Award Winning Boulder

Our home base community of Boulder, Colorado was just named number four Best Cities for the Next Decade.  This is good news--the community continues to attract the rare combination of technical competence and social awareness that drives our Community Operating System software, CommunityOS.

The text from Kiplinger follows (authored by Marc A. Wojno, Senior Associate Editor)

Science meets scenery in our number-four pick for Best Cities for the Next Decade.

It’s a city of crunchy environmentalists, early adopters and entrepreneurs, meandering bike paths, public-transit buses named Dash, Stampede and Bolt, and restaurants powered by wind energy. You’ll find scores of art galleries, performing-arts venues, chic boutiques -- even a Tesla Motors electric-car dealership. Boulder is an intellectual hot spot where environmental and scientific ideas blossom into businesses.

Three economic drivers power Boulder: the University of Colorado, federal research laboratories and more than 6,600 small businesses and corporations, all woven into an entrepreneurial fabric. 

For example, Ball Aerospace, responsible for instrumentation and repairs for the Hubble Space Telescope, develops businesses with the university’s aerospace engineering sciences program and federally funded labs, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology. 

Green Garage, a small auto-services shop that turns old cars into hybrids, works with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the university’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute.

Sun Microsystems, Xcel Energy and Siemens have set up offices to tap into this type of collaboration. IBM, which came to Boulder in 1965, recently opened a 110,000-square-foot, energy-efficient data center. And the plan is to add even more data-center space in Boulder, says James Butcher, manager of data center hardware planning at IBM, which recently added 500 jobs in the city.

The solar industry is also a major driver of Boulder’s economy. Namast√© Solar, which installs solar systems atop houses and offices, is emblematic of Boulder’s newer, employee-owned small businesses, which have experienced a meteoric rise. “We’re just over five years old, and we’ve grown from three people to about 70,” says CEO Blake Jones.

But Boulder is more than just aerospace, data centers and solar panels. The city is a mecca for those seeking healthy, active lifestyles. Outdoors enthusiasts can grab a lunch-hour workout on the city’s 150 miles of hiking and biking trails located throughout the 45,000 acres of open-space land surrounding the city. This undeveloped land, purchased by the city over the past several decades, underscores Boulder’s commitment to preserving the environment.

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