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In 2016, Colorado was the 7th fastest growing state in the US after being the 2nd fastest in 2015.

Additionally, in 2015 Denver was the fastest growing large city in the nation.  96% of the population growth between 2010 and 2015 occurred in the front range and 68% in the Denver Metro Area.

Denver has been ranking 1st or 2nd top places to live in the US.  With Colorado Springs often right up near the top 10.

With this podcast, I hope to tap into all of the positive things happening here that make Colorado such a great place to live, work, raise a family, and start a business.

Of course, If you have a business you want to talk about, or know someone who does, drop me a line. I’d love hear your stories.

Be sure to visit Colorado.FM for all the podcast episodes and other resources we come across.

Thanks for listening!


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Podcast Links:

Colorado Economic Business Outlook 2017 – CU

Foodies Know: Boulder has become a hub for new producers – NYT

Denver Restaurants Feel Unexpected Sting from Pot Tourism – Bloomberg

Best Places to Live – US News & World Report

 


Transcript:

Hey everyone. My name is Doug Stetzer, and thanks for tuning into Colorado.FM, the Colorado podcast.

We all know that Colorado has really exploded over the last few years as the word’s gotten out about what a great place it is to live, work, enjoy the outdoors, raise kids, and start business.

In 2016, Colorado was the seventh fastest growing state after being the second fastest in 2015. Additionally, in 2015 Denver was the fastest growing large city in the nation. All the while in the last few years, Denver has been ranking first or second in the top-rated places to live in the US, often with Colorado springs right up there near the top 10.

While Colorado’s growth rate is slowing, it’s still twice the national average, and economic growth continues to outpace the national average, as does new business creation. These new businesses create almost 50,000 jobs a year.

The Kaufman Foundation ranked Colorado fifth in its index of star activity, and one of the reasons for this is networking opportunities and startups. Colorado’s collaborative nature fosters these networks, which is a huge leg up for starting a company here.

I recently read an article in New York Times about the food startup scene here in Boulder the article was titled, “Foodies Know: Boulder Has Become a Hub for New Producers” and the link’s in these show notes. The network here is an amazing resource that is supporting an array of startups in this industry, and while you might tend to hear a lot about the tech scene, the foodies are going nuts.

While I’ve already been attending event like startup weeks and admiring Colorado-based gear and apparel companies, this article really piqued my curiosity in what other industries are blowing up around here. Of course, that’s not even mentioning the marijuana industry. California is hot on our heels as far as legalization, and it’s clear that this industry isn’t going anywhere and is making real waves in other established businesses.

While the restaurant scene has seen unbelievable growth, liquor sales are actually declining, and restaurants are having a harder time competing for workers. There’s a great article on that in the show notes as well.

All of these trends and opportunities are really fascinating, and so I hope to dive into what’s going on right here in Colorado, learn more about the people behind the numbers and statistics. Of course, there’s plenty of people who wish the boom would slow down or even reverse.

While things have been great for real estate owners, renters are getting squeezed and trails and mountains are getting more crowded, and some might say less friendly. As a relative newbie myself, I can’t complain, but I can reach out, get to know my neighbors better, and be sure to wave when I’m out there driving on the dirt roads.

With this podcast, I hope to tap into all the positive things happening here that make Colorado such a great place to live, work, raise a family, and of course, start a business.

So if you have a business you want to talk about or know someone who does, or just know somebody with an amazing story out there doing something positive that we all need to learn about, be sure to drop me a line. I’d love to hear and share these stories.

Be sure to visit Colorado.FM for all the Colorado podcast episodes and any other resources we could share that you come across. Thanks for listening and stay tuned for more.

 

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