All over the state, people are stepping up to tell Amazon why they love Colorado. Rock stars and CEOs. Artists and athletes. Chancellors and mayors and even the governor.
Whether you moved here for a job, fell in love with our state’s “spirit” or threw a dart and ended up here – we want to know why you think Colorado is the best America has to offer. For work. For play. For life. And we want to make sure everyone gets the message and spread the love. (Including a certain Seattle-based megacorp.)
Take part in Colorado Loves and tell us why you love this wonderful state! What makes you LOVE your state? Is it just that the air’s always better up here? Or that you love being able to hop on a bike, go for a hike or ski down a mountain with all your might?
The South Metro Denver Chamber was well-represented in the first-ever Littleton Leadership Academy, a program designed to identify emerging leaders and help them develop their leadership potential. As well as, foster leadership skills and knowledge that participants can use in their professional lives and to serve the community.
Seven chamber members completed the Academy, which was compromised of diverse business and civic representatives. We are honored to recognize those who participated in the program including one participant who named SMDC’s Workplace Wellness Initiative as her action plan. The purpose of the action plan is to be a leader in the community.
Robyn Zagoren, took on the role as Co-Chair to SMDC’s Workplace Wellness Initiative, to reach out to Chamber businesses and the greater community to help implement and educate on worksite wellness programs.
Robyn received an undergraduate degree from Boston University and Masters from Northeastern University. She started her career as an athletic trainer and assistant professor in sports medicine at Hofstra University in NY, where she also assisted with the training of the NY Islanders and the NY Jets. She moved on to become the first female Head Athletic Trainer for a Federal Academy at the United State Merchant Marine Academy where she also wrote and taught the Ships’ Medicine classes. Robyn moved to Colorado in 2007 and started working at the Littleton Public School District as District Wellness Coordinator. Her responsibilities include student, school and employee wellness. She has been a successful grant writer for playgrounds, school gardens, and Safe Route to School Grants, bringing in 2.4 million in the past 5 years.
Chamber members who completed the 2017 Littleton Leadership Academy:
More information about the Littleton Leadership Academy can be found at: littletonleadershipacademy.org/
The 2017 Denver Arts Week kicks off November 3 as a celebration of all things art in the Mile High City! This nine-day event features over 300 events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters, and concert halls, many of which are offering deep discounts for Arts Week. Whether you are taking Denver Arts Week as an opportunity to discover new exhibits and museums, or visit your favorite galleries and displays, Denver Arts Week has something for everyone.
Denver Arts Week will kick off with Know Your Arts First Friday. These walks, held in six different art districts, afford a unique and fun opportunity to explore Denver’s creative neighborhoods, meet local artists, and find original artwork for your home or office starting at $52.80! From downtown to Lakewood, each neighborhood offers a fun and unique experience that patrons of all ages can enjoy.
From there, Denver Arts Week offers a myriad of unique events and opportunities for Denver area residents to engage with the city’s booming cultural scene. On November 4, fifteen museums around the city will participate in the FREE Night at the Museum program by offering extended hours, remaining open until 10 PM. A free shuttle will begin at 5 PM and will connect twelve of these museums.
Throughout the rest of the week various events will be offered to spotlight the diverse arts and culture scene in the Mile High City. Denver’s On Stage will provide young and old a chance to experience drama, comedy, dance, music, and more—many with discounted prices. Hidden Gems will afford the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the local art world, with opportunities to meet local artists, participate in creative workshops, and explore art districts you’ve never seen before. And, of course, many family-friendly activities will be offered to stimulate young minds and create a lifelong love of the arts among the next generation.
Denver Arts Week is presented by Visit Denver, Imagine 2020, Denver Arts & Venues, Westword, and CBS 4. For more information regarding events, programs, and special offers, please visit https://www.denver.org/denver-arts-week/.
Dear Members of the South Metro Denver Chamber,
You are part of a chamber that understands the value of grassroots to grasstops and the power of engagement from small, mid and large businesses. Your voice has meaning with the South Metro Denver Chamber. This is one of the key reasons I accepted to serve as chair of the board of directors. We have a strong board comprised of a variety of representatives that make up the south Denver business and civic communities. About one-third of the board are new members, and I am excited to work with them to tap their expertise to not just lead the chamber, but to create and support programs and services that benefit our members.
If you have ideas about better engagement with the south Denver community, we want to hear from you. Please contact myself or Bob Golden with your thoughts.
This chamber is very lean, which has its pride but also has its challenges. Our members’ engagement is critical to the chamber’s success. There are plenty of programs and services you can take advantage of to help your business and your professional development. You and members of your business can volunteer to serve on committees, which provides opportunities to make connections, promote your business, make friends, grow professionally and most importantly make a difference. You can find a list of those committees here (CLICK HERE) If you are not getting the information you need to be engaged, please let me know.
The south Denver region is growing by leaps and bounds, which is exciting and a sign of economic strength, but growth needs to be thoughtful and strategic, particularly with transportation, water and our school systems. The chamber will be monitoring policies and growth areas to see where we can help influence policy and development. We will keep you apprised of relevant matters happening at the state and civic levels with the chamber’s monthly programs.
Your return on your chamber investment is important to us, but you need to take the time to reap the benefits we offer by getting engaged in activities, attending events, serving on committees and sharing your thoughts.
The chamber looks forward to helping you get the most of your membership.
SMDC Board Chair
Assistant Vice President, External Relations and Advocacy
Office of the President
University of Colorado
Author: Joey Bunch - October 23, 2017
Two Centennial lawmakers were the best in class of the 2017 legislature, according to the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. The two Republicans received their legislator of the year awards before sitting for a panel discussion on the state budget at the Streets of Southglenn last week.
South Metro Denver Chamber chairwoman Michele McKinney said the chamber’s Legislative Action Committee voted on the awards based on which lawmakers showed the highest level of support and leadership on bills and policies the chamber supported, including business-friendly legislation, transportation funding, construction litigation reform, energy and natural research.
She said the representative and senator have a lot in common.
“They are smart, they are thoughtful and they take a no-nonsense approach at the Capitol,” she said at the chamber meeting. “Furthermore, they have both shared a lot of their time with chamber members, and when they speak to us they remove the political rhetoric in talking about issues that are important to the chamber and business community.
“We hold those aspects in very high regard.”
Wist succeeded Tate as the representative for House District 37 in Arapahoe County, when Tate was appointed to the Senate District 27 seat last year. Both men won full terms last year.
Wist is the assistant House minority leader, as well as a sitting on the Legislative Council Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Legal Services.
McKinney called him a champion of small businesses and a defender of the oil and gas industry against over-regulation.
“Rep Wist has been an candid, open, thoughtful and, we believe, man-of-his-word legislator,” she said.
Wist said he opened to continue that open dialogue with the chamber to address the issues that slow the pace of building affordable houses and condominiums.
“Construction defects litigation reform would not have happened without the community coming together and trying to bridge the gap that divides us and plagued us in the past,” he told the chamber after accepting the award.
Tate serves on the Senate Finance Committee and Joint Technology Committee, as well as chairman of the Business Labor and Technology Committee. He has been a champion for reducing regulatory burdens on small business, McKinney said.
“He is known as one of the more knowledgable lawmakers on business issues,” she said. “… Over the years as a representative and now a senator, he has been a great resource to the chamber, and to several chamber members he has become a very good friend.”
Tate said he was honored to receive such an award from people in the chamber he’s worked with on legislation, as well as to be recognized jointly with Wist.
“I accept this award as encouragement to go forward and take those positive experiences and leverage those and deal with what might be the biggest issue of the decade, which is PERA,” he said, referring to the Public Employees’ Retirement Association system.”And hopefully, working with Cole again, we can use the recipe of success we had in this last session and try to come up with something productive next session.”
PERA is the retirement fund for the state’s 560,000 employees, including teachers. PERA’s 2016 annual report indicated that the retirement system had a $32.2 billion unfunded liability, which could mean future retirees don’t get all they’re expecting in order to pay current retirees.
On Friday, October 27, 2017 through Tuesday, October 31, 2017, from 4:00pm-7:00pm, WOW Carwash will host a “Haunted Tunnel” event for the community. Patrons who purchase a car wash can cruise through a family-friendly ‘tunnel of doom.’ WOW Carwash will also provide free treats and hot chocolate while supplies last. Costumes are encouraged!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
South Metro Denver Chamber
Robert Golden, President
The South Metro Denver Chamber Announces the Recipients of the 2017 Legislator of the Year Awards
Centennial, Colorado. October 19, 2017 – The South Metro Denver Chamber is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2017 Legislator of the Year Awards. The awards were presented to Senator Jack Tate, representing Colorado State Senate District 27, and Representative Cole Wist, representing Colorado House of Representatives District 37. Both recipients were participating in a state budget panel discussion at the South Metro Denver Chamber; fellow Senator Cheri Jahn and Representatives Leslie Herod and Bob Rankin also participated in the panel.
“Both (Senator Tate and Representative Wist) are very likeable, smart, thoughtful, and take a no-nonsense approach at the Capitol,” said Michele McKinney, Chair of the South Metro Denver Chamber Board of Directors and Assistant Vice President for External Affairs and Advocacy for the University of Colorado.
“Senator Tate and Representative Wist both share their time with chamber members, and have a way of removing the political rhetoric when talking about issues important to the chamber and the business community,” said South Metro Denver Chamber President Robert Golden.
Recipients were selected by the South Metro Denver Chamber’s Legislative Action Committee, who voted for the elected representatives who showed the highest level of support and leadership for bills and policy that the chamber supported, and were chamber priorities for the 2017 legislative session.
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DPS CareerConnect is seeking industry professionals to advise our teachers and school leaders on the expansion of career programs across the district and to help link students with critical industry resources.
Fall 2017 Industry Summits
October 26, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 pm
CEC Early College
2650 Eliot St., Denver, CO 80211
Please join us for our upcoming fall industry summits! These summits -- held across some of Denver's fastest-growing and highest-demand industries -- are opportunities for Denver Public Schools teachers to consult with higher education representatives and industry leaders from Colorado's top companies. Help shape the curriculum being taught in your career field and define key competencies in your industry. About DPS CareerConnect
DPS CareerConnect brings together 160+ local businesses and 15+ colleges to help 8,600 students envision and pursue personalized paths to their professional aspirations. The program offers students relevant courses while connecting them with partner companies and colleges for hands-on
workplace experiences and mentoring. DPS CareerConnect equips graduates with high-demand skills and leads to opportunities for continued education and careers in Colorado's fastest-growing and highest-opportunity industries.
EngineeringConnect: Energy, Engineering, Architecture
BusinessConnect: Business, Marketing, Finance and Entrepreneurship
TechConnect: Software Development, Coding, Hardware
MedConnect: Healthcare, Nursing, Biomedicine, Sports Medicine
MakerConnect: Advanced Manufacturing, Construction, CAD, Welding, Automotive
CreativeConnect: Graphic Design, Theater Technology, Video/Audio Production
For More Information
Industry summits are held in the fall and spring. For more information and to read meeting minutes from previous summits, please visit the DPS CareerConnect website or contact Traci Sanchez, School Based Learning Coordinator at TRACI_SANCHEZ@dpsk12.org
Neill to Lead Market Development Across 13 States
DENVER – October 16, 2017 – Comcast today announced that Peter Neill has been named Vice President of Comcast Business for Comcast’s West Division. In this role, Neill will lead sales, marketing and the customer operations organizations across 13 states focused on delivering an exceptional customer experience, accelerating market expansion and growing Comcast’s portfolio of business solutions and services, including Ethernet, internet, Business VoiceEdge™ and SmartOffice™.
Neill is a 30-year veteran of the telecommunications industry with extensive experience leading engineering, operations, sales, service delivery, product management, and customer experience initiatives for both startups and established companies. Throughout his career, he has served in a variety of leadership roles where he has improved customer loyalty while delivering quarter-over-quarter organic subscriber and revenue growth through the development of great teams.
“Peter’s extensive skill set and passion for building and leading winning teams make him the ideal person to lead Comcast Business for the West Division,” said Steve White, president of Comcast’s West Division. “His team-oriented approach, in combination with his ability to transform customer and employee loyalty into revenue retention and growth will lead the Division’s six regions to continued success.”
Prior to joining Comcast Business, Neill was executive vice president of global product strategy and customer experience at EdgeConneX, which specializes in global data center solutions at the edge of customer networks. Before that, he served as the chief customer officer and senior vice president of business process at Level 3 Communications, in addition to holding several other executive roles over seven years. Neill also has more than 15 years of wireless experience, working at both AT&T Wireless and Sprint early in his career. He has been instrumental in developing telecommunication businesses as an investor and operator, providing capital and management to help them focus and exceed business plan growth expectations.
About Comcast Business:
Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice, TV and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by an advanced network, and backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and has emerged as a force in the Enterprise market; recognized over the last two years by leading industry associations as one of the fastest growing provider of Ethernet services.
For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social.
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
Media Contacts: Leslie Oliver, Comcast