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LearnOn Workshops, Metropolitan State University of Denver’s continuing-education program, is offering high-quality workshops and courses for lifelong learners, ambitious professionals and everyone else who is interested.
LearnOn Workshops offer participants a way to explore new interests, develop skills and enrich their lives. This year, learners can choose from over 40 course offerings, including Experimental Video for iPhone and iPad, Busting Myths About DACA, How to Use Media to Support Your Cause or Business, Meeting Management and more.
The short in-person workshops are open to anyone and are offered at either the South or Auraria Campus. Workshop prices range from $30 to $180 depending on the subject and meeting frequency.
For more information and to register, visit www.msudenver.edu/loworkshops.
Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at policy and big ideas affecting the area’s business community.
These monthly meetings keep members informed of the latest conversations around workforce development, transportation and economic growth.
An update on the redevelopment of Englewood CityCenter with Dan Poremba, Chief Redevelopment Officer for the City of Englewood will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Englewood Civic Center Community room, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Members $10, non-members, $20.
He’ll also touch on related plans for the envisioned Englewood Downtown Development Authority.
Dan has developed more than 3 million square feet of commercial property, been involved in more than $1 billion in transactions, managed property portfolios up to 5 million square feet and directed land developments up to 17,000 acres. His expertise includes transit-oriented development (TOD) as well as public-private partnership (P3) projects.
Working for the City of Denver, he recently served for three years as the head of commercial development at Denver International Airport where he oversaw the start-up of commercial development, including Peña Station Next, a 400-acre TOD project with Panasonic as the anchor tenant.
He was also involved at various stages in the redevelopment of Denver Union Station and its surroundings. He has achieved successful results in corporate, entrepreneurial and public sector settings.
CONTRIBUTED BY SMDRA
The South Metro Denver REALTOR® Association (SMDRA) and its Charities and Community Involvement Committee presented a $1,500 check to Rebuilding Together Metro Denver (RTMD) Board Member Alyssa Collins and Executive Director Jodie Liddey on Friday, August 2, during SMDRA’s weekly Metro Market Pulse meeting at its Littleton headquarters. RTMD is the leading provider of repair services for homeowners in need throughout the seven-county metro area.
The money will benefit projects during RTMD’s October Volunteering event in the Sunnyside neighborhood in Denver. SMDRA members as well as members from around the metro area will be volunteering their time and labor to help make improvements to multiple homes within the Sunnyside neighborhood.
“The SMDRA Charities and Community Involvement Committee (CCIC) is dedicated to supporting programs and nonprofit organizations with housing related endeavors for the benefit of individuals and families in the metro Denver area,” said Marcel Savoie, SMDRA’s Chairman of the Board. “CCIC has chosen RTMD as the recipient of their bi-annual charity donation. Since 1999, RTMD has helped thousands of low-income homeowners with free critical health and safety repairs. Together, they are ensuring safe and healthy homes and communities while helping aging adults, veterans, and those with disabilities maintain home ownership and age-in-place. We are very pleased to help such a remarkable charity.”
The SMDRA Charities and Involvement Committee is helping raise the quality of home life for individuals and families throughout the community. RTMD believes that everyone deserves a safe and healthy home, and it helps transform the lives of low income homeowners and revitalizes communities. The nonprofit addresses what might be tragic outcomes by providing home repairs so these homeowners may continue to live in safe and healthy homes. Through home repairs and modifications, they prevent falls, perform energy upgrades and make safer and healthier homes. For more information visit rebuildingdenver.org.
SMDRA members have made extraordinary commitments to improve the quality of life in their communities through volunteer work and by supporting a variety of charitable organizations.
For more than 70 years, SMDRA has provided real estate professionals with the resources they need to help them grow and prosper in the real estate business. For more information, visit www.smdra.com.
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
On September 4, 100 leaders of business and government gathered at the AMG National Trust Bank dome in Greenwood Village for a Common Sense Policy Roundtable-sponsored (CSPR) debate between Heidi Ganahl, University of Colorado Regent and CSPR board member and K.C. Becker, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives on Referendum CC, referred by the legislature and on the November ballot. The debate was followed by the presentation of an in-depth study and analysis by Dr. Brenda Bausch Dickhoner, CSPR Education Fellow, of how K-12 education is funded in Colorado. AMG CEO and Chairman Earl Wright, who also chairs CSPR, hosted the breakfast gathering. Joey Bunch, Colorado Politics Deputy Managing Editor, moderated the spirited discussion.
Referendum CC seeks to allow state government to keep revenues collected in excess of TABOR limits during strong economic times, instead of splitting the excess collections into individual refunds for every Colorado taxpayer. Becker told the audience that, under the current rules, Coloradans are expected to receive refunds of $38 each in 2020 and 2021. If the ballot measure is approved, an extra $600 million extra would be directed to K-12 public education, Colorado’s public colleges and universities, and infrastructure, comprised of roads, bridges and transit, in the next two years.
Becker explained, “The economy is booming and we still struggle to hire teachers and fill potholes in Colorado. This (Referendum CC) allows us to benefit K-12, higher education, and infrastructure in a booming economy. We have lost 40 percent of our purchasing power for roads because the gas tax is still 22 cents per gallon, the same rate as it was in 1992.” She went on, “We now have 4-day school weeks in 110 school districts in our state and we are 51st in the U.S. for paying teachers. When Colorado has real economic growth, we are not allowed to benefit. We need to invest in education and infrastructure in years we would otherwise be making TABOR refunds.”
Ganahl contended that the measure lacked guardrails or a sunset clause and there was no guarantee that the money given to K-12 education would result in higher academic performance. She said, “This is not a revenue problem, it’s a spending problem.” She cited former CU President and United States Senator Hank Brown, along with former Governor Bill Owens, as being opposed to the ballot measure.
Tyler Sandberg, who manages former Rep. Mike Coffman’s campaigns and is currently vice-president and co-founder of Ready Colorado, a conservative group focused on school choice, asked what guarantee we have that the money for K-12 education would be spent on teachers’ pay?
Becker cited Colorado’s longstanding and strongly-held policy of local control by elected school boards in determining how money is spent in their school district, agreeing that there is not a guarantee that K-12 funds will go to increasing teachers’ salaries. On the subject of higher education, she said that CU Boulder currently gets only seven percent of its budget from the state. “We’ve essentially privatized higher education.” She continued, “One of the biggest beneficiaries (of Referendum CC, if approved) will be rural community colleges.”
On infrastructure, Becker said, “Voters across the state are reacting to impacts of growth. People are angry about our crowded roads.” On the topic of the state budget, she challenged the roomful of 100 leaders, “Where can we cut the general fund budget? Mental health? Provider fees (to doctors) for Medicare and Medicaid? Youth Corrections? Funding for people with developmental disabilities?”
Wright encouraged the legislature to “take a look at PERA (the state’s public employee retirement plan)….”The state allocated $225 million last year to PERA.” Becker responded that the state decreased PERA benefits last year, increased contributions, and extended the retirement age, “to put it on a path to be fully funded in 30 years.” She agreed with Wright that, “PERA can probably do more.”
Dr. Brenda Bautsch Dickhoner closed the program by presenting her in-depth study of the complex and often inequitable method used to distribute K-12 public education monies in Colorado, which also notes that current per-pupil state funding of $8,480 is at an all-time high. The results of the study are outlined in detail on page 13 of the September 5 issue of The Villager.
Wine & Design is a paint and sip studio where visitors attend a 2-hour painting session with a professional local artist who guides them through the step-by-step process to creating a masterpiece to take home with them. They also offer off-site classes through their On Wheels division, corporate events through their Team Building division, private parties, fundraisers and non-conventional paint projects that go beyond the canvas through their Design It Yourself division.
The brand was founded in 2010 and has been franchising since 2011. They opened August 30, 2019 in Greenwood Villager.
VILLAGER: How many people does your company employ?
W&D: My husband Charles and I are the owners and, at this time, have two contracted artists and one contracted office assistant on staff in a part-time capacity. We expect to grow our artist contractors to 4-5 after we open our doors.
VILLAGER: What is the company’s goal/mission?
W&D: Wine & Design is the perfect place to unwind and have fun. We offer a range of affordable private and public paint and sip parties for all ages, groups and talents. From girls nights out to birthday parties, work events to date nights, Wine & Design has you covered.
VILLAGER : How does the company distinguish itself from its competition?
W&D: Wine & Design Greenwood Village is not only a traditional paint and sip studio, but we are proud to also include a large selection of ceramic pottery pieces for painting—we have a kiln on-site for firing. We also have a private party room in the studio to host parties and events of all kinds, as well.
VILLAGER: What is unique about the company’s product/service?
W&D: Along with offering ceramic pottery painting, Wine & Design Greenwood Village plans to place a primary focus on our Team Building division, especially with our proximity to the Denver Tech Center. Team Building is a section of Wine & Design’s business designed to build camaraderie among coworkers. As a trained art therapist with a background in psychology, I’ve always had an interest in the team-building aspect of work environments and how it can help improve relationships and productivity. I’m excited to use my knowledge and expertise to create effective Team Building events at our studio and have already formed partnerships with the Denver Tech Center Greenwood Village Chamber of Commerce to bring awareness to our offering.
As parents to three children of our own, we also loved Wine & Design’s offerings geared towards the under-21 crowd. Wine & Design’s “Art Buzz Kids” division offers camps, kid’s painting classes and other after-school activities that we’re excited to offer our community.
VILLAGER: Who does the company serve?
Wine & Design has classes, camps and events for people of all ages, group sizes and talent levels. From girls’ nights out to kids’ birthday parties to work events to date night options, Wine & Design is an awesome destination for a fun, creative activity.
Wine & Design Greenwood Village5942 S. Yosemite CourtGreenwood Village, CO 80111
A few short years ago, Greenwood Village carried the envied label of “the headquarters of headquarters.” This year, its fifth and ninth-largest employers moved out of the city, taking up to 2000 employees with them. Next year, a third Fortune 500 company will be moving another 600 employees out of the city.
In February The Villager reported that Newmont Mining was leaving one of GV’s premier buildings, Palazzo Verdi, for nearby Belleview Station because “Newmont concluded that location amenities that employees told them were extremely important were not available in GV’s Village Center neighborhood. Company executives concluded that Belleview Station offered numerous conveniences within walking distance that are important to attracting and retaining top employees. Retail shops, restaurants, personal service businesses and other amenities associated with modern-day mixed-use development are plentiful in the area.” On July 2, Newmont’s Group Executive for Corporate Communications, Omar Jabara, told The Villager that 600 employees will move from GV to Newmont’s new location in Belleview Station less than three miles away when their new building at 6900 E. Layton Street in Denver is finished in 2020.
The Colorado Real Estate Journal (CREJ) reported last year that Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company was vacating its regional offices on Orchard Road near I-25 in GV. They planned to lease five floors in Denver at I-25 and Colorado Boulevard. CREJ quoted John Roble, president of Cigna’s Mountain States Market as saying, “Colorado Center is a fantastic 21st century facility that will provide collaborative workspaces and first-rate amenities that will enable our employees to better serve our clients and customers.”
In its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for 2018, Greenwood Village listed Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company as the fifth largest employer in the city with 500 to 1000 employees. Cigna’s GV offices are now closed.
Travelers Indemnity Company left its Willow Drive location in Greenwood Village a few months ago for Inova Dry Creek, where it leased 140,000 square feet at the new mixed-use campus at I-25 and Dry Creek Road in Centennial. Travelers’ Matt Bordonaro, a member of its corporate communications department, told The Villager that Travelers “was consolidating all its Colorado operations at Inova Dry Creek.”
In its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the year ended December 31, 2018, Greenwood Village listed Travelers Indemnity Company as the ninth largest employer in the city with 500 to 1000 employees. Traveler’s GV offices are now closed.
At the study session preceding its regular meeting on August 19, future GV Mayor (he is running unopposed in the November election) George Lantz told his fellow council members that he and first-term Council Member Tom Dougherty had been “talking about how we can reach out to the business community…to have a better understanding of what they need and what they want…” Lantz continued, “.It’s been seven years since we’ve had sort of a formal outreach to the business community.” He said that staff suggested “we go out with a survey that would bring in certain business leaders into city hall here and we have a moderator that would talk to them about things they like about Greenwood Village, things that we may be able to improve to keep them around. There is a budget agreement with that that will be presented…estimated at about $20,000…”
Dougherty added,” We put a lot of effort into hearing from our residents (through) Village Voices and the citizens’ survey. Our thought was that we should be reaching out to our business residents as well since they’re so vital to the continuing financial health of the city. The present idea.. is…a moderated, organized outreach to the community…to have small working groups come in and have the businesses tell us exactly what they’re thinking…What will it take to get (them) to come here or stay here if (they’re) already here.”
Dougherty outlined a time frame that would have a contractor selected in early 2020 to convene and serve as the moderator for the outreach meetings, “It would probably take us into the summer to get all of it done,” he said.
Jerry Presley, council member from district one, said, “I’m sure, as part of this project, you’re talking about branding, cause that’s absolutely part of this, so that’s a crucial piece.”
CONTRIBUTED BY BYE AEROSPACE
Englewood-based Bye Aerospace, the developer of the two-seat all-electric eFlyer 2 aircraft, announced it has finalized the supplier agreement with Garmin to provide its eFlyer 2 with the full suite of new Garmin G3X Touch avionics.
“Garmin is supplying the full VFR to IFR instrument capability, ADAHRS, GPS, transponders and standby instruments,” said George E. Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace. “We are so pleased that eFlyer 2 will utilize the most advanced avionics technology available. Garmin’s reputation for providing comprehensive, intelligible, superior avionics systems aligns with our goal to provide flight schools and owner/operators with the safest, most reliable, and innovative pilot training aircraft ever produced.”
“As the trusted leader in avionics, we are very excited pilots have the opportunity to fly behind the G3X Touch avionics suite in the eFlyer 2,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “The G3X Touch in the eFlyer 2 boasts a superior feature set with modern capabilities such as wireless connectivity and synthetic vision, as well as geo-referenced charts, traffic, terrain and more, offering advanced avionics capabilities in a glass cockpit that is both impressive and intuitive. We look forward to continuing our business relationship with Bye Aerospace as they bring the eFlyer family of aircraft to market.”
The eFlyer family of aircraft, including the eFlyer 2 and the 4-seat eFlyer 4, aims to be the first FAA-certified, practical, all-electric airplanes to serve the flight training and general aviation markets.
A new study by Development Research Partners, a Colorado economics research firm, found that a high-speed transit system in the I-70 Mountain Corridor would generate $711.7 million in new economic activity and $45.8 million in new taxes, every year.
“High-speed transit is one of three components of the long-term plan for the I-70 Mountain Corridor that was issued by the Federal Highways Administration and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT),” said Margaret Bowes, Director of the I-70 Coalition, a non-profit organization representing 28 local governments and businesses along the I-70 mountain corridor that was one of the funders of the study. “While funding remains a challenge, this study provides valuable information for communities along the corridor and for CDOT and local transportation planners to take into account when considering the financial feasibility of a high-speed transit system in the mountain corridor,” she added.
The Coalition was one of nine organizations who funded the study. Others included the City and County of Denver, the City of Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Eagle County, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, the Black Hawk Silver Dollar Metropolitan District, and Summit County.
“The bulk of the congestion on I-70 occurs in Clear Creek County,” said Clear Creek County Commissioner Randy Wheelock, “and it is imperative that we explore alternatives to moving people and goods through the corridor in a way that protects our community values and environment, while maintaining access to mountain destinations and their outstanding recreational opportunities. This study furthers our understanding of the economic potential of high-speed transit compared to a congested interstate. These positive results suggest that we update our knowledge of the latest transit technology, cost and other impacts to round out the big picture.” he added.
Specifically, the study found that high-speed transit would:
In addition, high-speed transit would result in travel cost savings for commuters of $8.4 million, for new visitors of $3.3 million, and for residents of the corridor of $1 million. Further, the additional visitor and resident spending associated with a high-speed transit system will foster the development of 1,360 new residential units and 2 million square feet of commercial space with a combined value of nearly $1.2 billion.
“This corridor is vital to Colorado’s economy and to our ability to retain and create new jobs,” said J. J. Ament, CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. “Addressing congestion issues on this stretch of the interstate is important for our long-term economic viability and this study shows the economic contribution high-speed transit can provide as part of a comprehensive solution.”
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