Colorado contributes $1.7 million to lure Outdoor Retailer to Denver

DENVER — Colorado will contribute $1.7 million to help relocate the nation’s largest outdoor recreation trade show from Salt Lake City to Denver.

The Colorado Economic Development Commission this week approved the award, contingent on three outdoor retail conventions being held in Denver annually for five years.

Luis Benitez, of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, told the Denver Post that each show has the potential to generate $45 million in direct and indirect economic benefits.

The state money is in addition to $1.7 million from a Denver marketing association.

The operator of the twice-a-year Outdoor Retailer show recently decided to leave Salt Lake City after two decades over political differences with Utah leaders.

The retailer show will join a winter snow sports show already held in Denver and run by the same operator.

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Source:: Deseret News – Business News

A Developer at Slack on the Importance of Diversity in Tech

While tech giants such as Google and Facebook have been transparent about sharing their diversity statistics and efforts to increase minority representation, the low numbers of women and minorities at work in Silicon Valley’s thriving tech industry have, in the words of a recent Atlantic cover story, “barely budged” over the past few years. According to a 2014 report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, women make up only 36 percent of the high-tech workforce. (They account for about 47 percent of workers overall.) Black workers account for only 7 percent of the industry’s jobs, and Hispanics fare slightly better at 8 percent. This means that, despite years of talking about change, much of the industry, particularly leadership roles, remains dominated by white men.

Kaya Thomas, now a developer for the messaging app Slack, has been vocal about the industry’s lackluster minority recruitment tactics. In a response to claims that dismal diversity numbers are a result of a weak talent pool, Thomas wrote, in a post on the site NewCo Shift, “We are here, but you are not choosing to see us.”

While in college, Thomas created We Read Too, an app that catalogues young-adult books featuring protagonists of color and written by authors of color. The 21-year-old has also volunteered for Black Girls Code, a nonprofit created by her own mentor, Kimberly Bryant.

For The Atlantic’s series on mentorship, “On the Shoulders of Giants,” I spoke with Thomas about the benefits of reaching out to a mentor online and the pressure that comes with starting out in an industry known for its lack of diversity. The following interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Elisha Brown: What do you think the industry is doing well when it comes to diversity efforts?

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Source:: The Atlantic – Business

Utah jobless rate at 3.4 percent

SALT LAKE CITY — The state’s unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point in June to register at 3.4 percent.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services Friday reported that approximately 53,400 Utahns were unemployed during the month and actively seeking work.

Nationwide, the U.S. unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a percentage point from May to register at 4.4 percent.

Nonfarm payroll employment in the Beehive State for June 2017 grew by an estimated 3.4 percent, the department reported, adding 49,200 jobs to the economy since June 2016. Data indicates that 1,477,700 Utahns are currently gainfully employed.

“Utah’s economy remains on solid footing, with nearly 50,000 new jobs added,” said the department’s chief economist, Carrie Mayne. “While the unemployment rate showed a slight uptick, the expansionary trend in jobs means today’s job seeker will likely become tomorrow’s job holder.”

The report says eight of the 10 private sector industry groups measured in the establishment survey posted net job increases in the last month compared to the same period last year. The natural resources and mining industry shed 500 positions and the information industry lost 400 positions.

Data showed that the largest year over year private sector employment improvement was in professional and business services — which added 10,700 jobs; with trade, transportation, and utilities adding 10,000 new positions; and construction adding 7,400 workers.

Meanwhile, the fastest annualized employment growth occurred in construction — up 7.9 percent, professional and business services — climbing 5.3 percent and other services — rising 4.0 percent.

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Source:: Deseret News – Moneywise News