education

Career Training in Denver South: Non-Traditional Schools for Non-Traditional Students 

Back to school in the Denver area means more than just fresh loose-leaf paper and sharpened pencils. Two new state-of-the-art facilities in the area are seeking to change the way that we approach education, from simply getting the grade to learning hands-on skills. Both the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus in Centennial and Arapahoe Community College’s Sturm Collaboration Campus in Castle Rock acknowledge the fact that there are many paths (beyond just a traditional 4-year degree) […]

workforce

A New Approach to Workforce Development: Resources in Denver South

In the modern economy, workforce development is much more than a job board. It means continually helping job seekers and current employees alike to hone new skill sets and in doing so, enhance their value in the workplace. Modern workforce development requires helping job seekers to advance from exactly where they are. While this might mean simply connecting a qualified worker with appropriate companies and job openings, it more often means identifying what skills a […]

virtuous cycle

A look inside the virtuous cycle of economic development

When the economy is in a rut, we all seem to know it. So, isn’t it nice when the economy is pumping strong? We get a little raise, we have a little extra, we splurge a little more, and put a little extra away. It feels good. If that’s how you feel, it’s not your imagination. Unemployment in the U.S. is at a 50-year low. And, according to Moody’s Analytics, a record number of open […]

smart mobility

How smart mobility is changing life in Denver South

By Tyler Svitak It’s no secret that Colorado is growing. The Denver metro area alone, for instance, has grown by more than 1.6% since 2010, adding a significant portion of the 80,000 new residents that are moving to the state each year. Denver isn’t alone, either. Colorado was the second-fastest growing state in 2015, and Aurora, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins and even many of the mountain towns are experiencing growth that hasn’t been seen […]

entrepreneurs

Surge City: How to make Denver South an entrepreneurship destination 

According to the Downtown Denver Partnership, 163 startups were founded in the Denver city-center in the past year, employing 5,140 people, and these startups currently account for more than 8% of businesses and total 772 companies. Moreover, these companies have raised $598M in venture capital in the past year. The successful rate of new small businesses is no coincidence—it’s fostered by a variety of public, private, and non-profit interests and initiatives, not to mention a […]