Colorado Springs ranks 15th best city for technology workers | Business

Colorado Springs ranks 15th among the best places for technology workers, offering the best combination of quality of life and job prospects, according to a study by the Computing Industry Technology Association (CompTIA).

Colorado Springs moved up one spot from last year in the annual ranking, which is based on CompTIA’s evaluation of U.S. metro areas with populations of more than 250,000, where demand for technology professionals is high. Denver and Boulder also ranked in the top 15, with Denver falling one spot to 10th and Boulder moving up two spots to 12th. Colorado and North Carolina were the only states with three cities in the top 15.

Four Colorado cities among top 5 best places to live

The top rankings by the three Front Range cities was reinforced by the 2020 Milken Institute State Technology and Science Index, which ranked Colorado second to Massachusetts, the same rank both states

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Two Colorado Springs companies get state grants | Business

Titan Robotics and Terra Ferma, both of Colorado Springs, have been awarded grants totaling nearly $500,000 to help turn new technology into commercial products.

The two companies were among 37 Colorado firms that received $7.66 million in grants from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade under the agency’s advanced industries accelerator program. The grants are to demonstrate proof of concept and to help attract or retain early-stage capital for companies to turn newly developed technology into commercial products that can be created or made in Colorado and exported globally.

The office received 100 grant applications and invited 24 companies to pitch their plans last month to a special committee. The Colorado Economic Development Commission awarded the grants last week.

Titan Robotics builds and sells large-scale, industrial 3-D printers; it also does print jobs for customers. Titan  plans to use its $250,000 grant to build a demonstration unit

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Colorado lawmakers set sights on future Space Command headquarters

Colorado Springs would be an ideal location for future Space Command headquarters, say lawmakers in the Centennial State.

Last week the Department of the Air Force announced the six candidate locations being considered for the headquarters of the U.S. Space Command.

The six locations include Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, Port San Antonio, Texas; and Redstone Army Airfield in Alabama, the Department of the Air Force said in a statement.

Peterson Air Force Base is currently the Command’s provisional headquarters. The long-term Space Command headquarters will be selected in early 2021.


Virtual and on-site visits will now be conducted at the six candidate locations before the headquarters site is chosen, according to the Department of

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Colorado couple lured, fed bears in ‘selfish and unethical’ act, officials say

A couple in Colorado was slapped with a citation after luring and feeding bears, according to officials who are now using the incident as a reminder of the dangers of feeding wildlife.

Officials said the “egregious incident” took place in the community of Castle Rock, in Douglas County, where misdemeanor charges were filed against a couple for knowingly luring bears. 


Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Tuesday they had received multiple reports of people feeding bears.

“It is selfish and unethical to feed bears,” area manager Matt Martinez said in a news release. “You are going to end up unintentionally killing those animals and also putting yourself in harm’s way. If what you want is a pet or just to connect with an animal, choose a domestic breed that has evolved to live with people.”

An elderly couple in Colorado was cited after they were found to be knowing luring and feeding bears, according to wildlife officials.

An elderly couple

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‘We are out of time:’ Destructive wildfires in Colorado will grow worse as season lengthens, scientists warn

  • Wildfire season in Colorado would normally be nearing its end by now.
  • Instead, dry conditions fueled what’s now become the state’s largest wildfire in history.
  • The unusually late and intense fire season in Colorado is part of a larger problem of worsening destruction fueled by climate change.
  • The wildfire season in the West is now 78 days longer than it was in the 1970s, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

a person is sitting in the snow: A firefighter is silhouetted as Cameron Peak Fire, the largest wildfire in Colorado's history, burns outside Drake, Colorado, U.S., October 17, 2020.

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A firefighter is silhouetted as Cameron Peak Fire, the largest wildfire in Colorado’s history, burns outside Drake, Colorado, U.S., October 17, 2020.

Wildfire season in Colorado would normally be nearing its end by now. Instead, dry conditions fueled what’s now become the state’s largest wildfire in history.

The Cameron Peak fire, which ignited in August, is still raging through the state, burning more than 200,000 acres and further straining already an under-resourced emergency response grappling

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A Colorado Wildfire Just Climbed Over the Rockies. In October.

Smoke rises from a wildfire in Colorado on Thursday.

Smoke rises from a wildfire in Colorado on Thursday.
Photo: David Zalubowski (AP)

Every time you think you’ve seen it all as a climate reporter, the crisis throws something new at you. The latest point in case: the aptly-named East Troublesome Fire has traversed the continental divide in the Rocky Mountains at a time when snow is usually beginning to settle into the hinterlands.

While most eyes have been on California’s record-setting wildfire season, Colorado has also been ablaze in a bad way. The East Troublesome Fire and the Cameron Peak Fire are extremely active even by peak fire season standards, let alone what used to be the offseason. Those two fires are the first- and fourth-largest fires on record in the state, respectively. The Pine Gulch Fire, a conflagration extinguished earlier this year, was the second-largest, meaning three of the five biggest fires the

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What Oracle, IBM, Amazon, VMware, and Google pay tech hires Colorado

  • The tech industry in Colorado has grown steadily over the past decade, creating a tech workforce of nearly 150,000 people, the third-highest concentration of high-tech workers in the country.
  • The Centennial State’s tech workforce has also expanded through the H-1B program that allowed major tech companies to bring in talent from overseas.
  • For example, Amazon hired a technical programmer with a salary of $140,000, while Google hired a Google Cloud sales engineer with a salary of $139,000, and IBM hired a transition and transformation manager with a salary of $106,000.
  • Here’s a survey of what Oracle, IBM, Google, VMware, and Amazon pay new hires in Colorado, based on disclosure data for permanent and temporary workers filed with the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification in 2020.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Tech has been a major growth driver in Colorado over the past decade, with the state emerging

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