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Longmont hosts economic development summit Feb. 28

By Jensen Werley LONGMONT — The Advance Longmont Economic Development Summit will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Plaza Convention Center. The event is meant to engage the area’s business and community leaders in what the priorities and challenges are for Longmont’s economic development. The day-long event will kick off with a year-in review presentation from the Longmont Economic Development Partnership CEO, Jessica Erickson. There will be a panel discussion featuring Longmont’s four targeted industries — advanced technology, bioscience, professional services and IT, and creative arts and culinary — which will discuss opportunities for growth and recent developments in each sector.… Continue Reading...

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Greeley leads region in hotel occupancy during January

By BizWest Staff Greeley posted the highest hotel occupancy rate among cities in Northern Colorado or the Boulder Valley during January. That’s according to the latest Rocky Mountain Lodging Report, released Monday by the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association. The association’s monthly report revealed occupancy rates for January of 59.7 percent in Greeley, 57.9 percent in Loveland, 57.6 percent along the U.S. Highway 36 corridor, 49.9 percent in Longmont, 47.8 percent in Fort Collins, 47.6 percent in Boulder and 26.2 percent in Estes Park. In January, the average daily room rate in Estes Park was $147.99, Boulder $141.60, the U.S.… Continue Reading...

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Louisville, Boulder restaurants amid nominees for James Beard Award

By Jensen Werley Several Colorado restaurants, including ones in Louisville and Boulder, have been named 2018 semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard Award. The honor is meant to recognize the best in the culinary arts and is sometimes called the “Oscars of Food.” Annie Clark, of Moxie Bread Co. in Louisville, was nominated for Outstanding Baker. And in Boulder, Frasca Food and Wine was nominated for Outstanding Restaurant. Other Colorado nominees include Aurora-based Annette for Best New Restaurant, The Little Nell in Aspen for Outstanding Wine Program and Denver-based Todd Leopold of Leopold Bros.… Continue Reading...

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Developer plans Denver’s tallest skyscraper at 81 stories

By BizWest Staff DENVER — A development team has submitted plans for an 81-story building in downtown Denver. The Denver Post, following up on a Saturday report by Colorado Public Radio, reports that the proposed tower would be located at the southeast corner of 17th and California streets. It would be 25 stories taller than Republic Plaza, which — at 56 stories — stands as Denver’s tallest building. The proposed building would include a variety of uses, including a hotel, retail space and residential units. Michael Ursini, co-founder and managing partner of Greenwich Realty Capital, a New York-based development company, previously has said that a building project at that location was “100 percent going forward,” according to The…

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N.M. company acquires Littleton-based remodeler

By BizWest Staff LITTLETON — A remodeling company based in Littleton has been acquired by an Albuquerque-based remodeler. Albuquerque Business First reports that Renew Home Innovations was acquired by Dreamstyle Remodeling. The company projects revenue of $7 million during the first year after the acquisition and intends to hire 75 people in the Denver area, with an additional 15 in New Mexico. Dreamstyle has acquired an 8,800-square-foot building in the Denver area to house the operation, according to Albuquerque Business First. The post N.M. company acquires Littleton-based remodeler appeared first on BizWest.… Continue Reading...

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Broomfield firm joins in $2B national data-center rollout

By Christopher Wood DENVER — A Broomfield investment company is joining with counterparts in Singapore and Toronto to develop, acquire and operate data centers across the United States. Mt. Elbert Capital Partners LLC joined with Singapore-based GIC, a global investment firm with more than $100 billion in assets under management, and Toronto-based OpTrust to form EdgeCore Internet Real Estate LLC, based in Denver. EdgeCore initially will be capitalized with more than $800 million in equity to help support $2 billion in data-center development. EdgeCore will roll out its North American data-center platform in campus developments across six markets.… Continue Reading...

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Chicken and waffle, floral shops lease space at The Exchange

By Doug Storum FORT COLLINS — Chick’nCone and bloom are the latest tenants to lease space at The Exchange, a city block being redeveloped in North Old Town Fort Collins. Chick’nCone serves waffle cones stuffed with fried chicken with a variety of sauces from which to choose, plus cajun fries and combo meals that include drinks. Bloom is a floral shop that sells fresh flowers and mini bouquets in recycled containers, plants and vintage antiques. It also has a do-it-yourself workspace for those who want to create their own floral designs.… Continue Reading...

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Cannabis company to start franchising

By Doug Storum DENVER — Nine years ago, Christian Hageseth was on his own, opening a cannabis business with no prototype to follow. Now, after running the successful Green Man Cannabis business, Hageseth is hoping to help others in the marijuana business not have to go it alone and is franchising his business model. The cannabiz entrepreneur is partnering with a longtime franchisor to begin franchising dispensaries under the name ONE Cannabis, which will become Green Man Cannabis’s new name. Hageseth said he is speaking with franchisees who want to open five stores along the Front Range, including Boulder and Fort Collins.… Continue Reading...

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