CENTENNIAL, CO – October 25, 2016 – Comcast today announced that Sarah Gustashaw has been promoted to Vice President of Finance for the West Division. In this role, she will direct the Comcast West Division finance and business operations team, which encompasses financial leadership and operational management in support of West Division cable operations representing over 9 million customers and more than 20,000 employees operating in 12 states.
The Comcast West Division serves business and residential customers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Washington. Gustashaw will be based at the division headquarters in Denver.
With 20 years of finance experience, the 18-year Comcast veteran has also held the roles of Vice President, Finance for the Comcast West Division and Mountain West Region and Vice President of Finance for the Indiana Region, where she was responsible for the local business operations functions. She has held various other financial management positions within Comcast in Georgia, Texas and Virginia.
Prior to joining Comcast, Gustashaw began her career as a public accountant.
Gustashaw is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and was named the 2016 WICT Rocky Mountain Woman of the Year. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Class, and the Rocky Mountain Leadership Institute. In June 2016, Sarah was appointed Chair of the Clayton Early Learning Board of Trustees and continues to share her passion for their mission to improve early childhood education for disadvantaged youth through her volunteer work. She graduated from Indiana University with a Business Degree in Accounting and has her Certified Public Accountant License.
About Comcast Cable:
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. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
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Jefferson County Public Library Selects Fransen Pittman Construction to Assist with Columbine Library Remodel
(Lakewood, Colo. – Oct. 20, 2016) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that it has selected Fransen Pittman Construction Co., Inc., to provide general contractor services for the 2017 Columbine Library remodel project.
Under terms of the contract, Fransen Pittman will assist JCPL with:
“Fransen Pittman has developed a national reputation for building state-of-the-art libraries that meet the information needs of the 21st century while reflecting the unique characteristics of the communities they serve,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “They have built a number of ground-breaking libraries in Colorado, including the Eloise May and Southglenn libraries in Arapahoe County; Anythink’s Wright Farms, Bennett, Brighton and Huron libraries in Adams County; and the newly opened Castle Pines, Lone Tree and Parker Libraries in Douglas County. We believe their construction expertise, coupled with their commitment to cost-efficiency and sustainability, make them the perfect choice for this project.”
Fransen Pittman was selected through a competitive bidding process launched by the Library in September. Eleven firms responded to JCPL’s Request for Proposals; firms were evaluated based on price, ability to meet JCPL’s needs, experience and references.
Pre-construction services are already underway, with construction planned for the spring of 2017. Watch for project updates at jeffcolibrary.org/locations/south-county.
About Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado and the essential destination where all generations connect, discover and create. Our mission is to build an educated and vibrant community by providing equal access to information and opportunities. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a robust Library 2 You program and a Mobile Computer Classroom, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. Library programs and services are supported by countywide property taxes and supplemented by charitable donations from The Jefferson County Library Foundation and others. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.
About Fransen Pittman
Fransen Pittman General Contractors, a Denver-based firm founded in 1994, began when Von Fransen and John Pittman joined forces to establish a company steeped in the fundamentals of owner satisfaction and top-notch construction management services. Through hard work, creativity, and perseverance, Fransen Pittman has grown to a leading Front Range construction firm with an annual volume exceeding $130 million and a capacity of $75 million per project. The firm’s work spans from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs and eastward to Fort Morgan. For more information, please visit http://www.fransenpittman.com.
IMMUNOe Health Centers open new clinic in Smoky Hill – Aurora,CO
This will be IMMUNOe Health Centers’ fifth location in Colorado, expanding its presence into the southeast portion of Denver. The Clinic, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
“We are pleased to be able to provide residents in Aurora with the Pediatrics and ENT services they need to stay healthy,” said Dr. Isaac Melamed, Chief Executive Officer of IMMUNOe Health Centers, and lead Physician. “This new clinic allows IMMUNOe Health Centers to serve as the health care safety net for Coloradans living in Aurora."
Patients can make Horizon Pediatrics their children’s primary health care provider and receive services that include: Newborn care; Well-Child Exams from infancy to adolescents with a focus on prevention; Sports physicals; Medical evaluations; Diabetes and hypertension screenings; Mental and Behavioral health screening and treatment; Same day care for illness; ADHD diagnosis and treatment; Screening and treatment of anxiety and depression; Allergy and Asthma shots; and hearing and vision testing. Additionally, Horizon Pediatrics is one of the few medical homes that have on-site psychologists to help with kids and new moms with any developmental or behavioral issues that they may have.
In a continued effort to provide an integrated healthcare home for patients, IMMUNOe expanded its services to include ENT with Sinus Solutions at IMMUNOe. Sinus Solutions at IMMUNOe, is led by Dr. Edward J. Hepworth, and will offer patients services that include: Minimally invasive treatments and surgery for the nose, paranasal sinuses, and skull base; Medical and surgical treatment of nasal and sinus problems; Office-based procedures and treatments for chronic and recurrent sinusitis; Treatment of skull base diseases—tumors, post-traumatic conditions and nervous dysfunction; Diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders affecting the upper airway systems; and Otolaryngic Allergy.
“We are excited for our staff to serve the medical needs of residents in the Aurora and Smoky Hill area” said Toren Mushovic, Chief Operating Officer. “This new clinic will provide quality health care services in an underserved area that previously had limited access to ENT and Pediatric care.”
While walk-ins are welcome, the Clinics recommend that patients make an appointment by calling 303.773.9000.
IMMUNOe Health Centers started its operations with an Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Clinic and Infusion Centers in Centennial, Colorado in 1995. Since then, they have expanded into Thornton, where the first Horizon Pediatrics & Primary Care division began serving adult and pediatric patients. Later, two additional clinics were opened: Green Valley Ranch in 2012, and the newest Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Centers and Research Centers opened their doors in Longmont (2015).
At IMMUNOe Health Centers, we offer integrated approach to immune health: Infections, genes, nutrition, lifestyle and the environment can all affect your immune system’s ability to maintain your total health and well-being. IMMUNOe believes a strong immune system can fight off diseases, infections and all manner of illnesses. So rather than treat symptoms, we evaluate each trigger’s role in inflammation, activation and regulation of your immune system.
This whole system approach enables us to provide each IMMUNOe patient:
A personal philosophy of care.
Isn’t it time to have healthcare providers who listen, engage and most of all, encourage active participation in your healthcare? Experience this for yourself by visiting one of our centers today.
The hours and locations of the five IMMUNOe Health Center Clinics are:
CENTENNIAL: 6801 S. Yosemite St., Centennial, CO 80112
IMMUNOe Allergy & Asthma Centers | IMMUNOe Infusion Centers | IMMUNOe Research Centers
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m | Saturdays 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
THORNTON: 3260 E. 104th Ave. Thornton, CO 80233
Horizon Pediatrics & Primary Care | IMMUNOe Allergy & Asthma Centers | IMMUNOe Infusion
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m | Saturdays 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
GREEN VALLEY RANCH: Green Valley Ranch Blvd., Suite #101. Denver, Colorado 80249
Horizon Pediatrics | IMMUNOe Allergy & Asthma Centers
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m
LONGMONT: 1551 Professional Lane, Suite 280, Longmont, CO 80501 Horizon
IMMUNOe Allergy & Asthma Centers | IMMUNOe Infusion Centers | IMMUNOe Research Centers
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m | Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
SMOKY HILL: 15470 East Smoky Hill Road, Aurora, CO 80115
Horizon Pediatrics | Sinus Solutions at IMMUNOe
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m
Chief Operating Officer
On Saturday, October 1st, South Metro Denver Chamber members and community volunteers offered service to local non-profit organizations. Their participation helped these organizations achieve goals. On behalf of the Chamber, we appreciate your time and service! For more information on this annual event, please click here.
A "B.I.G." thanks to Versatility Creative Group for the Photographs!
9NEWS Selects FRIENDS FIRST Volunteer to Receive 9Who Care Award
Award recognizes an individual and organization working to make
a positive impact in the community
FRIENDS FIRST volunteer, Adam Campbell, was selected to receive the 9NEWS 9Who Care Award at a celebration Thursday, Sept. 22nd at the 9NEWS studio. A total of nine volunteers and their organizations were recognized.
Although 9News has been giving the 9Who Care award for 35 years, this is the second-straight year 9NEWS has recognized not only the individuals who give their time to help others through the 9Who Care Award, but also the organizations the winners volunteer for. These nine generous individuals have volunteered with people experiencing homelessness or illness, those who are underserved, and non-profits with small budgets. They have fund-raised, organized and created events, and provided extra sets of hands and hearts to help others.
About Adam Campbell
As a FRIENDS FIRST volunteer for the past year and a half, Adam has offered more than 200 hours of service by consistently volunteering two days a week. He is making a difference in the lives of others by inspiring them to keep persevering in the face of great obstacles.
As a teenager, Adam struggled after developing a brain tumor and undergoing numerous surgeries that left him with permanent disabilities. Despite these difficulties, he always has a cheerful and positive attitude. Realizing that his story could inspire others, Adam has found a great deal of emotional healing by focusing on others rather than himself.
Adam also inspires other people through his poetry. At this year's FRIENDS FIRST STARS National Conference (a 4-day youth leadership conference) themed 'Unstoppable,' Adam read a poem he wrote in February 2015. Entitled "Unstoppable You," the poem focused on always persevering and not letting anything hold you back from reaching your dreams. It was read to a crowd of more than 250 teenagers, who, inspired by Adam's words, gave him a standing ovation.
"Many of the teens in attendance were visibly moved," says Elycia Cook, FRIENDS FIRST Executive Director. "We can only imagine the ripple effect his words will have on these youth as they face struggles of their own."
Adam's Story aired on Wednesday, Sept. 28th, 4pm 9News.
In addition to the recognition by 9NEWS, each of the winners and their respective organizations received a $1,000 donation and were featured on 9NEWS and 9News.com.
About FRIENDS FIRST:
FRIENDS FIRST educates and mentors teens to make positive life choices and develop healthy relationships through various teen and community programs offered locally and throughout the U.S. For more information on FRIENDS FIRST and its programs, visit www.FRIENDSFIRST.org.
Tobacco alights at the top
By Kevin Simpson
The Denver Post
Nearly $35 million has been poured into Colorado’s statewide ballot initiatives so far this year, according to campaign finance reports filed this week, with a tobacco giant accounting for $10 million of that in its effort to defeat a tax increase on its products.
Combined with $1.7 million collected by proponents of the tobacco tax, which would fund various health-related initiatives, that makes Amendment 72 the most costly race so far at $11.7 million. The medical aid-in-dying measure, Proposition 106, has been a distant second at $6.6 million with proponents raising $4.8 million and opponents gathering $1.8 million.
Still, it could have been more. Much, much more.
“There are a number of intense fights, but this year will be known for what’s not on the ballot, what might have been if TABOR, fracking and wine-and-beer had gone forward,” said independent political analyst Eric Sondermann, noting that the three contentious issues could easily have doubled or tripled what has been raised so far. “Television would be truly unwatchable.”
Some fundraising snapshots:
Proponents of the effort to create a state-run health care system, dubbed ColoradoCare, have raised their money — $369,233 so far — almost entirely by relatively small donations, many under $100. The opposition’s $4 million has attracted six-figure support from health care players like HealthONE and Centura Health, as well as the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Substantial chunks of the $3.1 million for the measure that would raise the state’s minimum wage — an effort that has surfaced in various forms across the country — come from national groups such as the New York-based Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund, which has given $650,000, and unions including Service Employees International Union, which has given $250,000. Opponents have raised considerably less, with many contributors coming from the restaurant industry. But their effort also has attracted out-of-state donors like the the anti-“Big Labor” Workforce Fairness Institute, which gave $250,000.
A political who’s who of interests has coalesced around the attempt, dubbed Raise the Bar, to make amending the state constitution much more difficult. But some energy industry players stand out. Protecting Colorado’s Environment, Economy, and Energy Independence, an oil-and-gas financed group that amassed millions of dollars anticipating a battle over proposed fracking measures that failed to make the ballot, instead has poured $2 million into the measure so far. Vital for Colorado, a coalition of business interests that advocates for oil and gas development, along with the Colorado Petroleum Council and Whiting Petroleum Corp., have combined for nearly another $1 million.
Campaign finance reports for the three committees listed as opposing the initiative have reported only about $1,000 in contributions.
Fundraising for the effort to pass the tobacco tax has delivered $1.7 million in several five- and six-figure chunks from health care entities such as Children’s Hospital Colorado and the American Heart Association, while University of Colorado Health and University Physicians, Inc. have led the way with $250,000 each. Opposition — in two $5 million donations — comes from Virginia-based Altria Client Services and its affiliates, part of the group that owns Philip Morris.
“The fact that they’re investing and now reinvesting, they see some glimmer of opportunity or they’d not be playing at that magnitude,” Sondermann said. “That said, they remain underdogs — though big-money underdogs.”
Proponents of the medical aid-in-dying initiative have a substantial edge, with nearly all of their funding coming from the Compassion and Choices Action Network, a Denver-based, but nationally active, organization that works to protect and expand end-of-life options. Leading the largely faith-based opposition to the proposition is the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver, which has contributed $1.115 million, while dioceses across the country have pitched in to varying degrees. In the latest reporting cycle, the Colorado Springs archdiocese contributed $500,000.
Propositions 107, 108
The measures to create a state presidential primary and also allow unaffiliated voters to cast ballots in party primaries have raised $3.7 million — notably $950,000 from Davita CEO Kent Thiry — against no discernible opposition at this point.
“If an opposition campaign is going to come together,” Sondermann said, “the time is now — if not past tense.”
Two referred measures, to clean up language in the state constitution referring to slavery and to provide a minor property tax exemption, have faced no organized opposition and raised very little money.
Two more reporting periods remain before the November election.
This article was originally published by The Denver Post.
South Metro Denver Chamber Leads Group Happy Hour
When: Tuesday, October 25th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: Comedy Works South
Come join us at Comedy Works South and meet members of the South Metro Denver Chamber Leads Groups; LEADapalooza and Best Leads Group. Both groups are dynamic and are looking for new members to join.
Click here to register!
South Metro Denver Chamber members interested in business to business networking and referrals. Anyone that is currently a member of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce or anyone interested in joining the Chamber.
The "American Heritage Dictionary" says a lollapalooza is: "something outstanding of its kind", Our LEADers group membership is definitely outstanding! We are a group of local business professionals that have a weekly hour long meeting to learn to work together to improve business relationships within our community. We strive to provide business leads and establish referral systems that encourage personal development and business networking opportunities.
We meet every Wednesday morning for 1 hour starting at 7:30am at Lucy's in the Comedy Works at Landmark. We focus on one member per week, their business and how our other group members can help improve business for all of us.
BEST LEADS GROUP
Join the oldest leads group at the chamber…the Best Leads Group! This leads group been around for over 20 years. We are a “committed community” interested in helping each other grow their businesses through quality referrals. We meet two times per month (the 1st and 3rd Fridays) at the Egg & I Restaurant. We currently have openings for these categories and others: Commercial real estate, banking, carpet cleaning, auto brokerage/sales, attorney, Chiropractor, bookkeeper, home services/contractors and more.
CENTENNIAL, Colo., October 3, 2016 – The City of Centennial launched Go Centennial in mid-August and is already enhancing this pilot program with Go Centennial Access. For those with limited mobility, Go Centennial Access allows users to take a free ride in an accessible vehicle with a ramp, provided by Via, anywhere within RTD’s existing Dry Creek Call-n-Ride service area. The hours are the same as Go Centennial, 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. This streamlined, innovative and tech-savvy approach helps people get where they need to go when they need to without scheduling hours or days in advance. In most cases, drivers are currently in the service area and can pick up a rider within 5 to 10 minutes.
“The hope of Go Centennial Access is to provide an easy option for those with limited mobility to get out and about. People can schedule their ride through their smartphone or by calling the City’s Citizen Response Center and be picked up in 10 minutes. Users of this service will not only be able to get to the light rail station, but also get to the doctor’s office, grocery stores or shopping within the service area,” says Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon. “Partnering with Via to provide accessible transportation services to passengers who are older adults, living with disabilities or who require the use of wheelchairs or other mobility devices is inclusive to the City’s demographics.”
“Via is thrilled to be a part of this pilot project, helping to ensure accessible transportation is available for people with limited mobility in compliance with the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)” said Via’s executive director, Lenna Kottke.
The City of Centennial and the Denver South Transportation Management Association have committed $200,000 each to subsidize the Lyft Line/Access rides for the Go Centennial pilot program.
About Go Centennial
Go Centennial is a six-month pilot program that combines a multi-modal trip-planning mobile app and a fully-subsidized ridesharing service, providing a solution to the first and last mile challenge of getting to or from transit. This pilot program will test an entirely new platform for seamless door-to-door transit planning that streamlines information across multiple transportation modes. Go Centennial is the first multi-modal app of its kind to feature in-app booking with Lyft. This program was developed by the Centennial Innovation Team (i-team), funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The City’s i-team developed the Go Centennial pilot concept and led development of the implementation plan by securing private-public partnerships with Xerox, Lyft, Via and the Denver South Transportation Management Association. Go Centennial is also the first public-private partnership in the nation to fully subsidize Lyft Line rides for transit commuters, and offer multiple ways to book and pay. The program is seamless for multi-modal app users and accessible even for those without smartphones.
How To Use Go Centennial Access
If you have a smartphone, install the Lyft app from the Apple Store or Google Play. When you first open the app, you will need to follow the registration prompts. Then, click the menu button in the upper right corner to open the menu, select “Payment” (for iPhone) or “Promos” (for Android phone). Enter the promo code CENTENNIALACCESS. Then return to the menu and select “Settings”, then “Services”. Select the “Access” mode then exit the menu then close and re-open the Lyft app. “Access” should now appear under Line, Lyft and Plus. Select the Lyft Access mode and enter your origin and destination. Once you select “Request Access” an accessible vehicle will be sent to your origin. To qualify for a free Go Centennial Access ride you must be registered through the Lyft app and be traveling within RTD’s existing Call-n-Ride service area, Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. To follow along, visit go.centennialco.gov/access for video instruction on how to schedule a ride.
If you don’t have a smartphone, you may call Centennial’s Citizen Response Center at (303) 325-8000 and mention Go Centennial Access.
About Innovation Teams (i-teams)
In 2014, Centennial was selected as one of 12 U.S. cities to participate in the $45 million expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Team program, which aims to improve the capacity of cities to effectively design and implement new approaches that improve citizens’ lives. Innovation teams function as in-house innovation consultants, moving from one City priority to the next. Using Bloomberg Philanthropies’ tested Innovation Delivery approach, i-teams help agency leaders and staff through a data-driven process to assess problems, generate responsive new interventions, develop partnerships and deliver measurable results.
About the app
Go Centennial is part of a suite of urban mobility apps launched this year by Xerox, including Go LA and Go Denver in the United States and Go Bangalore in India. Go Centennial is now available for iOS and Android systems in the Apple and Google Play stores by downloading the Go Denver app and selecting ‘Go Centennial’ from within the app.
Located in the south metro Denver area, the City of Centennial is home to more than 107,000 residents. As one of the safest cities in Colorado, Centennial has something for everyone, offering open-space, distinctive recreational activities and advanced business opportunities. The award-winning Littleton Public Schools and Cherry Creek School District are the top school districts in the state and serve the residents of Centennial. USA Today and Money Magazine recently ranked Centennial among the "Best Places to Live" in America. The City is known as an innovative leader in successfully using both public and private partnerships to provide high quality and cost effective municipal services to our community and businesses.
Via is a full-spectrum mobility manager offering paratransit, travel training and mobility options information and referral services. Via also provides a wide range of community and group educational resources related to transportation for older adults, people with disabilities and others living with mobility limitations.
About Denver South Transportation Management Association
We are the coalition of like-minded public and private entities banded to identify and introduce transportation solutions designed to spark mobility, ignite economic development and bolster the positive image the Southeast I-25 Corridor celebrates.
Denver South Transportation Management Association is comprised of multiple local governments including Arapahoe County, Douglas County, City of Greenwood Village, City of Centennial, City of Denver, City of Lone Tree; the Centennial Airport, along with our allegiance with the Southeast Public Improvement Metropolitan District (SPIMD) and the business community represented by the
Denver South Economic Development Partnership (DSEDP).
Allison Wittern, City of Centennial, 303-754-3443, [email protected]
Mary Cobb, Via, 303-473-2882, [email protected]
On September 8, 2016 the South Metro Denver Chamber and its Women in Business Committee hosted a conference at Infinity Park Events Center. Here is a snapshot of the day. A special thanks to Peggy Lee of PeggySuz Studio for the beautiful photos.