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Jobs Takeoff In The Boulder Valley

Posted by Michael Hughes   March 13, 2010

Okay so it’s not Boulder county but it is nearby and nonetheless a great sign for the entire Boulder Valley. Transfirst a payment processing company headquartered in New York will more than likely be moving to Broomfield. If the company does move to Broomfield it will bring 525 jobs with them surely a great sign for the area.  Tax rebate deals have been offered but not accepted at this point.  Keep your fingers crossed. If you will be moving here with this company and want to buy a home in Boulder give me a call.

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We’re number 8, we’re number 8! Boulder, CO

By Michael Hughes   January 23, 2010

Boulder is not just a place to live but a place to thrive.

Money magazine recently named Boulder County as No. 8 on its Top 10 Places for Jobs (see table below). The list was accumulated based on the magazine’s list of the Top Places to Live- 2009.  Louisville was ranked first among small towns.

Money Magazine said “While many people come for the University of Colorado, graduates stay because of the plentiful job opportunities” to read the entire article go to MoneyCNN

The magazine noted Boulder’s high-tech firms – and top employers – including IBM, Sun Microsystems and Ball Aerospace, as well as IBM’s recent announcement that it would add another 500 jobs (primarily at its call center in the Boulder facility). Also a huge alternative energy research park (ConocoPhillips) is underway nearby. While Boulder Valley remains a powerhouse in alternative energy and there is legislation underway that is expected to fuel ‘Green’. Link to the latest story on ConocoPhillips at:  BCBR

The lowest unemployment rates came from Cass County, N.D., with a 3.4 percent unemployment rate. Money Magazine wrote that the county is the hub for the surrounding area’s health care, retail, manufacturing and educational needs. And now Microsoft and other high-tech companies are moving in next to the county’s traditional large employers of farm and construction equipment manufacturers such as John Deere and Bobcat. Colorado overall as a state as of October 2009 was ranked 23rd and unemployment at 5.8% read the entire story at Unemployment Boulder

Here’s a snapshot of Money magazine’s Top 10 Places for Jobs, all of which boast unemployment rates well below the national average of 10 percent:

Top 10 Best Places to Find a Job

County                                 Unemployment Rank/Rate

Cass County, N.D.                              1st / 3.4%

Madison County, Neb                       2nd / 2.9%

Platte County, Neb                            3rd / 4%

Sarpy County, Neb                            4th / 4.7%

Dallas County, IA                              5th / 4.7%

Grafton County, NH                         6th / 5.1%

Dane County, WI                               7th / 5.2%

Boulder County, CO                         8th / 5.3%

Roanoke, VA                                      9th / 5.6%

Saline County, Ark                          10th / 5.7%

Source:  Money Magazine

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Where the Jobs will be 2010

Where the Jobs Will Be in 2010

Posted by Michael Hughes December 29, 2009

Regions across the U.S. will see job growth in the first quarter of 2010. But the growth will be sporadic and many areas will continue to lag

16. Boulder, Colo.
Q1 2010 annualized job growth: 1.2%
Q3 2009 annualized job growth: -3.7%

First quarter of recovery: Q1 2010
Unemployment rate: 5.8%
Median household income: $71,027

Boulder, about 35 miles northwest of Denver, has a stable housing market partly because it is home to so many strong employers, including the University of Colorado, as well as a base of affluent residents. The supply of homes in Boulder is limited by the mountains to the west and its tens of thousands of acres of protected open space
Click here to see America’s 25 next recovering job

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Big Blue to add 500 Workers-Boulder Campus

BOULDER, Colo.   December 25, 2009

Business Week said “IBM Corp. plans to add 500 customer-service employees at its campus in Boulder.

City officials say the workers will be hired locally and trained by IBM. The Armonk, N.Y.-based company is expanding customer-service related jobs, supported with  sales and use tax rebates from Boulder.

City Manager Jane Brautigam said Monday that IBM would receive the money as part of the city’s flexible rebate program. Companies qualify for the rebates by meeting social, community and environmental sustainability guidelines.

IBM also is receiving training funds from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

The city says IBM has about 2,800 employees at its Boulder campus.”

Boulder continues to draw the best and the brightest.  Momentum 2010

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Future Jobs Near Boulder-ConocoPhillips

Future Jobs Near Boulder-ConocoPhillips

Written by Michael Hughes            December  12,  2009

ConocoPhillips has said that their 20-year plan calls for the employment of more than 7,000 people a workforce that will include current employees and new hires at the site. The center will be looking at the next generation of transportation fuels and they will research, algae, wind power, photo voltaic, clean diesel, biomass and hydrogen fuel cells. There will eventually be a learning center to train employees from more than 40 countries. CP also signed a $5 million, multiyear, sponsored research agreement with a Colorado biofuels center including University of Colorado-Boulder to find new ways to convert biomass into low-carbon transportation fuels.  Among the first projects in the renewable energy portfolio will be the research and utilization of converting algae into renewable fuel. This is the separation and purification of lipids that are taken from algae, and can then be sent to oil refineries to be processed into gasoline. Algae have a rapid growth rate, but it doesn’t take food away from people or livestock – which is currently what is being done when farmers sell their corn crops to produce ethanol. The algae could even be grown in hostile environments such as deserts where nothing else will grow.

ConocoPhillips on November 12, 2009 submitted construction plans for its 450 acre campus in Louisville, a bedroom community of Boulder.  ConocPhillips plans to build 1.6 million square feet of office, research, support services, food outlets, childcare and hotel space. Some of the buildings will reach 95 feet or around 5 stories.  215 acres will be slated for open space. The initial phase of the construction is scheduled to be ready by 2013.

The attraction to being near Boulder is so clear.  It is an exclusive collection of lifestyles, fitness, climate, location, geography, the university, schools, the town’s character, the education level, and its rich and varied population.  Boulder is the best place in the world to thrive.

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