I love everything about Corona

Corona Insights is thrilled to announce the promotion of Andrew Streight to Senior Associate. Andrew delights in everything Corona – from facilitating planning sessions, to collaborating with colleagues and delivering impactful reports. He especially enjoys the multi-faceted talents and diversity of expertise at Corona. “We knew Andrew was a fit when we first met him,” remarked Karla Raines, CEO. “Our clients adore Andrew for his warmth, can-do attitude, commitment to their success, and relentless quest for excellence.”

Congratulations Andrew! We can’t wait to see where your career takes you.

Andrew bouldering. Not part of work.

Check out Andrew’s recent staff highlight as part of our 20th Anniversary here.


The Many Lands of Colorado

As we begin a blog series about Colorado, we must first take note of the diversity of the state.  We have mountains, plains, and valleys, of course, but we also have large metro areas and small towns, agricultural economies and service economies, and myriad other variations on the Colorado theme.  The concept of “Colorado” is very different depending on where you are in Colorado.

After 20 years of working in Colorado demographics, I’m always intrigued to see how different organizations break out the state into regions for their work.  There are some strong patterns the regional analyses I’ve seen over the years, but there are always variations.  What is the overall pattern, though?  If we had to come up with a consensus set of ten regions, what would they be?  I decided to try to find out.

I found regional breakouts of Colorado that have been produced by a dozen large organizations or programs around the state. Those organizations divided the state into anywhere from 4 to 13 regions [1], all on a county-level basis.

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Information to empower Colorado’s cities and towns

Empowered cities and towns, united for a strong Colorado.

That’s the vision for Colorado Municipal League (CML), a member organization and long-time client of Corona Insights, that provides services, resources, and advocacy on behalf of Colorado municipalities, big and small. And one resource they provide to empower members is research.

I recently sat down with Kevin Bommer, Executive Director, and Melissa Mata, Municipal Research Analyst, to catch up and learn about how they’re using data and research to benefit their members.

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RedLine

In honor of Corona’s 20th anniversary, we are celebrating the outstanding people and organizations making a positive contribution to our community.

Each month, Corona is making a $500 donation in honor of a member of our team. For July, Karla Raines selected RedLine Contemporary Art Center. We chatted with Karla to learn more about why she selected this organization for her donation.

RedLine started in 2008 with the goal of “support[ing] emerging artists and provid[ing] creative opportunities for local residents.” The organization exists to “foster education & engagement between artists and communities to create positive social change.” RedLine’s two-year residency program offers artists a one-of-a-kind environment to develop and thrive with the tools and the support they will need for creative discovery.

RedLine’s artist-focused and community-responsive approach speaks to Karla. An artist herself, Karla knows firsthand how people benefit from the act of creating. Karla also values the deep impact that the organization has in the community and what they do to extend the power of art to those who might need it. Not only does RedLine provide equitable access so everyone can enjoy their space, they go out of their way to respond to the needs of their surrounding neighborhoods. Play Space, for example, is a project that RedLine runs with artists to design safe public spaces for Five Points neighborhood children, where they can play and create.

True to their mission, the current exhibition at RedLine views art through the lens of social change. D | Vision explores the relationship between social, cultural, or political division and artistic vision.

Head on over to 24th Street and Arapahoe and check out what makes RedLine extraordinary.



Throughout 2019, to help celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we are profiling our staff and select clients. Corona is also donating $500 on behalf of each staff person to a charitable organization of their choice. Click here to view all of our interviews. 

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Delivering on Purpose: A Conversation with Karla Raines

The story of Corona Insights is one intertwined with the story of the Raines; Kevin started the firm in 1999, with Karla joining him shortly after in Corona Year One. The two of them, in Karla’s words, went “all-in” on the company from the very beginning by investing everything (e.g. money, time, energy) they had—a daunting risk for a married couple of engineers looking to build their lives in Denver, Colorado. That defining experience of committing to Corona taught Karla the value of perseverance, a characteristic that proved critical during the early years of Corona.

It certainly paid off, as Corona hits its 20th anniversary and its impact grow deeper every year. Just like the house they’ve been in for all those 20 years, the impact of the Raines has been a stable fixture in the purpose-driven community of Colorado; a community Karla has been a part of since she moved to Denver after earning her MBA.

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Public Health Blogging Series Recap

This quarter, we took a wandering journey through the world of public health to illuminate what it means to work in public health and the impact public health practitioners have on the individuals and communities they serve.

Photo by Franck V. on Unsplash

We started with a broad overview of public health, digging into what the phrase itself actually means. Kate helped us understand what’s happening with the health of Colorado teens before we used tobacco and vaping as a case study of the nuances of public health today. Kevin shed light on how our work conducting needs assessments points to the importance of taking a more holistic, human-centered approach to understanding the public health needs of a population. Matt dug into the realities and responsibilities of everyday public health work before we closed the quarter out with particularly unique-to-Colorado topic in marijuana and public health.

Stay tuned to the Radiance blog next quarter!


Center for Visual Art

In honor of Corona’s 20th anniversary, we are celebrating the outstanding people and organizations making a positive contribution to our community.

Each month, Corona is making a $500 donation in honor of a member of our team. For June, Kevin Raines selected the Center for Visual Art. We chatted with Kevin to learn more about this organization and his relationship with them.

The Center for Visual Art is a unique entity, operating as the off-campus art gallery for Metro State University. In addition “to serv(ing) as an interactive art laboratory for MSU Denver students and the larger community,” the CVA hosts internationally renowned exhibitions such as Suchitra Mattai’s Sugarbound; the photography-based Gravity of Perception; and Pink Progression, a series of exhibitions “commemorating and celebrating the solidarity established during the women’s marches in 2017 and 2018.”

The exhibition currently featured at the CVA captures the relationship between the CVA, MSU, and the local arts community nestled alongside the building off of 10th and Santa Fe. From now till July 24th, the CVA is featuring The 10th Biennial MSU Denver Art Department Exhibition, which “offers a peek into the studio art and design practices of MSU Denver’s art faculty and staff and celebrates our vibrant visual art community.”

Kevin chose to donate to the Center for Visual Art primarily because of his affinity for visual art and the meaningful role that the CVA plays in showcasing student art and training teachers while also connecting the local community to the art happening inside the building. Kevin also serves in a leadership role with the CVA as a member of the Leadership Advisory Council.



Throughout 2019, to help celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we are profiling our staff and select clients. Corona is also donating $500 on behalf of each staff person to a charitable organization of their choice. Click here to view all of our interviews. 

To stay up to date on all Corona news, and receive useful insights into the world of research, evaluation, and strategy, subscribe to our newsletter.


Staff Interview: Kevin Raines

Every story has a beginning, and for Corona Insights, the story begins with Kevin Raines. After working in economic research and government consulting, Kevin decided to strike out on his own and founded a market research company called Corona Research in 1999. Leveraging connections and experience gained from previous work experience, Kevin quickly set out to carve a niche for Corona Research to thrive in the Denver market. And thrive it has.

Kevin preparing to lead his jackalope cavalry troops into battle.

Since its start as a one-man show, Corona Research has evolved and grown. In 2009 the name was changed to Corona Insights to better align with the full scope of services offered at Corona. In addition to market research, Corona established itself as industry leading experts in evaluation and strategic consulting. This expansion of services has enabled Corona to serve as a launching pad for many peoples’ careers over the past twenty years—something Kevin hopes will continue long after he retires.

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Marijuana and Public Health – The Complicated Story of Impact We’re Still Writing

Take a moment to imagine you’re a public health professional in Colorado. You might work as a researcher for an organization like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or a university like the Colorado School of Public Health; as a program manager focused on community health for the Human Services department at your local government office; or as a communications and policy analyst for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (the list could go on).

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Regardless of your exact title, your job, as outlined by Corona’s Matt Herndon in his blog last week, is often a blend of assuring public health outcomes through education and advocacy, assessing the state of the public’s health through research, and developing and implementing policies that support positive public health outcomes.

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