NoCo News Briefs

September 2020 | August 2020 | July 2020

September 2020

News Briefs2nd Quarter home prices hold steady

Information and Real Estate Services (IRES) released their Q2 2020 MarketWatch Report. In Larimer County, the median sales price was $428,491 for Q2-2020, an increase of 0.8% year-over-year. The number of closed sales was down 14.3% coming in at 1,328. In Weld County, the median sales price was $375,000 for Q2-2020, a 4.2% year-over-year increase. The number of closed sales was down 19.3%, coming in at 1,330. In Boulder County, the median sales price was $598,500 for Q2-2020, a 3.2% year-over-year decrease. The number of closed sales was down 27.7%, coming in at 759.

30+ Northern Colorado companies make Inc. 5000

Inc. magazine recently released their 2020 rankings of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the United States. Over 24 companies in Northern Colorado and Boulder Valley made the list. Selected companies came from a variety of industries including health, education, retail and software. Companies making the list grew six fold on average since 2016, during a time when the economy grew just 15 percent. Click here for the complete Inc 5000 2020 list. Explore the company profiles and interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria.

CSU, CU & NSF partnership for AI education

Colorado State University and the University of Colorado along with other universities have partnered with the U.S. National Science Foundation to help lead the creation of the National Science Foundation AI Institute for Student-AI Teaming. The mission is to explore the role artificial intelligence plays in the future of education and work force development with a special focus on providing opportunities for students from underrepresented populations in Colorado and the world as a whole. Click here to learn more.

August 2020

News BriefsColorado Next

Check out BizWest’s Colorado Next digital publication, a guide for high-school students planning for life after graduation. The publication is designed to reach high school students, counselors and parents as they consider future opportunities. The latest issue features cool stuff being manufactured by companies right here in Northern Colorado, career avenues, help wanted and job apps. Check it out at:

Several Colorado hospitals rank in Watson Health Top 100

IBM Corp. recently released their Watson Health annual list of the top 100 hospitals in the US and several Colorado hospitals made the list: UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Rose Medical Center in Denver, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree and Swedish Medical Center in Englewood. 3,134 hospitals in the U.S. were analyzed based on clinical outcomes including numbers of complications, mortality and short-term readmission rates, and operating with financial efficiency. UCHealth and HealthONE in Denver were also named among the Top 15 health systems in the country. Click here for more information.

CU Boulder COVID saliva test

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a portable COVID-19 saliva test that returns results in 45 minutes. The research team has now spun off a company, Darwin Biosciences, to commercialize the test designed for widespread screening to help identify asymptomatic individuals. Click here to learn more.

July 2020

News BriefsCSU awarded coronavirus research grant

Infectious disease researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) will receive $699,994 from Biomedical Advanced Research (BARDA) to further develop a virus inactivation process, successfully used for MERS, which has the potential to inactivate the novel coronavirus. The overriding goal of the research is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the SolaVAX process to inactivate the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. It could also advance vaccine manufacturing capabilities globally. Click here to learn more.

Loveland launches digital visitors guide

Visit Loveland has launched its first all-digital visitors guide. The interactive publication features Loveland’s open spaces and outdoor recreation, local art and culture, Top 10 lists for families, signature events, eat/drink spotlights and more. Click here to take a look!

Longmont’s NextLight ranks as fastest Internet in region

PCMag recently released their list of The Fastest ISPs of 2020 and Longmont’s municipal-broadband service, NextLight, led its seven-state region in speed performance and ranks among the fastest in the nation. The region includes Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. NextLight ranked as faster than other providers with speeds that were about twice as fast as the nearest competitor, Comcast’s Xfinity.