April saw a lot more than crop-watering showers in the marijuana world. According to the Colorado Department of Revenue, about $22 million in recreational pot was sold in April, up nearly 60 percent from January, when retail sales started. Meanwhile, medical marijuana sales -- which still far outp ... More >>
In the social network age, it's easier than ever to take on new hobbies, thanks in part to online communities like Colorado-based Craftsy.com, which offers streamlined instructions on the web. To celebrate its third anniversary, today the website is giving away all the lessons it typically charges f ... More >>
What are the best places in Colorado to find a job? The folks at the Nerd Wallet website have just released a list that attempts to answer that question, and surprisingly enough, several cities that almost always wind up on such rosters -- including Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs -- are nowher ... More >>
We all know folks from around the country who graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder and then never leave town -- and it turns out this decision's a mighty good one according to Kiplinger, whose list of the ten best cities for grads prominently features the People's Republic. Count dow ... More >>
Last month, Cardhub.com compiled a list of the ten worst travel cities for summer 2013 that didn't feature Denver -- because it was deemed the finest. Now, the company has ranked the best -- and worst -- cities to work for a small business in, and Denver's is number one again. But of which list? Fi ... More >>
While Denver City Council members seem to be on track for allowing recreational marijuana stores within city limits, their compatriots in Colorado Springs aren't nearly as far along. If it were up to Colorado Springs mayor Steve Bach, there wouldn't be any recreational sales in his city: Bach has be ... More >>
Legislators working on bills pertaining to Amendment 64 nearly passed a repeal measure aimed at retail sales of recreational pot in part over fears that taxes modest enough for voters to approve might not cover costs. But a document revealing retail sales and state sales taxes in fiscal year 2012 (s ... More >>
A new developer will take over the stalled Gaylord hotel project in Aurora, which won an estimated $81.4 million tax rebate from the state last year before hospitality giant Gaylord Entertainment announced it was restructuring -- and that building the 1,500-room hotel and conference center here wasn ... More >>
Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade that replaced the Colorado Council of the Arts, has a new executive director, Margaret Hunt, who will be responsible for developing a statewide, shared vision for Colorado's creative indus ... More >>
Secretary of State Scott Gessler told us last week that he supported Mitt Romney because he is very worried about the state of the economy. But a quarterly report released this morning by his office shows that at least in Colorado, there has been slow but positive improvement in several key areas, i ... More >>
The economic development news out of Aurora this year hasn't been great. The high-profile deal to build a 1,500-room hotel hit a big snag when developer Gaylord Entertainment restructured its company. But Yuriy Gorlov of the Aurora Economic Development Council says that while blockbuster deals are w ... More >>
As President Obama and Mitt Romney argue about who is a better job-creator, a heated congressional race between incumbent Ed Perlmutter and challenger Joe Coors has also zeroed in on jobs and alleged outsourcing. The latest tiff centers on a mailer from a former Coors company that Perlmutter's team ... More >>
Had six non-Romney fans not be banned from attending, they would have learned that Congressman Paul Ryan is just a family man with a lot of love for the State of Colorado. That's how the newly announced vice presidential candidate presented himself at the start of his speech at Lakewood High School ... More >>
Underscoring the importance of Colorado in the presidential election -- and the significance of Jefferson County in the race to win this key swing state -- Mitt Romney held a rally today in Golden, marking his first campaign stop since returning from his trip in Europe.
A year after taking office, Mayor Michael Hancock delivered his first State of the City address this morning, promoting a range of priorities, including restructuring the police department, increasing programs for children and a new online initiative he is calling "e-Denver." That's right, Denver is ... More >>
Oil and drilling do wonderful things for Colorado, and government better stay out of the industry's way. This seems to be an underlying message behind a new web portal launched this week by the Western Energy Alliance, a Colorado-based group that represents hundreds of oil and gas companies in th ... More >>
Things were looking up for Aurora, Colorado.That's how it seemed earlier this year when we wrote about the suburb's new tourism organization, Visit Aurora. Why? Aurora looked sure to land the state tourism incentives it needed to entice Gaylord Entertainment to build a giant hotel there; the city wa ... More >>
Correction: A previous version of this post referred to Crossroads GPS as a super PAC, when Crossroads GPS is in fact a nonprofit group that is a sister organization to American Crossroads, a Republican super PAC. They didn't waste any time. Just hours after the latest unemployment statistics came o ... More >>
Sure, there are Martians living under Denver International Airport, and the New World Order has concentration camps there. Still, all the conspiracy theories about DIA don't hold a candelabra to the flotilla of rumors floating around the hundredth anniversary of the Titanic tragedy. And we're not ju ... More >>
Colorado House Democrats and representatives from CU, CSU and Colorado Technology Association met with the press to introduce "Start-Up Colorado." The package brings together three jobs bills focusing on promoting small business growth.
Joe Miklosi.Colorado's 6th Congressional District has been a safe Republican enclave -- the sort of place likely to elect current Representative Mike Coffman for as long as he cares to serve in Congress. But a judge recently redrew lines to make the district more competitive, thereby giving a ... More >>
Downtown Littleton.In 1987, Chris Gibbons was charged with revitalizing a Littleton economy that just saw it's largest employer, construction aggregate supplier Martin Marietta, lay off about 7,000 employees amid a recession. And despite long odds, his Economic Gardening program was such a s ... More >>
Watching the sky.Later this morning, President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the Auraria campus, with subjects expected to include student-loan reform. But former mayoral candidate Jeff Peckman, the man behind the failed ET affairs commission initiative, would like him to touch on som ... More >>
Inspired by President Obama's American Jobs Act campaign performance at Lincoln High School, Mayor Michael Hancock can now claim that new trash fees are needed to create new jobs...
Fort Collins.Another day, another list on which Colorado finishes in impressive fashion. This time its the Forbes roster of the best places for business, and this square state placed two communities in the top ten: Fort Collins at fifth, Denver at ninth. Here's Forbes' rationale for the stro ... More >>
That's right, Newsweek.Few could have anticipated a decade or two ago, when I was a kid growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, what kind of toll the decline of the Big Three automakers would take on the whole state; back then, it was a solidly middle-class and blue-collar place to be from, a p ... More >>
When most people envision the future, they probably think about the awesome products we'll have to make our lives easier, but author Greg Lindsay is more concerned about how those products get to us. It's no secret most manufacturing has moved overseas, and with that move, a global economy ha ... More >>
Warren Edson.The list of candidates hoping to win the District 8 City Council seat that opened up due to councilwoman Carla Madison's death is a long one -- more than twenty to date. Among the more noteworthy? Warren Edson, who's best known for his advocacy of medical marijuana. Although he s ... More >>
Video below. The first line of Carol Boigon's new ad is this: "Whether you support medical marijuana or not, putting dispensaries everywhere is not a jobs plan." Why did the mayoral hopeful, whose slogan is "Boigon Means Business," mention pot? "There's a number of my colleagues on the counci ... More >>
Decades ago, when marketers started touting "the television family," they were talking about all the network people who'd show up in your living room every day.
Hickenlooper.Governor John Hickenlooper is revving up his eco-devo engine. Last month, he toured Colorado for four days, holding confabs in eight towns; Denver gets its turn today, at a Bottom-Up Economic Development Meeting at the Cable Center at the University of Denver. And have we got som ... More >>
HIckenlooper.The inauguration ceremony was cold, but Governor John Hickenlooper is off to a blazing start. Hickenlooper issued three executive orders in the first few minutes of officially holding office, taking aim at economic development and improving the efficiency of state government.
The Money Museum got mad billzIf you think about it, the concept of money in general is pretty weird: Basically, we assign a value to a random object and, as a society, agree upon its representative worth -- there's nothing intrinsically valuable about a $20 bill, for example, but neither is ... More >>
Overwhelmed by the number of sites offering Cyber Monday deals? Well, now there are 82 of them, including seven in Colorado, you don't need to visit -- because their domains have been seized for allegedly selling counterfeit or copyrighted goods. See the list and get more info from the Justic ... More >>
Gustavo Arellano and Tom Tancredo didn't find much common ground in their debate about illegal immigration Tuesday night, but they did agree that the war on drugs has been a very costly failure. A new report seeks to quantify that costby looking at the long-term effects of adding increasing n ... More >>
Yesterday morning, during one of his regular updates on KOA/850 AM's morning-news broadcast, Channel 9 business reporter Gregg Moss talked about a new series of public-service announcements for the automobile industry that would begin running immediately on Clear Channel stations like KOA, as well a ... More >>
Today is officially Keep Colorado Working day – but where, exactly, are people supposed to be working? Yesterday, Intrawest Corporation– which runs Winter Park and owns Steamboat and Copper Mountain – announced companywide cuts. (Happy opening day, Winter Park!) And here in town, longtime b ... More >>
Yes, businesses are having a tough time right now, restaurants especially, but you can't blame all closings on the bad economy. Sometimes it's simply a matter of bad management. Or just a single bad decision (or lack thereof). That was the case with the downtown Denver Palomino, which the Denver Pos ... More >>
Tosh's Hacienda The flier for the S.O.S. -- Sophisticated.On.Saturdays -- party October 25 says that it will be held in the new Club Dynasty, located in the "old" Kiva Restaurant at 3090 Downing Street, with two floors of dance club and a spelling-impaired dress code: "no hats, white tees, do rags ... More >>
Occasional Backbeat contributor and band manger/consultant with BandGuru, Mark Bliesener, has organized a panel discussion at the Tivoli Center titled Evolution of the Rock Concert. Fittingly, the discussion -- which is free and open to the public and slated to take place on Wednesday, November 12, ... More >>
06.09.07 Zambia, Africa Chief, I made it into the chicken shack of an airport last night after a twenty-hour travel day. City very dark, just gaggles of young men squatting on the corners. Too hard to make anything of the place in the gloom and smell of burning tires. Too shaken up and addled to ... More >>