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Denver cracks top 10 on ranking of tech talent

Denver moved up to No. 10 this year on CBRE’s Tech Talent Scorecard, the first time the city has ranked among the top 10 North American tech markets.

Tech labor concentration, or the percentage of total employment, is an influential factor in how “tech-centric” the market is and its growth potential. Denver has a tech talent labor pool of 99,760, or 6.2 percent of its total employment, placing it among the top 10 most-tech-concentrated markets and well above the national average of 3.5 percent.

Tech wage growth is another contributing factor to a city’s ability to attract and retain its tech talent. Denver’s average annual tech wage now tops $100,000, ranking 10th out of the 50 U.S. and Canadian markets studied and marking a a 15 percent increase in tech wage growth over the last five years.

“Tech continues to play an increasingly larger role in Denver’s ecosphere,” said Alex Hammerstein, senior vice president with CBRE’s Tech and Media Practice in Denver. “We see everything from startups to Fortune 500 tech companies opening and expanding their operations here, drawn to our educated workforce and supportive entrepreneurial culture. On the talent side, people choose Denver for our quality of life, relatively affordable cost of living and high-paying employment opportunities.”

The Tech Talent Scorecard is determined based on 13 metrics, including tech talent supply, growth, concentration, cost, completed tech degrees, industry outlook for job growth and market outlook for both office and apartment rent cost growth.

Denver stood out in the report in several other key areas:
  • Denver’s tech labor force grew 23.8 percent (adding 19,200 workers) over the past five years, among the fastest of large North American tech markets.
  • Denver produces a strong number of tech graduates but also continues to draw outside talent who are attracted to the tech job opportunities; Denver added more than 1,500 more tech jobs than tech graduates during the last five years.
  • The availability of tech jobs is helping to attract millennials — Denver saw a 6.8 percent increase in its millennial population change in the past five years, nearly double the U.S. average of 3.7 percent.

Tech companies lease more space than other industries

High-tech companies accounted for the most leasing of any other industry in 2015, according to a recent report from CBRE Research.

Last year, high-tech companies accounted for 16.5 percent of the total square footage leased in metro Denver. Across the state, high-tech encompasses 15.5 million square feet.

"There is migration from submarket to submarket -- for example, downtown Denver is more tech-focused today than ever -- and between property types, with traditional office space still dominating but tech firms now occupying everything from co-working space to industrial/flex buildings," says Katie Murtaugh, research analyst and CBRE Denver. "The industry's evolution has led to unique submarket trends in terms of the type and maturity of high-tech companies that locate in specific areas and the format of the space they lease."

Of Colorado's 15.5 million square feet occupied by the high-tech industry, defined in the report as high-tech services and manufacturing, hardware companies were the largest occupiers of real estate at 6.5 million square feet. The next highest user is software publishing at 4.4 million square feet, followed by business services at 2.4 million square feet.

Subsector diversification varies by submarket. In downtown Denver, software business services and cloud make up a combined 70 percent of the high-tech footprint. Hardware, Colorado's largest overall subsector, has a significant presence in the northwest and Boulder submarkets at 7.7 percent and 33.6 percent, respectively but it's Fort Collins and Colorado Springs that see the lion's share at 88.6 percent and 76.8 percent, respectively.

"The diversification of Colorado's high-tech sector comes as a surprise to many people, Murtaugh says. "Subsectors like social media and e-commerce frequently receive a lot of fanfare, but it's our state's hardware, software publishing and business services tech companies that have the largest footprint. Overall, a diversified tech sector is a healthy sector and the best-positioned to weather any one subsector's storm."

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

RNL launches employee bike-sharing program

International architecture, design and planning firm RNL has launched a bike-share program for employees at its Denver office. The company's intent is to promote a culture of wellness and healthy mobility choices.

"It's easy to see how riding a bike boosts health and wellness and can reduce community health costs," says Rob Ollett, project architect at RNL, who is spearheading the initiative. "With Denver's accelerated rate of growth, biking as a mode of transportation will also enable better connections to our community and reduce traffic and pollution. As a team, we are practicing what we preach; we take our responsibility as architects, designers and planners seriously, and we're committed to building a world with a brighter, greener future."

The program includes five branded bikes and helmets, which are stored in the main entry lobby to provide employees quick and convenient access outside to commute to and from work, to and from meetings, as well as for quick errands or rides around town for exercise.

"As a Certified B Corporation, RNL is committed to meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance and improving the quality of life in our communities through our business," says Rachel Bannon-Godfrey, RNL's director of sustainability. "The bike share program is one more example of our commitment to sustainability and the wellness of our employees in action."

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

The Next Stage NOW accepting applications to activate DPAC with art

Denver Arts & Venues is accepting applications for The Next Stage NOW, which is aimed at activating the Denver Performing Arts Complex campus.

Through a partnership with the Boettcher Foundation and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Next Stage NOW is a pilot program that Arts & Venues is launching to grant funds to artists and arts organizations to program the complex in non-traditional ways.

"We are honored to support The Next Stage NOW project, and we are eager to see the exciting projects that Colorado’s creative community will put forth to help activate our performing arts complex as we work toward reimagining this important gathering place," says Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. 

Participants interested in booking space through the program must provide activities that feature music, theater, dance, art, poetry, film or other creative placemaking activities, including yoga, fitness  and putt-putt. Preference will be given to programs that are free and open to the public, occur on a regular basis, attract new audiences and activate the space during the daytime and evening hours prior to performances in the theaters. 

Performances must take place in public and underutilized spaces at the complex, such as the Sculpture Park, The Galleria, The Studio Loft and Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the lobbies of the major theaters. 

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis with the first round of funding distributed in late spring for summer performances. 

An overview of The Next Stage NOW will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Tues. April 5 at The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St.

"DCPA believes that art is the soul of the city, a reflection of our creativity, passions, heritage and stories," says Scott Shiller, CEO of Denver Center for the Performing Arts. "The Next Stage NOW is the first step to bringing these concepts together to build the next generation performing arts complex."

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

HBA Job Board goes live

The Home Builders Association of Metro Denver has launched a new Job Board to help members post openings, as well as people seeking employment in the construction industry.

The Job Board is featured on the association's website and allows builders and associate members to post current job openings and search for candidates seeking jobs at no cost. Submissions also are posted on the HBA's social network pages.

"I encourage all of our members to utilize this free tool to maximize new hire opportunities for their companies," says Connie Dahl, HBA's director of marketing and communications. 

Dahl noted that the HBA Job Board is different from other job search websites that cater to the entire country. "Ours is only for the eight-county metro region and focuses specifically on positions related to the construction industry," she says. "It is updated frequently as new job listings pop up weekly."

Listings will remain on the Job Board for 30 days unless they're updated with new content. "This ensures that candidates are viewing only the most active job openings," Dahl says.

To post a job opening on the HBA Job Board, companies may email job descriptions and qualifications needed along with a company logo to cdahl@hbadenver.com.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Applications for NAIOP mentor program due April 4

NAIOP Colorado is seeking applications from members 35 years old or younger to be part of its 2016 Mentor Class.

The NAIOP Colorado Mentor Program is designed to match a limited number of mentees with experienced industry professionals who will provide them with the opportunity to learn different aspects of the real estate industry. Mentors will share career and professional advise to help mentees succeed in life and the real estate industry. 

In order to graduate from the program, an applicants must attend at least three out of four educational programs and meet with their mentors on a monthly basis. 

A mentor is recruited for each participant based on information in his or her application, personality test, goals and work history. Past mentors have included Christopher King, president of DPC Development Co.; Mary Sullivan, senior managing director of HFF, LP; and Michael Cantwell, executive vice president of CBRE Inc.

The program's educational events include:
  • Business development and networking coach
  • Public speaking/interview training
  • Personality profile review
  • Business workplace etiquette, including wine tasting
  • Current real estate trends and negotiations
Only 10 to 15 applicants will be selected to participate. The application deadline is April 4.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

State launches artist housing program with Artspace

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade has launched an initiative to provide affordable housing and work space for artists and arts organizations that will position Colorado as the nation's leader in artist-led community transformation.

Minneapolis-based Artspace will act as a consultant to Space to Create, Colorado, which will develop nine projects in eight regions in the state's rural, small-town and mountain communities over the next eight years. Each project will be customized to meet community needs for workforce housing and commercial space for artists and creative entrepreneurs. The first project will be in Trinidad. After that, the regions will be prioritized based on readiness, public will, commitment of local resources and housing demands.

"Housing and economic development are vital needs in rural Colorado, and the Space to Create initiative advances both of these issues by harnessing the power of the public, private and philanthropic sectors, as well as the creative community, to activate historic spaces and elevate rural economies," Gov. John Hickenlooper says. 

Artspace has more than 35 projects in operation across the country and another dozen in development, including Artspace Loveland, which has 30 occupied units of housing for artists and their families.

“Artspace has an incredible track record for successful community-driven projects across the United States, and we are excited to partner with them on Space to Create, Colorado,” says Margaret Hunt, director of the economic development office's Colorado Creative Industries arm.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

$30,000 prize, professional services will be awarded to BizPlan Award winner

The Denver Office of Economic Development will honor the best and brightest ideas in small business again this year through the JumpStart BizPlan Awards.

The office will select three startup and early-stage companies as finalists who will pitch their concepts at a live event Sept. 28 during Denver Startup Week.

The top prize package includes $30,000 cash, legal counsel provided by Polsinelli and strategic marketing services from dovetail solutions. 

"Incredible innovations, products and services are sprouting from firms of all levels and across many industries throughout Denver," says Mayor Michael Hancock. "By spotlighting these rising stars, we hope to spur investment opportunities, open up access to new markets and ultimately help the finalists to attain their growth plans."

The BizPlan Awards are open to startups, as well as established businesses with up to 25 employees that have been in operation for up to five years. The businesses must reside or plan to reside in Denver. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 14, or until 150 entries have been received.

"The JumpStart BizPlan Award is an opportunity to publicly recognize and celebrate our strong culture of innovation," says Paul Washington, executive director of OED. "We’re challenging entrepreneurs to bring forth their best ideas, from which we can help grow jobs, expand the tax base and make Denver a better place to live, work and play."

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

JG Johnson Architects recognized for gender equality

Denver-based JG Johnson Architects is one of four architecture firms featured as a champion of equity on The Missing 32 Percent Project's blog.

The Missing 32 Percent Project is a study of the equitable treatment of all architects across the gender gap. The American Institute of Architects reports that only 19 percent of its roughly 81,000 members were women as of June and only 12 percent of women architects serve as supervisors or licensed employers in architecture firms.

But JG Johnson Architects is bucking that trend. Of the firm's 31 employees, 58 percent are women, 62 percent are in leadership positions and 77 percent are licensed architects.

"We encourage recruitment and advancement of all staff on an equitable basis and have been very fortunate to recruit and promote such a large percentage of highly talented and qualified email architects," says Jim Johnson, the firm's founding principal.

Nicole Nathan, a part owner of the firm and a licensed architect in Colorado and Texas, says JG Johnson Architects supports a life-work balance that can be a pinch point for women in their middle careers.

"The understanding that you can have a family and maintain your identity and value as an architect is what sets this firm apart," Nathan says.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Downtown Denver Partnership seeks nominations for awards

The Downtown Denver Partnership is seeking nominations for the 54th Annual Downtown Denver Awards to celebrate the accomplishments that have transformed the center city over the last year.

Submissions should represent a center city business, organization, event or project that was completed this year and has made a significant contribution resulting in a positive impact on downtown Denver, while supporting the 2007 Downtown Area Plan. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 21. 

"It's incredibly important for communities to celebrate their successes," says Tami Door, president and chief executive of the Downtown Denver Partnership. "It allows us to reflect on possibility and reinforce confidence that together we can to big things that move the city forward. Let's always reflect what we have done in the past to inspire what we can do in the future and to celebrate the milestones."

Winners will be announced May 21 at the 54th Annual Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center. The black tie event is attended by more than 800 of the city's business and civic leaders.

The lengthy list of winners over the last 53 years has included standout high rises that contribute to a livable environment to infrastructure breakthroughs that move downtown Denver forward. Award winners have included Cadence Union Station, a 219-unit LEED Gold apartment building; the Denver Car Share Permit Program;  and the Metropolitan State University Denver Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

OneWall accepting artists' submissions

OneWall, a community-driven initiative that aims to elevate both local artists and the Denver art scene, is accepting submissions through Sept. 14 from Colorado artists for a large-scale mural.

The winning submission will be blown up to mural-sized proporations and installed on a building at 12th and Speer. Previous OneWall installations have been around 1,800 square feet.

The OneWall Project is a collaborative platform that facilitates the commission and installation of large-scale artwork on blank building walls around Denver. Underwritten with private funding and using billboard vinyl, the works are printed in high definition and temporarily exhibited around our city. By periodically installing new artwork, the process allows for heightened exposure of local artists and Denver’s cultural scene. OneWall’s digital and social channels supplement the installations with freely accessible content.

To be eligible to participate in the contest, entrants must be 18 or older and a current Colorado resident. Art should be appropriate for public use and relate to a broad audience.

Three finalists will be chosen on Sept. 20 and announced on OneWall’s Facebook page on Sept 22. Voting on OneWall Project’s Facebook page begins Sept. 22 and ends Sept. 29. In the event of a tie, the winner will be chosen by the OneWall panel of judges.
Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Denver Art Museum seeks designs for sculpture

The Denver Art Museum is looking for Front Range architects and artists to design a sculpture for Martin Plaza that will be installed this summer when the museum showcases several exhibitions and programs related to the idea of sculpture.

The outdoor project is expected to complement the museum's offerings and add a knock-your-socks-off, interactive feature to the larger Civic Center complex.

The museum is seeking a sculpture that visitors can interact with or an installation that prompts people to interact with each other. The winning team must be able to both design and build the sculpture. The museum has a budget of $15,000 for the project, which includes artist fees and materials.
The project should have a strong visual draw and celebrate the idea of sculpture and/or communal gathering with interactive features. Because it will be outside and attract visitors of all ages, it needs to be durable and safe.

The selected individual or group must work collaboratively with the museum staff to finalize project design.

All project proposals must be emailed in PDF format, to Jaime Kopke by 5 p.m. on Feb. 14.  For more information, visit the Denver Art Museum website.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Mulligan named top attorney by Law Week Colorado

Real estate attorney Jim Mulligan has been recognized as the 2013 People’s Choice Best Real Estate attorney by Law Week Colorado.

The legal publication also recognized Mulligan, a partner in the Denver office of Snell & Wilmer, as the Barrister’s Best Real Estate Attorney in 2009 and 2012 and as one of its Lawyers of the Decade in 2011.

"Barrister's Best is Law Week’s Best of Colorado," says Meg Satrom, Managing Editor of Law Week Colorado. "This issue highlights the best attorneys in all practice areas including the People's Choice award, where individual attorneys are honored by the vote of their peers."

Mulligan's practice focuses on most aspects of commercial and mixed-use real estate, including urban, resort and suburban developments, with an additional emphasis in the structured financing and corporate areas of practice. He has represented the real estate ownership, development and finance industries in Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain Region on legislation, regulatory concerns and other issues. He also represents corporate and commercial clients on a variety of public policy and government relations issues.

Each year, Law Week Colorado surveys lawyers and judges in Colorado to identify the top attorneys in the state.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Galvanize to open second location on Platte Street

Galvanize will unveil plans for a second location on Platte Street at the Startup Crawl on the night of Sept. 18 during Denver Startup Week.

Jim Deters, Galvanize CEO, says the concept originally was planned for Platte Street, but he was anxious to get a space up and running, so the community designed for entrepreneurs and innovators first opened in an existing building at 1062 Delaware St. in the Golden Triangle. There are now about 130 companies working in the 30,000-square-foot building.

The new building at 1644 Platte St. will be a four-story, 78,000-square-foot structure designed by Open Studio Architecture. It will have a rooftop deck and a restaurant at street level. The project is expected to be completed in about a year.

"We have a waiting list of people for our suites," Deters says. "I expect the new building will be pretty much full when we open our doors, though we will try to leave some vacancy so we can see who is coming next."

Deters also recently signed a deal to open a 10,000-square-foot location at 1035 Pearl Street in Boulder. The target for the opening of that location is February.

Though he declined to disclose specific plans, Deters says his vision for Galvanize extends beyond Colorado. He's mentioned Manhattan and Austin in previous interviews with Confluence.

"We’re not just thinking about the next six months," Deters says. "We’re thinking about the next several years."

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Buell to host "clean" comedy act

The Buell Theater in Denver will be the site of the "Clean Guys of Comedy" featuring live performances by Jamie Kennedy, Dave Coulier, Heather McDonald, Andy Hendrickson and Ralph Harris.

The one-night only show will be broadcast live to 660 movie theaters nationwide. The show marks the launch of a new comedy brand targeted towards audiences who enjoy adult, but clean stand-up comedy. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19.

"This is an opportunity to bring a clean version of adult comedy to a coast-to-coast audience and show that jokes don’t have to be 'dirty' to be funny," says Jim Janicek, Executive Producer and Partner of Clean Guys Entertainment LLC, the production company behind the broadcast and show.  "It’s so rare to have a powerhouse group of famous comedians in one place, providing a great night of laughter without having to pay a fortune for tickets."

NCM/Fathom Events will be broadcasting the performance live to more than 660 movie theaters nationwide at 8:30 p.m. ET (tape delayed at 8 p.m. MT), and will present a special second showing on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. local time. The "Clean Guys of Comedy" will be presented by National CineMedia’s (NCM) Digital Broadcast Network. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online.

Clean Guys Entertainment and NCM/Fathom Events have coordinated with the Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media to bring this live event to Denver. 

"The Colorado Office of Film and Television views Clean Guys as an innovative comedy creation that will serve the dual purpose of employing Colorado’s talented production workforce while promoting the city of Denver and state of Colorado to a broad audience across our nation," says Donald Zuckerman, Director of the office.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.
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