NoCo News Briefs

February 2019 | January 2019 | December 2018

February 2019

24/7 Wall St. names best Colorado city to live in, and the winner is...

News Briefs24/7 Wall St. recently named the best city to live in every state. In Colorado, Frederick took the top spot. Located just north of Denver, Frederick was noted for having a small-town feel along with easy access to all the amenities of big city living. The community museum, golf course and over 20 parks were highlighted features. Overall metrics used in the study included affordability, safety, strong economy and range of entertainment options. View the complete article at:


CU Leeds School of Business named as top business school for value

Value College recently ranked the top 50 best value undergraduate business schools and the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder came in at #43. Factors taken into consideration include total annual cost, publisher and student reviews, and early career salaries for graduates. Click here for the complete set of rankings:


Fort Collins ranked as Best-Performing City

Best-Performing Cities, a nonprofit thinktank, released their annual list of Best Performing Cities in the US and Fort Collins ranked #9. Wage gains, technological developments and job creation were all metrics included in their assessments. Fort Collins was noted for having a healthy startup community and access to talent at Colorado State University. Other Colorado communities making the list included Greeley #42 and Boulder #62. Click here to download a PDF of the report.

January 2019

54th Annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook Report

News BriefsThe University of Colorado Business Research Division of the Leeds School of Business recently released their 54th annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook report. While the Colorado economy is projected to remain strong, overall growth is expected to slow in 2019. Approximately 53,000 jobs are anticipated to be added to the economy, which would place Colorado in the top 10 for employment growth. Northern Colorado is expected to be the state leader for growth. Click here to download the complete Business Economic Outlook Report.

Butterfly house ground breaking

Ground breaks this January on the brand new conservatory/butterfly house at the Fort Collins Gardens on Spring Creek. The project is in partnership with the Butterfly Pavilion and is part of a joint effort to showcase the role pollinators play in the environment. Cafe sessions, a new entrance/lobby, meeting room and expanded gift shop are also a part of the project. Learn more at:

NoCo, Boulder Valley steady unemployment rate

According to data recently released from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, unemployment rates in Larimer, Weld, and Boulder counties remained flat. For all three counties the non-seasonally adjusted unemployment figures in September and October were below 3%. The counties were well below the national unemployment rate average of 3.7%. Click here to view the Colorado economy at a glance:

December 2018

Three Colorado cities top Brain Concentration Index

News BriefsThree Colorado communities topped the Bloomberg's national Brain Concentration Index this year. Boulder ranked No. 1, Fort Collins No. 2 and Denver No. 10. The Brain Concentration Index looks at metro areas with a population of 90,000 or more, that have a high concentration of STEM workforce, advanced degree or science and engineering undergraduate degree holders, as well as a strong net business formation. Click here to read the complete report:


Colorado MSA's in Top 25 of Most Innovative Cities

24/7 Wall St, a financial news and commentary web site, recently ranked the most innovative Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA's) based on data pulled from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Boulder (#4), Fort Collins-Loveland (#18) and Greeley (#25) all made the Top 25. Click here for the complete findings:


Four front range communities ranked as top job-growing cities

In a special report, 24/7 Wall St. pulled a list of 31 U.S. cities adding the most jobs. Four Colorado communities made the list, in rank order: Greeley (#5), Fort Collins (#11), Denver-Aurora-Lakewood (#25), and Colorado Springs (#27). The findings were based on five-year changes in employment — the number of people employed — at the metro area level. Click here to view the special report: