Two thumbs all the way up for Sky Pointe Retirement Resort! The South Metro Denver Chamber truly enjoyed helping host the Groundbreaking Ceremony on July 24, 2017. Welcome to the City of Littleton!
Sky Pointe is part of Resort Lifestyle Communities (RLC). RLC offers studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Their competitive, all-inclusive monthly rent (with no buy-in fees!) includes:
• Chef-prepared, resort-style dining
• A myriad of entertainment options with a full calendar of activities
• On-site staff and a 24/7 emergency call system
• Group and individual transport
• Concierge services and valet parking
For more information, visit their website here.
September 1, 2017 marks the Chamber's new 2017-2018 year. As the current year comes to an end, some important leadership positions have become available in our groups and committees. These positions are a great opportunity for individuals to grow professionally, gain brand exposure, and grow a wider professional network.
A list of groups that currently have open positions:
Women in Business — Staff Liaison — Hillary Klemme
Women in Business energizes, engages, and elevates by bringing women from all levels of business, with diverse backgrounds, together to participate in interactive exercises such as table discussions, brainstorming and problem solving. All of this provides a monthly recipe to enrich your life.
Health & Wellness Council — Staff Liaison — Anne Marie Boger
PEAK. Prevention. Education. Awareness. Knowledge. Their mission: To be an educational and service resource to Chamber Member Companies & our Greater Community to improve or sustain optimal physical, mental, social and financial wellness.
Nonprofit & Business Partnership — Staff Liaison — Hillary Klemme
The Nonprofit & Business Partnership's purpose is to connect nonprofit organizations to business in the South Metro Denver region in an effort to build a stronger community. All private, public and nonprofit Chamber Members are encouraged and welcomed to join.
Chamber Ambassadors — Staff Liaison — Hillary Klemme
Chamber Ambassadors help augment Chamber staff and assist with event logistics. They are there to connect people! In short, the Ambassadors are called upon to strengthen the resources of Chamber staff, wherever needed.
SMDC Board Of Directors — Staff Liaison — Hillary Klemme
Chamber Board play a vital role in the culture and success of the South Metro Denver Chamber. As a Director, you are responsible for moving the needle.
Please reach out to staff liaisons directly for an application and more information.
Hillary Klemme, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anne Marie Boger, email@example.com.
Feel free to call our office at 303.795.0142 for more information.
A Note from Allen Jackson, Center Director, The Tutoring Center
A Million “THANKS” to all who attended our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on June 22, 2017. It was a huge turnout and great success!!!
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Event a Huge Success!
The Tutoring Center of Centennial would like to thank everyone for attending our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on June 22, 2017 at our new Centennial location on 6838 S. University Blvd, Centennial CO. 80122. Seeing each of you there and having so much support made the event successful and memorable.
Our thanks and appreciation go out to the special guest Mayor Pro Tem Stephanie Piko, City of Centennial and County Commissioner Kathleen Conti. A big thank you to the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, board and community members for their support. We also would like to thank all of our family, friends and guests who shared the time with us: all of our parents, partners, and neighbors.
Thank you to everyone who participated!
It’s great to be in South Metro Denver!!!
We hope you enjoyed your visit as much as we enjoyed having you here.
The numbers are IN from our Membership Drive! We had OVER FIFTY new members join in the month of June
And now, for the announcement of our member winners. These were individuals who promoted us in the community and helped us grow.
First Place goes to... Dan Luebcke with Project Resources Group! Thank you so much, Dan!We appreciate your time and dedication to our Chamber, and are happy to present you with a weekend getaway to the St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, CO. Take a load off — on us.
The Chamber would not have had such a successful drive without your help. We sincerely appreciate all of your hard work and are very fortunate to have you in our membership. Cheers!
Healthy, Happy Workplaces with Jeff Buenrostro, COO, Metric Theory
Wednesday, August 9th
7:30 - 9:00 am
South Metro Denver Chamber
2154 E Commons Avenue, Suite 342, Centennial
Join the Chamber's Health & Wellness Council for a lively discussion on Healthy, Happy Workplaces with Jeff Buenrostro of Metric Theory.
Metric Theory, a digital marketing agency in Denver, just won Denver Business Journal's 2017 "Best Places to Work" as well as the "Workplace Wellness" award. Jeff is the head of the company's HR department and directly responsible for Metric Theory's employee wellness initiatives and soft skills coaching program. His main focus is attracting, developing, and retaining the company's team members through an award-winning company culture. Come listen to Metric Theory's successes in these realms!
About Jeff Buenrostro, Founder, COO & CPO
In his dual role as Chief Operating Officer and Chief People Officer, Jeff holds responsibility for overseeing general business operations including finance, accounting, HR, business development, and culture. His main focus is attracting, developing and retaining Metric Theory team members through an award-winning company culture. Jeff creates and implements work/life integration programs and culture initiatives that support individuals and teams in exceeding their personal and professional goals.
Jeff’s background prior to Metric Theory includes both the operating and investing side of business. Most recently, Jeff was the Director of Business Development at Meltwater Group where he was responsible for leading partnerships and advised the company on new business ventures. He created and launched Meltwater’s Search Engine Marketing division in 2010.
Previously, Jeff was at Viant Group, a San Francisco venture firm where he initiated their alternative energy investment practice and worked on incubating technology companies. Over the past decade, Jeff has worked with a number of startup teams and consulted with NGOs on projects in developing countries.
Jeff currently sits on the board of NatureBridge Golden Gate, a non-profit focused on environmental education, and Cultivate the Karass, a non-profit that fosters non-partisan collaboration among diverse civic leaders.
Jeff received his Bachelor of Science in Human & Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University and his MBA from Stanford University. Jeff is also trained in design methodology at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University.
For more information about Metric Theory, visit their website here.
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Denver Springs Hospital
The Chamber helped welcome Denver Springs Hospital to our community on Monday, July 10.
Thank you for choosing south Denver as your new home!
Denver Springs is a newly-constructed 96-bed behavioral hospital that will offer treatment for adults and adolescents who are struggling with mental health and addiction issues. The state of the art hospital will provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services. No cost assessments will be offered 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
The attractive facility features secure, peaceful accommodations, including private courtyards, comfortable rooms and patient lounges. Denver Springs’ mission is to Change People’s Lives by delivering innovative and evidenced-based treatment in a professional and compassionate environment that creates a foundation for long term healing and recover. For more information, visit their website here: www.denversprings.com.
DENVER – June 21, 2017 – On October 9, 2017 the South Metro Denver Chamber will launch a newly-created Centennial State Leadership Academy (CSLA)—a distinctive, market-aligned partnership with DU’s world-ranked Daniels College of Business. The program is aimed at cultivating and supporting the next generation of community-engaged Colorado leaders.
The CSLA kicks-off with a three-day mountain retreat integrating outdoor experiential activities that build self-awareness, communication skills and team performance. The following nine days will take place in Metro Denver, with sessions focused on developing technical business skills, leadership acumen and community-engaged thinking.
“As South Metro Denver and Colorado expands and evolves, we face a range of new challenges and opportunities,” says South Metro Denver Chamber CEO, Bob Golden. “By developing this new community-engaged leadership curriculum, we will be able to equip individuals from diverse sectors to produce dynamic, adaptable and innovative business and community solutions.”
CSLA instructors will include a cross section of DU faculty and Metro Denver business leaders. Kerry Plemmons, clinical professor at the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business, has thirty years of experience in entrepreneurship, leadership, business development and international business. Joining him will be Andrew Graham, President of Clinic Service Corporation and Sue Kenfield, President of See It Thrive, experts in management, strategic planning and multi-generational leadership development.
“It’s exciting to be co-creating a transformational, community-engaged leadership program in partnership with the South Metro Chamber,” says Plemmons. “Teaching leadership intelligence, systems thinking, and social capital project execution will hopefully advance Colorado’s next generation of leader’s collaboration, innovation and business skills—in service to their wider community.”
To learn more about the Centennial State Leadership Academy please contact Hillary Klemme at HKlemme@BestChamber.com or 303.795.0142. To apply for CSLA’s inaugural cohort, click here.
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The South Metro Denver Chamber’s history is a rich and varied one which brought together the professional lives of thousands of South Metro Denver business leaders working toward one goal: the prosperity of the business community in South Metro Denver. Today, with over 92 years under our belt, the South Metro Denver Chamber is one of the most influential forces in the region with three key areas of focus: public policy, economic development, and business engagement.
SMDC & DU Forge New Community-Driven Leadership Partnership Centennial State Leadership Academy launches Oct. 2017
About 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental illness during his or her lifetime. Join us to promote awareness and cultivate resources for mental health in our community through a variety of community service projects. Kick off the day with a keynote presentation by Ryan Harris, Super Bowl 50 Champion and former NFL player and special guest Jeannie Ritter, former First Lady of Colorado. Wednesday, September 13 at Mile High Academy (1733 Dad Clark Dr, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126). Registration opens at 7:45 AM, program begins at 8:15 AM. Light breakfast, mental health resource fair, and community service activities to follow. Find more here:
Your Colorado Castle Awaits!
Tucked away on a privately owned, 3400 acre ranch in Douglas County is a true gem and legacy of Tweet Kimball, a Colorado cattle ranching pioneer. Tweet Kimball established the Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation which entered into a Conservation Easement for the property on December 10, 1996.
This unique venue facilitates a house museum, wildlife conservation, land preservation and has become a treasured venue for a variety of activities and site of many elegant parties. At Cherokee Ranch & Castle you can enjoy lunch on the terrace with a sprawling view from Pikes Peak to Longs Peak, take a geology hike to explore the Colorado’s largest petrified wood forest, or enjoy a front row seat to a Blues concert.
There’s opportunities for high tea, castle tours, and farm to table dinners. The venue is so stunning, couples dreams come true with beautiful weddings on the veranda. Artists have recorded full albums in the great hall and music videos in the courtyard. The list goes on: private corporate events, celebration of life ceremonies, youth education excursions, wine tastings, and marquee birthday parties. Cherokee Ranch & Castle is an exquisite part of Colorado and has been since 1954.
The South Metro Denver Chamber had the privilege of hosting all five Arapahoe County Commissioners at our office a few weeks ago. This Business Leaders for Responsible Government meeting addressed the growth in Arapahoe County, and the discussion following the panel was phenomenal. Thank you, Villager Newspaper Group for the coverage and support. Read the full article below.
June 28, 2017
Photos and story: Peter Jones, Villager Newspaper Group
Arapahoe commissioners explain challenges to business leaders
The trials of change in a diverse 21st century county was conversation fodder last week when the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners ostensibly addressed issues of economic development at the South Metro Denver Chamber in Centennial.
Arapahoe, Colorado’s first county, is also its most varied, stretching from the south inner suburbs to the rural eastern plains, with a mix of urban density and open space in between.
“It’s diverse ethnically. It’s diverse economically, and we each try to represent our districts the best way we can and then work together to look at the whole,” said Commissioner Nancy Jackson, D-Aurora, whose District 4 is among Arapahoe’s most assorted.
That work to bring the county together is not always easy, said District 5’s Bill Holen, D-Aurora.
“Sometimes the debate gets a little intense, but we always find a compromise,” he said. “… We work together on multiple projects where everybody pitches in.”
The eastern edge of the large county can be particularly resistant to county governance, according to Jeff Baker, R-Centennial, whose large District 3 stretches from the eastern end of that larger city into the smaller towns of Byers, Bennett and Deer Trail.
“I heard it more than once: ‘Mr. Baker, the best thing you can do is stay in Littleton and leave us the hell alone,’” the first-term commissioner recounted of his conversations with constituents. “‘We don’t need you. We don’t want our roads paved because then kids will come out here and race up and down on them and hit our chickens.’”
As commissioners make sense of it all, economic development and the resulting taxation are issues that cross district and municipal borders, often with conflicting interests—for example, higher-density development rearing its controversial head, just as the growing millennial workforce seeks housing in the landlocked suburbs.
The good news: The county’s unemployment rate is below the state average.
The bad news: Many of the gainfully employed cannot find a place to live.
“We’ve heard from business leaders, for example, that one of the issues in coming here is to find housing for their employees,” Jackson said. “… We’re talking about middle-class folks who are working, receiving a decent salary, or what we used to think was a decent salary.”
What’s more, much of the growing senior population has been unable to pay rising rents in a landlord’s market. The county helped to address that issue in its recent approval of a tax-subsidized affordable senior-housing development on Parker Road.
“We were able to partner with them to use our tax-exempt status so they could build this,” said District 1’s Kathleen Conti, R-Littleton. “The land was donated by a church, so it was already exempt as far as property tax to the county. It certainly seemed to be a win-win for all parties.”
All of this is made possible by the county’s $350 million budget overseen by the five-member board. About half of the money is essentially spent before the county even gets it on state and federally mandated programs, but Board Chair Nancy Sharpe, R-Greenwood Village, stresses how much long-term planning and deliberation goes into managing the other half.
“The buck stops with us,” the District 2 commissioner said, speaking both literally and metaphorically. “We do set the budget. We approve the budget. … Keeping the county financially strong is a huge thing. … You have to think about where you’re going. … [and] what are the things we have to do, planning today for the future.”
Among the current considerations is whether the 18th Judicial District, the largest in Colorado, needs a new courthouse or jail to match the growing population, a decision that would require final approval by voters in four counties.
“It’s a $350 million endeavor. … These are very big decisions,” Sharpe said.
Another huge and expensive issue is the state of Arapahoe County’s roads.
“It’s more than just capacity,” Baker said. “It’s more than just congestion. It’s the quality.”
The state Constitution’s Gallagher Amendment and its effective reduction of residential property taxes have made financing such efforts a challenge, Conti said.
“You would think that with property values as high as they are right now that we would be flush with cash. Oh, not true,” she said. “… It’s almost what you would call a manmade recession.”
Certain priorities, such as the open-space program, have dedicated revenue streams, and most agree that the voter-approved open-space sales and use tax has made all the difference for a county dedicated to parks, trails, recreation and overall quality of life.
“That is the department that reminds you—other than a sign—that you have left Denver and are now in Arapahoe County,” Conti said.