Buy A $100 Box to Help Build The Goat Cheese Lady Creamery
For years, people have told me I ought to sell more of my goat milk lotion, soaps and lip balms. I ought to put them in stores, market them more on the internet, have more for sale at the farm. I know I should…but CHEESE is my passion. I love to MAKE CHEESE. I love to TEACH CHEESE. I want to SELL CHEESE. I want to SELL CHEESE that reminds a person of what her Italian grandmother made. I want to SELL CHEESE that makes local restaurant chefs proud to have on their menus. I want to SELL CHEESE that brings our local terroir to the kitchens and dinner tables of cheese connoisseurs who appreciate and value the goat milk, green pasture, good hay, time, art and passion that go into making artisan cheese.
To realize my dream of making and selling cheese, my husband, our boys and I are building, after years of planning and designing, a small creamery in Penrose, Colorado, from which we can SELL CHEESE!
But we ran into a financial road block. After installing the septic tank for the creamery, we began getting bids for the foundation. $13,000. It was much more than we expected and pushes us way over our budget. We put on the brakes. I got mad. I cried. The creamery we thought would be up and running last May is only an empty septic tank in the ground. We can’t put in the foundation – thus using up much of our budget – and risk not having enough money to cover it with walls and a roof. It would be ruined. When my husband said we might have to wait one or two years, I yelled.
NO!! I don’t want to wait one or two years more to have our creamery. By the time our goats have their babies next Spring, I want to be using their milk to make and sell cheese.
I began to think, HOW CAN I MAKE $13,000…FAST? How can we cash flow the foundation so it puts us back into budget?
I could go back to work at a “regular job.” My answer, not surprising to those who know me, was no.
I could sell lots of soaps, lotions and lip balms. $5 a piece for a bar of soap or a 4 oz bottle of lotion means selling 2,600 individual bars and bottles. My brain couldn’t handle that number and it seemed out of reach.
OR WAIT! ….I could sell $100 Boxes filled with soaps, lotions and lip balms! That would mean only selling 130 boxes! I could wrap my mind around that idea!
So, the idea for the $100 Box was born. I will sell $100 Boxes of Goat Milk Soap, Lotion and Lip Balm and I only need to sell 130 to pour the floor of The Goat Cheese Lady Creamery, but I need your help!
HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP: Order a $100 Box (or two or three). Fill your showers, bathtubs, kitchen sinks and bathrooms with soap and lotion that has a purpose. Use your $100 Box to stock up on birthday gifts, hostess gifts, employee gifts, client and co-worker appreciation gifts or “just because” gifts. We make all of the Goat Milk Soap, Lotion and Lip Balm right here on our farm in small batches. You can help us raise the money to pour the foundation to take us one step closer to having The Goat Cheese Lady Creamery by next Spring!
HERE IS WHAT YOU GET: $100 of any combination our Goat Milk Soaps, Lotions and Lip Balms.
HERE IS HOW YOU DO IT: Fill out an order form. The soaps are $5 each, the lotions are $5 each for 4 oz bottles and $10 each for 8 oz bottles and the lip balms are $2.50 each. You choose from the scents and sizes until your total adds up to $100. You pay when you order and pick up your $100 Box at Ranch Foods Direct when all of your items are ready. We can also ship your $100 Box to you (shipping cost is not included in the $100).
Sea Island is home to The Cloister at Sea Island, The Lodge at Sea Island, The Spa at Sea Island, and the Georgian Room restaurant. It also has five miles of private beach on Georgia's southeastern coast, a Beach Club, tennis and squash centers, Yacht Club, Shooting School and Camp Cloister.Rooms range from $525 to over $1,000 a night, according to Sea Island's website, depending on what kind of package deal you're seeking. The Broadmoor's charges are similar.
I was given clear instruction by the Land Committee today that, while they are very interested in continuing discussions about this project, it is not appropriate for Palmer to publicly represent the project at the meeting on 2/24. This is further reinforced by the fact that I cannot be present. It is fine for the City and Broadmoor to say you are in discussions with Palmer about a conservation easement, but it is simply not yet appropriate for us to speak publicly about something that the board has not approved.Jewett, who was planning a trip out of town, goes on to say, "I'm happy to chat further about this or Banning Lewis before I leave."
The Palmer Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land say they hope 12,000 of the 18,500 acres are set aside for trails, conservation and other public uses. One potential method of securing those acres into perpetuity, says Palmer Land Trust's executive director, Rebecca Jewett, is a conservation easement, which requires a landowner to sacrifice development rights in exchange for a tax credit that can be sold for cash, though certain restrictions apply.The Banning Lewis Ranch has a rather complicated history, but the short version is that when Nor'wood bought the property, it assumed the position of previous owner Ultra Petroleum of Houston in a federal legal case about whether the 1988 annexation agreement can be set aside. (The agreement demands a lot of infrastructure investment by developers.)
"City Council hereby authorizes the acceptance of a donation of the difference in value between the City Property and the Broadmoor Property, if any, as determined by an appraisal conducted at the behest and expense of the Broadmoor."
Section 5(a) requires the Secretary to conduct appraisals
of the parcels of land. Section 5(b) requires the land exchange
to be of equal value. If the value of the Federal land exceeds
the value of the non-Federal land, Broadmoor Hotel, Inc., must
make a cash equalization payment to be deposited into the fund
established under P.L. 90-171 (16 U.S.C. 484a). Any cash
equalization payments received by the Secretary are to be used
to acquire land or interests in land in Region 2 of the USFS.
If the value of the non-Federal land exceeds the value of the
Federal land, the surplus value of the non-Federal land will be
considered a donation by Broadmoor Hotel, Inc., to the U.S.
Government. Section 5(c) directs that the appraisals should not
take into account the special use permit at Emerald Valley
Ranch or the Barr Trail easement when determining the value of
60 1st St is a Single family located in Broadmoor, CO, in El Paso county. Built in 1930, this property was last sold for $3,675,000 in 2007 and currently has an estimated value of $1,833,919.
Colorado Springs, CO – February 19, 2016 - Neumann Systems Group, Inc. (NSG) today announced results of the first sulfur dioxide (SO2) removal testing of the NeuStream® desulfurization unit at the Colorado Springs Utilities’ (CSU) Martin Drake Power Plant, Unit 7. NSG CEO Dr. David K. Neumann said: “NeuStream® worked even better than expected. The very first test of the scrubber showed an ability to remove approximately 98.6% of the SO2.” As the figure below shows, the NeuStream® scrubber reduced the SO2 in the flue gas to a very small amount. Also shown on the graph is a line indicating the State of Colorado Air Quality monthly limit (.13lb/MMBTU) for SO2 emissions. As is obvious from the graph, performance of the NeuStream® Scrubber was significantly better than the air quality standard. The test data was recorded by the EPA certified and independently calibrated and maintained detection equipment mounted on the Martin Drake Unit 7 stack. Please note that the new State Air Quality limits for SO2 for Martin Drake Unit 6 and Unit 7 do not go into effect until the end of 2017. This initial test is being followed by several months of additional system start-up, load testing, parametric testing, performance optimization and full operational testing. Construction also continues on the Martin Drake Unit 6 NeuStream® scrubber with first scheduled operation during the Summer.
The first successful operation of the first NeuStream® desulfurization system is a result of the work of the dedicated and expert NSG team under the leadership and technical direction of Dr. J.P. Feve, Dr. Eric Klein and Mr. Nick Miller. Initial testing was conducted by a joint NSG/CSU team. During the past year CSU personnel have made significant contributions to bringing the system to the current point. Their contributions are in the areas of operating software development and testing, integration of equipment and software into Martin Drake, construction project management, maintenance of installed equipment and initial checkout and testing of equipment. CSU plant operators are currently being trained to take over full operation of the NeuStream® system.
Neumann Systems Group’s work for CSU is under a cost-plus-fee contract initiated in October 2011. Under NSG’s contract with CSU, a 3% fee is to be paid to CSU for NeuStream® system and service sales and a 5% fee for sales of each NeuStream system license. These fees are to be paid for a period of ten years after commencement of commercial operation of the Martin Drake NeuStream® system.
Marketing of the NeuStream® systems has been adversely affected by the cataclysmic changes in the energy and power generation industries. By the end of 2016 approximately 400 “unscrubbed” U.S. coal-burning units will be shut down. In part this is a result of the negative current administration’s policies relative to coal as a power source for the U.S. Another significant factor affecting the market for emissions control equipment is the relatively low cost and availability of natural gas. Natural gas is an alternative fuel with essentially no sulfur emissions and lower carbon dioxide emissions. Thus there is essentially no market in the U.S. for NeuStream® desulfurization systems. However, NSG is pursuing international market opportunities including ongoing negotiations with two Chinese companies for licensing and installation of the technology. The potential market as identified by one of the Chinese companies is several thousand small, coal-fired boiler systems used for power generation, heating and industrial applications. Natural gas is generally not available in China and when it is available it costs over five times the cost of coal. Therefore, no shift from coal use to natural gas use is expected in China for the foreseeable future. Additional NSG marketing and contracts for NeuStream® carbon capture equipment to several major US oil companies for use in Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) have been derailed by the oversupply and precipitous drop in the price of oil. NSG continues to seek other markets for the NeuStream® technology.
NeuStream® is a disruptive “platform” technology, meaning it has potential for revolutionary impact in a wide range of product areas important to the industrial and economic well-being of the United States and the rest of the World. NeuStream® technology enables cost effective capture of pollutants including greenhouse gases from a wide variety of emission sources. It also enables the cost effective use of these captured pollutants in the production of chemicals such as fertilizers and sulfuric and nitric acids; building materials such as gypsum; rare earth and strategic metals needed for energy efficiency, electric vehicle and wind and solar applications. Additionally, the NeuStream® technology has significant potential in other areas such as increasing the efficiency of production of bio-fuels, the cost effective production of pharmaceuticals such as the anti-malarial drug Artemisinin, and CO2 for enhanced oil recovery.
Denver, CO, Feb. 11, 2016 – Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners, Colorado’s leading commercial real estate developer, manager and investor, announced today it is acquiring 76.8 acres of vacant land at InterQuest, a high‐tech business park fronting Interstate 25 in northern Colorado Springs. The property’s strategic location, just east of the U.S. Air Force Academy, offers superior highway visibility and access as well as unobstructed views of nearby Pikes Peak. The site was purchased from Corporate Office
Properties Trust or (COPT) for $4.35 million.
Situated at the southeast corner of Interstate 25 and Interquest Parkway, the site is located at the epicenter of InterQuest, adjacent to office buildings, hotels, and key entertainment and retail at InterQuest Marketplace. This regional shopping center is located at the front door of Colorado Springs and provides north‐side consumers an updated alternative to the Chapel Hills/North Academy shopping district. Additionally, Great Wolf Resorts announced last summer it will transform the retail center’s unfinished Renaissance Hotel into a family‐style resort, which will open in late fall 2016 with a water
park, restaurants, children’s entertainment and meeting space. The resort expects to employ 400 to 500 full‐and part‐time workers.
Other neighboring properties have either experienced development in recent years or have near‐term projects slated. The increased activity in the area reflects the vibrancy of northern Colorado Springs’ rapidly growing submarket.
In addition to the recent land acquisition, Etkin Johnson owns and manages three office/flex properties in Colorado Springs, maintaining a presence in the region for more than 20 years.
“This is a particularly exciting opportunity to acquire bulk land with freeway frontage in a local market we’re already active in and familiar with,” said Derek Conn, director of finance at Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners. Conn negotiated the transaction with Colorado Springs broker, Michael Payne Palmer of Quantum Commercial Group Inc. and Jim Capecelatro of Cushman & Wakefield Denver.
With significant infrastructure already in place, Etkin Johnson is planning a mixed‐use development project for the site, known as The Gateway at InterQuest, which will include a blend of apartments, office, neighborhood retail and hotels. The company plans to offer smaller pad sites for sale or build‐to-suit.
“Etkin Johnson is an ideal developer for this land, both in terms of their local efforts and the momentum it will bring to the northern submarket,” said Palmer. “They have an existing presence in Colorado Springs and a proven track record of successfully developing mixed‐use environments that attract residents, high‐tech companies and quality tenants.”
“This acquisition provides us the opportunity to utilize all of our core competencies as a long‐time, local investor in a market where substantial value can be created,” said Conn. “Our development plans will draw on the strengths of our more than 25‐year history in Colorado and will focus on creating a vibrant community in this fast‐growing area.”
About Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners
Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners is a Denver‐based development, investment, ownership and management company with a portfolio of more than 5 million square feet of office, hotel and industrial holdings worth in excess of $500 million.
Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado Provides Investigation Results of Local Organization
Consumers are advised to contact BBB before purchasing products from Young People Working LLC
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 20, 2016 – Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado (BBB) has completed an investigation of a Southern Colorado company – Young People Working LLC, known for going door to door to residents’ homes to sell magazine subscriptions.
The company is registered to Crystal Davis (who has also used her maiden name, Crystal Clark, in her businesses) at this address: 6660 Delmonico Drive, Suite D-470, Colorado Springs, CO 80919. BBB warns they are NOT an accredited business.
Within the last 12 months, 127 complaints have been processed and closed against Young People Working LLC.
· (5) Advertising/sales issues
· (3) Billing/collection issues
· (83) Delivery issues
· (36) Problems with Product/Service
BBB files indicate that this business has a pattern of complaints concerning service issues. Consumers have said they are not able to obtain refunds, products take a long time to be delivered, or the products do not arrive at all.
Complaints have been received from across the country. On September 4, 2015, the owner was presented with a Cease & Desist order from North Dakota.
Up until October 2015, the company was cooperating with BBB of Southern Colorado regarding these complaints. However, as complaints increased, the company stopped corresponding.
In addition, the owner of Young People Working LLC registered in the state of Colorado another door-to-door magazine sales company, Yeong Pablo Straton LLC, and the owner also has ties to Lrumar Publications.
BBB cautions consumers against purchasing magazines from Young People Working LLC, Yeong Pablo Statron LLC and Lrumar Publications.
For consumers seeking services or products, BBB advises consumers to use BBB’s website or call its offices to find an accredited business that has a recordable history of providing a specific type of service or product.
BBB offers these tips to citizens when (any) solicitors knock on their doors offering services:
1. Ask them for their BBB accreditation information. They should be able to provide this and should be willing to wait while the homeowner calls BBB to confirm.
2. If the soliciting company claims to be a contractor, ask for their insurance and bonding information.
3. Schedule a meeting at the soliciting company’s office to finalize any deal. This will help ensure they are a credible entity.
“Our organization exists to protect integrity and establish trust between businesses and consumers,” said Jonathan Liebert, CEO and executive director of Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado.
“When a company does not follow good business practices, we investigate them before informing consumers and the public. We hope this will help get the word out to protect the public and legitimate businesses.”
Click on this link to read BBB Business Review on Young People Working LLC.
ABOUT BBB OF SOUTHERN COLORADO
Since August of 1980, Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado has helped consumers find businesses, brands, and charities they can trust. It serves 25 counties throughout Southern Colorado.
BBB of Southern Colorado sets standards for marketplace trust – to create a community of trustworthy businesses and charities – by encouraging and supporting best practices, educating consumers and businesses, celebrating business role models, and calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior.
BBB of Southern Colorado houses more than 29,000 reviews on companies in the region. In 2015, it processed 2,898 complaints and had 1.6 million page views on its website. All company and charity reports are available for free online.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Frontier Airlines will launch new service in Colorado Springs with non-stops to Las Vegas that begin this April. Frontier is offering special introductory fares as low as $19 one-way on these new routes as of today at Flyfrontier.com. With The WORKS, fares are as low as $118.
Customers can take advantage of Frontier’s bundled choice, The WORKSsm, containing Frontier’s most popular options for one low price. The WORKS is available at FlyFrontier.com at time of initial booking and includes one carry-on bag, one checked bag, best available seat including Stretch and Exit Row options, full refundability when canceled at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure, no change fees and priority boarding.
“We have 18 new planes delivering this year, growing the fleet by nine additional units after retirements,” said Frontier Airlines President Barry Biffle. “We’re excited to bring Low Fares Done Right not only to the Colorado Springs area but to people in areas like Pueblo, Canon City and Castle Rock. Our low fares enable people to travel who were forced into their car or stay at home. We look forward to welcoming these new flyers soon.”
“On behalf of the City of Colorado Springs, I am honored to be the first to say Welcome Back to our great city. We are extremely proud to partner with Frontier Airlines and we are committed to the success of your business and to meeting the needs of all our air service customers,” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers.
Last week, Frontier announced 42 new markets, and, with today’s announcement in Colorado Springs as well as other cities throughout the United States, the total number of new markets to be launched this spring and summer will be 56.
Following is a summary of the new service:
COLORADO SPRINGS (COS) – LAS VEGAS (LAS)
F91089Leave COS: 12:00 p.m. Arrive: LAS 1:00 p.m.
F91088 Leave LAS: 8:20 a.m. Arrive: COS 11:05 a.m.
Following is summary of the new fares to be offered from Colorado Springs:
(1) Average is based on Department of Transportation Origin and Destination Survey, Year Ending, Second Quarter, 2015.
(2) New Frontier Fare – Fares are one way and do not require roundtrip purchase.
Fare(s) shown includes all transportation fees, surcharges and taxes, and are subject to change without notice. Seats are limited at these fares and certain flights and/or days of travel may be unavailable.
Depending on the fare type purchased, nonrefundable tickets may be transferred for a fee of up to $75, or reissued for alternate flights for a fee of up to $99, as well as a possible fare increase. The name change fee and itinerary change fee are inclusive of each other. Previously purchased tickets may not be exchanged for these special fare tickets. Flight segment(s) must be cancelled prior to scheduled departure time or the ticket(s) and all monies will be forfeited.
Tickets purchased at FlyFrontier.com must be paid for at the time the reservation is made, and you may request a full refund up to 24 hours after the time of purchase, if the purchase is made 7 days (168 hours) or more prior to your flight's departure. This ticket may be canceled and refunded at the My Trips section on FlyFrontier.com. Additional travel services, such as baggage (www.flyfrontier.com/customer-service/travel-support/baggage) and advance seat assignments (www.flyfrontier.com/flight-info/seating-options) are available for purchase separately at an additional charge. Some markets do not offer daily service. Schedules are subject to change without notice. Flights are operated by Frontier Airlines. Other restrictions may apply.
(3) Intro Fare – Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 pm Eastern time on Feb. 17, 2016 for nonstop travel through Aug. 15, 2016. For flights operating Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, off-peak fares are offered Tuesday. For flights operating Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, off-peak fares are offered Wednesday and Saturday. For flights operating daily, off-peak fares are offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. The following blackout dates apply: May 28 & 31, 2016, and July 5, 2016.
Fares are one way and do not require roundtrip purchase.
Fare(s) shown includes all transportation fees, surcharges and taxes, and are subject to change without notice. Seats are limited at these fares and certain flights and/or days of travel may be unavailable.
Discount Den fares are only available at FlyFrontier.com to members of Discount Den.
Depending on the fare type purchased, nonrefundable tickets may be transferred for a fee of up to $75, or reissued for alternate flights for a fee of up to $99, as well as a possible fare increase. The name change fee and itinerary change fee are not exclusive of each other. Previously purchased tickets may not be exchanged for these special fare tickets. Flight segment(s) must be cancelled prior to scheduled departure time or the ticket(s) and all monies will be forfeited.
Tickets purchased at FlyFrontier.com must be paid for at the time the reservation is made, you may request a full refund up to 24 hours after the time of purchase, if the purchase is made 7 days (168 hours) or more prior to your flight's departure. This ticket may be canceled and refunded at the My Trips section on FlyFrontier.com. Additional travel services, such as baggage (www.flyfrontier.com/customer-service/travel-support/baggage) and advance seat assignments (www.flyfrontier.com/flight-info/seating-options) are available for purchase separately at an additional charge. Fares include all transportation fees, surcharges and taxes, and are subject to change without notice. Some markets do not offer daily service. Schedules are subject to change without notice. Flights are operated by Frontier Airlines. Other restrictions may apply.
(4) The WORKSsm is available at FlyFrontier.com at time of initial booking; prices range from $49 to $69 each-way, based on round-trip purchase, and includes one carry-on bag, one checked bag, best available seat including Stretch and Exit Row options, full refundability when canceled at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure, no change fees and priority boarding.
Sunshare is one of the nation's leading developers of community solar, in which communities chip in the cost of building a solar installation on underutilitized land, then share in the power generated. The first project was in Colorado Springs where he worked with community members, including the local utility, city council members and businesses to create a 500 MW Solar Garden. He previously worked at PowerLight Corp. and SunPower.SunShare was born in Colorado Springs where Amster-Olszewski graduated from Colorado College. It's true he's built several solar gardens here, but when the Utilities Board in spring 2013 rolled back its solar program, he moved his company to Denver. Now, he also has an office in Minneapolis, Minn. So much for retaining the much coveted young professionals, eh?
SunShare’s 2.5 megawatt (MWac) Pikes Peak Solar Garden Site has been turned on and is producing solar energy into Colorado Springs Utilities’ grid. The project is one of five solar garden sites that SunShare has developed throughout Colorado’s largest counties this year, in addition to two solar gardens in operation in Colorado Springs since 2012. These five solar gardens represent one of the largest Community Solar portfolios in the nation. At full capacity, the combined 8.2 MWac Community Solar portfolio is expected to generate approximately 350 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy over 20 years, which is enough to power 1,600 typical U.S. homes.
The first purpose built urban apartment project of this size in Downtown Colorado Springs will be located at the southwest corner of Colorado Avenue and Wahsatch Avenue and will anchor the emerging East End neighborhood with 169 new 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and loft style units located on the street and alley.
The building will provide residents with secure parking, fitness/yoga studio, resident clubhouse opening onto an outdoor pool/hot tub and lounge deck. Other building amenities include a dog wash, bike storage and repair shop, co-working spaces and a rooftop lounge with sweeping views of downtown and the Front Range. The project is steps away from micro breweries, art galleries, unique restaurants and more. Site preparations and demolition will begin in early 2016 and begin leasing to residents in the summer of 2017.
The second project, located in the 600 block of South Cascade Ave will have 187 new 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and will add life and vitality to an emerging area of Downtown; leasing to residents in 2018. Similar building amenities will offer residents a complete and active urban lifestyle in an established neighborhood setting adjacent to restaurants, coffee shops and recreation/trail connections.
“With these two apartment projects, the standard for urban living in downtown Colorado Springs will be set for years to come,” said Chris Jenkins, President of Nor’wood Development Group. “As our Downtown’s Renaissance gains momentum, urban living will be the cornerstone to transformation. We have seen urban living explode in every thriving middle weight city and believe now is the right time for our downtown. We are thrilled to
be working on such great infill projects in downtown.”
“More and more millenials and empty nesters are in search of a more compact and maintenance-free urban lifestyle rather than large suburban homes with time-consuming and costly maintenance and upkeep,” said Steve Engel, Chairman of Griffis Blessing. “A lock and go lifestyle, within walking distance to the best restaurants, boutique shops and cultural activities in downtown make these properties unique and desirable.
These properties will offer residents unprecedented access to leisure amenities that complement their urban lifestyle.”
Nor’wood Development Group is a locally owned full service real estate development and management company operating only in the Pikes Peak Region for more than 40 years with a diverse and growing portfolio of real estate. Griffis Blessing owns and manages over 8,500 apartment units throughout Colorado and Idaho.
Catalyst Campus lands $750,000 grant to build
private research, shared ‘collaboratory’ R & D lab
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Dec. 14, 2015 – The Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation was awarded a $750,000 grant from the Colorado Economic Development Commission, to build out IT infrastructure and a unique industry-sponsored, cyber- and space-based research and development laboratory/operations center.
Partners of Catalyst Campus will provide $1.5 million in matching funds to establish the Cyber and Space Operations Center (CSOC), where satellite, space and GPS technologies will be tested and developed for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and ultimately for commercial applications.
With financial support from Catalyst Campus partners, Braxton Science and Technologies Group, LLC, and The O’Neil Group Company, LLC, the CSOC will provide a technology platform for industry partners to collaborate and deploy two SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) contracts recently awarded to Braxton by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
“Catalyst is grateful to Braxton and The O’Neil Group for supporting the launch of an R&D ‘collaboratory’ at the campus,” said Ingrid Richter, Economic Development Director for Catalyst Campus.
Construction on the CSOC will begin this summer and is expected to be completed by September 2016. After these initial AFRL contracts are deployed in 2016, the laboratory will be made available to other private companies, providing a co-working and co-utilization platform that allows start-ups, entrepreneurs, established companies and R&D projects to use the CSOC laboratory without initial start-up or exorbitant operating costs.
This unique operating model will make the Cyber and Space Operations Center the only space and satellite private research laboratory of its kind in the nation.
“We are honored that Catalyst Campus was chosen to receive this Advanced Industries Accelerator grant,” said Kevin O’Neil, CEO of The O’Neil Group Company. “This grant will support building an environment around cyber, satellite and space operations that is unheard of in the private aerospace industry. The opportunity for commercial application and workforce training in this environment is exponential.”
“The CSOC will create a synergistic opportunity to educate civilians, cadets, veterans and active military personnel in the practical application of cyber security, satellite research and operations, and software development.”
Once the infrastructure is in place and these projects are deployed, Catalyst Campus and industry partners plan to engage commercial companies in R&D, technology acceleration, and satellite testing capabilities.
Building the CSOC opens the door to innovations such as improving signal accuracy technology that can be used to enhance military operations and also be cross-pollinated to commercial markets to increase accuracy for Google mapping applications, Garmin devices, and GPS applications – all part of a multi-billion-dollar industry.
“I congratulate the Catalyst Campus for receiving this significant grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. This funding will be used to create a Cyber and Space Operations Center on the campus, and it is further evidence that Colorado Springs is rapidly becoming a national leader in cyber security.”
Mayor of Colorado Springs
According to the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, the Advanced Industries Accelerator Programs grants are awarded to companies that “promote growth and sustainability in Colorado's seven advanced industries by helping drive innovation, accelerate commercialization, encourage public-private partnerships, increase access to early stage capital and create a strong ecosystem that increases the state’s global competitiveness.”
Catalyst Campus applied for the grant in September 2015 and received the award on Dec. 10 at the Colorado Economic Development Commission hearing, where several companies in Colorado received grants, ranging from $300,000 to $2.5 million.
ABOUT CATALYST CAMPUS FOR TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION
Located in downtown Colorado Springs, Catalyst Campus advances technology in Southern Colorado. Catalyst Campus creates a centralized ecosystem to promote industry, education, and venture capital for these advanced industries: aerospace, defense and homeland security, electronics, technology and information, and advanced manufacturing.
Given the diverse resources of Southern Colorado, the Catalyst Campus aims to accelerate economic growth across multiple advanced industries and support workforce development for the Pikes Peak region.
Catalyst Campus offers 100,000 square feet of office/R&D lab space where start-ups as well as small- and medium-sized companies collaborate on innovative and emerging ideas to promote technological advancement, create high-skilled, high-paying jobs, and stimulate the commercialization of new products.
In addition, Catalyst Academy will be a training center that will fill workforce gaps in today's changing and high-demand technologies.
For more information, visit CatalystCampus.com or call 719-244-0507.