BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER As the three-day freeze finally thawed and the sun peeked out on October...
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER The state’s outdoor recreation office (ORC) was created by former Colorad...
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A night to be seen with food, art, wine and entertainment. The Taste of Greenwood Village presented by S...
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BY FREDA MIKLIN GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER On Aug. 24, the Denver Marriott South Park Meadows was filled with 300 l...
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
As the three-day freeze finally thawed and the sun peeked out on October 30, 100 people came to the Hilton Inverness Hotel in Englewood to say goodbye and pay tribute to Denver South Economic Development Partnership’s (DSEDP) highly revered senior vice-president, 12-year veteran Lynn Myers.
Myers has said that her favorite part of her job was “the spirit of regional cooperation and the celebration of successes across the jurisdictions.” Cities in the south metro area are well-known for their commitment to not directly compete with one another for companies relocating to the area, rather to work together to identify the best location in the south metro region, agreeing that the synergies of new economic development benefit all.
Nancy Sharpe, Arapahoe County Commissioner and DSEDP board member, talked about the crucial role Lynn has played in bringing noteworthy companies to south metro Denver. Among those are Arrow Electronics, Fidelity Investments, Comcast, Visa, and Charles Schwab.
Buz Koelbel, vice-chair of the board of DSEDP and president and CEO of Koelbel and Company, a prominent Denver land development company continuously operating since 1952, said that Lynn “was the glue that kept things going. She has written the book on establishing relationships and connecting people in a way that made this area so successful.”
When her turn came to address her many friends and admirers, Myers said, “Everything I know I learned from being a realtor and a county commissioner. I love local government. Mayors and city council members do the day-to-day work.” She talked about her interactions and efforts with hundreds of companies in her 12 years at DSEDP, pointing to Arrow Electronics and Fidelity Investments as examples of “primary job generators who keep the whole system going.”
Among the many elected officials and business leaders who came by to pay their respects to Myers were the current and former CEO’s of DSEDP, Tom Brook and Mike Fitzgerald, Arapahoe County Commissioners Nancy Sharpe, Kathleen Conti and Jeff Baker, Douglas County Commissioners Lora Thomas, Roger Partridge, and Abe Laydon, Aurora mayoral candidate Mike Coffman, RTD Chair Doug Tisdale, former Arapahoe County Commissioner Polly Page, outgoing Aurora Mayor Bob LeGare, Denver City Council Member Kendra Black, state Rep. Susan Beckman and Bruce Beckman, former Douglas County Commissioner Melanie Worley, outgoing Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky and Margaret Rakowsky, from Centennial, former Mayor Cathy Noon and Jim Noon, Mayor Stephanie Piko, and City Council Members Kathy Turley and Mike Sutherland, Lone Tree City Council Member Wynne Shaw, state Rep. Colin Larson, Alpine Bank DTC President Charlie Kercheval, Bye Aerospace SVP Diane Simard, Arapahoe County Communications and Administrative Services Director Michelle Halstead, mortgage lending executive and High Line Canal Conservancy board vice chair Mike Rosser, and Wings Over the Rockies’ Air and Space Museum President and CEO John Barry.
Prior to joining DSEDP, Myers served as an Arapahoe County Commissioner for seven years. She also chaired the Centennial Airport Board and the E-470 Public Highway Authority Board.
The state’s outdoor recreation office (ORC) was created by former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. It falls under the office of economic development and international trade. Its purpose is to support business and make sure that business supports the outdoors and the environment. So said Samantha Albert, ORC deputy director, to a gathering of 50 leaders of business and government in a South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce (SMDC) economic development program held at the offices of AAA Colorado, Inc. at 6061 S. Willow Drive in Greenwood Village on Oct. 11.
Albert told the attendees from the fields of banking, finance, insurance, energy, and government that 92 percent of Colorado residents participate in outdoor recreation every year. She further explained that the outdoor recreation economy in Colorado annually accounts for $28 billion in consumer spending, ten percent of the state’s gross domestic product, involves 19 percent of its labor force, has a $62 billion total economic impact, and supports 511,000 direct jobs. Six Colorado colleges and universities, including the University of Colorado and Colorado State University, now offer degrees and certificates directly related to the outdoor recreation industry.
Chris Castillian, executive director of Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), told the SMDC economic development group that in its 27 years of existence, GOCO has invested $1.2 billion into projects that built 900 miles of trails, added over 47,000 acres to the state park system, helped support 43 endangered or threatened species of wildlife, protected more than 1,000 miles of rivers, and employed 9.400 young people through the Colorado Youth Corps Association.
Created in 1992 and funded solely by the Colorado Lottery to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces, GOCO’s 17-member independent board, appointed by the governor, awards competitive grants to serve its stated goals. Our state constitution requires that GOCO splits its grant awards equally between 1) outdoor recreation, 2) wildlife, 3) open space, and 4) local government projects.
One of GOCO’s current goals is to connect bicycle trails throughout the state so that riders will one day be able to ride from Denver International Airport to Grand Junction on their bikes.
GOCO is currently focused on the Generation Wild movement, a $30 million statewide campaign to get children and their families in underserved communities all over Colorado outside to reconnect youth to nature.
Castillian told the SMDC economic development group that Fishers Peak Ranch in Trinidad has just been announced as the future home of Colorado’s 42nd state park, which will be comprised of 20,000 acres.
Chamber President Touts Benefits to Law Enforcement, Community
Citing concerns of overcrowding, recidivism and fiscal responsibility, South Metro Denver Chamber President and CEO Robert Golden joined Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown and other community groups in supporting Measure 1A this week.
“It will cost less to build a new jail than to continually fix the sanitation and electrical issues at the current building. It’s a net savings over time,” Golden said. “The proposal also provides much-needed funding for mental health, job training and other services to help these folks find jobs and become contributing community members after they’ve paid their debt to society.”
The Arapahoe County Jail was built in 1983 and designed to hold 386 inmates. A series of renovations, adding bunks and modular buildings has increased its capacity to 1,200.
The measure was referred to the ballot by a unanimous vote of the Arapahoe County Commissioners. If passed, it would increase property taxes by about $5.66 per month for the average home in Arapahoe County and raise $46 million per year. Revenues will fund construction of a new jail in Centennial and support programs to address mental health, substance abuse, job training and other programs.
Brown said the measure will improve safety at the jail and reduce recidivism.
“Overcrowding and unsafe conditions at the current jail compromise the safety of everyone- inmates, visitors and staff alike. The Arapahoe County Detention facility is badly in need of infrastructure improvements, technology upgrades, and adequate space to deliver the programs and services vitally needed by our inmates,” Brown said. “1A will improve conditions at the jail and expand the programs needed to improve safety and help keep inmates from re-offending.”
A night to be seen with food, art, wine and entertainment.
The Taste of Greenwood Village presented by Stevinson Automotive is back for its 19th Annual Extravaganza on October 23rd and is sure to delight your taste buds with over 50 local restaurants along with award winning wines brought to you by Molly’s Spirits. Stevinson Imports will have their latest lineup of Porsche and Jaguar vehicles spotlighted throughout the event for all to enjoy. Get on the dance floor with Page 6 and make it a night to remember!
Upgrade to the VIP experience with early entrance to the entire event at 4:30pm, retreat to the VIP lounge where you’ll enjoy your own private wine bars, restaurants, outdoor patio and live music brought to you by Dotsero!
Indulge in outstanding cuisine while mingling with local artists, breweries and distilleries. The Taste of Greenwood Village is a must attend event! The 2019 restaurant list includes highlights like Ruth’s Chris steakhouse (VIP & GA area), Ocean Prime (VIP area), Earl’s (GA), Jing (VIP), Seasons 52 (GA), The Palm (GA), Fogo de Chao (GA), Eddie Merlots (GA), and many, many more! And once again the event is being held at the beautiful DTC Marriott.
This year the Taste of Greenwood Village is benefiting the Bags of Fun organization. Bags of Fun provides bags filled with rehabilitative, educational and manipulative toys, inspiring pediatric patients to be children when they are struggling through treatment. Bags of Fun are carefully crafted for each child, taking into consideration the best means to reduce their tension, anxiety and fatigue as they fight long-term and life threatening conditions.
This year’s event is made possible by our wonderful presenting sponsor Stevinson Automotive as well as Molly’s Spirits, Trivida Functional Medicine, Sweet & Savory Designs, Advantage Security, Rose Medical, Talk Food Denver, and Live @ Jack’s.
For more event information and to purchase tickets visit www.dtcchamber.com
Keeping with its goal of service to the community, the South Metro Denver Chamber (SMDC) will host The Tank, its annual fundraiser for local nonprofits based on the popular television show “The Shark Tank.”
Six Colorado nonprofits will pitch a unique new program to a panel of “sharks,” comprising business leaders, lenders, investors and philanthropists. All nonprofits receive donations to help kick off new initiatives and a share of 40 percent of proceeds from ticket sales.
Last year’s event raised more than $16,000 for participating nonprofits.
“These nonprofits provide services to people who often can’t find help anywhere else. This is a noncompetitive way to support them all,” said Tank Chair Barb Findlay. “The Tank fulfills our mission of going beyond helping businesses thrive and ‘raising all of the boats’ in our community.”
The Tank will be held at the Lone Tree Arts Center Tuesday, April 30, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Cocktails will follow presentations, followed by an award ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Nonprofits scheduled to present are Courageous Faces Foundation, Zane Beadles Parade Foundation, Friends First
Home Builders Foundation, ShesCHERIshed and Warrior Bonfire Program.
Six area nonprofits will also exhibit at the event to raise awareness and obtain funding for their work. Exhibiting nonprofits are Arapahoe Philharmonic, Crisis Center, Denver Audubon, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, Tall Tales Ranch and Wings Over the Rockies
A $250 donation is required to register as a “shark.” Donations may be split among nonprofits or given entirely to one organization.
Tickets are $40. Tickets and spaces on the panel of sharks are available at www.bestchamber.com/the-tank.html or 303.795.0142.
For more information, contact Barb Findlay at email@example.com or 303-588-1766.
The Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce has made great strides over the past few years to preserve and enhance the entrepreneurial character of the Englewood business community. We’re proud of the legacy that’s been built. And, we, like the community we serve, are in a period of transition.
Randy Penn has announced his retirement as executive director as of April 1. Randy has served the chamber and the community tirelessly and effectively as a teacher, coach, mayor and chamber executive. And we honor and support him as he moves into a more “retired” life between Colorado and Arizona.
Here’s our challenge. Randy leaves big shoes to fill. And we’re not really looking for another Randy… as if there could ever be one! What we do need is an individual who is willing and committed to work with us to transition to the next phase of our organizational life. Englewood is a unique community with a deep history of service. The business community is diverse, and the chamber’s mission includes connecting, promoting and strengthening businesses to enhance the community’s economic vitality and quality of life.
Change rarely is first on the agenda for any person or organization. And this one is important and not necessarily easy. And that’s why we need your help.
Help spread the word that we’re looking for an executive director
This is currently a part-time position
This is a great opportunity for the right individual to build on the vitality and dynamic of the larger Englewood community.
You can request additional information from us via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us directly with names, resumes, questions and ideas as we move forward with our search. We will be accepting resumes until Feb. 15 for a start date of April 1.
In anticipation, the Transition Committee of the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce is:
Ray Bruce – 720-363-9814, email@example.com
Nancy Byers – 303-619-1309, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Danford – 303-916-0519, email@example.com
Carol Willis – 303-912-6482, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Elks Lodge was the location for the chamber holiday party on Dec. 15. Chamber manager Randy Penn greeted his members and guests at the doorway to the fine buffet dinner donated by local merchants.
Photos by Gerri Sweeney
Gary Condreay, president; and Mike Flaherty, past president of the Englewood Lions Club are great community supporters.
Randy Penn, chamber manager and A.J. Guanella from John Elway Chevrolet is a longtime chamber member and still selling cars in his hometown dealership.
Kortney Maurer, marketing manager of Chick-fil-A at Dartmouth and Broadway locations donated the always popular chicken nuggets and Scott Danford donated delicious BBQ along with many other generous Englewood food merchants.
Ahead of November’s general election and amid a surplus of consequential ballot initiatives and propositions, the South Metro Denver Chamber (SMDC) is announcing its positions on a number of initiatives soon to be decided by Colorado voters.
Chamber president and CEO Robert Golden and board of directors chair Andrew Graham recently outlined and explained the SMDC’s stances on four high profile issues on this year’s ballot:
Proposition 112: The Chamber strongly opposes Proposition 112, which would require a 2500 foot setback from oil and gas operations in the state.
“We feel that Proposition 112 is too extreme and would amount to an effective ban on the oil and natural gas industry in Colorado and would be devastating to our economy,” Golden said. “Our role is to promote job creation in Colorado, and we believe Proposition 112 would prevent new jobs from being created.”
Proposition 110: The SMDC supports Proposition 110, which would raise the state’s sales tax by 0.62 cents (just over a half of one cent) to support funding for state roads, local streets and multi-modal transportation projects.
“Transportation funding has not been a priority for Colorado for too long,” Graham said. “Proposition 110 will result in a dedicated new revenue source that will address transportation projects across the state and at the local level.”
Amendments Y and Z: The SMDC also supports Amendments Y and Z, which would mandate that electoral district maps for legislators and members of Congress be drawn by independent commissions after the 2020 census.
“The chamber fully supports Amendments Y and Z. These measures create an independent process to create Legislative and congressional districts that we believe will result in fair representation for all Coloradans,” Golden said.
Amendment 73: The chamber opposes Amendment 73, an initiative that would raise the income tax rate for individuals earning more than $150,000 a year, as well as Colorado’s corporate tax rate, to support public school funding.
“The SMDC agrees that education funding is important, but it’s our view that Amendment 73 is too complicated and costly,” Graham said. “We feel this measure is misleading to voters and it will result in a large tax increase on small businesses, and there is no guarantee that the revenues generated will be spent in the classroom or for teacher salaries.”
Above all, Golden and Graham both emphasized the SMDC urges its members, and all Coloradans, to take the opportunity this November to exercise their right to vote.
“The United States is an example around the world because each one of us has the ability to have a say and shape our government’s policies by filling out a ballot,” Graham said. “Our democracy works best when everyone participates. We hope all Coloradans will recognize voting as their civic duty and make their voices heard.”
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