Business

Economics of Sporting Events
1:55 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Economic Boost from Bike Race? Probably not.

USA Pro Challenge - Aspen Stage - 2012
Credit Roger Adams

Planning for next year’s USA Pro Challenge bike race in Aspen is already underway.   Despite some complaints this year because of road closures it appears the bike race has the support of local government officials and will become a yearly event.  This despite a lack of evidence showing any economic gains for the upper valley.   Aspen Public Radio's Roger Adams explains:

Steve Skadron is Aspen’s Mayor .  This week Aspen Public Radio asked him what the was the economic boost from hosting the USA Pro Challenge bicycle race.

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Aspen Housing Market
10:59 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Aspen real estate market stable, not recovering as quickly as expected

A sign points passersby to an open house in Aspen. The Estin Report shows homes are selling, but not sales are nowhere near pre-recession levels.
Credit Rebecca Kruth

A recent report shows Aspen’s real estate market isn’t recovering as quickly as expected. The Estin Report shows things have improved some, but the market is nowhere near where it once was. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth spoke with the report’s author Tim Estin and filed this report.

For people tracking the nation’s climbing housing prices, Tim Estin’s findings in the high-priced Aspen market may come as a surprise.

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Business
5:25 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Search for Next "Startup Idol" at Brainstorm TECH

Bright lights and lots of screens at the Brainstorm TECH conference.
Ellis Robinson / Aspen Public Radio

Entrepreneurs often have an easier time innovating than getting financial backing for their ideas.   At the Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen this week, five startup companies got a shot at selling their innovations to tech execs and big investors.  Think American Idol... startup style. For grand ideas that might have taken years to develop, they were given ... five minutes to convince the panel.

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New Design in Heating & Cooling
6:03 am
Mon July 8, 2013

From the iPod to the AC - Tony Fadell of Nest Labs

Tony Fadell
File Photo

In 2001, Tony Fadell’s design for Apple revolutionized the music player and eventually the cellphone. Today, he’s the CEO and chief designer at Nest Labs - a company aiming to making your thermostat more beautiful, intuitive and energy efficient. Fadell was in town this week to present at the Aspen Ideas Festival and he spoke to Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary.

For more about Nest Labs: nest.com/

Expanding Local Markets
6:32 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Export Roaring Fork Valley

Exporting to-do list.
Credit Creative Commons

Small businesses in the Roaring Fork Valley should consider exporting their goods and services as a way to expand their customer base.  That is the message of a workshop organized by Colorado Senator Michael Bennet later today in Glenwood Springs.  Bennett’s office is bringing federal and state export representatives to help local business owners in the process of selling overseas.  Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams has more.

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