Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Innovation and Job News: "State of Downtown Denver 2015 has plenty to praise"

Quoting from Chris Meehan's posting yesterday in Confluence Denver:

"Last year, downtown Denver saw $1 billion in investments through completed projects. In 2015, that figure is expected to nearly double to $1.9 billion. That's just one key takeaway from the State of Downtown Denver 2015 event, hosted by the Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP) on March 24.

There was a host of data showing the recent successes of Denver and how the city is poised to keep growing -- for instance, residential population has grown 165 percent since 2010. "In order to ensure future success we need to understand what we did right to get us where we are today," explained DDP CEO Tami Door at the event."

Link to the full article at Confluence Denver

Link to the 2015 State of Downtown Denver report

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Denver Ranks 9th of "2015’s Hardest Working Cities in America"

Quoting CBS4 in Denver:

"WalletHub studied 116 of the most populated cities, using seven key factors to determine the hardest workers. And two Colorado cities fall in the top 20.

Aurora, CO ranks as the 16th hardest working city in America. Its workweek hours average 38.5, and the labor force participation rate is 78.6%.

Still, Aurora isn’t working as hard as Denver, which ranked the 9th hardest-working out of 116 cities in the U.S. 

The average workweek hours for those in Denver is 38.9 (New York City is 39.2), with a labor force participation rate of 78.5%."

Link to the CBS4 posting

Quoting WalletHub, "The modern-day American worker would no doubt seem unrecognizable to its mid-20th century predecessor. Back in 1950, Americans were 400 percent less productive than they are today, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Were we lazier then? Not at all."

Link to the WalletHub Rankings

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Congrats, Denver Botanic Gardens: "Chihuly exhibit helps Denver Botanic Gardens draw highest visitor numbers in North America"

Quoting the DBJ's Caitlin Hendee from yesterday's posting:

"If the acres of garden displays, numerous events, and rows of flowers and plants weren't enough to draw you to Denver Botanic Gardens in 2014, then perhaps the Dale Chihuly glass sculptures were.

They certainly were for the 1,411,116 visitors who made their way to the Denver attraction in 2014, setting the Botanic Gardens apart as the most-visited public garden in North America last year."


Link to the Denver Business Journal

Link to the Denver Botanic Gardens' Website

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Inc: '74 Attention-Grabbing Blog Titles That Actually Work'

If your blog headlines need a booster shot, make sure to read Larry Kim's article about Twelveskip's headline idea list. Quoting Kim, Twelvestep's list may not be the full solution:

"Seriously though, those types of headlines are incredibly effective, but they're not the be all that ends all. In fact, they work really well in social stories, but will just annoy people if you're blogging about your business and related topics.

So what's a run-of-the-mill blogger to do?

Develop a bank of catchy titles you can draw on to ensure you have lots of ideas to draw from and your titles aren't an afterthought."

Link to Inc.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Denver International Airport: Celebrating Two Decades and Ambitious New Plans...Happy 20th Birthday, DIA!

Quoting from the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation:

"A lot can happen in 20 years. In Metro Denver, we’ve seen it all – a massive light rail expansion, a growing Millennial population that is attracting companies and expansive mixed-use developments, four new professional sports stadiums, the revitalization of countless neighborhoods, and the diversification of the region’s industry base with eight major clusters. 

And today, Denver International Airport (DIA) is a glowing example of just how good two decades can look. Established in 1995 as the largest airport in the United States by total area, this regional economic engine is now consistently ranked as one of the busiest airports in the world. It now houses 109 gates and 42 regional aircraft positions, and served a record 53 million passengers last year, a massive growth from figures seen on its first birthday.

Now, as we collectively celebrate the 20th anniversary of this important pillar of Metro Denver’s growth, on Saturday, Feb. 28, we are also excited to embrace a rapidly evolving DIA into the future and the further growth anticipated on the immediate horizon."

Click to review "Six Significant Changes for DIA as it begins its Third Decade of operation"

Link to the DIA website

Link to "DIA20: The complete DBJ special report on Denver International Airport"

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Metro Denver In The News: "Eight Facts You Might Not Know About Metro Denver’s Eight Industry Clusters"

Quoting from the January 30th posting:

"Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation released its annual Industry Cluster Study, a year-over-year and five-year analysis of our region’s leading industry clusters. These clusters are our primary targets for national business recruitment as well as economic development retention and expansion efforts to grow Metro Denver’s economy.

Our nine-county region has come a long way in recovering jobs since the recession, as Colorado finished off 2014 strong with a 4 percent unemployment rate, the lowest since October 2007. A total of 4,700 new jobs were added to the state in December alone.

Our leading job growth can be attributed to Metro Denver’s eight primary industry clusters, which include aerospace, aviation, bioscience, broadcasting & telecommunications, energy, financial services, healthcare & wellness and IT-Software."

Eight Facts About The Eight Industry Clusters

Report - Executive Summary

Full Report

Monday, February 2, 2015

Super Bowl Ads: Maggie Holben's Top Favorites Aren't the Same as the National Poll; They Agree on Fiat for #3

Maggie Holben's choices from last night:

BMW - Katie Couric Asks 'Can you explain what Internet is?' - http://youtu.be/U1jwWwJ-Mxc

Snickers - Brady Bunch and Others - http://youtu.be/rqbomTIWCZ8

Fiat - Blue Pill - http://youtu.be/YAcLViTHDOo

USA Today via 9News.com Weighs In: "The most popular Super Bowl ad is..."

http://bcove.me/f1vczi6t

Budweiser - Lost Dog - http://youtu.be/xAsjRRMMg_Q

Always - Run Like a Girl - http://youtu.be/q3GpXgFwWmk

Fiat - Blue Pill - http://youtu.be/YAcLViTHDOo


 Lastly, Holben's favorite image was Katy Perry's shooting star "lifter upper device." It reminded her of an old friend in Wichita, the Wichita Children's Theatre and Dance Center logo. Holben served a three-year board term there in the late 80's and has the fondest of memories of Monica Flynn and her amazing program that's going stronger than ever - http://wctdc.com/.

Here's where to view all the 2015 Super Bowl commercials: http://www.superbowl-commercials.org