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Leadership Fellows Spotlight: Kyle Blackmer

A recent alum of Leadership Fellows Boulder County – a joint leadership development and networking program of the Community Foundation and the Boulder Chamber – Kyle Blackmer’s “yearning for a more diverse network” was met, and exceeded. “What I was most interested in came to fruition,” says Kyle, who was made a shareholder and director …

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Boulder County Job Fair Targets Young Adults Ages 16-24

In partnership with Workforce Boulder County, St. Vrain Valley School District, Boulder Valley School District, University of Colorado Boulder and Front Range Community College, the Boulder Chamber is organizing a Boulder County Job Fair targeting young adults, ages 16-24.  This regional job fair will take place Thursday, March 21, from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. at …

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Move Now on the CU South Annexation

With risk hanging over us, shifting players at the table, and genuine benefits ahead… the city council needs to act now to accept the University of Colorado’s “best offer” for annexation of its CU South property. Let’s start with the life/safety issues that are of most immediate concern. In public testimony and in my personal …

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Boulder Chamber Appoints Lori Call Senior Director of Policy Programs

The Boulder Chamber has appointed Lori Call as Senior Director of Policy Programs. In this role, Call will lead the Boulder Chamber’s policy team by providing strategic direction on a broad range of local and regional policy interests. This will include key concepts of the Chamber’s “Boulder Together” program, the proactive initiative assisting Boulder’s businesses …

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The Toll of Boulder’s Development Regulations

Greg Lefcourt loves coffee and has been in the specialty coffee industry for almost two decades. When he and Nafisa Ramos sought to open Beleza Coffee Bar in Boulder, they wanted us all to experience the beauty of craft coffee along with the warmth of a neighborhood gathering place. The experience of actually opening the …

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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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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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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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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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