I talked with High Country News writer Jonathan Thompson about how a downturn has a cascading effect on jobs, state budgets, and the environment.
Sustainability is now a buzz word in business. Broadly, it means “the capacity to endure.” In business, it refers to governance and manufacturing practices that seek to improve the environment and human and animal welfare. Colorado’s outdoor gear industry has led the way in adopting sustainable practices.
Colorado’s mountains mean towering economic benefits to the state. It’s home to many manufacturers of outdoor gear and recreation-based media. People come from around the world to enjoy our rivers and slopes, which makes it a natural home for the largest recreational trade show in the country. The popular Outdoor Retailer Show held its first expo in Denver recently, following a much-publicized move from Salt Lake City.
The typical modern office is laid out as offices branching off from hallways; or large, open spaces with ‘work areas’ or walled cubicles.
Businesses with a far-flung workforce, however, have to find ways to collaborate through technology. But most remote workers, often referred to as ‘telecommuters,’ are still linked to a central headquarters. But for businesses with no central base, everyone is tied together by technology. One Boulder-based e-commerce company is finding that it’s a key aspect of their success.
A Boulder County organization claims a decade of success in getting startup businesses and entrepreneurs to focus on charitable giving. According to Pledge 1% Colorado’s website, client contributions have totaled more than $5 million since 2007. Originally known as the Entrepreneur’s Foundation of Colorado, it was renamed Pledge 1% Colorado in 2016 and became a program of Community Foundation Boulder County.
Oil and natural gas exploration in northern Colorado is coming back from a market downturn, as drilling applications and production numbers are on the increase. The industry is now moving west, in particular filing large proposals to drill in parts of eastern Boulder County.