Economic Vitality

Hey Boulder, Don’t Be Late to the Future!

As we start the new year making traditional resolutions, I’ve personally reflected on the areas where I could self-improve. Those who’ve worked with me for a while, or maybe even just scheduled a single meeting, might have experienced what has been referred to as “Tayer Time.” I confess a tendency to run late to meetings. …

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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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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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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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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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