We would like to share with you Noble Energy's 2018 Sustainability Report, which highlights the many ways we work continually to improve our performance in environmental, social and governance areas.
For the past eight years, we’ve published this report because operating effectively means operating safely and responsibly. It’s all part of our commitment to Energizing the World, Bettering People’s Lives.
Some notable highlights:
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SingerLewak Announces Additional Growth in Denver, CO with the Combination of Middle Market Accounting and Tax Firm,Holben Hay Lake Balzer, LLC
Denver, CO & Los Angeles, CA – MAY 6, 2019 — SingerLewak LLP, a full service accounting, tax and business consulting firm with strong national presence and a half-century history serving clients in various industry sectors, is pleased to announce it is entering into a combination agreement with Holben Hay Lake Balzer, LLC, a middle market, full-service accounting and tax CPA firm based in Denver, CO. This combination will give SingerLewak expanded presence in Colorado and surrounding states with added depth of expertise serving clients in the family owned, entrepreneurial and Credit Union business. The addition of Holben Hay Lake Balzer will rank SingerLewak as a top CPA firm in Denver, CO with more than 40 professionals.
“SingerLewak prides itself in delivering outstanding service and depth of expertise to our clients. As our practice and client profile continues to evolve locally and internationally, we continue to look for ways to deliver value beyond the traditional accounting firm model. Combining with Holben Hay Lake Balzer is a logical next step for us in accomplishing our mission to be one of the best accounting and consulting firms in the middle market space in California, Colorado and surrounding states. Since our inception, we’ve built a highly entrepreneurial business model and our goal is to continue to build on that mission where family business owners, emerging companies, multi-nationals and public companies can turn to for innovative solutions for their growing businesses, commented Jim Pitrat, Managing Partner, SingerLewak.
“We are equally excited about the expanded opportunities this combination will provide our clients and the professionals of our firm. Combining our operation with the resources and entrepreneurial spirit of SingerLewak allows our firm to scale our reach and range of services so that we may continue delivering superior value to our clients. For more than 40 years, Holben Hay Lake Balzer has been a business fixture in the Colorado market and has built valuable relationships with our clients and our community and we are proud to continue this legacy with SingerLewak. Together, we are certain our mutual commitment to excellence will bring value-added resources to our clients on a much broader scale,” commented Bill Holben.
Holben Hay Lake Balzer, LLC will continue business as usual with its current staff and office in Denver, CO and can be reached at (303) 759-2727. Holben Hay Lake Balzer, LLC will retain its name and will become “Holben Hay Lake Balzer, a Division of SingerLewak, LLP” effective immediately.
For more information about SingerLewak, please visit www.singerlewak.com, email us at [email protected] or call (800) 754-4557.
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Last week, Christian Living Communities marked its 47th anniversary as the organization celebrated Founders Day with birthday cake and a luncheon for friends, board members, leadership and others who have invested in the mission of the organization.
Christian Living Communities first community, what is now known as Clermont Park, held its dedication on May 7, 1972, and the next day began offering love, respect and compassion to older adults in Denver as the first residents moved in.
“This tradition of ‘caring for our own’ AND of ministry to others continues to be the dream of the people behind Christian Living (Communities). The vision has not changed, nor has the dream yet been fulfilled. As Christian Living (Communities) grows and expands in the coming years, the dream may come closer to fulfillment.”
Those were the words on the 20th Anniversary of the organization, of Elmer Houtsma, the first Nursing Home Administrator for The University Hills Christian Nursing Home, now part of Clermont Park and the birthplace of Christian Living Communities.
You can learn more about our history here!
LOS ANGELES, May 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Oakwood, wholly owned by Mapletree Investments ("Mapletree") announced today it has entered into a multi-year strategic partnership agreement with WaterWalk International, a DeBoer family entity, to create a new brand, Oakwood WaterWalk. The purpose-built product provides a unique combined offering, including 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments, that fully satisfies the wide spectrum of needs across the extended stay, multifamily, and corporate housing segments.
WaterWalk Executive Vice President Mimi Rogers, WaterWalk founder and CEO Jack DeBoer (center), and Oakwood CEO Chris Ahearn (right) announce the brand-new Oakwood WaterWalk brand in Wichita, Kan. on May 6, 2019
WaterWalk Richardson in Richardson, TexasThrough this strategic partnership, Oakwood, the premier global provider of furnished housing and serviced apartment solutions, will expand its footprint in the U.S. across eight high demand markets, broadening its product offering. These markets in which properties are open or under construction include: Denver, Dallas-Las Colinas, Dallas-Richardson, San Antonio, Wichita, Kansas City-Overland Park, Raleigh, and Charlotte. Further, with WaterWalk's development pipeline, approximately 13 additional sites will be available and opening soon in Austin, Minneapolis, Dallas-Plano, Salt Lake City, Boise, Phoenix, Jacksonville, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. WaterWalk has signed certain franchise agreements to triple the portfolio and continues to open doors for new investors to enter this growing segment and provide additional opportunities to become a franchisee.
"Our strategic partnership with WaterWalk, one of the nation's most innovative extended stay brands, enables us to significantly expand our U.S. footprint and offer our clients even more options to fit their travel and relocation stay needs," explained Chris Ahearn, chief executive officer, Oakwood. "The extended stay hotel segment is the fastest growing segment in the U.S. as business and individual travelers continue to seek housing options that allow for a flexible length of stay, without sacrificing the comfort and amenities of spacious furnished and serviced apartments or from existing hotel offerings."
"The WaterWalk product is an innovative concept built on the culmination of our extensive experience in the development of thousands of apartments and hundreds of hotels. We are very excited about the dynamic growth that will begin immediately for the new brand as a result of our partnership with Oakwood," affirmed Jack DeBoer, founder and chief executive officer, WaterWalk.
"The global brand recognition and unrivaled industry experience that Oakwood brings to WaterWalk will create an unparalleled investment opportunity while simultaneously delivering a solution to accommodate underserved market needs," explained Mimi Rogers, executive vice president, WaterWalk.
Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, WaterWalk was created by Jack DeBoer, the extended stay industry visionary who also founded Residence Inn (now Marriott), Summerfield Suites (now Hyatt House), Candlewood Suites (now IHG) and Value Place/WoodSpring (now Choice Hotels International). The WaterWalk development concept is unique in the travel industry. The properties combine the space and comfort of apartment living with the services of a hotel, allowing business and individual travelers to book short- and long-term stays and choose from furnished or unfurnished suites. Each property typically offers two separate, purpose-built buildings consisting of 153 units; approximately 78 units are multifamily unfurnished and 75 units will be furnished corporate and extended stay units.
Oakwood WaterWalk pricing includes all utilities, high-speed internet, DirecTV cable television, and phone service for nightly or monthly rates. All rooms come with fully-equipped modern kitchens and a full-size in-room washer and dryer. Guests can also enjoy upscale amenities including an onsite fitness center, breakfast delivered to each room, housekeeping, and 24/7 front desk service.
For information about franchising this unique opportunity, please contact Gina McKee, vice president, Franchise Development at WaterWalk Franchise Services at [email protected].
Oakwood®, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mapletree Investments, is the leading global accommodation solutions provider helping businesses and individual travelers be anywhere they need to be. With an extensive and flexible selection of move-in ready furnished and serviced apartments, Oakwood has enabled thousands of companies to expand their reach to more customers and markets. The award-winning company continues investing in its exclusive and growing portfolio of Oakwood-branded properties throughout the Americas, EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) and APAC (Asia Pacific) offering travelers a broad range of accommodation options from apartments with luxurious style and full amenities to sensible accommodations with modern essentials. For more information, please visit www.Oakwood.com.
WaterWalk combines the most appealing features of an upscale extended-stay hotel with the lifestyle of apartment living. By design, the innovative prototype efficiently penetrates target market segments such as relocations and corporate projects/trainings. A marquee brand innovation created by an accomplished leadership team with over 200 years of combined experience and brand building across various lodging sectors, WaterWalk is the fifth national brand started by Jack DeBoer, including Residence Inn, Summerfield Suites, Candlewood Suites, and Value Place/Woodspring. For more information, please visit www.WaterWalk.com.
Mapletree is a leading real estate development, investment, capital and property management company headquartered in Singapore. Its strategic focus is to invest in markets and real estate sectors with good growth potential. By combining its key strengths, the Group has established a track record of award-winning projects, and delivers consistent and high returns across real estate asset classes.
Mapletree currently manages four Singapore-listed real estate investment trusts (REITs) and six private equity real estate funds, which hold a diverse portfolio of assets in Asia Pacific, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US).
As at 31 March 2018, Mapletree owns and manages S$46.3 billion of office, retail, logistics, industrial, residential, corporate housing / serviced apartment, and student accommodation properties.
The Group's assets are located across 12 economies globally, namely Singapore, Australia, China, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, the UK, the US, and Vietnam. To support its global operations, Mapletree has established an extensive network of offices in these countries.
For more information, please visit www.mapletree.com.sg.
Colorado Community Media expands Centennial Citizen print edition to include east side of Interstate 25
Englewood, Colo. – Starting this May, Colorado Community Media (CCM) is excited to announce the expansion of the Centennial Citizen print edition. In expanding the community publication, CCM Publisher Jerry Healey said the goal is to be more inclusive.
Centennial, which became Colorado’s newest city, was incorporated in 2001. However, the city’s boundaries are split between the east and west sides of Interstate 25. Since 2001, CCM has primarily printed the community newspaper covering the west side of I-25.
“Several months ago, the city approached us to explore ideas on how to cover the city in a way that would unite the two areas, and help create a singular identity,” Healey said. “We immediately embraced the idea. Ultimately, the goal is to create community, the personal connections that ground us and keep us centered in this very fast-paced world.”
In a letter to residents, Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko said, “It’s especially important in our hurried day-to-day lives to take a step back and examine everything the Centennial community has to offer. Whether you want to learn about neighborhood initiatives, upcoming events at Centennial Center Park, local school programs and athletic teams, City-led projects, new businesses, or simply read an immersive human-interest feature, you’ll find the Centennial Citizen to be a consistent resource.”
The first edition, delivered for free to 45,000 Centennial households on May 2, marks the end of free driveway delivery to west Centennial, and the beginning of paid home delivery to all Centennial homes, including residents on the east side of I-25. To make this expansion possible, CCM is currently charging a first-year subscription fee of $20.
In addition to continued coverage of Littleton Public Schools in Centennial, CCM is expanding coverage to now include the Cherry Creek School District. Taking the lead on all things Centennial is CCM reporter Ellis Arnold.
“With the subscription fees, we will be able to include more community news, more information from local school districts and provide important news and information on neighboring communities,” Healey said.
Also starting in June, CCM will send a special monthly publication, “Life in Centennial” by direct mail to every home and business in city limits. The special monthly magazine, printed on upgraded newsprint, will have a lighter take on community news.
About Colorado Community Media: Colorado Community Media (CCM) is the state’s largest community media outlet, printing 18 community newspapers across four counties in the Denver Metro Area. Reaching more than 300,000 readers per week, CCM publications include: Arvada Press, Elbert County News, Lone Tree Voice, Caste Pines News-Press, Englewood Herald, Castle Rock News-Press, Golden Transcript, Parker Chronicle, Centennial Citizen, Highlands Ranch Herald, South Platte Independent, Denver Herald, Lakewood Sentinel, Westminster Window and the Wheat Ridge Transcript.
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At Allstate Benefits, we’re proud to be backed by the name that millions of families have trusted for over 50 years. And yes, we also excited to be a growing part of a Fortune 100 company; the same company that is one of the 50 most diverse large businesses in the United States[i], and one of the top companies for executive women.[ii] But what really sets us apart from all others is being number one in Group Voluntary.[iii]
Allstate Benefits – By the Numbers
More than 45,000 employer policies in force[iv]
More than four million individual policies in forceiv
More than $500 million in benefits paid!iv
So, how did we get to the top of the employee benefits hill? It wasn’t easy but it could be that we’ve been providing workplace benefits since 1956. Or maybe it’s superior technology, compassionate claims and administration, and our value-added services. Here’s a look at what makes Allstate Benefits an industry leader!
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Our customer website, MyBenefits, receives over 4 million visits each year, with almost half generated by mobile/tablet devices.
Whether small, medium or large, we have employee benefit solutions for businesses of all sizes. And, once you commit to protecting your employees with Allstate Benefits, we commit to helping you protect what matters most to your business. Are your benefits in good hands?® They can be.
[i] Diversityinc.com. “The 2018 DiversityInc Top 50 companies for Diversity”. May 2018. https://www.diversityinc.com/st/DI_Top_50
[ii] National Association of Female Executives. May 2018. https://www.workingmother.com/2017-nafe-top-companies-for-executive-women-hub
[iii] Employee Benefit News. May 2018. https://www.benefitnews.com/slideshow/top-25-voluntary-carriers
[iv] 2017 Allstate Benefits Insight Report
[v] Allstate Benefits Claims Business Reporting
Five Centura Health Hospitals Receive an ‘A’ for Patient Safety
Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
(ENGLEWOOD, COLO.) Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, had five hospitals across Colorado awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes each hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
The Hospitals which received an ‘A’ rating include:
“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
To see full grade details for Avista Adventist Hospital, Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Penrose Hospital, and St. Francis Medical Center, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.
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About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
ABOUT CENTURA HEALTH
Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two senior living communities, neighborhood health centers, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado, our caregivers make the region’s best health care accessible. We’re on a mission to build flourishing communities and whole person care. We’re Centura Health, and we’re your dedicated health partner for life. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit the Centura Health website.
South Metro Denver Businesses Need to know.
How to comply with the changes in tax laws following the Wayfair decision in 2018.
Following the Wayfair decision in 2018, the Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR) adopted emergency rules in December requiring retailers without physical presence in Colorado to collect state sales tax and sales taxes levied by the state-collected counties and municipalities (does not apply to self-collected home rule cities).
DOR agreed to delay the implementation of the rules until May 31, 2019 at which time the grace period will end to comply with these changes.
For account specifics and one-on-one assistance, you can contact the DOR at (303) 238-7378.
Please find the following link to DOR for more information on grace period, key facts and free webinars to walk you through the process.
Link to DOR For More Information
The City of Centennial is accepting applications to serve on the City’s Election Commission. Terms are for three years.
The roles of the Election Commission are:
The Election Commission meets once a quarter on the fourth Tuesday evening or as needed at the Centennial Civic Center. The application is attached to this email, may be obtained online or from the City Clerk by calling 303-754-3324.
Application deadline is June 7, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Some are calling this year’s meeting of the Colorado General Assembly one of the most significant in recent history. This session was unfettered with major policy shifts led by a triumvirate of Boulder-Democrats; every week along the way, a new flavor of controversy took hold.
Huge fights between lawmakers resulted in late nights, lawsuits and logjams. Amidst the incredibly contentious 120-day session, negotiations were hard sought on most major pieces of legislation. Some of the most consequential bills of 2019 could easily have sailed through the process, but with the help of some filibustering by the Senate GOP (we call it “bobbing,” I’ll explain why later) and a lot of active members of the public who came into testify (sometimes waiting until 2am), things slowed from a sprint to a crawl. More time on major bills allowed interest groups to dive into legislation and force legislators to think realistically about the campaign messages they vowed to uphold.
Of course not all ideas were met with compromise and any changes were hard sought. Many lobbyists and legislators were putting in 16-18 hour days for the last month of session and the Senate held one all-nighter. But of the hundreds of pieces of the legislation and the many bills that passed, legislators were willing to make some modest changes.
Take for example the quest for paid family leave. The bill (SB19-188) was knocked down in years when Republicans controlled the Senate. This year, proponents introduced a very ambitious proposal to create a new department responsible for implementing an insurance program to provide paid family leave to every worker in Colorado. SB19-188 was met with almost universal opposition from the business community and after months of meetings, it was eventually negotiated down to a study. The measure’s prime sponsor, Sen. Faith Winter (D-Westminster), amended it repeatedly to appease the business community and ease the concerns of her Democratic colleagues including Governor Jared Polis (D) who in the last few days of session publicly questioned the sustainability of the program.
The story is similar for the local government minimum wage measure, which too was tried when Republicans controlled the Senate in 2015 (HB15-1300) and 2018 (HB18-1368). This year’s attempt (HB19-1210) made it from the House to the Senate with few changes. In the second chamber, in order to make it beyond the finish line, seven amendments were added in the Business, Labor and Technology committee and five amendments were added on the Senate floor. One big change: not all local governments can pass a law to increase the minimum wage, only 10% of them can before the decision is kicked back to the state legislature. The deal was difficult to reach, but some business groups moved their position to neutral. Many still have concerns over the impacts of multiple local wages set, the difficulty of navigating the tax rules in multiple jurisdictions and believe legal remedies in the bill neglect the needs of employees.
Largely, the repeater-model goes for many other bills this session. The legislature or the citizens made an attempt to pass a law and the measures failed. So this year, in response, the 2019 General Assembly aimed to right the wrong. They ultimately made some changes to make their priorities more tolerable.
That was the case for the bill (SB19-181) that changes how oil and gas is regulated in the state -- although there was no going neutral for oil and gas companies who just defeated Proposition 112 at the ballot. Governor Polis, when signing the measure into law in April, declared that this should be the end of the oil and gas wars in Colorado.
That remains to be seen as local governments will soon start updating their regulations on the industry.
Long-term moratoriums or bans on the industry will undoubtedly result in lawsuits. Possible ballot initiatives are also being debated, both from those who want to overturn the new law and from those who feel that the legislation did not go far enough.
Climate change being a top priority for the Democrats meant that SB19-181 was not the only bill on their green-agenda. There were three bills that were sent to the governor which will embark the state on an ambitious plan to address emissions from a variety of sources. The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (CAQCC) will promulgate rules to achieve statewide greenhouse gas pollution reduction goals per HB19-1261. Further, the CAQCC will require greenhouse gas-emitting entities to monitor and publicly report their emissions because of provisions in SB19-096. Further, once the Governor signs the PUC reauthorization bill (SB19-236), Colorado will begin the process of becoming carbon free by 2050.
Beyond energy, mulligans were common. For example, the bill that alters what is taught in sexual education courses in public schools (HB19-1032) has been tried before, and so has a version of the following bills: one that changed the way that electric companies produce energy and invest in infrastructure (HB19-1313 and HB19-1037 which were amended into SB19-236), one that allowed for full day kindergarten (HB19-1262), and one that rewrote the Mobile Home Park Act (HB19-1309).
Most of those bills started in places very different than where they ended, each in their own right. Some were pushed to studies, some had delayed implementation and some were amended drastically; but all could be counted as wins for the Democrats.
A few bills like those that support the availability of affordable housing (HB19-1228), the emergency protection order bill (HB19-1177), and bills that deal with landlord tenant relationships (HB19-1070, HB19-1118, HB19-1328) made it through the process largely unscathed.
One monumental bill that passed this year without significant amendments was by House Speaker KC Becker (D-Boulder) and Sens. Lois Court (D-Denver) and Kevin Priola (R-Brighton). Their effort would allow the state to retain TABOR-limit for the purpose of adding more money into K-12 and higher education line-items and the state’s transportation coffers. Colorado voters will get the opportunity to give a thumbs up or thumbs down to this proposal on the November ballot.
Sponsors of some significant bills that did not pass have already vowed to make a comeback in 2020. Those include the bill regarding school immunization requirements, a repeal of the death penalty, and a number of healthcare-related transparency measures and cost reduction strategies.
With the next eight months available for assembling stakeholder meetings and setting priorities, the hope is that tempers cool and the tone of the coming legislative session is less feverish. Until then, there are other factors outside the capitol that may significantly affect the work happening inside the golden dome. And these attempts, like a lot of bills, Coloradans are no stranger to: the Democratic recall.
The last time the Democrats held the Senate, the House and the Governor’s Office, the Senate President was John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and the majority was held 20D-15R. President Morse was ousted by his constituents for a vote to expand background checks and extend the waiting period before someone could buy a gun. Along with him went Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) and in an effort to preserve the majority, Sen. Edie Hudak (D-Arvada) stepped down before the election was held on her recall. From there the majority was by a single vote 18D-17R.
Currently, recall measures are underway for Senate President Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo), Rep. Bri Buentello (D-Pueblo), Sen. Jeff Bridges (D-Greenwood Village), Rep. Meg Froelich (D-Englewood) and Rep. Rochelle Galindo (D-Greeley). Concerns by those leading the recall efforts have been raised over votes taken on the bill to bind Colorado to a treaty effectively eliminating the electoral college, the extreme protection risk order bill and the bill that allows local governments authority to regulate oil and gas operations.
Interim committees will start meeting over the summer to discuss issues related to affordability and accessibility of higher education, tax expenditures, water and transportation. More updates to come as developments and rule-makings occur, but for now - that’s a wrap on the 2019 legislative session.
Okay, you have been dying to know and you made it to the end - congrats. Now we can share what "bobbing" is...
Outside the capitol, commonly associated with a game involving apples, bobbing is a term used to describe the motion of ones head. Inside the capitol, bobbing is a term used to describe pontificating at length, at the well, at the peak of heated debate. Most skillfully employed by namesake - Senator Bob Gardner (R-Colorado Springs).