healthcare

Streamlining healthcare: How the administration’s plan may impact Denver South

On April 4, 2019, Governor Jared Polis released his Roadmap to Saving Coloradans Money on Health Care. According to the report, healthcare costs accounted for 32% of median household income in Colorado in 2016. According to the governor, that’s too much. Polis hopes that by making healthcare more affordable, Coloradans will be less hesitant to seek care, which will help to prevent emergency care needs that increase healthcare costs. The plan has six short-term and […]

r&d

Colorado’s R&D economy: Who’s funding innovation and where is it happening?

With its educated and entrepreneurial workforce, Colorado is primed for research and development dollars. And, it’s getting them. The state ranks second in the nation on the Milken Institute’s 2018 State Technology and Science Index, a report that ranks states based on “their science and technology capabilities and broader commercialization ecosystems that contribute to firm expansion, high-skills job creation, and broad economic growth.” In addition to ranking second overall, Colorado has ranked third on the […]

green

Green energy’s impact in Denver South

Colorado has diverse renewable energy resources and ambitious green goals. For instance, Xcel Energy, the state’s largest utility provider, in December announced plans to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2030 and to cut them out entirely by 2050. “We listen very closely to what our communities and customers are asking for,” Alice Jackson, president of Xcel Energy Colorado, told 5280 at the time. “They’re clearly asking for reliable, low-cost, zero-carbon energy. We have our […]

entrepreneurs

Here’s how business leaders can help local entrepreneurs

It’s all but impossible to overstate the importance of entrepreneurship and business formation to economic growth. For example, businesses that are less than five years old account for nearly all net new job creation in the U.S. and almost 20 percent of gross job creation, according to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, an entrepreneurship-focused non-profit in Kansas City. In fact, every year an average of 1.5 million jobs are formed by companies less than a […]

How to get more labor in the workforce

The unemployment rate is a funny thing. As of October 2018, the national U.S. unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, meaning that more than 96 percent of the U.S. adult workforce that wanted to be was employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the same time, more than 250,000 new jobs were created in the month, employing even more people than held jobs in September. A 5 percent unemployment rate has long been considered […]