July 26, 2016
Contact: Allison Wittern, 303-754-3443
Centennial has been named the ninth best city in the nation for first-time homebuyers, according to a recent study by WalletHub.
WalletHub’s analysts compared 300 cities of varying sizes across 19 key metrics, from housing affordability to real estate taxes to property crime rates. Centennial was No. 9 overall for first-time homebuyers and No. 6 among small cities in the same category. Centennial’s property-crime rate ranked sixth and its median home-price appreciation was 13th.
Three other Colorado cities also made the top 10: Greeley came in at No. 2, Thornton at No. 3 and Longmont at No. 6.
WalletHub is a personal finance outlet based in Washington, D.C. To view the entire list and the criteria used to rank cities, go to: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-cities-for-first-time-home-buyers/5564/.
It’s hard to believe that 20 years ago, the story of Park Meadows mall was just getting underway. Yet here we stand today with this pillar of the community serving as not only a major economic force, but also as an integral piece of our local culture. With these thoughts leading the way, join us as we celebrate Park Meadows’ impending 20th birthday in August by looking back at its history, as well as what’s next for this cornerstone of the Lone Tree community.
Digging into the Park Meadows Story
Naturally, the reason why this story is worth telling in the first place starts with delving into the groundbreaking history of the facility. As the team over at General Growth Properties (GGP) – the current owners of Park Meadows – notes, this mall serves as the only retail resort of its kind in Colorado. In other words, thanks to the creative use of wood beams and open spaces, visiting Park Meadows is more like enjoying the hospitality of local mountain lodge than trekking through a traditional mall.
The Denver Business Journal goes on to explain that Park Meadows’ over 1.5 million square feet of retail space was once good enough to earn the distinction of being the largest mall in the Denver. Even though this facility no longer lays claim to this title, it is still a proud recipient of the Urban Land Institute’s Award of Excellence and the International Council of Shopping Center’s (ICSC) Design and Development Award.
Enjoying 20 Years of Community Involvement
Of course, the men and women who operate behind the scenes at Park Meadows have done so much more than just run a world-class shopping destination; they’ve also always been heavily involved in making Lone Tree one of the crown jewels on the map of Colorado. Specifically, Joe Rubino of The Denver Post points to being a repository of over $1 million worth of locally-crafted art as a shining example of this concept in action.
Outside of putting the culture and heritage of Lone Tree on display, this burgeoning civic center’s general manager, Pamela Shcenck-Kelly, also serves as a prominent member of both the Douglas County Planning Commission and the Denver South Economic Development Partnership. Taking on an active role with these groups is far from easy and speaks to the dedication of Park Meadows to bolster the local experience for not only the people of Lone Tree, but also incoming tourists who are new to the area.
Laying out a Framework for a Prosperous Future
As far as what comes next for this pillar of the local community, the sky is clearly the limit. From an ever-expanding presence within the municipal happenings of Lone Tree to the imminent arrival of multiple first-time retailers to the complex, Park Meadows is clearly committed to making our city’s future as bright as possible. With this in mind, congratulations are in order for our friends over at Park Meadows on a great first 20 years in business – and here’s to hoping that the next 20 years are even better!
Originally posted at: http://edbozarthparkmeadow.com/blog/park-meadows-mall-20th-birthday
Congratulations to all involved on a spectacular day at Fort Carson! The Future Heavy and Genesis rockets appear to have had nearly flawless flights. Preliminary reports indicate no significant anomalies, and all vehicle systems performed as expected. All parachutes appear to have ejected and fully deployed as planned, and all payload deployment systems appear to have worked. It is too early to report any payload results, but we were able to find and recover 12 of the 15 payloads, including all the larger primary payloads from Ball Aerospace, STEM Academy, and SHARC Teams.
All sections of Future Heavy and Genesis were recovered in good condition, except that Future Heavy was recovered with just 3 of its 8 fins attached. The first stage performed nominally, with all 8 engines igniting successfully. After booster stage separation, the spent booster (flying solo) was unstable and tumbled at nearly 400 mph, liberating all four fins (not an unexpected result). The upper stage phase of flight was nominal, with both engines igniting and performing as planned. Because the parachutes all deployed from the rear of the rocket, the 31-ft-long upper stage section hit the ground fwd end down, then tipped over, landing on one of the fins, which broke. Fins were designed to be removed and replaced, so with five new fins and some additional minor repairs, Future Heavy can be refurbished to good as new.
It is not yet known if the apogee goal of 10,000 ft. above ground level was achieved. Avionics/altimeters are buried deep within the rocket, and it will take a week or so to disassemble the rocket and retrieve the data.
“It was a thrill and an honor to be part of such a special team that launched the world’s largest sport rocket. You all helped the dreams come true for the 300+ students who have worked on this rocket the past five summers. I am truly grateful to all involved for allowing us to make this event happen, especially our wonderful hosts at the Fort Carson Army Post,” Greg Arend, Additive Manufacturing Development Leader with United Launch Alliance.
The final as-built rocket specs:
Overall rocket length: 50’ – 1.38” (previous world record – 46’)
Gross liftoff weight: 1245 lbs
Total Payload mass: 146 lbs
Altitude achieved: Actual - TBD (10,000 feet AGL estimated)
Stay tuned for what promises to be an outstanding video of the event, full of shots from cameras on the rocket, on the ground, and on drones hovering over the launch pad. A video will be posted to YouTube.
Read more about past rocket projects at ULALanch.com
The Littleton Leadership Academy is now accepting applications for its inaugural year. The Academy is a project of the Littleton Community Retreat, which has been building a strong community since 1975.
Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the complexities of governance, as well as the challenges and opportunities the City and its key partners face in providing a high quality of life. Ten full-day sessions will be held on the third Thursday of each month from January 19 through October 19, 2017, and will focus on state and city government, economic vitality, education, mobility and land use, health and wellness, and Littleton’s infraculture.
Applicants must be eligible to vote and live and/or work in the City of Littleton. A maximum of 35 people can be accepted; participants will be selected by the Academy’s Screening Committee.
The tuition of $850 covers materials, speakers, lunches and snacks, two evening social events, and a graduation celebration. The actual value of the 10 sessions is more than $1,850 per person. A limited number of partial scholarships may be available.
For more information and to complete an online application prior to Oct. 15, go to www.LittletonLeadershipAcademy.org.
By Tracy M. Cook
The Denver Post
A large influx of college-educated workers, strong job growth and low unemployment helped Colorado place No. 3 on this year’s list of America’s Top States for Business, a CNBC-produced business climate study released Tuesday. Trailing Texas and top-seeded Utah overall, Colorado ranked first nationally in workforce and second in economy. It also made the top 10 in technology and innovation, business friendliness and access to capital. The survey scores states on more than 60 measures using publicly available data. Here’s how Colorado did in each category:
• Workforce: 283/400, No. 1
• Cost of doing business: 126/350, No. 37
• Infrastructure and transportation: 181/350, No. 29
• Economy: 288/340, No. 2
• Quality of life: 219/325, No. 12
• Technology and innovation: 183/250, No. 8
• Education: 104/200, No. 25
• Business friendliness: 99/160, No. 9
• Cost of living: 29/75, No. 32
• Access to capital: 43/50, No. 8
• Total: 1,555/2,500, No. 3
The state ranked No. 4 in last year’s survey.
July 7, 2016
Contact: Allison Wittern, 303-754-3443
The City of Centennial is hosting its first ever BBQ & Beer Tasting Festival featuring local breweries and BBQ food trucks on Saturday, July 16. Eat, drink and enjoy live music by County Wide Bluegrass and New Family Dog from 4 – 9 p.m. at Centennial Center Park. Live music will be in the Park amphitheater so don’t forget your chairs and blankets. To participate in the beer tasting you must be 21 years or older. The cost for the beer tasting is $15 for a wristband which includes 10, 3 oz. sample tastings. Wristbands may be purchased in advance through Eventbrite.
Local breweries participating in this event include:
Bristol Brewing Company
Halfpenny Brewing Company
Lost Highway Brewing Company
Lone Tree Brewing Company
Merchant du Vin
Pikes Peak Brewing Company
Santa Fe Brewing Company
Upslope Brewing Company
Discounted animal licensing is also available at this event! By attending this event, residents may receive a 3-year animal license for the price of a 1-year license.
Centennial Center Park is located at 13050 E. Peakview Avenue, adjacent to the City offices.
Thank you to our event sponsors: Colorado Community Media (Centennial Citizen), Camp Bow Wow, Big O Tires, Viewhouse, Centennial Bank & Trust and Roaming Hunger.
Kimberly Alexander is spending her summer in a very passionate and meaningful way. Best-selling author of The Results Map, Kimberly has launched The Results Map Experience – a 3-day, 5-star, strategic business development retreat. This is for the serious entrepreneur ready to grow big in business and life! This retreat takes place in Evergreen, CO and dates are still available for the 2016 year- don’t miss the opportunity to get process and systems to take actions and get RESULTS!
Please visit The Results Map Experience for more information. Don't forget to check out the Kimberly Alexander Inc website. Thank you, Kimberly, for being a Chamber Member and serving on our Board!
After over 20 years of a flourishing corporate executive career, Kimberly Alexander launched her company as a Growth Strategist and Transformational Speaker for Women Entrepreneurs. Kimberly has worked with multi-million dollar organizations as an expert in leadership and professional development. Kimberly has worked strategically with Entrepreneurs to identify opportunity and take action for further growth. Kimberly is the best-selling author of The Results Map, Business and Life Strategies to get what you want, and The Results Map for Women in Biz. Kimberly is married and a proud mother of two girls. She has a passion for hiking beautiful Colorado trails and living a life of purpose, balance and meaning.