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  1. Level 3 lays off employees following TW Telecom merger
    Level 3 Communications Inc. is laying off an unknown number of employees as it eliminates some duplicative positions following its $5.3 billion merger with TW Telecom. It isn't clear how many employees of the Broomfield-based telecom (NYSE: LVLT) are affected. According to an employee being let go, many workers brought into Level 3 from Douglas County-based TW Telecom are being laid off, as are some legacy Level 3 workers. At least some of the layoffs are taking effect next week. The merger, which…
  2. Colorado city tops the list of 10 best places to live and work (Slideshow)
    The best city to live and work in the entire nation? Head about 29 miles to the northwest of Denver, and you're there. That's according to a new ranking by Powerlytics that tallied up the "financial health" of 363 U.S. cities from a database of 144 million households and 27 million businesses in the U.S. The market intelligence and data firm's study analyzed a number of factors, including business risk, growth and performance, as well as the area's median household income, proportion of filers…
  3. From 9News: 9 things to do in Colorado this weekend (Restaurant Week and more)
    If last weekend's winter weather has you yearning to leave the confines of your home this coming weekend, have no fear! There's a lot going on. Also of note: It's supposed to snow again (which tends to happen when it's winter). So regardless of whether you choose to venture to the mountains, enjoy some food, vicariously watch people go on adventures or just lock yourself in your house and watch Netflix, enjoy this snowy, wintry weekend. > Click here for nine things to do from 9News.
  4. Colorado center for manufacturing lands $1.6 million federal grant
    Manufacturer's Edge, a program that helps small and midsize manufacturing companies in Colorado stay in business, will get a $1,668,359 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Manufacturer's Edge (formerly known as the Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology) is a statewide manufacturing assistance center, partially funded by the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Manufacturer's Edge was one of 10 state MEP centers…
  5. BNSF Railway plans $141 million spending program in Colorado
    BNSF Railway Co., one of two main freight railroads in Colorado, will spend about $141 million for maintenance and improvement projects in the state in 2015, the company says. The railroad company announced in December it would spend a record $6 billion on capital investments nationwide in 2015. "This year's substantial investments in Colorado are a clear reflection of how important our operations in the state are to our overall network and our unwavering commitment to always operating safely —…
  6. Builders Appliance Center bought by Virginia plumbing wholesaler
    Builders Appliance Center LLC (BAC), a family-owned appliance dealer, has been acquired by Newport News, Virginia-based Ferguson Enterprises, a large wholesale distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Englewood-based BAC, founded in 1993 by Ken Jensen, provides builders and designers support when it comes evolving appliance innovations. ( Access a DBJ profile of Jensen and BAC here). "BAC and Ferguson both share the philosophy that if you…
  7. Winner in GoLite's bankruptcy? Employees owed for unused vacations
    GoLite, the shuttered Boulder manufacturer of outdoor clothing and equipment, will have money for its former employees once its bankruptcy case ends next month. Coupounas LLC, which did business as GoLite, had 21 stores at the peak of its operations but only six when the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October. Rather than reorganize, GoLite decided to instead close its six remaining stores, sell off its merchandise and pay off its debts. A hearing has been scheduled March…
  8. National discussions threaten potential flight from Denver to Dubai
    Denver leaders' efforts to land a direct flight to the Middle East could be hampered by a new source of opposition. Major American airlines are asking the federal government to consider whether changes need to be made to the "Open Skies" agreements that facilitate business with international airlines. Leaders from United, Delta and American airlines have submitted investigative findings to President Barack Obama's administration documenting what they say are $42 billion in subsidies given to Emirates,…
  9. Toll charge for I-25 lanes in Denver to increase next month
    The right to use the Interstate 25 toll lanes in Denver will cost more beginning March 16. The seven-mile stretch of toll lanes, which runs between downtown and U.S. 36, will cost drivers 70 cents, a 10-cent increase, between 5 and 6 a.m., The Denver Post reports. During peak travel times -- from 7:15-8:15 a.m., the toll will climb to $4.65, or 20 cents higher, for drivers with an Express Toll pass. For those without the pass, the cost will be $6.98. The Colorado Department of Transportation, which…
  10. Why the decline in U.S. home ownership? (Video)
    Why the decline in U.S. home ownership? (Video)