November, and this assumption has been the primary driver of the great stock market returns through[...]

Apr 9, 2024

Rising Property Taxes Add to State’s Housing-Affordability Woes

A new study by the Denver-based Common Sense Institute (CSI) examines the skyrocketing cost of property taxes and the implications for housing affordability in the state. Released April 9, the study, “Colorado Property Tax Primer: Where do Property Taxes Stand and Where are They Going?” notes that a dramatic increase in home[...]

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Apr 3, 2024

Colorado is Dead Last in Housing Affordability in America, According to New Study

Housing affordability in Colorado has long been seen as an impediment to attracting and retaining workforce talent as well as new businesses. Where does Colorado stand compared with other states? Dead last, according to the Common Sense Institute, which ranks Colorado 51st, behind all states and Washington, D.C., in housing comp[...]

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Mar 27, 2024

Defining ‘Sustainability’ in Modern Business — is it Even Possible?

One word, more than any other, has come into the business and economics lexicon in the last several decades — sustainable. Merriam-Webster defines sustainable as maintained at length without interruption or weakening. In the world of economics, sustainability offers a minimal condition we aspire to as we seek to, at the very l[...]

Mar 21, 2024

Striking Tech Gold in The Rockies: Fueling Innovation and Talent in Denver and Beyond

Every 72 hours a new tech company stakes its claim and opens its doors in Colorado. This impressive statistic signifies more than a booming economy, it demonstrates that Colorado must be offering something more than a thriving job market. What is the allure of the Centennial State to tech giants and ambitious startups? Over the [...]

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Mar 20, 2024

History Colorado Awards More Than $74,000 to County and Municipal-led Preservation Projects

History Colorado’s Certified Local Government (CLG) program has awarded $74,870 for county and municipal government-led historic preservation projects. The three projects funded in this grant round help with the identification and study of historic resources and provide guidelines for meeting the needs of growing communities [...]

Mar 6, 2024

Beyond the Headlines: A Factual Perspective on Regional Banking

We are two months into 2024, and instead of looking ahead and maintaining positive momentum from a strong Q4 2023 performance, I find myself experiencing an unwelcome sense of déjà vu.  Regional banks are once again the target of dramatized and often misleading headlines because, for the second time in less than 12 months, in[...]