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Energy.gov previews the 2017 Solar Decathlon in Denver

A year to the day before the event, the U.S. Department of Energy posted a preview of the Solar Decathlon 2017 to be held in Denver.


Zero-emission electric vehicles charge along the street. People walk along LED-lighted sidewalks. A commuter train drops travelers off from the airport to enjoy dinner at a corner café. And the houses? They're entirely powered by sunshine.

This might sound like a scene from the distant future, but it's not as far away as you think. Exactly one year from today, Solar Decathlon 2017 will kick off in Denver. The biennial competition challenges teams of college students from around the country to design, build and operate beautiful solar-powered houses that are ultra-energy efficient and balance innovation with cost effectiveness. Fourteen Solar Decathlon student teams are now hard at work refining their initial plans for houses designed to provide shelter after disasters, conserve water and achieve other goals.

The Solar Decathlon houses will join the landscape at Peña Station Next, a burgeoning "smart city" between downtown Denver and the airport that city planners began mapping out several years ago. The plan calls for adding 1.5 million square feet of corporate office space, 500,000 square feet of retail stores, 2,500 solar-powered residential units, and 1,500 hotel rooms to the space separating the vibrant urban hub from the nation’s largest airport in total land area.

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WSJ covers Galvanize's $45M raise

Denver-based Galvanize raised $45 million to expand its educational offerings, reported The Wall Street Journal.


As more technical education moves to nontraditional programs, it has become increasingly difficult for recruiters to develop standards with which to assess and compare these nascent coding programs. Some academic researchers and trade groups are looking to create a standard database of coding boot camps and online courses.

Mr. Deters said that Galvanize does not aim to replace four-year programs but rather fill the gaps and help engineers be prepared with the skills most highly in demand in today’s workforce. He said the company is planning to collaborate with universities more in the future.

Currently, the six month web development program costs $21,000, while the data science program is $17,000. According to the College Board, the average price of in-state tuition for a public university during the 2015-2016 school year was $9,410. For private colleges, that cost was $32,405.

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SF Gate looks at Lawrence Argent's 92-foot "Venus"

SF Gate reported on what will be the tallest statue in San Francisco, the 92-foot Venus, courtesy Denver's Lawrence Argent.


The Trinity Place art requirement is $5 million, and once that number was reached, Sangiacomo embraced it, taking several trips to Italy with his wife in search of inspiration.

Then he invited four artists to make presentations at the Trinity Property headquarters. The first was Lawrence Argent, a Denver artist, who was invited on the basis of a giant blue bear he created to stand outside the Colorado Convention Center and press his nose and paws to the glass.

"We were so enamored with the creativity of that and how fun it was that we flew him out," says Walter Schmidt, CEO of Trinity Properties. Argent made his presentation, and Sangiacomo responded in Godfather-like fashion.

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Inside Philanthropy spotlights "ascendance" of Denver arts

Inside Philanthropy covered the "ascendance" of the Denver arts scene in a story with the headline, "Small Town, Big Art."


As for Madden, his relationship with the Colorado arts community dates back 40 years. A pivotal moment occured in 1985, when he gathered a cadre of Colorado business leaders to form the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) with the goal of creating business and arts partnerships. Madden also founded the Museum of Outdoor Art in 1981, established the amphitheater Fiddler's Green in 1988, and opened the Madden Museum of Art in 2008.

Not too shabby.

And so the CBCA established the John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award in 2010 to recognize a business sector individual who has made significant contributions to advancing arts and culture in Colorado. (Needless to say, Madden was the inaugural recipient.)

Add it all up and the adage rings true: Rome -- or in the case, Denver's impressive arts scene -- wasn't built in a day.

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Metro State partnering with Detroit music school

The Detroit Free Press reported that Metropolitan State University of Denver is opening a campus at  the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME).


MSU Denver administrators visited DIME last year for the first time, "and it was love at first sight," said Kreidler, who said he was particularly impressed by the faculty: "highly credentialed, extremely intelligent and good at what they do."

The new deal is part of a bigger growth strategy for Nixon and Clayman: A Denver campus is expected to open in fall 2017, next in what they hope will be several DIME-branded schools across the country. And there are plans to double the space at the Detroit facility, which now occupies three floors of a Dan Gilbert-owned building.

"It's our dream to have this place full and buzzing with young students," said Clayman.

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Forbes says Denver best city for business

Denver is the No. 1 city in the U.S. for business in the Forbes annual rankings for the first time.


Denver ranks No. 1 for the first time, moving up from a fourth place finish in 2014. The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro area, home to 2.8 million people, is attractive for its diverse economy, highly educated labor force and outdoor recreational opportunities. Companies are increasingly choosing Denver as the site for new operations or to relocate.

Panasonic Enterprise Solutions, a new technology and solar energy division of Panasonic North America, selected Denver over 22 cities in December for its primary U.S. innovation and sales hub. The company’s president, Jim Doyle, cited Denver's proximity to nearby universities, Denver International Airport and $1.5 million in incentives for choosing the Mile High City. "It became somewhat of a slam dunk," Doyle told the Denver Business Journal. It is expected to create 330 jobs at an average wage of nearly $90,000.

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U.S. News & World Report showcases Metro State's aerospace initiative

U.S. News & World Report covered Metro State's aerospace manufacturing program.


Within the Metropolitan State University of Denver's campus is a hidden gem -- a developing program that intends to marry advanced manufacturing with aerospace and engineering fields.

"It's a diamond in the rough," says student Taletha Maricle-Fitzpatrick, who's graduating this year with a degree in aerospace physics. "There aren't very many aerospace people and even fewer aerospace physics majors. I found that because of that I received a lot more support."

The goal of the program, dubbed the Aerospace and Engineering Science initiative, is to draw in students from different disciplines to fill a need for homegrown talent in the local aerospace industry, a problem known within the state as the "Colorado Paradox."

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OhHeckYeah goes to Boston

BosInno reported on OhHeckYeah's visit to Northeastern University for graduation.


Partnering with Denver-based OhHeckYeah, a company that integrates digital gaming into communities to promote engagement, Northeastern itself will become an interactive arcade and feature a number of free digital games for students and passersby to enjoy.

"OhHeckYeah is part of Northeastern University's larger Public Art Initiative, which provides a platform for artists from all disciplines to test their creative limits on campus," spokesperson Casey Bayer told BostInno. "Northeastern is the perfect canvas on which to display and inspire creativity, and to showcase the university's artistic perspective: innovative, dynamic, interactive, and entrepreneurial."

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Investopedia calls Denver "best city to become an entrepreneur"

Investopedia called Denver "best city to become an entrepreneur," along with Austin, Arlington, Va., and Oklahoma City.


Denver is rife with resources for budding entrepreneurs. The University of Colorado houses the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship to foster new startups in the local community. As part of the city’s attractive financing options, Denver provides up to 50% of a project’s costs for ventures established in certain parts of the city. Additionally, Colorado offers cash incentives to eligible businesses that create permanent jobs that last at least a year.

Business costs are below the national average and the city enjoys a young population and low unemployment. Denver currently maintains 172 small businesses per 10,000 people.

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WSJ reports on Denver's SeedPaths

The Wall Street Journal reported on the Denver-based IT skills program, SeedPaths.


A few months ago, Edgar Cordova was a college student piling up debt and struggling to balance his studies with odd jobs.

Today, the 20-year-old is working for a Boulder software developer. "For the first time, I can afford things I need," said Mr. Cordova, the son of a janitor.

What changed his trajectory is SeedPaths, a computer-coding "boot camp" that runs an eight-week course for low-income adults, with the help of federal funds. The Denver company partners with county workforce centers, which tap the federal Workforce Investment Act to cover the $6,000 cost.

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Storage Talk lists "17 Things to Know About Living in Denver"

The Storage Talk blog published a list of "17 Things to Know About Living in Denver."


Employment opportunities and startup adventures are endless in Denver, which was named fourth in ForbesBest Places for Business list in early 2014. By the end of the year, the metro's job growth outpaced the rest of the country. According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, education and health services saw the most growth in Denver's economy, but there was also a significant increase in industries like leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and mining, logging, and construction.

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Billboard calls CU Denver top school for music industry

Billboard named CU Denver's music business program one of the best in the U.S.


The University of Colorado Denver (Denver, CO)

The university features a music and entertainment industry studies department that includes courses in concert promotion, music publishing and music business in the digital age, as well as a student-run label, CAM Records. The school offers one of the few singer-songwriter programs in the country.  Students collaborate across all programs, creating a real-world experience of the music industry while in school, and building a supportive community of musicians, managers, and engineers.

CU Denver communication program director Cynthia Barringer notes some of the concerns within the music business education community including: the absence of music education in K to 12th grade schools, the need to increase musical literacy, the cost of music technology, and the importance of offering more courses in aspects of the music business including business, law, finance and economics.

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Downtown Denver Partnership releases startup report

For Denver Startup Week, the Downtown Denver Partnership released data on the city's vibrant startup scene.


"The numbers speak loud and clear, Downtown Denver is the place that creative, innovative and passionate people want to be to grow their startups," said Tami Door, President and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership. "The center city has an incredible entrepreneurial energy that invites people to get engaged and think big, and we will continue to provide the resources and tools that help entrepreneurs and startups succeed in our community."

The numbers, which focus strictly on the core boundaries of Downtown Denver, show that: 
  1. Downtown Denver is home to 373 startups employing 3,108 employees
  2. Almost $200,000,000 in funding was raised by Downtown Denver startups in 2013
  3. 7.5% of Downtown Denver businesses are startups, and over 80 new startups were formed in 2013
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CU Denver study links city design and health

Research at CU Denver indicated that older, more compact cities with lots of intersections were healthier than newer communities.


The researchers examined street network density, connectivity and configuration. Then they asked how these measures of street design impacted rates of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and asthma. The study used data collected by the California Health Interview Survey for the years 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009, sampling between 42,000 and 51,000 adults.

The results showed that increased intersection density was significantly linked to reduction in obesity at the neighborhood level and of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease at the city level. The more intersections, the lower the disease rates.

The study also found a correlation between wider streets with more lanes and increased obesity and diabetes rates. The reason, the researchers said, was that wider streets may be indicative of an inferior pedestrian environment.  The presence of a 'big box' store also tends to be indicative of poor walkability in a neighborhood and was associated with a 13.7 percent rise in obesity rates and a 24.9 percent increase in diabetes rates.

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Pittsburgh officials taking good look at Denver

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ran a story on Steel City officials coming to Denver for some research on city-building.


"There's a lot of value to this," said Bill Flanagan, executive vice president of the privately funded Allegheny Conference. "If you rolled back the clock to 1970, Pittsburgh and Denver were basically the same size. Since then, Denver has grown and Pittsburgh has shrunk. The cities have a lot of similarities, and we want to look at the things they're doing to build their economy and grow."

Peduto spokesman Tim McNulty said the mayor will look to draw ideas from Denver's transit system; "eds and meds economy"; diversity and immigration policies; and healthy living initiatives. Denver has the sixth-lowest obesity rate among 189 municipalities nationwide, according to Gallup research.

Peduto recently launched "Live Well Pittsburgh," a campaign to promote physical health and wellness in conjunction with the county.

"There's a lot to learn there," McNulty said.

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