Celebrating Our Millionth Volunteer
On Saturday, April 21, we celebrated our 17th Comcast Cares Day – and surpassed our millionth volunteer since this amazing company tradition began in 2001. Giving back to the communities where we live and work is at the core of our Comcast NBCUniversal culture, and Comcast Cares Day is our way of recognizing our employees’ commitment to improving communities each and every day.
To mark this major milestone, we tracked down our one millionth volunteer – and her name is Kyeshia Bates, a Comcast employee for seven years who works on our fulfillment team just outside of Detroit.
Kyeshia had signed up to spend her Comcast Cares Day at Michigan’s largest LGBTQ community center, named Affirmations, where about 50 volunteers cleaned the facility and spruced up the surrounding grounds.
To her surprise, she was met there by David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Comcast Corporation. During a brief morning ceremony, David announced a gift of $25,000 would be provided to Affirmations in her honor from the Comcast Foundation. He also presented Kyeshia with an all-expenses paid trip for four to Universal Studios in Los Angeles for a long weekend, and a certificate to commemorate her recognition as the one millionth volunteer.
Kyeshia represents so many of the more than 100,000 employees, their friends and families, and our nonprofit partners who participate in Comcast Cares Day every year and are committed to making change happen in their communities.
“A million volunteers – that’s something you can pause for a second and say ‘wow we’ve really done something as a company, to bring a million volunteers out into the community,’” David said.
$40 million. That's what was initially set aside by the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) for legislators to spend on new pieces of legislation. What happened after the budget was sent to the House and Senate? Well... a lot, but one big change was the appropriation of $35 million for student safety, capital construction and training for school resource officers and other school personnel. A move that required some maneuvering on the part of the JBC to ensure the state would not be overextended.
A few balancing efforts were taken. One was to reduce the amount available for new legislation from $40 to just $10.9 million to be split between the two chambers. That left legislators scrambling this week to get their bills to the top of their chambers' priorities pack and moved to the floor.
For now it's a matter of wait, see and appeal to the appropriations committees who met for the first time after a bit of a hiatus. More than 20 bills moved in the House committee which led to a late Thursday night debating their merits on second reading. Friday morning a number of those bills - including a youth suicide prevention bill and a couple bills aimed at addressing the opioid crisis - passed on third reading and will be heard in the Senate next week.
It is rumored that there are dozens of late bills still to be introduced and with only 19 full days until the end of session, we can expect to work late nights, early mornings and possibly weekends in order to continue the battles waged over bills dealing with transportation funding, alcohol sales, the state pension, financing for k-12 schools, funding institutions of higher education, health care transparency and much more.
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CBRE has released first quarter reports on metro Denver industrial, retail, and office markets. Highlights as well as the full reports are available below:
Q1 Office Key Points
Link to report: https://www.cbre.us/research-and-reports/Denver-Office-MarketView-Q1-2018
Q1 Retail Key Points
Link to report: https://www.cbre.us/research-and-reports/Denver-Retail-MarketView-Q1-2018
Q1 Industrial Key Points
Link to report: https://www.cbre.us/research-and-reports/Denver-Industrial-MarketView-Q1-2018
Chamber Move Reflects Focus on Partner Engagement South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Streamlines Services with Move
CENTENNIAL, Colo.- To improve efficiency, refresh its workspace and increase partner engagement, the South Metro Denver Chamber (SMDC) will move from its present location to a new office located just across the way from the suite it currently occupies within The Streets at SouthGlenn.
“It’s one small move for the chamber, one giant leap for efficiency,” said Robert Golden, President/CEO for the SMDC. “The move gives us a streamlined office space, reduces overhead and will allow us to spend more time meeting with members where they are. It brings a lot of advantages, even though we’re just switching suites.”
The staff and all programs will continue to operate under normal conditions. The chamber is in the process of transferring furniture and equipment from its office: 2154 East Commons Ave., Suite 342, and staff expect to be up and running in the new office: 2154 East Commons Ave., Suite 363, Centennial, CO, 80122, by May 1, 2018.
With the move comes a new plan for the SMDC’s monthly meetings. Member businesses will now have the opportunity to increase their exposure by hosting upcoming chamber meetings and events.
“We’re looking forward to spending more time among our members, in a casual, friendly atmosphere,” Golden said. “Connecting with them in their businesses, where they can really showcase what makes them unique, is something we’re really looking forward to.
Golden is encouraging members to contact SMDC Marketing and Events Manager Hillary Klemme, at HKlemme@bestchamber.com if they would like to host a meeting or for more information about the SMDC move.
The Centennial Youth Commission and SAFEbuilt present three $1,000 Youth Achievement Awards
The City of Centennial recognized three outstanding Centennial high school students with Youth Achievement Awards during a City Council meeting last night. The Youth Achievement Award honors and recognizes Centennial youth who have made a significant impact on the community through volunteer work or other special deeds that demonstrate exceptional leadership. The winners received $1,000 scholarships. The 2018 Youth Achievement winners are:
The Centennial Youth Commission and the City of Centennial’s Building Services provider, SAFEbuilt, provided $1,500 each to recognize these outstanding youth in the community.
When analyzing this year's legislative session with only one month left, it would be foolish to say this year was just like any other. Between sexual harassment scandals, the hyper-partisanship and enough campaign drama to fill a (less than lustrous and pretty wonky) episode of "House of Cards," this session has been an exciting one.
Both chambers for the first time in weeks were not dedicating their floor work to the budget. The Senate had sent their final version back to the House. The House members promptly rejected all Senate amendments and asked for a conference committee, just like the Senate did with the House version. The Joint Budget Committee (JBC) then met to resolve the over-expenditure in both chambers' versions and came up with a bipartisan solution that still protected $495 million for transportation, over $200 million to support the state pension plan, and around $18 million to pay for an investment in higher education.
Sounds relatively tame? Well, that was just the beginning of the week. A few hours passed and things started to spice up again.
Sen. Vicki Marble (R-Fort Collins) was charged with an ethics violation for allowing a company to sponsor a town hall event for her constituents on her behalf.
Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-R) was in court on Tuesday afternoon as a result of a lawsuit filed the week before asking - a judge to remove the Congressman from the 5th Congressional District's GOP primary ballot. Plaintiffs, five Republican voters from Colorado Springs, alleging petition circulators hired by the Congressman did not meet legal requirements to gather signatures for his campaign.
This scandal also throws a wrench into former State Treasurer Walker Stapleton's bid for governor.
Kennedy Enterprises, the firm that was hired by both the Lamborn and Stapleton campaigns apparently employed people who became Colorado residents and registered Republicans primarily to do the work, has been operating in the gray area of the state's residency requirements for signature collectors.
The judge sided with the Lamborn campaign this week, but the case is being appealed to the Colorado Supreme Court, so it is still to be determined as to whether Congressman Lamborn will be facing four Republican primary challengers, including two others who have already made the ballot and two whose petitions are under review by the Secretary of State's (SOS) office.
Those challengers are El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn (who ran for Senate against Sen. Michael Bennett (D) in 2016) qualified for the ballot by petition in late February, and state Sen. Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs) won a spot at the Republican district assembly a few weeks ago. Retired Texas state judge Bill Rhea and former Green Mountain Falls Mayor Tyler Stevens have submitted petitions.
Stapleton, who is said to be the Republican primary front-runner, actually qualified for the ballot but withdrew his petitions Tuesday when he discovered potential fraud by signature collectors that were used for his petition effort. This last minute tactical shift has drawn criticism from opponents because now his only option is to peel commitments from delegates at the state party assembly this Saturday. At this point in the game, the criticism is likely welcome because it is the only option for the candidate to make the ballot.
The Denver Post reported on an analysis of the 19,214 signatures that Stapleton submitted, indicating that more than two-thirds were collected by circulators who came from out-of-state and filed paperwork to meet Colorado residency requirements. According to the review by the state Democratic Party, chaired by former state Sen. President Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora), there were at least two dozen signature collectors who listed hotels or group homes as their addresses, attesting to their transient nature in the state.
Looking forward, it is most likely that Stapleton will make the ballot. He has very high name recognition and has appealed to the more right wing members of his party, including former Congressman Tom Tancredo (R) and Congressman Ken Buck (R) who both endorsed the former treasurer this week.
Republicans are not the only ones who are facing condemnation about candidacy though. This week, the rumor surfaced for a second time that Rep. Donald Valdez (D-La Jara) is no longer living in his district. Despite dissent at the multi county assembly, which was held on Friday afternoon, Rep. Valdez is the only Democrat whose name will appear on the ballot in House District 62. This move by Democrats in the San Luis Valley could make the seat more competitive in the general election. Rep. Valdez has been in the paper recently for filing and ethics complaint against his colleague, Rep. Jovan Melton (D-Aurora) for bullying him on the House floor.
Next week should be a busy week. More than a hundred bills are still awaiting introduction, dozens sit in each chamber's appropriation committees, and many have been delayed for a floor vote for weeks. There are only 18 working days that remain and many impactful issues like the School Finance Act have not only not been addressed, but bills to address them haven't even been introduced. After this weekends state assembly, we can hope for more clarity on which legislators will be moving on and subsequently, which bills will moving on.
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We have partnered with Web Media Group, the publisher of the Denver Relocation Guide, to produce the official South Metro Denver Visitors & Relocation Guide. Our new partnership promises unsurpassed quality and distribution networks to meet both readers and advertisers needs. And, as always, we believe in the powerful alignment of your company's message with the brand of the Chamber of Commerce.
This indispensable guide to all things in South Denver, the South Metro Denver Visitors & Relocation Guide, is an all in one resource for new and prospective Coloradans. With extensive information about housing, healthcare, and schools, this publication four color guide also covers the South Denver’s lifestyle; where to eat and play as well as where to live and work.
“The South Metro Denver Chamber is excited to partner with the Denver Relocation Guide to create a new and innovative visitors & relocation guide for the ever-growing south metro Denver area. With all the activity and people moving to our area, this beautiful and informative publication is the place to be if you are looking to grow your business.” Robert Golden, President/CEO – South Metro Denver Chamber.
Find out more on the opportunities to showcase your business to this lucrative audience by contacting Candi Thomas at 303-905-9416 or by email at Candi.Thomas@WebMediaGroup.com
Looking for something to do on Saturday, April 21? There will be many activities happening at the Centennial Civic Center. From 10 a.m. until noon, the City is hosting an event celebrating Earth Day, focused on appreciating the birds of Centennial with a variety of bird-related activities. Meet falcons, hawks, owls and eagles, make upcycled birdhouses, learn about the birds in Centennial and find out how to spot them.
The Senior Needles & Threads group at Holly Creek Retirement Community is assisting with an effort to knit bird nests with the City’s Earth Day event. Knit bird nests provide comfort and warmth to orphaned birds. Find a knitting pattern and drop off your knit bird nest donation at the Earth Day event and help a bird in need.
The Arapahoe Libraries Book Mobile and South Suburban Park and Recreation District’s Fun Bus will be onsite. Enjoy music from our DJ and face painting will be available all in Centennial Center Park.
Electronic Recycling Event 8 a.m. - Noon
In conjunction with the Earth Day event, Jacobs is hosting an electronic recycling event from 8 a.m. until noon, April 21 at the Centennial Civic Center. Proof of residency in the City of Centennial is required to dispose of items at this event. Items such as copiers, DVRs, digital cameras, hard drives, laptops and more will be accepted. Before arriving, please view the list of accepted items. In exchange for this free electronic recycling, please consider bringing non-perishable food items as a donation for the Centennial Youth Commission’s food drive, benefiting the Food Bank of the Rockies.
Thank you to our friends Jacobs, Terracare Associates, Arapahoe Libraries, South Suburban Parks and Recreation District, High Line Canal Conservancy, Audubon Society of Greater Denver, HawkQuest, Tagawa Gardens, ERI and Essence of Life Massage & Wellness for joining us at this event.
Learn more about Centennial’s upcoming events.
What if Colorado’s Schools Were #1? As a business leader in Colorado, you are invited to an exclusive event on May 15th at 3:30 PM at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce for the official unveiling of a Business Guide for Colorado's Next Governor. The guide contains new data demonstrating the economic benefits to Colorado if our schools were number one in the country. Gubernatorial candidates have been invited to attend and will be given an opportunity to respond to the findings. Space is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible. We hope you can join us!