Provo, Boulder, Fort Collins Top the Ranks in Community Well-Being Index

For the sixth consecutive year, global well-being improvement leader Healthways and world-leading management consulting firm Gallup have released their analysis of the state of well-being for communities, states and congressional districts in the United States. Americans’ perceptions on topics such as physical and emotional health, healthy behaviors, work environment, social and community factors, financial security, and access to necessities such as food, shelter and healthcare are analyzed to create a composite well-being rank for each community.

The ten communities with the highest well-being in the nation are:

  1. Provo-Orem, Utah
  2. Boulder, Colorado
  3. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
  4. Honolulu, Hawaii
  5. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
  6. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  7. Naples-Marco Island, Florida
  8. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, California
  9. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
  10. Lincoln, Nebraska

Source: News Medical

AIDSVu Maps Depict Impact of HIV in Denver Metro Area

Some new mapping for the Denver Metro area from the AIDSVu project out of Emery University. AIDSVu is a compilation of online maps that display HIV prevalence data across the U.S. at the national, state and local levels, and by different demographics, including age, race and sex. The maps pinpoint areas of the country where the rates of people living with an HIV diagnosis are the highest.

AidsVuAIDSVu Denver CO metro area

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The Denver Broncos Colorado 14ers Google Map Honors Super Bowl Bound Broncos

Some Google maps fun on the heels of the announcement by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper that the Colorado Rockies mountains known as the 14ers (think elevation above 14,000 ft) have been temporarily, officially renamed to honor the super Bowl bound Denver Broncos.

From the official announcement… Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced a proclamation that temporarily renames Colorado’s tallest majestic mountain peaks — also known as 14ers — after individual active players on the Denver Broncos football team. The mountains will go by their new names for one day only — on Super Bowl Sunday

Feb 2 has been officially proclaimed Denver Broncos Mania Day in Colorado!

Colorado Rockies, Denver Broncos 14ers Google Map
Colorado Rockies, Denver Broncos 14ers Google Map

View all the peaks on this Google map to view the new, Denver Broncos 14ers – check out the map HERE – created by yours truly

MyWaytogo Trip Planning Tool from DRCOG for Denver, Colorado Commuters

A clever new trip planning tool is available to commuters in the Denver, Colorado area from DRCOG – enter Mywaytogo. The one-stop shop that allows commuters to easily and comprehensively compare their trip options and make informed choices. Users can simply enter their trip information to quickly see their commute options and compare travel time, distance, cost, and health benefits, including calories burned and such environmental impacts as CO2 generated.

The results show in the graphic below show a sample output search from Denver to Boulder and provides the user with information, times, and data for the commute by carpool, drive, bike, and walk. In addition to travel times we also see CO2 values, cost, and distance.. very nice!

See more in the official announcement or try the service at

Compass4Colorado Helps Colorado Flood stricken Areas With GeoTechnology

This our of Centennial Colorado – The Compass family of geospatial companies has established Compass4Colorado, a collaborative effort to make high-tech GIS and mapping capabilities available at no or low cost to organizations involved in the recovery activities related to the devastating Colorado floods. Free flood-mapping webinars and workshops will be offered starting in October.

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Colorado Flood Data Public Information Map

Esri has a fine resource to help monitor the flooding situation in Norther Colorado. The news map provides continuously updated flood data and stats from the National Weather Service and also provides users with information regarding road closures, alternative route suggestions, hazards, stream gauges, shelter information, traffic data – The map is embedded below or  See the map HERE

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Tech Companies and Colorado Non-Profit helps Salvage Flood Damaged photos, documents and more

Here’s a clever effort by some folks and companies in the Colorado tech community to help flood victims preserve some of their precious documents and memories forever, simply by getting access to scanning and digitizing hardware and handy tools from a local company. As people begin sifting through their water-logged homes, most will inevitably come across precious memories – photos, slides, videos and other memorabilia – that have become water-logged, buried in mud or otherwise damaged in the disaster.

memory preservation coalition

Flood victims can go to any Memory Rescue Center for information, assistance and resources to rescue their photos, videos, films and other memorabilia. Memory Rescue Centers will have on-site wash-and-dry stations free for use, free take-away information on how to salvage photos and home movies, Flip-Pal mobile scanners free for use, as well as extensive services to digitize photos, slides, videos, film and other memorabilia at a discount.

More information on the effort can be found here in the official PR

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Ways to help and donate to Colorado Flood Assistance and HelpColoradoNow

There’s no question that Colorado has been hit hard this past year or so… wildfires ravaging the landscape and now epic flooding – its tragic! Colorado and the Colorado Front Range in Particular is in many ways the heartland of Geospatial technology in America, the corridor between Boulder and Fort Collins considered by many as “GIS Alley”. Wishes are going out to all in the area to stay dry and safe!

help is a partnership between the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) and Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (COVOAD). This initiative brings together government agencies and non-profit organizations so they may better assist communities affected by disasters.


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Colorado Flooding and How to Help

Colorado and the Colorado Front Range in Particular is in many ways the heartland of Geospatial technology in America, the corridor between Boulder and Fort Collins considered my many as “GIS Alley”. Wishes are going out to all in the area to stay dry and safe!

Flooding in Longmont between 9th and Mt. View – Source: @PaytonPeterson

There’s a number of ways that people and companies can offer a small bit of support and help. The following comes from TheDenverChannel

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