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 […]

A look at how Colorado’s new economic plans will impact Denver South

The new administration has only been in office for a few months, but Colorado’s newly elected governor Jared Polis has already unveiled an ambitious plan to implement income tax breaks for small businesses and residents statewide. His economic plan, part of his four “Bold” initiatives, will impact residential, small business, and corporate stakeholders in different ways, but it is all anchored in his goal to remain revenue neutral by reducing or eliminating tax breaks for […]

middle

How to bring back the political middle so we can actually get things done.

By Mike Fitzgerald There are few if any politicians or citizen leaders in the political middle now. There is little or no consensus about the major issues in the public realm of the United States. Extremes on the right and left have created an accelerating downward spiral, preventing any likely agreements that benefit the entire community or country. The Democrats, the Republicans, and the Independents all have their core issues, as do the environmentalists, the […]

Colorado Tourism Sets All-Time Records for Visitation and Spending in 2015

DENVER – Weds., July 20, 2016 – The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) today announced that Colorado once again set all-time records for total visitors, visitor spending and tax generation in 2015, welcoming 77.7 million visitors who spent $19.1 billion and generated $1.13 billion in state and local tax revenue. This is the fifth consecutive year the CTO has seen record-setting growth. The state has posted a 31 percent increase in visitation, nearly double the 16 […]

Potential oil and gas setback initiative could cost Colorado up to 100,000 jobs and billions in GDP

DENVER – July 14, 2016 – A proposed 2,500-foot setback for new oil and gas wells in Colorado could result in the loss of up to 54,000 jobs over the first five years and up to 104,000 jobs over 15 years, according to a new study released today. The initiative could also lower Colorado’s gross domestic product by an average of $7.1 billion in the first five years and $14.5 billion between 2017 and 2031. […]