Tayer: #GiveFirst: It’s so uniquely Boulder… So, what is it?

By John Tayer, President & CEO – October 31, 2018 I’ve been meaning to write about this for quite some time, but as this column will appear just after the frenzy and divisiveness of our election season, it feels like the right time to talk about something that unites us. Observers have long extolled the …

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Boulder Chamber Members Assisting Furloughed Federal Workers

The Boulder Chamber is concerned about the welfare of individuals and families impacted by the government shutdown. Fortunately, many of our member businesses are stepping forward with special offers of support for furloughed workers to help them through this difficult period. Check below to see what our members are offering, and if you are a …

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We Can’t Regulate Our Way to Paradise

The Huffington Post recently hosted a public forum on Boulder’s affordable housing challenges. Among other causes, the forum’s panelists called out our restrictive development policies. As Boulder Councilwoman Jill Adler Grano explained, Boulder was planned as an “urban core surrounded by open space.” But while creating a beautiful “island paradise,” we’ve also instituted policies that …

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The present we didn’t get and the gifts it provides

By John Tayer Since we’re in the midst of the holiday season, and we’re all thinking about those gifts we’re expecting to receive, I thought it would be appropriate to spend a little time reflecting on one present we didn’t receive, the Amazon HQ2. I know there was a great deal of apprehension across the …

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Bolder Young Pro to Know: Matt Klieforth

Matt Klieforth, Sr Relationship Banker, Vectra Bank Hometown: Golden, CO Why is your job awesome? Interacting with clients and being able to educate them on all the different areas in banking that will help them achieve their financial goals. Hobbies: Basketball, Golf, Hiking, Traveling Favorite beer? Coors Light and White Rascal Favorite happy hour spot in …

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Industry Diversity Strengthens Boulder’s Economy

Boulder’s industry diversity – our mix of different industries such as IT, aerospace, natural products, bioscience and more – is a rare achievement and a distinctive economic advantage.  Most cities, especially those outside of major urban centers, are fortunate to have even a few well-established industries fueling their economies.  Boulder can make the case that …

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Set aside past frustration, back real funding for transportation

By John Tayer — October 12, 2018 I know, we’ve been to this dance before. We believed RTD would provide regional rail service, and we paid for it, only to see those plans languish in the face of depleted FasTracks funds and a recalcitrant commercial rail line owner. Now, faced with decisions on two competing statewide …

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Bolder Young Pro to Know: Jenn Tatro

Jenn Tatro, Card Catalog Bio/Intro: Jenn Tatro was born in Augusta, Kansas, and began singing when she was five. Under the guidance of her mother, she began performing live in pageants. She then began taking singing and guitar lessons in Kansas. After moving to Boulder in 2005, she paired up with Lee Johnson, a singer …

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Policy Roundtable Examines Transportation Funding Ballot Initiatives for the Northwest Region

Our regional and state’s economic vitality depends on an interconnected transportation system that keeps pace with the growth we’re experiencing in Colorado’s Front Range. Thus, the Boulder Chamber has spent much of this year advocating for the funding of transportation improvements that serve our workforce and residents in Boulder County. Governor John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Department of Transportation …

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Bolder Young Pro to Know: Michal Duffy

Michal Duffy, Education & Program Manager for OUT Boulder County Bio/Intro: I moved to Colorado in May 2017 to be close to my sister’s family; my nephew just finished his freshman year high school. Having grown up in Appalachia and living for several years in Vermont, I am still acclimating to a hot, dry environment. …

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Clif’s Notes: Historic M&A Activity Shaping Boulder’s Economy

Boulder is poised for a level of merger and acquisition activity we’ve never seen before. Billions of dollars in closed and pending mergers and acquisitions have already been announced in 2018, from very large deals such as ConAgra’s $11B pending acquisition of Pinnacle Foods/Boulder Brands, to smaller but equally important strategic moves like Biodesix’s acquisition …

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Boulder Business Reasserts Community Leadership Role

The Boulder Chamber, after months of listening to and working with business and community leaders in focused conversations, recently announced a major initiative — “Boulder Together” — to help address three persistent and urgent issues: inadequate affordable housing, insufficient transportation options and a dearth of qualified people to meet our workforce needs, across all industries, …

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Tayer: Workforce issues drive or slow economy

By John Tayer — June 7, 2018 Boulder enjoys a highly educated workforce and dynamic, engaged educational institutions. Still, we consistently hear from businesses how hard it is to find qualified and diversified talent. Aside from more localized hurdles, such as housing access and commute issues I’ve addressed in previous columns, there also are nationwide …

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Someone (really) cares about small businesses and nonprofits

By John Tayer — May 3, 2018 Many agree on the need to support small businesses and nonprofits in Boulder. We all recognize that they are important providers of jobs and services. Many of our small businesses also are the startup enterprises that serve as the dynamic foundation for our innovation ecosystem. And finally, we …

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