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Cheba Hut CEO in Q&A with Entrepreneur magazine

Cheba Hut CEO Scott Jennings works from Denver (the company HQ is in Arizona). He answers questions about franchising, legalization and helming the country's only marijuana-themed restaurant franchise in the June issue of Entrepreneur magazine.


What type of franchisees do you look for?

We don't want to deal with the type who just wants to throw money at us. You know there's a lot of money out there, but not a lot of cool money. Most people with money just want to make more money. Absentee franchisees are fine, but they still have to care about the experience. A lot of people see the weed thing an they're out. But you don't have to smoke weed to own or eat at a Cheba Hut.

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Global Cities Initiative releases report on Denver

The Global Cities Initiative released a report on Denver in a series covering "The 10 Traits of Globally Fluent Metro Areas" at a June 26 event, "Going Global: Boosting Metro Denver's Economic Future."


This hi-tech mix creates spillovers that complement Colorado’s broader space and aerospace economy, the second largest in the country and home to four military commands, eight major space contractors, and more than 400 aerospace companies and suppliers. The region is second among the 50 largest metro areas for total private aerospace workers with19,600 people employed in the sector. Of that growing cluster, Denver has developed a particular niche in the satellite-based services segment, housing firms such as DISH Network and sister company EchoStar Corporation.

Denver and the surrounding Northern Colorado region concentrate dozens of federal research institutions, research universities, and private research and development laboratories. These assets have attracted and developed a highly educated workforce needed to fuel the region’s innovation economy: 38 percent of residents have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to a national average of only 29percent. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s recent decision to open a satellite office in Denver reflects the region’s important role in the national innovation ecosystem.

Beyond the benefits of its clusters and specialties, the Denver metro area has also capitalized on its status as the largest city in the Mountain West region. As the largest metropolitan area within almost 600 miles, Denver is a natural center for business and professional services for companies throughout the region. This industry not only provides the plurality of employment to the region (239,000 jobs) but also is the largest driver of job growth, with payrolls in the sector growing at 3.8 percent annually.

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The Beat reviews Denver Comic Con 2013

The Beat says the explosive growth and popularity of Denver Comic Con overwhelmed the event in 2013.


On the upside, many of the con attendees (and a tremendous number in cosplay) are actually being patient and simply biding their time to make the best of it.They are very excited to be at DCC and enjoying the whole fandom experience of a new con in Colorado.

I’ve never abandoned a con before, but today it happened. When I finally gained access to the panel hallways, with minutes to spare, in order to cover them as a journalist, I found that the panels I was looking for had been cancelled or moved to a later time. Looking at the waits to get onto the floor (unprecedented in my experience of quite a number of cons), it wasn’t worth the suffering in my opinion. I’ll try again later, but for now the massive, speedy growth of Denver Comic Con has defeated its best intentions and also for now, defeated my own enthusiasm for con-going. It’s only Saturday midday out here in Denver, and things may improve, but as a journalist, I’m not getting much done in what I came here to do.

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Two Denver bars named to Esquire's "Best Bars in America"

The Ship Tavern and Williams & Graham made Esquire's 2013 edition of the "Best Bars in America."


Ship Tavern, tucked away in the historic heap of bricks that is the Brown Palace Hotel, is at that peculiar stage in a fancy joint's life when it wants to be a dive. It's not decrepit per se, but you can feel the gravitational pull of decrepitude. Somehow that's alluring. Maybe it's because that same black hole is pulling on us every single day. In any case, it is very pleasant to drink your (large) cocktails here (stick to the basics) amid the head-scratching, comprehensive nautical decor (in Denver?), which dates back at least to the 1930s.

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Salon reports on National Adaptation Forum in Denver

Salon recently reported on the National Adaptation Forum held in downtown Denver in April, focusing on adapting to the new environments brought on by climate change.


On the opening morning of the inaugural National Adaptation Forum, I was eating breakfast at a stand-up table in the exhibition hall when a mustachioed man of middle age plopped his cherry Danish next to my pile of conference literature, a mess of pamphlets and reports with titles like Getting Climate Smart: A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action, and Successful Adaptation: Linking Science and Policy in a Rapidly Changing World. The nametag dangling above the Danish identified the man as Michael Hughes, director of public works for the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst. Like many attendees, Hughes was part of a new national emergency-response team without being fully aware of it. He had arrived in Denver knowing little about "adaptation," the anemic catchall for attempts to fortify our natural and built environments against the epochal temperature spike in progress.

“I hadn't even heard the term 'adaptation' a month ago,” he told me, taking a bite.

He didn’t know anything about the 20 federal agencies that just released adaptation planning studies, or the dozen coastal states negotiating the early stages of "managed retreat" and “coastal abandonment,” buzzwords for the work, underway from Puget Sound to Brighton Beach, of accommodating rising seas by contracting the contours of the U.S. map. Hughes didn’t know about any of this. He just knew that the Elmhurst sewage and water systems were buckling under the strains of the new normal, and that his job was figuring out what to do about it. "The floods keep coming, they keep getting worse, and every time there’s damage, everyone blames me," he said. "I’m here to learn more about what’s happening, and talk to people dealing with the same problems."

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Colorado Real Estate Journal covers Denver projects in Obama's 2014 budget

The Colorado Real Estate Journal reports on two projects in metro Denver that are identified in the federal budget for 2014, including $15 million for work on the Byron White U.S. Courthouse downtown.


"By investing in our public buildings, a smaller federal footprint and improved border crossing stations, GSA will not only create savings for the American people, but also assist in providing them with the most efficient and effective government possible," said GSA Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini. "The president’s budget will ensure that federal agencies can support economic and job growth in communities across this country."

Two projects in the Denver metro area were specifically identified in the budget, including a request for $13.9 million for ongoing remediation work to multiple sites at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood. Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Consent Order Program, the state of Colorado requires cleanup of these sites. The remediation effort has been ongoing for the last 10 years and the funding request will complete the required work.

GSA also is requesting $15 million for a project at the Byron White U.S. Courthouse at 1832 Stout St. in Denver.

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The Atlantic Cities covers Denver's move towards density

In The Atlantic Cities, Eric jaffe penned an in-depth piece on transit-oriented development in Denver.


In a recent special issue of the journal Cities, geographers Keith Ratner of Salem State University and Andrew Goetz of the University of Denver report that transit-oriented development in the FasTracks era has already had a measurable effect on the character of the city. After analyzing TOD data from around the city, Ratner and Goetz conclude that increased density near transit stations — one of the primary objectives of the regional plan — is "clearly evident":
While Denver still remains a relatively low density city that relies heavily on the automobile and highway transportation, there has nevertheless been a clear change in regional policy that is encouraging more transit and higher-density transit-oriented development and that change in policy is having a recognizable impact on Denver’s land use and urban form.
Denver's recent success is encouraging for all U.S. metros, largely because the city followed a typical path in the 20th century. During a period of intense sprawl and transit failure, between 1950 and 1990, the city's population density shrank from 4,741 people per square mile to 3,309. Since reversing course in the mid-'90s, however, density is back around 4,000 people per square mile.

Ratner and Goetz attribute much of that change to a successful TOD campaign that focused on five key goals: placing homes, jobs, and retail near transit; creating a mixture of transportation, housing, and shopping options; capturing some of the business value of transit for the city; emphasizing "place-making" strategies; and ensuring that transit stations were entry portals to a truly regional network. From 2000 to 2010, T.O.D. development made up a considerable chunk of all regional development (9 percent of all residential growth, 11 percent of retail, 15 percent of office).

All told, Denver has created some 18,000 residential units, 5.3 million square feet of retail, and 5.4 million square feet of office space within a half mile of transit station, Ratner and Goetz report.

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Forbes spotlights downtown Denver

Forbes just showcased Denver's textbook downtown revitalization as the lead for its look at urban cores from coast to coast.


Take Denver. Civic and business leaders began work on the city’s Lower Downtown neighborhood in 1989 with the issuance of $240 million in bonds. Today LoDo is a trendy ‘hood of over 100 restored Victorian warehouses and buildings filled with art galleries, boutiques, local eateries and nightclubs. Now  Denver is in the midst of a 20-year, seven-mega project plan to expand the revitalization efforts through the rest of the downtown district.

"We carefully evaluate what the future workforce is looking for and we incorporate those demands into what we are building," asserts Tami Door, chief executive of the Downtown Denver Partnership. Those demands span pedestrian walkways, a bike path grid, and "green" housing complexes comprised of smaller units, typically rentals. Residential buildings chock-full of amenities like fitness centers aren’t in the cards. "This group doesn’t want to necessarily come into the development and lock themselves in at night; they want to be out connecting with the community so they want amenities near their homes," stresses Door.

The investments seem to be paying off. Denver, relative to the rest of the county, has been a faster growing city, with a population growing by about 1.3% per year, according to Moody’s Economy, and a 2012 that clocked 2.4% job growth and 3.3% economic growth.

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$7 billion hospitality boost attracts World Property Channel

Denver’s $7 billion, 10-year investment has had a profound impact on the city attracting visitors and media from all over the country.


Over the past decade, Denver has spent more than $7 billion to upgrade its hospitality infrastructure. The airport is now the fifth-busiest in America. The downtown, once in a state of neglect, is now considered one of the most walkable in America. The Denver Performing Arts Complex is the second-largest facility of its kind in America. And the country's newest light-rail system links it all together.
There are over 300 restaurants downtown, representing cuisines from every corner of the world - including many with farm-to-table Colorado cuisine. The Fort Restaurant sits in red rocks at the base of the mountains - and serves more buffalo than any restaurant in America. The Wynkoop Brewing Company is in an 1888 building filled with wood and wagon wheels, featuring locally-sourced buffalo and elk, as well as a dozen of its own craft beers. It's also Denver's oldest brewery, founded some years back by Colorado's current Governor, John Hickenlooper.
There are over 200 different beers brewed here, in fact, making Denver "The Craft Beer Capital of America." Coors Brewery, just outside of town, is the largest in the world. And there are 24 wineries on the Front Range
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The Atlantic recognizes Denver retail stronghold -- I Heart Denver Store

Does anyone living in Denver not know how I Heart Denver Store Proprietor Samuel Schimek helps expose all things Denver? If they didn’t, they do now. 


David Rasmussen has been designing and handcrafting custom wooden furniture for more than 15 years, building everything from cabinets to tree houses. Recently, the Carbondale, Col.-based craftsman and his team have also begun experimenting with developing product lines, such as wooden plates and bike shelves. "We're refining the process," he says. "We're getting really good at making things."

He is one of more than 130 Colorado artists spotlighted at the I Heart Denver Store, located at the Denver Pavilions in the heart of the Downtown District. The shop features a broad mix of handmade artwork, apparel, and other products by independent Colorado artists and creators, including those who are just launching their careers as well as veterans of the state's arts scene. I Heart Denver Store is dedicated to supporting that community: 70 percent of all sales go directly to the artists each month.

"I love their business model," says Rasmussen. "They only take a 30 percent margin, where normally it's much higher. It helps artists reinvest in their work."

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Denver kicks off first Startup Week

Denver’s an “undiscovered gem of opportunity” experiencing an entrepreneurial renaissance and is on track to become the country’s No. 1 place for entrepreneurs. This is what the city’s entrepreneurs had to say at Startup Week, which hosted thousands of people and more than 70 events. We happen to agree. 

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New York Times celebrates Denver’s pedestrian mall

The New York Times celebrates what Denver did with the 16th Street Mall, a pedestrian walkway rivaled by other U.S. city builders.


There were balloons and free cookies, stickers and speeches on Tuesday to mark the 30th birthday of a pedestrian mall that runs through the heart of this city’s downtown. The mayor read a proclamation, office workers hustled past with late-morning lattes and a few homeless men shadowboxed with the celebratory red-and-white balloons.

So goes life along Denver’s mile-long 16th Street Mall.

For all its vitality and new development downtown, Denver is still a city in search of an icon. It has no Golden Gate Bridge, no French Quarter, no Empire State Building. The snow-capped Rockies float like a mirage off to the west, far beyond the city limits. What Denver has, instead, is the mall.

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Inc. lists Denver as one of the nation's top start-up capitals

Inc. magazine recently listed Denver as one of the nation’s top start-up capitals due to quality of life, reasonable cost of living and supportive community. 


Brady Becker, co-founder of the popular food and restaurant discovery app Forkly, worked in Silicon Valley for around two years and tried commuting from San Francisco 45 minutes each way and even living on a sailboat, which was cheaper (albeit colder). 

"Occasionally I would dock closer to the office to shorten my commute," he says.

The close proximity to the mountains for biking and skiing, a laid-back pace of life, and more than 300 days of sunshine a year all encourage a healthy work-life balance. 

"Denver itself has walkable neighborhoods with new microbreweries and restaurants popping up all over town," Becker says.

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