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In 2008, Richard Florida — creative class and cities guru — wrote an op-ed for the Rocky Mountain News touting Denver as one of the top destinations for 21st Century talent. In the article, he said Denver is one of few regions that has all the happiness factors that attract transplants. These include good public transportation, economic security, good schools and community leadership. Because of these qualities, Florida heralded Denver as a mega-region, or an area that attracts talent, changes ideas and drives economy. 

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One tough question for arts nonprofits: Why aren't boards more diverse?

The boards of Denver's arts and culture nonprofits sometimes don't match their audiences. That often proves a stumbling block to equity and inclusion.

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A Vision for Westwood

Re:Vision got started in southwest Denver's Westwood neighborhood with urban agriculture initiatives aimed at quenching one of the city's driest food deserts. Now the nonprofit has moved into creative placemaking to plant the seeds for an art district.

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Space to Create Paonia: A small town bets big on creatives

The Western Slope municipality edged out its neighbors to win Colorado's backing for affordable housing for artists and other creatives. Can it build a sustainable economic model for rural areas across the state?

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Here Comes The Sun: How a Cryptocurrency Company Plans to Save Local Journalism

By Labor Day, Denver’s latest online newspaper will be live, thanks in large part to funding from a blockchain company with its own cryptocurrency. With start-up costs covered, one big question remains: Will Coloradans rise to the challenge of supporting The Colorado Sun’s ad-free, independent journalism?

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At IdeaLab, making art, losing the fear

More than 40 youths showed up for the recent IdeaLab at Denver's Youth on Record. They got real-world advice on art-making, hands-on instruction, and a chance to show off what they learned.
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Now & Next: Coworking Space Meets Women’s Unique Needs

Women in Kind is frank about the ways workplace needs differ between men and women and addresses them head-on. 
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