The City of Centennial is deploying innovative technology to improve traffic flow on the City’s busiest roads.
Centennial is implementing its Intelligent Transportation System — or ITS — an integrated communications system that connects to the City’s fiber network and Traffic Operations Center. Part of this implementation involves the installation of 64 closed-circuit cameras at high-traffic intersections and travel-time monitoring equipment on major corridors. These cameras are for real-time traffic monitoring, not surveillance.
“Alleviating traffic congestion in conjunction with improving the safety and efficiency of our roadways are shared challenges among the cities of the south metro Denver area. Partnering with our neighboring cities on this pilot program will provide each of us with the integral data prior to investing additional resources in the appropriate technology for traffic management,” said Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko.
Recently the cities of Centennial, Greenwood Village and Lone Tree identified a pilot project to take a cross-jurisdictional approach to managing and reducing traffic congestion. Specifically, the cities are working to create a connected, data-driven, multi-jurisdictional traffic management plan for Yosemite Street between Lincoln Avenue and Belleview Avenue that promotes efficient and safe traffic flow through the installation of sensors at traffic signals. This is the first multi-jurisdictional partnership to enable adaptive signal technology.
"This project speaks volumes about regional cooperation, demonstrates a coordinated approach to improving air quality, and positively impacts traffic flow," said Mayor Ron Rakowsky, Greenwood Village.
A private sensor vendor, Blyncsy, has secured a grant to facilitate the installation of their sensors in Centennial and Lone Tree (Greenwood Village already has similar sensors in place) to monitor traffic and collect volumes, travel times, and delay (time spent waiting at a signal). The data collected will directly serve the City’s pilot project with Greenwood Village and Lone Tree to install adaptive signal technology on Yosemite Street. This data will fully describe the existing conditions on the corridor.
“Traffic and congestion do not recognize municipal boundaries and neither do our residents. A regional solution is required and Lone Tree looks forward to employing innovative, smart technology in collaboration with our partners to provide real solutions for our communities,” said Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet.
After the adaptive technology is deployed and the software starts making tweaks to the signal timing, the entities can measure the effectiveness of the pilot project by comparing the before and after conditions. A successful pilot will prove emerging technology can be applied to traffic signals to benefit businesses, commuters, and residents alike, and will set a precedent for all future efforts our cities undertake.
October 30, 2018
Contact: Allison Wittern, 303-754-3443
Glass Brings 20+ Years of Nonprofit Experience and a New Vision to the Organization
The YMCA of Metropolitan Denver welcomed Sue Glass as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective September 17, 2018. Following a 6-month search, the YMCA Board of Directors selected Glass to succeed Jim Hiner, who retired on September 14, 2018. In her new role, Glass will usher in a new strategic plan that focuses on innovative approaches to empowering youth, improving health and building thriving communities.
“During our search for a new CEO, we looked at candidates from across the United States – and Sue stood out among them all,” said Y Board Chair Jarrod Lassen. “Her energy, passion and vision for the YMCA of Metro Denver are exactly what we were looking for in a leader. Sue’s experience leading innovative and complex programs and fundraising operations combined with her passion for health will no doubt result in fantastic leadership for years to come.”
Glass comes to the Y with over 21 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, strategic planning, philanthropy and program development. A tenured executive, she has led multiple organizations through complex transformations resulting in successful revenue gains, enhanced program services, and board and volunteer development. Using these past experiences, Glass plans to bring a new era of change to the Y in Denver.
“My vision for the Y is to be the premier and innovative organization providing bold leadership beyond fitness and nutrition to create thriving communities,” said Glass. “We will position the Y as an authoritative voice on prevention and wellness, youth development and social impact. Our programs will unite the community with demonstrative impact and our operations will be integrated and efficient as we embrace new opportunities.”
Both personally and professionally, Glass has been a lifelong health advocate. The Y was an integral part of her personal health journey early in life, which ignited a passion to help others build confidence with overall wellbeing – spiritually, mentally and physically. In her most recent role, Glass served as the Senior Vice President for the American Diabetes Association, where she led 500 employees across 49 offices throughout the U.S. and managed $125 million in revenue. Under her leadership, the American Diabetes Association was a key driver with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to launch the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) in Colorado.
In her new role with the Y, Glass is eager to build upon the Y’s success, while also embracing change. “I’m honored and humbled at the opportunity to lead an organization with such an incredible mission,” said Glass. “I see challenges as opportunities; I see failures as stepping stones to success. I know that when we imagine the impossible, we can drive cultural change.”
Glass holds a degree from the University of North Florida in health science with an emphasis on community health and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in organizational leadership through CSU Global. She has lived in Denver since 2004 and enjoys the outdoors, marathons, running and cycling.
About the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver
A leading nonprofit, the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver strengthens communities by engaging and connecting individuals, families and seniors through values-based programs. Each year, the Y brings together over 68,000 children, teens, members, and volunteers through a variety of programs and services at its five branches and 75 program locations across metro Denver. The Y is one of 2,700 YMCA organizations nationwide, collectively helping more than 21 million people learn, grow, and thrive. To join, donate, or get more information, visit www.denverymca.org.
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Versatility Creative Group Expands to Denver’s Arts District
DENVER – Local agency Versatility Creative Group is known around Colorado for its video production, graphic design, photography, social media and web design services. After helping hundreds of businesses, from small start-ups to national brands, some larger firms in Denver have taken notice and worked to entice the company to move to Denver to develop more accessible partnerships.
Building on a prosperous period of growth, 2018 marks the sixth year the media company has been in business – an important milestone for any company. Only 20% of all small businesses make it past their first 18 months, and only about half make it to the five-year marker.
“We will continue to be a community-first business. We’ve always listened to our clients’ needs and have always worked to make sure that the end-products were unique, polished and represented the client’s brand accurately. That’s helped set us apart and keep us growing since we first started out in a small room in our home in Castle Rock,” said Mark Michael, Versatility’s creative director and acting chairman of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce.
Versatility’s work in Castle Rock has solidified its reputation in Douglas County, but it’s their work with companies like NBC Sports, Cooking Channel, The Children’s Museum, Downtown Denver Partnership and many more local and national companies that started to attract the attention of some of Denver’s larger firms.
“People started taking notice of what we were doing through our work and through our social media channels,” said Versatility’s Executive Producer Sandy Michael. “Of all the options available us, we felt that the opportunity to move to Denver best aligned with our long-term goals, and it will give us a chance to better serve the entire Front Range, including Castle Rock, which we still love so much.”
In a Denver business climate that seems to be both booming and saturated at the same time, it’s encouraging to focus on the success stories, but learn from the casualties.
“Every move we’ve ever made has been very calculated. There’s always a temptation to take out loans and try to expand very quickly. Trying to grow too fast can lead to some extreme complications early in a company’s lifecycle. To grow, you do have to take some risks, but they have to be calculated risks. We’ve always believed in ourselves and our team, and our risks are always well thought-out,” said Mark Michael.
Although Versatility has passed an important milestone in regard to small business longevity, there are no plans to relax anytime in the near future. With a combined 25 years of TV experience in Hollywood, the company would like to get back to its professional roots someday soon.
“Over the next several years, we plan to solidify our new partnerships in Denver while helping to transform existing businesses all across Colorado. We know how much blood, sweat and tears go into a business, and we’re going to continue to use our skills and the benefit of our experience to truly benefit the needs of the companies we work with. We also want to keep adding versatile, skilled members to our growing team, and get back into creating original programming,” said Sandy Michael.
Versatility Creative Group is a full-service agency that uses video, graphic design, photography, social media management and web design to craft brands’ stories. Located in Denver, the company has expanded to serve the Colorado Front Range, the United States and beyond. Examples of their work can be found at www.versatiltycreativegroup.com.
For more information, please call Executive Producer/Owner Sandy Michael at 720-432-2594 or email at email@example.com.
Denver, CO – October 24, 2018 – Colorado non-profit Wings Over the Rockies (Wings) is pleased to announce Governor John Hickenlooper as the recipient of their 2018 Spreading Wings Award on Thursday, November 8th at 6:00 PM.
Throughout his tenure as Governor, John Hickenlooper has cultivated an environment of aerospace leadership in the Centennial State. From appointing a full-time aerospace champion to providing significant support for the Colorado Air & Space Port initiative. He has also served alongside Harrison Ford as an honorary co-chair on Wings’ fundraising campaign, Wingspan.
“Governor Hickenlooper has propelled our great state to another level in terms of aviation and space opportunities,” explained Wings Over the Rockies President and CEO, Maj Gen John Barry, USAF (Ret). “His immense support of Wings, and other crucial entities, has laid the groundwork for Colorado to be a Silicon Valley for aerospace, Aerospace Alley.”
“Colorado’s leadership in aerospace is a testimony to the indomitable spirit to drive this industry forward,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “I accept this honor on behalf of everyone whose innovation inspires us every day. We thank you for your contributions to aerospace and its significant role in our state’s economic strength.”
The evening will feature special performances by THE SILHOUETTES® entertainment group, as well as a celebration of Governor Hickenlooper’s commitment to the aerospace industry and to Wings as an organization.
The Spreading Wings Gala, presented by Maxar Technologies, will take place at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, CO on Thursday, November 8th beginning at 6:00 PM.
To learn more and purchase tickets visit WingsMuseum.org/Gala.
About Wings Over the Rockies:
Wings Over the Rockies is a Denver-based not for profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring all people about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future. By utilizing the Air & Space Museum in Denver’s historic Lowry neighborhood to preserve the past and the Exploration of Flight Center at Centennial Airport to focus on the present and future, Wings strives to encourage the future aerospace leaders of tomorrow. For more information about Wings Over the Rockies please visit WingsMuseum.org and ExplorationOfFlight.org.
What Can We Learn From Ancient Female Leaders?Some ancient leaders (like Cleopatra), are remembered for their failures, but others (like Hatshepsut) are forgotten because their successes were assigned to other men. These women knew that, as rulers, they were different from the men in power around them. How can we understand these differences as strengths, rather than weaknesses?
Lone Tree Arts Center invites you to have lunch with National Geographic Live speaker, Dr. Kara Cooney, whose exploration of the past enlightens us on what business and other leaders of today can learn from the female kings of ancient Egypt!
Add on specially priced tickets to the 10am National Geographic Live student/senior matinee or evening presentation for more insight about the women who once ruled in ancient Egypt. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT KARA COONEY'S PRESENTATION.
• Jackie Millet, Mayor of Lone Tree, brings her unique perspective on women today in public and business leadership.
• Lisa Rigsby Peterson, Executive Director, Lone Tree Arts Center, serves as an example of leading a vision to make our venue a national model of inclusive arts engagement.
Purchase a luncheon table of 10 or individual tickets:
• $500 table/$50 individual
• National Geographic Live ticket add-ons: $15/ticket for matinee or $25/ticket for the evening presentation when purchased with luncheon table or tickets.
Luncheon seating is limited. Purchase today!
Contact MICHELLE.MALLORY@CITYOFLONETREE.COM, 720-509-1008, for more information.
Spend an evening with popular fiction author Camron Wright, who will share about his works, including his newest novel, The Other Side of the Bridge, on Thursday, November 8, 7 pm at Koelbel Library (5955 S. Holly St., Centennial).
Set in San Francisco, The Other Side of the Bridge intertwines two people with personal sorrows, as they face the Golden Gate Bridge and look to a long-forgotten journal, which holds the key to the truth. Will there be healing for both – or heartache?
Wright is also known for his other novels, including Letters to Emily (Reader’s Choice Award), The Rent Collector (Best Novel of the Year from Whitney Awards) and The Orphan Keeper (2016 Book of the Year, Gold Accolades in Multicultural Fiction from Foreword Reviews and Best General Fiction from Whitney Awards).
Wright’s books will be available for purchase from Tattered Cover and he will sign his books after the presentation. Light refreshments will be served.
To save your spot, visit arapahoelibraries.org/author, stop by any library or call 303-LIBRARY (303-542-7279).
About Arapahoe Libraries
Arapahoe Libraries serves 250,000 patrons and includes eight community libraries, a jail library and a Library on Wheels in Arapahoe County, Colorado. For more information, visit arapahoelibraries.org.
Article credit: 9News.com Voter Guide 2018
Author: Philip Maravilla. Published: 3:46 PM MDT October 8, 2018 Updated: 12:21 PM MDT October 17, 2018
How to make sure you're registered to vote, profiles on all the top candidates, analysis of statewide ballot measures and everything else you need to know for the 2018 election in Colorado.
Let this guide be your vote of confidence as you fill out your ballot.
Make sure you can vote in Colorado — and find your polling place.
If you need to register to vote, start here.
If you aren't registered, you can register through Election Day. A person can register to vote and receive a ballot up until 7 p.m. on Election Day by visiting a voter service and polling center in person.
If you are registered, find your registration, change party affiliation or choose your primary ballot.
You can look up your polling place and the status of your vote-by-mail ballot here.
Voter Registration FAQs: sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/FAQs/VoterRegistrationFAQ.html
Know your deadlines
Keep your eye on these important upcoming dates:
Do your research now
These are the candidates vying to be Colorado’s next governor
The Centennial State’s next governor faces a wide range of challenges: sustaining the robust state economy and ensuring it benefits everyone, tackling a housing affordability crisis, repairing – and paying for – crumbling roads, balancing oil and gas development and health and the environment, public school funding, bridging the urban-rural divide. Here’s what each contender stands for.
Colorado’s high-stakes congressional race
Control of the U.S. House of Representatives is at stake. It’s always a big deal, but in this election, it’s a HUGE deal. Republicans want to maintain control. Democrats are licking their chops, hopeful to tip the balance. In Colorado, one House race is drawing a lot of attention – and lots of campaign contributions. Who wins could determine the balance of power in Congress. The 6th Congressional District has been held by Republicans for the past several election cycles, but a Democrat is making a solid challenge. Here are profiles of the two major-party candidates and what they stand for.
Statewide ballot measures. Their outcome affects all of us. Know what they’ll do.
Limits on where oil and gas development can take place. More money for public education. Efforts to take politics out of political redistricting. Competing amendments for road and transportation funding. 9NEWS will analyze all 13 statewide ballot measures. You can see those here as they get posted.
TO READ & REVIEW THE CHAMBER'S POSITION ON
First, learn the ABCs and 123s of The ABCs and 123s of Colorado ballots.
Amendment V reduces age qualification for legislative members from 25 to 21.
Amendment W shortens language on the Colorado ballot regarding judicial retention by consolidating questions.
Amendment X changes the definition of industrial hemp from a constitutional definition to a statutory definition.
Amendment Y establishes an independent commission for congressional redistricting.
Amendment Z establishes an independent commission for state legislative redistricting.
Amendment A repeals a constitutional exception on the ban of slavery that allowed for slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime. (Click/tap here for a video breakdown.)
Amendment 73 establishes tax brackets and raises taxes to fund education.
Amendment 74 requires that property owners be compensated for any reduction in property value caused by state laws or regulations.
Amendment 75 changes campaign finance contribution limits and requirements.
Proposition 109 authorizes bonds for transportation projects without raising taxes. (Click/tap here for a video breakdown.)
Proposition 110 authorizes bonds for transportation projects and raises taxes to repay the debt. (Click/tap here for a video breakdown.)
Proposition 111 restricts the charges on payday loans to a yearly rate of 36 percent and eliminate all other finance charges and fees associated with payday lending.
Proposition 112 mandates that new oil and gas development projects, including fracking, be a minimum distance of 2,500 feet from occupied buildings and other areas designated as vulnerable.
Meet the candidates for Colorado attorney general
There are two top contenders for the job of Colorado's top lawyer. The attorney general represents the state government in all its lawsuits. Here are the basics on the contenders.
Meet the candidates for Colorado Secretary of State and Treasurer
Jena Griswold is a Democrat running to become Colorado Secretary of State. She is a lawyer who served in the Obama administration and was Gov. Hickenlooper’s liaison in Washington D.C.
Wayne Williams is a Republican running as an incumbent to retain office as Colorado Secretary of State. He is a lawyer who has served as clerk and recorder and county commissioner in El Paso County.
Dave Young is a Democrat running to become State Treasurer. He currently serves in the State House of Representatives, representing Greeley, Evans and Garden City.
Brian Watson is a Republican running to become State Treasurer. He is a commercial real estate investment executive and is the founder of an organization that promotes free-market principles to grow business.
How to judge a judge
The State Commission on Judicial Performance evaluates district and county judges standing for retention in the following categories: integrity, legal knowledge, communication skills, judicial temperament, administrative performance and service to the legal profession and public.
Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluations allows you to search for judges standing for retention in your district. Click this link and search by your county.
The Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluations publishes a list of all judges’ performance evaluations.
The Blue Book
The Blue Book is your guide to information on the 13 statewide measures on the ballot and on the judges who are on the ballot for retention in your area. Analysis is performed by the Legislative Council Staff, a non-partisan arm of the state legislature.
2018 Blue Book (English)
2018 Folleto Informativo (Blue Book en Espanol)
2018 Blue Book Fiscal Impact (English) Fiscal Impact Statements for the 2018 statewide ballot measures.
2018 Folleto Informativo - Estimaciónes del Impacto Fiscal (en Español) Declaraciónes de Impacto Fiscal por los medidas de la balota de 2018.
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During this important election time it is critical that you know the facts about the proposed ballot initiatives. Your chamber has taken positions on a number of the critical statewide ballot measures. The information below is designed to assist you in your decision making process.
The chamber OPPOSES Proposition 112, which requires that new oil and natural gas development be located at least 2,500 feet from occupied structures, and areas designated as vulnerable.
Analysis by state regulators has determined that this would eliminate 94 per cent of non-federal land available for drilling in Colorado's top five oil-and-gas-producing counties. The impact of such an elimination is vast both to the economy and the state education fund. According to the Colorado Alliance of Mineral Rights Owners (CAMRO), this would result in the loss of 140,000 jobs and the elimination of $217 billion in economic activity over the next 15 years. Additionally, because school funding in Colorado relies heavily on property taxes paid by oil and gas companies, the state's investment in education would suffer.
The chamber SUPPORTS Amendments Y & Z that focus on legislative and congressional redistricting.
Amendment Z replaces the Colorado Reapportionment Commission with the Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission, which consists of an equal number of members from each of the state's two largest political parties and unaffiliated voters. The purpose is to amend and approve state legislative district maps drawn by nonpartisan legislative staff.
Amendment Y creates the Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission that amends and approves congressional district maps drawn by nonpartisan legislative staff. Both amendments have received bipartisan support.
The chamber OPPOSES Amendment 73, which will pull in $1.6 billion additional dollars for education by next school year through freezing property tax rates for all homeowners (which were set to decrease) and increasing taxes on corporations and higher income earners.
According to the state's non-partisan Legislative Council, those with $150,000 in taxable income will pay about $80 more a year. Higher income earners will pay more the more they earn. Those who make $500,000 will see their taxes increase by more than $42,000 a year.
Your chamber strongly supports a well-funded and effective PreK-12 system, however, this proposal raises multiple concerns for our members as it places the burden of funding education on the backs of our smallest businesses, threatening their ability to succeed.
Amendment 74 requires property owners to be compensated for any reduction in fair market value caused by the application of any government law or regulation. The chamber is NEUTRAL on this amendment.
The chamber SUPPORTS Proposition 110. Let's Go Colorado would fund transportation improvements in our state through a .62 percent sales tax increase. This six cent increase on $10 would raise $767 million a year for transportation and unlock $6 billion of bonding capacity to be used for statewide projects determined by municipalities and regional projects such as senior bus services.
The chamber is NEUTRAL on Proposition 109. "Fix Our Damn Roads" is aimed at transportation funding by forcing the state legislature to put $3.5 billion into transportation improvements, including widening Interstates 25 and 70.
The state General Assembly prioritized transportation funding over the last legislative session by dedicating $645 million to transportation over the next two years. If neither Proposition 109 or 110 passes this year, the voters will be asked through referred measure in 2019 for permission to borrow $2.3 billion, repaid with $122.6 million a year over the next 20 years.
In any scenario, all attempts may fall short of what is really needed to fully fund the state's infrastructure needs. The Colorado Department of Transportation says that it has $9 billion in infrastructure needs over the next decade and $20 billion over the next 20 years.
CBRE: Strong Absorption, Rising Lease Rates & Construction Activity Headline Metro Denver's Commercial Real Estate Markets in Q3 2018
DENVER – Oct. 17, 2018 – CBRE announced today the release of its Q3 reports analyzing the recent performance of metro Denver’s office, industrial and retail commercial real estate sectors. Across all sectors, strong absorption and record or near-record lease rates was a common theme while construction activity slowed from earlier in the year. In total the three sectors recorded nearly 3 million sq. ft. of positive net absorption in Q3 and 8.7 million sq. ft. of commercial space was under development at the end of September.
“Denver has maintained its position as a place where top talent and top firms want to be. This is driving strong economics and positively impacts all corners of the commercial real estate market,” said Matt Vance, Economist and Director of Research & Analysis, CBRE.
Q3 Office Highlights
Q3 Industrial Highlights
Q3 Retail Highlights
For more information, visit www.cbre.us/colorado.