Denver in international spotlight as host of International Pow Wow

DENVER, Colo. – The International Pow Wow (IPW) convention and trade center is in Denver for the first time since 1991. IPW is touted as the “Super Bowl of the international travel business." From May 19 to the 23, Denver will welcome 6,000 international tourism delegates from 70 countries to the IPW. The convention and trade show is expected to generate more than 700,000 new international visitors and $1.7 billion…

Colorado Symphony, now operating in the black, catches break on rent for city-owned Boettcher Concert Hall and office space

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra performs in Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The city of Denver is cutting the Colorado Symphony extra slack in two lease deals that will provide the organization with nearly free office space and cheaper rent to use Boettcher Concert Hall. Two years ago, the Colorado Symphony Association ended the year in the black for the first time since a 2011 internal review…

Rockies select contract of Brooks Pounders, option Scott Oberg to minors

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies selected the contract of right-hander Brooks Pounders from Triple-A Albuquerque. The 27-year-old Pounders will be available Tuesday night when the Rockies host the San Diego Padres. Pounders made seven relief appearances for Albuquerque this season with four walks, nine strikeouts and a 3.60 ERA. He signed a minor league contract with the Rockies last December. A California native, Pounders appeared in the majors last season…

Colorado Springs defense contractor Polaris Alpha adding 450 jobs in Springs, Denver

Defense contractor Polaris Alpha LLC on Wednesday announced plans to add 450 employees by 2026 and build or lease 100,000 square feet of office space in Denver and Colorado Springs late this year. The moves aim to better accommodate rapid growth of the company’s space, cybersecurity and intelligence analysis software and information technology services. The expansions will come in two phases, with Polaris Alpha adding 150 people to its 100-person…

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air halting flights to Colorado Springs

Citing lack of demand, Las Vegas-based low-fare carrier Allegiant Air will halt service April 29 to Colorado Springs after 16 years, becoming the second airline to leave the city in the past six months. Allegiant operates round-trip flights on Friday and Sunday to Las Vegas, competing with daily service from Denver-based Frontier Airlines. The airline boarded 1,515 passengers on outbound flights in the first two months of the year, or…

Colorado businesses missing workers due to visa shortage

DENVER (AP) — Colorado companies in landscaping, construction, hospitality and tourism are getting unwelcome notices that the federal government has denied their visa applications to bring in foreign workers to meet the summer rush. "We don’t know how we will get the workers," said Jake Leman, construction division manager at Singing Hills Landscaping, one of the firms rejected. "If we could bring back the guys we had from last year,…

Cover story: CenturyLink’s a Louisiana company, Colorado style – Denver Business Journal

On paper, the Denver metro area lost a corporate headquarters address — and one of its spots on the Fortune 500 — when Louisiana-based CenturyLink Inc. bought Broomfield-based Level 3 Communications last fall. But in practice, that hasn’t meant what it usually means. Typically, when a local business is bought by a larger out-of-state company, the local headquarters is gutted and replaced by far-away management. But this time, in many…

Series: Is Colorado better off five years after legalizing marijuana?

A billboard went up recently above the 16th Street Mall in Denver asking: "Are you better off than you were five years ago?" Five years ago, voters approved Colorado’s first-in-the-nation experiment to legalize marijuana. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana. But Colorado is still the canary in the coal mine that other states look to as they decide whether and how to legalize,…

Denver wants to expand its ‘innovation zone’ even as big money questions remain

The Denver school district is soliciting more schools to join its first “innovation zone,” a bold experiment that grants broad autonomy to public schools, even as the district is once again negotiating with the zone over how its schools should be funded. A key element of the zone is that its schools can opt out of certain district services and use that money to buy things that meet their students’…

Phish to wrap 2018 summer tour with Colorado concerts

If you’re a Phish head, we’ll assume you’ve kept Labor Day weekend 2018 blocked off with the sort of fierce protection usually reserved for mother bears and their cubs. After all, the Vermont-born jam torch bearer has played a show in Colorado on the holiday each year since 2011. Today, then, is your day: Phish has announced two all-ages shows at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. The band…