July 12, 2017 - STATEWIDE ― The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is pleased to announce the 2017 Colorado Transportation Commission.
The Transportation Commission is comprised of eleven Colorado citizens who represent specific districts across the state. Each Commissioner is appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper, confirmed by the senate and serves a four-year term.
Newly appointed by Gov. Hickenlooper this year are two Commissioners: Luella Chavez D’Angelo of Englewood, serving District 3; and Karen Stuart of Broomfield, serving District 4.
Re-appointed by the governor to serve an additional four year term are three Commissioners: Shannon Gifford, Denver, District 1; Sidny Zink, Durango, District 8; and Bill Thiebaut, Pueblo, District 10.
Continuing and completing terms are the remaining six Commissioners: Ed Peterson, Lakewood, District 2; Kathy Gilliland, Livermore, District 5; Kathy Connell, Steamboat Springs, District 6; Kathy Hall, Grand Junction, District 7; Rocky Scott, Colorado Springs, District 9; and Steven Hofmeister, Haxtun, District 11. (Complete biographies for each Commissioner are provided below.)
The members of the Commission have also elected Zink as chair and Gifford as vice chair. Both will serve in the Commission’s leadership positions for one fiscal year, which started in July.
CDOT Executive Director, Shailen Bhatt said the state’s transportation agency values the guidance of the Transportation Commission, “We have a high regard for the Commission and the advisement its members contribute toward our long-range planning and strategy. The Commissioners offer unique perspectives resulting from their individual backgrounds, areas of interest and expertise. More importantly, they are the voice of the general public and the regional areas they serve.”
The Transportation Commission formulates general policy for CDOT. Commission members meet regularly to offer guidance and oversight to the management, construction and maintenance of public highways and other transportation systems in the state. The Commission also works to assure that the
preservation and enhancement of Colorado’s environment, safety, mobility and economics is considered in the planning of all transportation projects.
BIOGRAPHIES: Commission members for the 2017 fiscal year include:
Shannon Gifford, Denver, District 1 (first appointment 2013, reappointed 2017)
Counties served: Denver County.
Gifford has served on the Commission since July 2013. She is currently president of Denver-based Helios Associates, a business and financial consulting firm. She has worked for the past two decades as an independent consultant, principally in the real estate industry. Among her many civic activities, she is a member of Denver's planning board and a past board member/president of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association. She currently serves on the boards of the Denver Film Society and Colorado Humanities.
Ed Peterson, Lakewood, District 2 (first appointment 2011, reappointed 2015)
Counties served: Jefferson County and a portion of Broomfield County.
Peterson has served on the Commission since November 2011. Peterson is president of Annandale Consultants, Inc., a general contracting, construction management and design firm. He has taken an active role within the Denver Regional Council of Governments on the board of directors and as chairman. He is a former Lakewood city councilman. In addition, Peterson has been active in the National League of Cities, serving on the Transportation Infrastructure Steering Committee.
Luella Chavez D’Angelo, Lone Tree, District 3 (newly appointed 2017)
Counties served: Arapahoe and Douglas Counties.
Newly appointed, Chavez D’Angelo is the vice chancellor of enterprise development at the University of Colorado-Denver. She has more than 15 years of experience as a senior executive within Fortune 500 companies. Chavez D’Angelo is the recipient of numerous honors spanning her professional career including: 2014 Outstanding Women in Business/Lifetime Achievement Award from the Denver Business Journal; 2014 Top Ten Leader from Executive Hispanic Magazine; and 2013 Most Powerful Women from the Colorado.
Karen Stuart, Broomfield, District 4 (newly appointed 2017)
Counties served: Adams and Boulder Counties, and a portion of Broomfield County.
Newly appointed, Stuart is the owner of Karen Stuart Consulting, a public and community outreach agency. She also currently serves as the executive director of Smart Commute Metro North Transportation Management Organization. Stuart is the former mayor and council member for the City of Broomfield. She currently serves on the Metro North Chamber of Commerce Development Council and is a member of the RTD FasTracks Citizen Advisory Board.
Kathy Gilliland, Livermore, District 5 (first appointed 2011, reappointed 2015)
Counties served: Larimer, Morgan, and Weld Counties and a portion of Broomfield County.
Gilliland has served on the Commission since June 2011. She is the owner of DK Innovative Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in strategic partnering among business, workforce and education. In addition, she is a former councilwoman and mayor for the City of Loveland. She worked for Hewlett Packard for 30 years.
Kathy Connell, Steamboat Springs, District 6 (first appointed 2011, reappointed 2015)
Counties served: Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Routt Counties.
Connell has served on the Commission since June 2011. She is the managing broker of MR Real Estate in Steamboat Springs. She is also the president of Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District, and is the Steamboat Springs Area Fire Protection District president. Connell has served on many community boards and served eight years on the Steamboat Springs city council, on which she was president and president pro-tem.
Kathy Hall, Grand Junction, District 7 (appointed 2015)
Counties served: Chaffee, Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Lake, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, and Summit Counties.
Hall was appointed to the Commission in September 2015. She is the owner of Kathy Hall and Associates, a business consulting firm. She has been a leader in numerous civic organizations throughout the western slope, including Club 20, the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association, the Marillac Clinic and the United Way of Colorado. Hall has served two terms as a Mesa County commissioner and was the Western Slope director for two U.S. senators.
Sidny Zink, Durango, District 8 (first appointed 2013, reappointed 2017)
Counties served: Alamosa, Archuleta, Conejos, Costilla, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mineral, Montezuma, Rio Grande, Saguache, San Juan, and San Miguel Counties.
Zink has served on the Commission since July 2013. She is a CPA and an owner of FredrickZink & Associates, PC, in Durango. She currently serves on two corporate boards, First National Bank of Durango and FastTrack Communications. Zink also serves on the board of the non-profit, La Plata Homes Fund. She has held several leadership positions within the CPA profession and is an active member of the business and political community. She is a former Durango Mayor and city councilor. Zink was awarded the 2014 Citizen of the Year by the Durango Chamber of Commerce
Rocky Scott, Colorado Springs, District 9 (first appointed 2015, reappointed 2016)
Counties served: El Paso, Fremont, Park, and Teller Counties.
Scott has served on the Commission since September 2015. He has spent a large part of his career in Colorado working at the state and local level. He has served on the Governor's Economic Blueprint Committee, the Governor's Jobs Cabinet and has been a member of Colorado Cooperation for 20 years. Professionally, he founded the Colorado Economic Leadership Council, served for 16 years as the president of the Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation, served as the president of Centerra Development for five years and is the founder of Tor Associates, a strategy consulting firm.
Bill Thiebaut, Pueblo, District 10 (first appointed 2013, reappointed 2017)
Counties served: Baca, Bent, Crowley, Custer, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, Prowers, and Pueblo Counties.
Thiebaut has served on the Commission since August 2013. Thiebaut, an attorney, served in the Colorado General Assembly from 1987-2002. He also was as a member of the Colorado House of Representatives until 1993, and a state senator until 2002, including a year as senate majority leader. While serving in the legislature Thiebaut contributed to Colorado's statewide transportation needs, focusing on regional roadway and air service priorities. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Political Science
Department at CSU-Pueblo, and is a former Pueblo County public trustee and Pueblo district attorney.
Steven Hofmeister, Haxtun, District 11 (first appointed 2012, reappointed 2015)
Counties served: Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma Counties.
Hofmeister has served on the Commission since May 2012. He operates a family-owned crop insurance business in Haxtun, where he resides. Hofmeister is a member of the Haxtun Chamber of Commerce, the Lions Club, the Engage Haxtun Revitalization Group and serves on the Haxtun Hospital District Board.
CONTACT: Amy Ford, Director of Communications
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The Scoring Tech Talent report ranks Denver as a top market for tech talent wage growth, millennial population change and educational attainment
Denver jumped six spots to #12 on CBRE’s Tech Talent Scorecard, part of its fifth annual Scoring Tech Talent Report, which ranks 50 U.S. and Canadian markets according to their ability to attract and grow tech talent.
The report, which can be viewed in detail by market in the interactive Tech Talent Analyzer, finds that strong demand for talent that offer specific skills, such as software development, coupled with a tight labor supply, is driving companies to locate in markets with the largest concentrations of high quality talent. And while value is a key driver when it comes to choosing an office location, companies are showing that they are willing to pay a premium to access the highest quality tech talent.
“Since the cost of talent is the largest expense for most firms, the quality of that tech talent is becoming one of their most important considerations. The skills of the available labor pool do not appear to align with available jobs, causing a structural impediment to growth for companies across North America,” said Colin Yasukochi, director of research and analysis for CBRE and the report’s author.
Denver was among the best value markets for tech talent, due to its moderate labor costs (averaging $100,383 for a tech wage) and “very-high”-quality labor pool.
Tech Talent Scorecard
The top 10-ranked cities on the Tech Talent Scorecard were all large markets, each with a tech labor pool of more than 50,000. The San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Toronto, Raleigh-Durham, Austin, Boston and Dallas/Ft. Worth made up the top 10.
The rankings for the Tech Talent Scorecard are determined based on 13 unique metrics including tech talent supply, growth, concentration, cost, completed tech degrees, industry outlook for job growth, and market outlook for both office and apartment rent cost growth.
Helping to elevate its ranking on the Scorecard, Denver stood out in the report in a number of key areas:
“There are a lot of reasons to feel good about Denver’s tech scene. We continue to attract top tech talent thanks to our robust economy, supportive entrepreneurial culture and overall quality of life, and Denver’s strong tech wage growth only adds to that appeal. While our office rents and average salary have risen, Denver is still an affordable option compared to other top tech markets like San Francisco and New York,” said Alex Hammerstein, senior vice president, CBRE Tech and Media Practice in Denver.
View the full report here. To view individual markets statistics and rankings, including rankings on the Scorecard, click to access the Tech Talent Analyzer.
About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.
On Tuesday, August 15, the Chamber hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Gracie Barra Centennial. Congratulations on your grand opening, Gracie Barra, and welcome to our membership!
Founded in 1986, Gracie Barra grew to become renowned in the Martial Arts world. Unyielding commitment to excellence on teaching methods, cutting-edge programs, and focus on a balanced life style for our members, along with a bountiful collection of Championship titles, GB is considered by many the powerhouse of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. For more information, visit their website here.
August 10, 2017
Contact: Allison Wittern, 303-754-3443
Centennial, Colo. — Last week the City of Centennial received three prestigious awards from Gallup. The City of Centennial became the first city government to receive the Gallup Great Workplace Award, an honor that recognizes a select group of organizations around the world for their ability to create engaged workplace cultures that drive business outcomes.
Scott Brown, Gallup’s Director of Business Development visited Centennial to present these three awards. “The Great Workplace Award has been around for 11 years and Centennial is the first local government to receive this recognition. This is a very competitive award and is a culmination of the best of the best,” says Brown. “Engagement is a strategic driver to performance and an organization thrives when people are engaged. Congratulations City of Centennial.”
Also, Centennial’s internal wellness committee received the Gallup Trailblazer award which recognizes the City for creating new roads of employee engagement that future generations of managers and employees will follow. “Being recognized as a first time Gallup Great Workplace Award winner and seeing the City also be recognized as a Trailblazer in the realm of employee engagement is extremely humbling. I am privileged to work every day with such incredibly talented and committed City staff,” says Centennial Human Resources Director Paula Gibson.
Last but not least, Deputy City Manager Elisha Thomas received an award for being a finalist for Gallup’s Manager of the Year. The 12 finalists for this award are managers who have shown high levels of performance, attain high retention of employees and achieve consistent engagement scores over time.
Gallup’s rigorous scientific research links employee engagement to nine integral performance outcomes: customer metrics, profitability, productivity, turnover, employee and patient safety incidents, shrinkage, absenteeism, and quality. Companies with this winning combination have a competitive edge — organizations with highly engaged workforces can grow at a rate that is 4.3 times greater than that of their competitors.
All of the award recipients have shown measurable business impact as a result of having a more engaged workforce. They have achieved this by integrating engagement into four areas that Gallup has identified as vital to cultivating a workplace culture of engagement:
For more information about the awards, contact [email protected].
Gallup delivers analytics and advice to help leaders and organizations solve their most pressing problems. Combining more than 80 years of experience with its global reach, Gallup knows more about the attitudes and behaviors of employees, customers, students and citizens than any other organization in the world. Gallup works with leaders and organizations to achieve breakthroughs in customer engagement, employee engagement, organizational culture and identity, leadership development, talent-based assessments, entrepreneurship, and well-being.
The Chamber's Health & Wellness Council had an incredible turnout for their Workplace Wellness Speaker Series event on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017. Over 40 were in attendance to hear from Jeff Buenrostro, COO, Metric Theory, discuss how the company has leveraged innovative corporate structure to keep employees engaged, productive, and yes — healthy.
Scroll through the PDF below to view Buenrostro's presentation.
A huge thanks to Metric Theory for visiting our Chamber!
Don't forget to register for the Council's upcoming speaker series event on October 11, 2017. RSVP Here.
The Chamber's 2017 Women in Business Conference is LIVE and tickets are selling quickly! Do not miss out on the early bird special ticket price. Three incredible keynote speakers, networking booths, awards, and happy hour galore!
Click here for more information.
Saturday, September 16th
Five Thirty in the Evening
Attire befitting 1920s Guys and Dolls
Click here to register today!
We were so happy to host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for 2nd and Charles on Wednesday, August 2nd!
On behalf of the South Metro Denver Chamber, welcome to our membership and to our community!
Visit their new location: 8500 W. Crestline, Unit K, Littleton, Colorado 80123
Visit their website: 2ndandcharles.com.
2nd and Charles buys, sells, and trades books, movies, music, and so much more. Turn your old books into an e-reader. Turn your old video games into new ones. Turn your CDs into vinyl records. Or turn it all into sweet, sweet stacks of crispy legal tender (a.k.a. “Cash”). www.2ndandCharles.com.
Member Spotlight: Gracie Barra
Come see why Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone….
Gracie Barra is the one of the largest and most traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Organizations in the World. Our schools, instructors, and competitors are present not only in the United States or Brazil, but also in South and Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.
Founded in 1986, Gracie Barra grew to become renowned in the Martial Arts world. Unyielding commitment to excellence on teaching methods, cutting-edge programs, and focus on a balanced life style for our members, along with a bountiful collection of Championship titles, GB is considered by many the powerhouse of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Each one of the over 500 Schools worldwide has the mission of teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a means for individual development going beyond the “contest philosophy.”
At GB Centennial, we strive to continue the legacy of extraordinary individuals such as Mitsuyo Maeda, Carlos Gracie Sr., Rolls Gracie, Carlos Gracie Jr., and countless other GB instructors who dedicate their lives to the realization of their predecessors’ legacy. When joining our gym, you join our jiu-jitsu family.
Come see why Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone….
Learn Self Defense - Enhance your Discipline - Add to your healthy lifestyle - Help your kids gain confidence - All with the best Brazilian Professors. Over 2,000 square feet of mat space, showers, changing rooms, and more.
Join us in welcoming Gracie Barra to South Metro Denver Chamber at their Ribbon Cutting!
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Gracie Barra Centennial
4181 E County Line Road Suite C., Centennial, CO 80122
Refreshments and a jiu-jitsu demonstration will follow the ribbon cutting.
For more information, visit www.gbcentennial.com.
Original Article: Denver Business Journal
Lockheed Martin Corp. has started construction on a new $350 million satellite manufacturing facility at its Waterton Canyon campus in Jefferson County.
Lockheed Martin said its new 266,000-square-foot Gateway Center satellite plant will be completed in 2020.
The new facility is part of the ongoing transformation and expansion of the foothills campus, which is the headquarters of aerospace and defense company's Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (LMSS) division.
Construction is expected to employ a total of 1,500 contractors over the course of three years, the company said.
LMSS has added more than 750 local jobs since 2014, and it currently has about 350 job openings.
The new building will accommodate that recent growth and new future projects, the company said.
"This is our factory of the future: agile, efficient and packed with innovations. We'll be able to build satellites that communicate with front-line troops, explore other planets, and support unique missions," said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of LMSS, in a statement. "You could fit the Space Shuttle in the high bay with room to spare. That kind of size and versatility means we'll be able to maximize economies of scale, and with all of our test chambers under one roof, we can streamline and speed production."
The company has other clean rooms and satellite production facilities on the campus, but they're all typically being used, LMSS spokesman Matt Kramer said. The company is in the midst of building four large global positioning satellites for the U.S. Air Force, weather satellites, and NASA's Insight lander that's scheduled to launch on a mission to Mars next year.
Adding another large satellite cleanroom and production facility will let the company quickly start on future commercial or federal government satellite projects it expects, Kramer said.
The new plant is designed to use 3-D printing, digital design and virtual reality to make satellite construction more efficient.
The Gateway Center clean room will fit five large-scale satellites being built simultaneously. It's also designed to be flexible enough for use in manufacturing small satellites, too, the company said.
The plant will have testing chambers inside, eliminating the need during construction to slowly transport satellites across the campus to other buildings so that they can be subjected to barrages of sound waves and extreme temperatures to ensure they will withstand the harsh climate of space.
The Gateway Center will make a total of 3.5 million square feet of aerospace production space and offices on the LMSS headquarters campus, the company said.
LMSS employs about 4,000 people at its headquarters, which has been in operation since the 1950s. The division employs more than 13,000 worldwide.
Original Article: Denver Business Journal
Reporter: Greg Avery