Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Activates Disaster Relief Fund
Centennial, Colo., – March 7, 2017 – Colorado Farm Bureau has activated a disaster fund to help the farmers and ranchers directly impacted by the Northeast Colorado wildfire in Logan and Phillips counties. 100 percent of the funds raised will go directly to aiding these producers as they face the aftermath of this natural disaster.
The fire has had a large impact on the agriculture community in the area, including lost livestock, as well as damaged fields, facilities, equipment, infrastructure and homes.
"We want to help our state's farmers and ranchers in any way that we can, and we offer our support to those who affected by this wildfire," said CFB President Don Shawcroft.
The Northeast Colorado Fire has consumed more than 30,000 acres, making it larger than the Heartstrong Fire in Yuma that occurred five years ago this week. Three homes have been lost, along with multiple structures, hundreds of thousands of dollars in crops and feed, as well as dozens of cattle and horses. High winds are hampering efforts to contain the fire which is being fought mainly by volunteer fire departments.
For more information on how to donate and aid these producers please visit http://coloradofarmbureau.com/disasterfund/
Checks payable to Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation, cash and credit card payments are being accepted at this time. Please note Disaster Fund-CO Wildfire in the memo line on the check. Cash and checks can be sent to:
Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation
Attn: Disaster Fund
9177 E. Mineral Circle
Centennial, CO 80112
To make an online donation, click here. All major credit cards are accepted.
CFB's thoughts and prayers are with the families and producers affected by this wildfire.
The CFB Foundation is the 501 (c)(3) charitable foundation of the Colorado Farm Bureau. The foundation operates a catastrophic disaster fund dedicated to assisting farmers and ranchers in need following agricultural disasters such as blizzard, flood or wildfire. The fund was initially established to assist farmers and ranchers in southwest Colorado following devastating blizzards of 2007 and has been activated to support victims of the Heartstrong Fire in Yuma in 2012, the Colorado floods of 2013, and other rural natural disasters.
DENVER MOTORISTS LOSE NEARLY $2,200 PER YEAR ON ROADS THAT ARE ROUGH, CONGESTED & LACK SOME SAFETY FEATURES - $6.8 BILLION STATEWIDE. COSTS WILL RISE AND CONDITIONS WILL WORSEN WITHOUT INCREASED FUNDING
Eds.: The report includes regional pavement conditions, congestion levels, highway safety data, and cost breakdowns for the Colorado Springs, Denver, Northern Colorado, Grand Junction and Pueblo urban areas. Info-graphics for each area can be downloaded here.
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Denver, CO – Roads and bridges that are deteriorated, congested or lack some desirable safety features cost Colorado motorists a total of $6.8 billion statewide annually - $2,162 per driver in the Denver urban area - due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. Increased investment in transportation improvements at the local, state and federal levels could relieve traffic congestion, improve road, bridge and transit conditions, boost safety, and support long-term economic growth in Colorado, according to a new report released today by TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation organization.
The TRIP report, “Colorado Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility,” finds that throughout Colorado, 41 percent of major, locally and state-maintained urban roads are in poor condition and six percent of Colorado’s locally and state-maintained bridges are structurally deficient. The state’s major urban roads are becoming increasingly congested, with drivers wasting significant amounts of time and fuel each year. And, more than 2,400 people were killed in crashes on Colorado’s roads from 2011 to 2015.
Driving on Denver area roads costs the average driver $2,162 per year in the form of extra vehicle operating costs (VOC) as a result of driving on roads in need of repair, lost time and fuel due to congestion-related delays, and the costs of traffic crashes in which roadway features likely were a contributing factor. The TRIP report calculates the cost to motorists of insufficient roads in the Colorado Springs, Denver, Northern Colorado, Grand Junction and Pueblo urban areas. A breakdown of the costs per motorist in each area along with a statewide total is below.
“Our transportation infrastructure is falling further and further behind,” said Kelly Brough, president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. “If we want to continue to grow our economy, ensure our quality of life, and create jobs, we must build and invest in a system that provides mobility choices for everyone- from increased lanes to technology solutions to bicycle and pedestrian options. Transportation is our top priority and we urge lawmakers to join us in finding a long-term, sustainable funding source for our infrastructure needs.”
The TRIP report finds that 80 percent of major locally and state-maintained roads in the Denver urban area are in poor or mediocre condition, costing the average motorist an additional $753 each year in extra vehicle operating costs, including accelerated vehicle depreciation, additional repair costs, and increased fuel consumption and tire wear.
“Colorado has experienced unprecedented growth in the last 20 years, but the state lacks a reliable and sustainable long term funding source to meet our resulting transportation infrastructure needs,” said Bob Golden, president and CEO of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. “This report makes a direct connection between that lack of investment and the impact to our pocketbooks. Now, more than ever, we need our policymakers to identify a solution to address this challenge. The cost to our businesses and our citizens of doing nothing is far too extreme.”
Traffic congestion in the Denver area is worsening, causing 49 annual hours of delay for the average motorist and costing each driver $1,101 annually in lost time and wasted fuel.
“Business leaders around our state see Colorado trailing states such as Utah and Texas, two of our biggest competitors, on key commerce and tourism opportunities due to outdated, unmaintained and congested roadways,” said Jeff Wasden, president of the Colorado Business Roundtable. “We can no longer kick this can down the road and this report makes that connection in a very real way.”
Six percent of Colorado’s bridges are structurally deficient, with significant deterioration to the bridge deck, supports or other major components. In the Denver urban area, five percent of bridges are structurally deficient.
Traffic crashes in Colorado claimed the lives of 2,434 people between 2011 and 2015. Colorado’s overall traffic fatality rate of 1.08 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel is lower than the national average of 1.13. In the Denver urban area, on average, 110 people were killed in traffic crashes in each of the last three years.
“Investing in our transportation infrastructure is absolutely critical to creating jobs and fostering a healthy economy,” said Loren Furman, senior vice president of state and federal affairs for the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. “Transportation is, without a doubt, the number one priority for our members.”
The efficiency and condition of Colorado’s transportation system, particularly its highways, is critical to the health of the state’s economy. Annually, $323 billion in goods are shipped to and from sites in Colorado, mostly by truck. Seventy-five percent of the goods shipped annually to and from sites in Colorado are carried by trucks and another 21 percent are carried by courier services or multiple mode deliveries, which include trucking.
“These conditions are only going to get worse, increasing the additional costs to motorists, if greater investment is not made available at the state and local levels of government,” said Will Wilkins, TRIP’s executive director. “Without adequate funding, Colorado’s transportation system will become increasingly deteriorated and congested, hampering economic growth and quality of life of the state’s residents.”
Project C.U.R.E. Clinics has returned from a very successful medical mission to Panama. A team of 12 traveled to Veraguas, Panama February 4-12 to deliver healthcare and hope to rural Panamanians outside of San Jose. Access to healthcare in rural Panama is non-existent. People travel long distances to receive care. The C.U.R.E. Clinic was hosted in a primary school. Patients reported walked 4-6 hours to receive care. One participant commented that the great lengths the locals had to go through to get the health care that we in the U.S. take for granted impressed her.
C.U.R.E. Clinics worked with local Project C.U.R.E. partner Fundayuda to deliver healthcare services to 960 people in four days. The Panamanian Ministry of Health provided volunteers to work in registration and pharmacy as well as lab techs, nurses and a rotating doctor for each day. The first lady of Panama sent her traveling mammogram, an EKG and an ultrasound for use at the clinic.
Local partnerships make C.U.R.E. Clinics a valuable and sustainable experience. Are you curious about joining a C.U.R.E. Clinic? You can check out our upcoming clinics here: https://projectcure.org/cureclinics.
The Crisis Center exists to end domestic violence through advocacy, education, and prevention; while helping communities live free of violence.
The Crisis Center provides crucial non-profit work to the members of our community. All services are provided on a non-discriminatory basis regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. We serve persons from all ethnic, cultural and economic groups, of all ages and lifestyles. Our current policy prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program.
(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) January 23, 2017—FASTSIGNS® DTC received national recognition out of more than almost 650 locations worldwide at the 2017 FASTSIGNS Convention, which was recently held in Phoenix, Arizona.
The locally owned and operated business received the CEO Circle Award, which recognizes the top 25 centers with the highest sales volume in the U.S. and Canada between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016.
“We are truly honored to be recognized as a top performing center in the country,” said Carmen Rentzios, franchisee of FASTSIGNS DTC. “This award reflects our entire team’s dedication to helping businesses and organizations in the community tell their story, increase awareness and achieve their goals.”
FASTSIGNS DTC has been serving the area for 21 years. The center is located at 10697 E. Briarwood Circle and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
“We thank our customers for their support and look forward to continue providing comprehensive visual communications solutions for many years to come,” Rentzios said.
FASTSIGNS® DTC is a locally and independently owned and operated sign, graphics and visual communications company that provides comprehensive visual marketing solutions to customers of all sizes—across all industries—to help them attract more attention, communicate their message, sell more products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points including décor, events, wearables, digital signage and marketing materials. To learn more, visit fastsigns.com/221 or call 303.972.0878.
Did you know? The Chamber's new website and member portal offers benefits that have never before been available. This interactive and easy- to- use portal gives you control of your membership in a whole new way: edit your listing in the directory, upload coupons, edit contact information, and more!
In addition to these benefits, the Chamber's Directory keeps track of your clicks and referral from your Company's listing. It's a visual way to see your brand exposure from our website.
Tip # 3: Viewing your Referral Report from SMDC's Membership Directory
# 1: Log into the Chamber Portal using your login credentials. Don't have credentials? Reach out to Anne Marie at email@example.com to quickly get them.
#2: Once logged in, on the right side of the portal is a list of menu options. Click "Referral Report."
#3: The Report will automatically open in a browser window. The dates at the top of the report default to one year, but if you click on those dates, you can change them.
#4: The report shows you several things: number of times your directory listing was viewed, displayed, visits to your website from the listing, visits to your social media channels from the listing, and more.
#5: Clicking on the tab 'referrals by type' will break down these visits numerically for you.
Questions on the website or member portal? Contact Anne Marie: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303.795.0142.
Denver based, Up with People is one of the Chamber's newest non-profit members, thanks to an introduction from Board Chair, Steve Roper of Roper Insurance! Up with People is premiering their all-new show, The Journey, at Manual High School on Friday, February 24 at 7:00 PM. Up with People is offering complimentary tickets to the first 30 Chamber Members who email Chelsey Panchot to reserve their seats (details below)!
The highly entertaining, family-friendly show will feature 100 cast members from 20 countries on stage performing historical highlights from the 1960’s to the new millennium along with short pop medleys from each era, and a medley of iconic UWP international dances. Original UWP songs will introduce timeless themes, and include messages of hope, peace, understanding and an overriding sense of motivation to go out and make a positive change in the world. Get a sneak peek of the show by clicking here.
NOW, it's time to take advantage of your complimentary tickets. Simply email Chelsey Panchot at email@example.com and provide your First and Last Name, Company, Phone Number and the number of tickets you'd like! Reminder that there are only 30 tickets up for grabs - RSVP today! If they run out of complimentary tickets and you're interested in attending please visit upwithpeople.org/Denver.
To learn more about Up with People please visit www.upwithpeople.org or if you or someone you know is between the ages of 17 and 29 and would like more information about how to join a future cast click here.
3 MONTH TRIAL MEMBERSHIP STARTING APRIL 1ST ENDING JUNE 30TH
EVER WONDER WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BELONG TO A PRIVATE GOLF CLUB? STOP WONDERING AND START ENJOYING!
Chamber members: Receive a discount on the initiation fee if you decide to join after the trial period!
No Initiation Fee for the Trail Membership
3 Months of Unlimited Golf
Full Membership Privileges
Most Extensive Practice Facility in the Front Range
More Details: Contact Tim Murphy, Membership Director: 303.799.8402 or Timm@merdiangolfclub.com
Meridian Golf Club
9742 S. Meridian Boulevard
Englewood, CO 80112
Meridian Golf Club is a private club for passionate golfers of all ages and abilities. The club is owned by golfers, managed by golfers, and staffed by golfers. Our mission is to help you delight in your unique, personal journey with the game of golf. For more than 30 years, we have been the private, yet accessible, all-about-golf, uniquely Colorado, golf club experience that you cannot find at any other club. Welcome to the passion that is Meridian Golf Club!
Colorado’s local breweries and tap houses offer a lot to our community. They contribute to our local economy, provide massive varieties of brews to try, and offer a place where people in our community can come together. A big thanks to Breckenridge Brewery and Project Resources Group for an outstanding Executive Roundtable yesterday, complete with a tour, guided flight, and reception.
The South Metro Denver Chamber would like to recognize and congratulate Peter Ablanczy on his retirement as Senior Vice President of Citywide Banks. Peter, thank you for your valued relationship with the Chamber and for your contribution to not only CityWide Banks, but to our community.
ABOUT CITYWIDE BANKS
For over 50 years, Citywide Banks has been focused on moving our Front Range community forward. All of our employees, family ownership, board members, and clients call Colorado home. For us, it's about honoring the community by helping Colorado companies grow, ensuring Coloradans' financial assets are protected, giving a hand-up to our neighbors in need, and celebrating our shared blessing of living in Colorado.
For more information, visit their website here.