Want free indoor skydiving flights? For the month of June we are holding our special BOGO event for all chamber members and family friends. This allows anyone wanting to fly to buy one flight and receive another absolutely free! This is a saving of $59.95. For those that do not know us, iFLY is an indoor skydiving experience that creates true free fall conditions, just like skydiving, without having to jump out of an airplane. There’s no parachute, no jumping, just you and the air to create a fantastic adrenaline rush.
Are you looking to book a party or corporate event? Then great. Call us and you will receive a free party/corporate room for an hour with any reservations with 6 people or more and save $100. So why not combine our BOGO deal and receive a free party room for up to an hour to make the most of your birthday party or corporate event.
So come and join us at 9230 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree for your free flight today and mention CHAMBER when you call to book to receive your special deal.
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*Disclaimer: BOGO deal is excluded from weekends.
Developmental Pathways Raises over $140,000 for Children with Developmental Disabilities or Delays in Arapahoe and Douglas Counties
Englewood, CO - By Tara Foristal, Associate Director of Communications, Developmental Pathways
Developmental Pathways hosted the 12th Annual Pathways Client Achievement Awards on May 2, 2015 at the Denver Tech Center Marriott.
This highly anticipated event celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of individuals with intellectual/ developmental disabilities and delays and their families alike. Nine-time Emmy award winner Cheryl Preheim served as the talented emcee for the evening, and Carol Meredith, the Executive Director for The Arc of Arapahoe & Douglas, was celebrated as the evening’s Honorary Chair. Carol works primarily to achieve equal rights and social justice for people with disabilities through systems advocacy at state and federal legislatures, county departments, and statewide public policy efforts.
All funds raised throughout the evening are for the Developmental Pathways 3+ Initiative. This initiative provides additional support and services to children with intellectual/developmental disabilities or developmental delays when they transition out of Early Intervention Services. This support is critical during these developmental years.
The evening’s festivities featured guest speaker Senator Mike Coffman, Adam Kevil, a 20-year professional Benefit Auctioneer in the Denver area, and the remarkably talented Wellspring Wonders Choir. The Wonders Choir is just one part of Wellspring Communities. Wellspring is a safe place in Douglas County for individuals with intellectual disabilities to engage in various activities throughout the week. Mary Lou Fenton, Executive Director of Wellspring Community, alongside her husband Bob and Daughter Emily, also received The 2015 Frances Owens Family Involvement Award. Additional 2015 award winners included:
About Developmental Pathways and The SUN Foundation
Developmental Pathways is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency created to serve persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and developmental delays and their families. Developmental Pathways has developed a broad array of services based on the principle that full inclusion and participation in community life is attainable for every individual with a developmental disability. We are one of Colorado's Community Centered Boards providing individuals access to state and federal funding in Arapahoe and Douglas County and the city of Aurora. For over 50 years, this has been the fastest growing area in the State of Colorado.
State and federal funding only sustains a portion of families caring for a loved one with an intellectual disability or developmental delay in this area of Colorado. Thousands of individuals and families in our community still receive little to no support. The SUN Foundation, a supporting organization for Developmental Pathways, is dedicated to "Serving the Unmet Needs" in our community. The foundation aims to provide long-term solutions these individuals and families needing support now.
About the 3+ Initiative
Each year, over 1,500 children with intellectual/developmental disabilities or developmental delays transition out of Early Intervention Services. These services, which include home-based physical, occupational, and speech therapies are essential to the continuous growth and development of the child; they also provide educational support to the family.
Therapies are subsequently made available in public preschools for those who qualify, but many children in need of ongoing assistance will not qualify. For a child with significant developmental, behavioral, and/or medical needs, this can be an incredibly difficult change. Providing additional support and services in these critical developmental years is known to have a dramatically positive effect on the child’s future.
To learn more about Developmental Pathways visit www.dpcolo.org.
To donate to the SUN Foundation, the supporting foundation for Developmental Pathways, please visit www.suncolo.org.
The noteworthy downtown Denver restaurant, Southern Hospitality, celebrated a grand opening and ribbon cutting of their new south metro location in Lone Tree (7431 Park Meadows Dr.) on Friday, May 1, 2015.
Several South Metro Denver Chamber members and the locals welcomed the barbecue eatery at this highly anticipated event. Attendance included, Mayor Jim Gunning, City Manager, Seth Hoffman and several other Council members. Mark Alpert, Chair-Elect for SMDC, kicked off the event by welcoming the restaurant to south metro Denver, before inviting Gary Tedder, Executive VP of Business Development, to welcome the crowd. Tedder encouraged everyone to “lift a glass” and celebrate the evening! Guests indulged in some comfort food including brisket, ribs and bourbon.
Mitchell Roth, president of Southern Concepts Restaurant Group, who owns the Colorado locations of the franchise, expressed how excited he and the entire Southern Concepts team are to be opening their second location in Lone Tree. He continued by thanking his team for their dedication and hard work. Roth’s long term vision includes, expanding the brand, with plans to open a fast casual location along Colorado Boulevard.
Southern Hospitality’s ultimate goal is to create a venue that provides guests with fresh, high quality, southern inspired food, complimented by a wide array of popular micro-brews, bottled beer and bourbon, and served in a hip and high energy environment. The Lone Tree location ties in the Denver urban vibe with an enticing outdoor patio and large fireplace.
Southern Hospitality Denver is managed by Southern Concepts Restaurant Group (SCRG), which trades under the symbol OTCQB:RIBS. Southern Concepts Restaurant Group was founded by a handful of barbecue enthusiasts who were eager to bring the finest of Southern barbecue to the Southwest region. The Company manages Southern Hospitality Restaurant and Bar, Southern Hospitality Southern Kitchen, and is in the process of launching a fast casual barbecue concept.
Free Shredding and Electronics Recycling June 6 in Highlands Ranch - Here’s your chance to get rid of those personal documents and outdated TVs, computers, phones and other electronics items taking up space in your home or office.
Members of LEADapalooza, one of the South Metro Denver Chamber's leads groups, are offering free shredding and electronics recycling from 9 a.m. to noon on June 6 at 1745 Shea Center Drive in Highlands Ranch, off of Lucent Boulevard a quarter mile south of C470.
“This is a great opportunity to get rid of those old gadgets and personal documents not suitable for the regular trash that are taking up space and collecting dust in your home or office,” said Cheryl Braunschweiger of ALMC Mortgage at NOVA Home Loans and a member of LEADapalooza.
Last year, LEADapalooza recycled 40,000 pounds of used electronics items, shredded 10,000 pounds of documents and raised $4,000 for Boy Scout Troop 4 of Littleton, whose members helped with the event.
“The shredding truck provided by SHRED-IT was so full the sides were bulging,” Braunschweiger said. “And Techno+Rescue had to bring in several extra trucks because of the tremendous volume of electronics items collected for recycling.”
Items eligible for recycling include:
laptop and desktop computers, printers, copiers, phones, stereo equipment, fax machines, monitors, TVs — basically anything that plugs into the wall or runs on batteries except large appliances. Cabling, electronic wiring and alkaline/single-use batteries can also be recycled. TVs are limited to one per household. Hard drives will go through Department of Defense approved data destruction. The recycling and data destruction will be performed by Techno+Rescue of Aurora.
Documents eligible for shredding include bank statements, medical records, cancelled checks, paycheck stubs or anything else with personal or confidential information. There’s no need to remove staples, paper clips, alligator clips, etc. Items NOT being accepted are trash, pop cans, newspapers, household plastics, light bulbs and large appliances.
Each person is welcome to bring up to three copy boxes or one large trash bag of documents. All documents will be destroyed on site by Shred-It, a professional document-destruction company with locations throughout the United States.
Although the recycling and shredding are free, local Boy Scout troops will be on hand to help and will be accepting donations of cash to support their troop activities.
Sixteen companies who are members of LEADapalooza are underwriting the cost as a public service. They are: ALMC Mortgage at NOVA Home Loans; Arrow B Architecture; Blue Zenith; C Squared Computer Consulting; Centennial Leasing & Sales; Experience Pros Radio Show; Halo Branded Solution; Handyman Matters; Holly Mullins, Farmers Insurance Group; Major Mom; Mark Thomas, RE/MAX Professionals; Nexus Financial Services; [email protected]; Riviera Finance; RMK Cartridge and Dr. Lee Weisbard, DDS.
Since the inception of the STEM School & Academy four years ago, they have experienced many challenges and change as they have grown from an empty warehouse with no students to one of Colorado’s largest and best performing charter schools. This rapid change has brought on challenges but today the STEM School & Academy can celebrate a remarkable achievement; Colorado’s Department of Education has awarded the school its top recognition for academic, community, and professional excellence, the John Irwin School of Excellence Award. This prestigious award for 2014 that can only be made after a school has three years of solid academic excellence. (See further http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeawards/johnirwin)
ART Award from STEM School & Academy! Colorado Charter Schools Rally/Student Art Winner is excited to announce Nathanel Cho won the Grand Prize in the 6th – 8th Grade Student Art Contests category at the Colorado Charter School Rally. Nathanel won a $250 scholarship which he has graciously donated to the STEM Art Department for their help and support.
STEM School & Academy Mission and Vision: STEM High and Middle School will provide an integrated educational system of high standards to engage all students in an academically rigorous core curricula, promoting a strong foundation in the sciences, technologies, engineering and math, relevant to real-world contexts, and building on student character and community assets to prepare students for successful post-secondary endeavors.
All graduates ready for college, careers and active civic participation.
Related Upcoming Events: South Metro Denver Chamber will host the first Annual Colorado STEM Summit on October 31 – 30th at the University of Colorado – South Campus at the Wildlife Experience.
The 750 – 1000 person Summit will convene for a day-and-a-half beginning on Friday, October 30, with breakfast keynote by Lt. Governor Joe Garcia. Panel discussions will follow to discuss the Current and Future State of the Talent Pipeline in Colorado with speakers to offer the industry perspective. Following that, a second panel with leaders from education will offer their perspective on the Talent Pipeline. Friday afternoon will then move to breakout sessions on 2 or 3 different tracks. Friday will wind down with a hosted networking event from 4-6.
On Saturday morning, we will bring forward actionable outcomes from Friday’s sessions to the key legislative leaders from local and State government, School Districts, and Senators Corey Gardner and Michael Bennet, to exchange information and to determine what can be done to further expedite favorable outcomes for all stakeholders. This Forum for Action is an essential step toward further implementation of STEM Roadmap for the State of Colorado.
For additional information, please contact Brian Bartony at [email protected] or 303.795.0142
Lockheed Martin lands commercial satellite order from Saudi company
A Saudi Arabian company has ordered the first pair of modernized commercial communication satellites that Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. will make in metro Denver.
The Arabsat order, finalized April 9, is the first since LMSS moved its commercial satellite division to its Jefferson County headquarters campus last year. It’s also the first order for an updated design for LMSS’ longstanding satellite body it calls the A2100.
Financial terms of the order from Arabsat and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology were not disclosed. Commercial satellites usually cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build.
The satellites are being made to carry TV, Internet, phone and secure communication signals for Arabsat customers in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Launch for the satellites is scheduled for 2018.
“This is a great step forward to support both Arabsat and the [Saudi] kingdom’s long-term strategy to provide consumers and commercial customers with robust communications resources,” said Mike Hamel, vice president and general manager of commercial space at Lockheed Martin. “The modernized A2100 satellite platform is ideally suited to their mission of connecting people and societies through reliable telecommunications services.”
The contract also sets up a joint venture of Lockheed Martin, KACST and a subsidiary of the Saudi Technology Investment and Development Co. to explore future joint satellite construction, as well as aerospace workforce and technology development in Saudi Arabia.
“Lockheed Martin’s proven record of developing and delivering state-of-the-art space communications capabilities will ensure the Kingdom’s critical telecommunications needs are met,” said Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammad Al Saud, president of KACST.
The two new satellites ordered will add to Arabsat’s existing fleet of 10 satellites providing TV, broadband and communications to millions of people around the region.
“We selected Lockheed Martin to build these satellites due to the impressive technical capabilities and proven track record of the A2100 satellite,” , said Arabsat CEO Khalid Balkheyour.
LMSS moved its commercial satellite division headquarters last year from Newtown, Pennsylvania to Jefferson County outside Denver. About 350 commercial space division employees relocated to renovated buildings on the 4,000-employee campus near the mouth of Waterton Canyon.
About 30 percent of LMSS’ commercial satellite workforce moved with the commercial division, Hamel said, which LMSS considers a success.
“That’s very, very good by most relocation standards,” he said. “It means we can depend upon having many decades worth of experience in our business line forming the core of our engineering and activities in Denver.”
The division is also hiring to add to its commercial satellite work force and getting LMSS engineers from other divisions involved.
Winning contracts from regional and national commercial satellite fleet operators around the world is key for the LMSS commercial satellite division re-establishing itself.
Military satellite construction has been a bigger line of work for LMSS in the past 10 years. Military satellite construction has been traditionally done in Jefferson County and its campus in Sunnyvale, California.
The division spent the past three years redesigning the A2100 satellite to attract more commercial business. LMSS has only recently begun selling operators on the refreshed version of the A2100, Hamel said.
During the transition, LMSS has been working on an Australian communications satellite, which is about 75 percent complete. It’s also preparing to deliver the WorldView-4 satellite it built in Sunnyvale for delivery to Longmont-based DigitalGlobe in preparation for a 2016 launch.
Only about 25 commercial satellite contracts are bid each year, globally.
“We are being very aggressive, as we re-establish our business base and leadership, about actively pursuing quite a few opportunities on a worldwide basis,” Hamel said.
Credit: This article was originally posted by Denver Business Journal writer, Greg Avery, who covers tech, telecom, aerospace, bioscience and media for the "TechFlash" blog. Phone: 303-803-9222.