Gov. Hickenlooper announces $100 million commitment to Colorado’s biking infrastructure
DENVER — Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the state’s commitment of more than $100 million over the next four years to enhance Colorado’s ability to become the best state to ride a bike.
“Our goal is to make Colorado the best state for biking in the country,” said Hickenlooper. “These investments will help fuel our economic growth and tourism industry, move us toward a cleaner environment and advance our goal of being the healthiest state in the nation.”
Colorado is often ranked the fittest state, and was recently ranked the most physically active state in the country. Even with these stats, Colorado has an obesity rate of more than 21 percent, up from 16 percent in 2004. In addition, a nationwide study found that kids are only spending 4-7 minutes outside in unstructured play every day, but are spending 7-10 hours a day staring at screens. Biking is one of the ways Colorado is aiming to change these stats.
The four year plan and $100 million budget will allow Colorado to add bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, better understand and market the cycling industry and support awareness and education efforts to promote safety.
“We want to encourage riders of all shapes, sizes and abilities and make biking as safe and accessible as possible statewide,” said Ken Gart, Colorado’s bike czar. “With more than 5,000 miles of biking trails throughout the state, and events like Pedal The Plains and the USA Pro Challenge, Colorado is poised to take this lead.”
The Colorado Pedals Project, Bicycle Colorado, Great Outdoors Colorado, and many more are working with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Office of Economic Development, Colorado Tourism Office, and other state agencies, to develop the overall strategy, distribute money, and accomplish shared goals.
CDOT is committed to spend at least 2.5 percent of its construction budget on bike and pedestrian programs including infrastructure.
“Coloradans have put a high priority on providing choice in how they get from A to B, whether for commuting or for recreation, and cycling for many is a key alternative," said Shailen Bhatt, executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation. “At CDOT we believe that including cycling plans into road planning and construction will help us reduce congestion and contribute to solving the transportation challenges facing the Colorado."
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests Lottery proceeds in Colorado's rivers, parks, open space, wildlife, and trails and has been the state's single largest funding source for trails.
“GOCO is excited to be a part of this new initiative and any opportunity to leverage funding to provide places for people to get outside from the backyard to the backcountry," said Lise Aangeenbrug, GOCO executive director.
Bicycle Colorado, one of the first statewide bicycle advocacy groups in the nation, and now the largest, encourages and promotes bicycling, increased safety, improved conditions and provides a voice for people who ride bicycles in Colorado.
“Bicycle Colorado is excited that more children, families and new cyclists will ride thanks to the improvements this funding will provide,” said Dan Grunig, Bicycle Colorado executive director. “Improved health and a stronger economy are other perks to come from this investment in better bicycling.”
Hickenlooper made the announcement at the Interbike Conference, the largest bicycle trade event in North America, bringing together manufacturers, retailers, industry advocates and media to conduct the business of cycling. He is the first governor to ever speak at the conference.
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a Constitutional Amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 4,500 projects in urban and rural areas in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. For more information, visit goco.org.
About Bicycle Colorado
The mission of Bicycle Colorado, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is to encourage and promote bicycling, increase safety, improve conditions and provide a voice for bicyclists in Colorado. Incorporated in 1992, Bicycle Colorado has a sustained and successful history of protecting and improving access for bicyclists on Colorado roads, paths and trails. For more information, and to become a member, please visit bicyclecolorado.org.
SAVE THE DATE!
Over 120 Hiring Companies Onboard for
PPWFC Fall Job Fair
September 10, 2015, Colorado Springs, CO – Over 120 companies have signed up for the PPWFC Annual Fall Job Fair. The Pikes Peak Workforce Center says that companies must have open positions to attend the Fall Job Fair and estimates there are potentially over 3,400 open positions available to the job fair attendees. With unemployment rates decreasing and hiring increasing, discouraged workers and those looking for a better job are encouraged to attend the Fall Job Fair, which is sponsored by KKTV 11 News.
WHERE: Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center, 2886 S Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO, 80906
WHEN: Wednesday, September 30, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Veterans, transitioning military and eligible spouses are allowed early entry
at 9:30 a.m.
WHO: For all job seekers, 18 years or older. Over 120 hiring companies are planning to attend. A list of those companies is attached. Estimated job openings per industry are:
• Transportation: 1,163
• Customer Service/ Hospitality: 1,062
• Healthcare: 346
• Financial: 150
• IT: 65
• Education: 63
• Manufacturing: 60
Please note that the above numbers do not add up to the total openings.
HOW: Job seekers should register by signing into their accounts at www.connectingcolorado.com. To prepare for the Job Fair, job seekers should:
• Attend the How to Make the Job Fair Work for You! Workshop
• Research companies and apply online before the job fair
• Dress in business professional clothing and
• Bring their PPWFC scan card for express entry into the job fair.
NOTE: All Pikes Peak Workforce Center’s offices will be closed on September 30 so that staff may assist at the job fair.
Today, the company announced the completion of a definitive agreement to convert and operate Boeing 747-400 aircraft to be the fastest, longest-range, and most effective aerial firefighting platform in the world.The company's news release:
President, Jim Wheeler stated, “The Colorado Springs airport is centrally located and has the ideal support infrastructure to allow immediate response to virtually any national or global emergency.”
“The Global SuperTanker is a firefighting resource that can be called upon to help communities across our country and around the world. Having a critical resource like this in Colorado Springs will spotlight our beautiful City and enable us to position ourselves on the leading edge of aerial firefighting,” said Colorado Springs Fire Chief, Christopher P. Riley.
Bret Waters, Director of the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management, stated “Strong partnership is a key component to community emergency preparedness. We welcome the employees of Global SuperTanker and the tremendous capability they bring to our region.”
Global SuperTanker Services, LLC, who today announced their project to build the world’s largest aerial firefighting tanker on a 747-400 platform, also announced plans to make Colorado Springs the operating base for the SuperTanker.
Global SuperTankers President Jim Wheeler stated, “The Colorado Springs airport is centrally located and has the ideal support infrastructure to allow immediate response to virtually any national or global emergency.” He further noted that “The principal factor in our decision has been the exceptional support of Mayor John Suthers, Airport Director Dan Gallagher and their teams, who have worked closely with us in finalizing our search for the SuperTanker base. We look forward to being an active part of the Colorado Spring’s community. We also believe Colorado Springs will benefit by not only having the SuperTanker firefighting presence, but will gain new jobs and services as a result.”
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers stated, “Our community has seen, firsthand, the importance of aerial firefighting during the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires. We are fortunate to welcome Global SuperTanker employees and services to our city and our airport.”
“The selection of Colorado Springs Airport as Global SuperTanker's operating base further demonstrates the Airport's potential for job creation and community benefit. The entire Airport community welcomes them and we look forward to growing our partnership,” stated Airport Aviation Director, Dan Gallagher.
Community and campus leaders will fill Gallogly Events Center in celebration of the Medved’s excellence in business and advocacy of several non-profits over the past 30 years.
“Jon and Becky have an inspiring record of transformative leadership both individually and as a couple,” Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business, said. “We are delighted to select them as joint honorees for ourseventh annual event.”
Jon Medved's career primarily focused on organizational turn-arounds, leading companies such as Current, Walter Drake and CHEFS Catalog. Becky Medved, an MBA alumna of the UCCS College of Business, found her niche with start-ups as a principal in a marketing services company, Saligent, Inc., and a partner in two aging service technology businesses, RSCPros, LLC and Peak Age, Inc., both launched in collaboration with the UCCS Aging Center. The couple first met while working as colleagues at Current in the early 1980’s and today are married with two grown children.
The Medveds are dedicated volunteers and supporters of the Myron Stratton Home, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, UCCS Theatreworks, Discover Goodwill, Colorado Springs Conservatory and others. Becky Medved serves on the boards of the UCCS College of Business Alumni Association and Pikes Peak Community College, and she is also a trustee of both the University of Colorado Foundation and Penrose- St. —Francis Health Services Board. Jon Medved currently serves on board of directors for Woodford Manufacturing, G.E. Johnson, and Nehring Associates.
Jon and Becky Medved follow a list of distinguished past award recipients including Gary Loo (2009), Bruce Shepard (2010), Joe Woodford (2011), Cari Shaffer (2012), Chuck Murphy (2013), and David Jenkins (2014).
The award luncheon is a fundraising event to support the College of Business and its alumni and student initiatives including a newly launched Career Coaching Program. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. May 8 in the Gallogly Events Center on the UCCS campus. Tickets are $150 each, $95 for UCCS College of Business alumni, and are available at www.uccs.edu/LEA or by calling (719) 255-5174.
Dean’s Circle sponsors of the award luncheon include Kirkpatrick Bank, Luisa Graff Jewelers, Nunn Construction, Inc., Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Gray Line Tours of Colorado, Inc., and GE Johnson Construction.
The newspaper’s rankings designate the Top 100 work places in Colorado, broken out into large companies, midsize companies and small companies. GE Johnson was ranked #17 among midsize companies, and is the highest ranked construction firm in the Top 100.
The Denver Post invited 1,400 organizations across the state to participate in employee surveys to determine the Top 100 rankings. Anonymous surveys were distributed to employees, and evaluated in several categories, including company direction, execution, connection, pay and benefits, and overall employee satisfaction. This is the first year GE Johnson employees completed the Top 100 survey, so the ranking comes as a tremendous accomplishment.
As part of the survey process, employees were given the chance to provide testimonials of their experience with their company. One GE Johnson employee complimented the company’s leadership, saying “There is a family-like atmosphere. The executives are approachable and the owner is connected to the pulse of the company.” Another took the opportunity to speak about career development in the company, saying, “There is freedom to do as much as you want to do. The job is rewarding and the atmosphere is general happiness and excitement.”
“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by the Denver Post as one of the best workplaces in the state of Colorado,” said Jim Johnson, President and CEO of GE Johnson, “My father founded the company with the idea that we should always act more like a family than a corporation. Now, nearly 50 years later, I’m proud that our employees feel valued because they truly are. The culture we have all helped build at GE Johnson is rare in our industry and in business in general; it’s a privilege to come to work with these folks every day.”
The new owners of Garden of the Gods Club and Resort are true pioneers in every sense of the word. Not only with their vision for expanding the Club and Resort to include a Wellness offering (Spring 2016), but allowing me to “job share” the lead role—which is still considered rather unorthodox in our business.... They recognized the time I want/need to be with my teenagers (calling it a season in my life) and embraced it—versus resisting it. It’s pretty cutting edge in the hospitality world to allow an executive level person to do such—and I am very thankful!!
Garden of the Gods Club and Resort owners Judy Mackey and Brenda Smith, along with Gemstone Hotels & Resorts; our management partner, are pleased to announce the permanent appointment of Laura Neumann as General Manager.
Laura has proven herself as a transformative and collaborative leader whether through her role as strategic leader and public spokesperson of "City for Champions" this past year; or her role as Chief of Staff for the City of Colorado Springs; or her 24 years with Benchmark Hospitality International. During her tenure with Benchmark, she served seven years at Cheyenne Mountain Resort and The Country Club of Colorado as Vice President and General Manager where she was responsible for successfully repositioning the owner's asset and secured the AAA Four-Diamond award for the first time in property's history and achieved "Best Companies to Work for in Colorado" and led Benchmark’s philanthropic efforts for all 32 properties for three years prior to her departure.
When asking Laura where she gets her greatest professional fulfillment; she will quickly say her joy is in leading and developing people; which is echoed by many who have worked for her over the past two and half decades; with eleven of those years here in the Springs.
Laura, who has consistently stated her priority is with her family, was honored that Judy and Brenda not only recognized such, but embraced similar values. To learn they were willing to design a job-sharing proposal with Gemstone that respected her time limitations while aligning her experience and expertise with their business needs was compelling. "To have the opportunity to do work I love, at a destination rich with history, with owners of legendary vision, with a group of dedicated people with unlimited potential while not working a traditional schedule? How could anyone possibly resist? These women and the management group they have partnered with are remarkable in so many ways!"
As Judy and Brenda explained; "Our vision of wellness and life enrichment focuses on the well-being of the individual. All of us have seasons in our life where the devotion of our time shifts from one area to another; career, family, education, creative pursuits. We recognized Laura's need for time with family, know she shares our vision, and were willing to make accommodations for her in order to have her leadership and expertise. We're simply ‘walking our talk’ on our own life journeys".
Noted as "One of the Top Women to Watch in Colorado Springs in 2015" by Colorado Springs Business Journal, Laura Neumann has set excellent performance as her standard. With intelligent direction, compassionate leadership and skillful execution, Laura will be a significant catalyst for elevating the prominence of the Garden of the Gods Club and Resort in the hospitality industry. We are exceptionally honored to have Laura as the Resort’s General Manager and welcome her in her new role.
William Guman & Associates, Ltd., a long-time Colorado Springs based landscape architecture and land planning firm, has been selected by the Veteran’s Administration as project landscape architect to develop construction documents for the long awaited National Cemetery to be constructed in El Paso County. Guman is part of the AES Group team that was awarded the primary contract to plan and design the cemetery. AES Group, Inc. is a certified service disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) with primary offices in Parker, CO. Land planning for the new cemetery will be handled by The L.A. Group, PC, Saratoga Springs, NY, which has planned more than forty national cemeteries throughout the country.
Bill Guman, a licensed landscape architect, is pleased that there will be local representation on the National Cemetery’s consulting team hired by the VA.
“We think it was a wise decision for the VA to retain the services of prime consultants who are familiar with the unique requirements of our area,” said Guman. Design criteria for which the VA expressed much concern included long-term sustainability of the cemetery’s landscape. “The VA recognized that this region does not have the water resources that many other national cemeteries have to help keep them green for much of the year,” Guman said. He acknowledged that it will be challenging to design a drought tolerant landscape for the cemetery that is still attractive and in keeping with the National Cemetery Administration’s (NCA) design guidelines.
“There is an expectation for a national cemetery to always appear lush and manicured,” said Guman. “But Southern Colorado is a high plains desert and is obviously different than Arlington, Virginia” he added.
“The design team will be looking at xeric landscape alternatives that require far less water and care than acres of bluegrass lawn found in most national cemeteries.”
The El Paso County National Cemetery master plan will provide for up to for 125,000 grave sites across the 375 acre Rolling Hills Ranch property the VA purchased earlier this year. Schematic documents for approximately 50 acres of the property are being planned to support 10 year burial projections (approximately 15,300 gravesites) for the Phase 1 build out. The project will include pre-placed crypts, columbarium niches and in-ground cremains pre-placed urn crypts. The completed design will include a main entrance area, roadways, irrigation, utilities, landscaping, signage, committal service shelters, memorial walls, combined public information center and administration building, maintenance building complex, honor guard building, parking, public restrooms and temporary structures necessary to operationally support an early construction turnover of a limited number of gravesites. The VA’s estimated cost of construction for this project is between $28 million and $50 million dollars.
The project will be designed to LEED silver certified standards and meet all Federal Energy and Sustainability mandates. Planning and design of the new National Cemetery is anticipated to commence in December, with construction scheduled to begin in late 2015. Early turnover scheduling for Phase 1 should allow interments at the cemetery to commence in 2017. The National Cemetery’s Rolling Hills Ranch site is located on Drennan Road, approximately one-quarter mile east of Peterson Air Force Base and Marksheffel Road.
Mill Outlet Fabric Shop Keeps Springs In Stitches for 50 YearsIn the half-century since it first opened in 1965, many things have changed at Mill Outlet Fabric Shop. One thing that hasn't changed is that they still have the largest selection of fabric in southern Colorado. But they have had to adapt from a time when they first opened in the mid 60’s and sewing was booming in America. At that time, women spent record amounts on sewing, including fabric, patterns, notions and sewing machines.
Although the numbers of people sewing clothes for themselves have declined in the last 50 years since they first opened, there has been a boom in people quilting, home decorating and “do it yourselfers” buying fabric.
DIY trends like upcycling old furniture keeps people buying fabric, as people spend time repairing and reupholstering quality-made used furniture. Quilting continues to grow in popularity with over 12.5 million American households reporting an active quilter, spending over $2.25 billion on fabric and supplies.
Enthusiasm for fabric has allowed Mill Outlet to continue to flourish even in an era of big box stores and online shopping.
“Because of our size, we have been able to stay true to what we are: ‘a Fabric Shop’. While the big fabric chains move away carrying fabric for sewers and chase every crafting fad that comes along, we continue to find quality fabric that people that sew are searching for,” said store owner, Johann Kuehn.
This week marks Mill Outlet’s 50th anniversary and the store is having the biggest sale in its history, including daily giveaways and special prizes for shoppers.
“The move to online shopping has affected us a bit the last 10-15 years,” said Beate Dietrich, the stores General Manager. “But the reality is that people shopping for fabric want to touch and feel the fabric they are purchasing.”
“If someone is going to take the time to make something themselves, they want to start with quality fabric,” added Dietrich.
Even the store's central location near Fillmore and Prospect is a symbol for how much things have changed in the last 50 years. “For 50 years we have been telling customers who call we are located next to the ‘North End Post Office’," said Kuehn. “The reality is that 50 years ago this was the north end.”
A quick drive (or Google search) around the surrounding neighborhoods shows the effect Mill Outlet has had by being anchored down in the same location for five decades. There are a dozen upholsterers, interior decorators, sewing rooms and other fabric related businesses within a half mile radius of their location at 2906 N. Prospect.
“We’ve been doing business with them for over 20 years,” said Phillip Bodjanac, owner of European Upholstery located just a few blocks away on El Paso. “They are very convenient and a pleasure to work with”
###Mill Outlet Fabric Shop is located in prides itself on bringing the best, service, fabric & supplies to sewers, upholsters and weekend project warriors in the rocky mountain west. In business for over 50 years at the same location at 2906 N. Prospect, Colorado Springs.
A total of 4,397,292 passengers traveled though DIA in December 2014, bringing the year’s total passenger traffic to 53,472,514 – an increase of 1.7 percent over the 52,556,359 passengers who used the airport in 2013. The previous record for the airport was set in 2012, with 53,156,278 passengers.
Additionally, DIA set six monthly records for passenger traffic in 2014: January, February, April, May, September and October.
DIA also set new records for international passenger traffic in 2014, with a total of 2,208,209 international passengers. The previous all-time high for international traffic in Denver was set in 2008 with 2,200,036 passengers. Overall international passenger traffic at DIA increased 12 percent over 2013, and December 2014 marked the 32nd consecutive month of international passenger growth at DIA.
DIA served an all-time high of 191 destinations around the world during 2014, surpassing the 187 destinations served during 2013. New air service in 2014 included nonstop service to Panama City, Panama, as well as Guadalajara and Chihuahua, Mexico.
“Ending the year with record-breaking passenger traffic demonstrates the continued strength of the Denver market for air travel,” said Denver International Airport CEO Kim Day. “DIA has the third-largest domestic network for flights, and has seen sustained growth in international passenger traffic that has been bolstered by new service to destinations around the globe such as Tokyo and Panama City. We will continue to build on this momentum as we work to add new destinations, better customer amenities and services that ensures Denver International Airport’s place on the world map.”
Mail, freight and express cargo operations saw 51,112,206 pounds of cargo in December 2014, an 11.2-percent increase compared to the same month last year. In 2014, 519,434,240 pounds of cargo were handled at DIA, up 4.1 percent from 498,938,408 pounds of cargo handled during 2013.
Since the City is graciously giving us this Saturday FREE parking, and Sunday is always FREE, Richard and Patricia decided to add four days as a gift to all our valued Downtown patrons! Friday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday(Christmas Eve), Richard, the meter Elf, will be plugging meters for people up and down “300” block of Tejon St.
If “Richard the Parking Elf“ didn’t catch you outside, and you need meter money, just ask for it in the Bookstore/Gift Store or Toy Store.