Don't throw away your Christmas tree; give it another life by recycling it! The City of Centennial, Arapahoe Park and Recreation District and South Suburban Parks and Recreation District are providing residents with an opportunity to appropriately and safely dispose of Christmas trees. Starting Wednesday, December 26, through Monday, January 14, 2018 you can dispose of clean, non-ornamented, non-decorated Christmas trees seven days a week from sunrise to sunset at the two Centennial locations listed below. Artificial trees will not be recycled.
East Side Residents
It is anticipated free mulch will be available for private use, on a first come first serve basis, at Lookout Park starting Friday, December 28 and every other day after that, excluding holidays, weekends and snow events.
West Side Residents
Residents can obtain free mulch, on a first come first serve basis, from the Willow Springs Service Center, beginning Friday, December 28. The mulch will be available weekdays, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
CU Boulder Next in Denver is coming up on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.
What’s CU Boulder Next and why should you be excited too? It’s an opportunity to experience a new way to connect to CU Boulder featuring interactive exhibits, the acclaimed CU short film, The Light Shines On, and a series of inspiring BuffTalks from the university’s top thinkers and doers:
Dr. Tom Cech, Nobel Prize Winner. Stronger Together: Undergrads and Nobel Laureate Tackle Cancer
Dr. Stefanie Jonson, Leeds Leadership Authority. Building a Better Business
Travis Rupp (MClass ’10), Beer Archaeologist. The Ales of Our Founding Fathers
Dr. Christopher Bell (PhDComm ’09), Pixar Consultant. Pocahontas and Moana Fist Fight in My Imagination
Dr. Liz Meyer, Bullying Expert. Tackling Bullying in Our Schools
Admission is $25, but for South Metro Denver Chamber members CU Boulder is offering a $10 discount! Just use promo code SPCLVIP. That means for just $15, your members and team will enjoy an incredible evening, plus unique food pairings and beer and wine crafted by CU Boulder alumni!
So please join CU Boulder on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Denver Downtown. Register at colorado.edu/next/denver – and be sure to use discount code SPCLVIP.
Park Meadows Offers Guests Something Truly Special this Holiday Season
From Holiday Delight with Magical 3-D Lights to Santa in his Winter Wonderland,
Complimentary Gift Wrap and the Largest and Best Selection of Stores
Lone Tree, CO (December 7, 2018) – Park Meadows is the regional destination for the ultimate holiday outing this season bringing shoppers holiday cheer with a plethora of perks and truly magical atmosphere. Guests will have a reason to be merry and bright as they enjoy a culmination of exciting experiences for the entire family. The largest enclosed shopping center in the state will celebrate the holiday season with 3-D holiday lights, Santa’s Winter Wonderland, visits with the jolly man himself, special Santa photo opportunities, a complimentary gift wrapping station, free parking and so much more. Add more than 200 amazing stores and 14 full-service restaurants to the
holiday mix and you now know why they call Park Meadows, Colorado’s Only Retail Resort.
“Park Meadows is committed to providing a one-of-a-kind holiday experience that is truly memorable and enjoyable for our visitors in a distinctly Colorado environment,” says Pam Kelly, Senior General Manager. “We look forward to celebrating this holiday season with added ease and convenience with our complimentary gift wrap station, free parking and plethora of stores where you will find gifts to satisfy anyone’s wish list.”
Highlights for the holiday season at Park Meadows will include:
3-D Magic: through December 24
The magic begins with a surprise for your eyes when visitors put on their fun 3-D specs and experience the twinkling lights found throughout the shopping center. Lights come to life with holographic glasses that transform the beautiful Christmas lights into snowflakes, candy canes, or Santas. The holiday spirit comes alive with this new enhancement that adds to the already festive atmosphere of gorgeous garland, warm fireplaces, twinkling lights and Colorado-inspired architecture. Guests can pick up their own 3-D glasses from Santa, the gift wrap station or select vendors throughout Park Meadows.
Santa’s Winter Wonderland: through December 24
True holiday magic will take place throughout Santa’s Winter Wonderland located in the Dillard’s Court. Guests experience wonder and delight as they stroll through the giant Christmas tree and take in the sights and sounds with Santa’s sleigh, woodland snowmen, festive reindeer, custom costumes and interactive elements. Good little boys and girls will enjoy holiday cartoons broadcast from Santa’s sleigh and the Snow Princess balloon entertainment on select days while waiting in line to share their wishes with St. Nick, making the retail resort the next best thing to actually visiting the North Pole.
Santa’s Village Hours:
o Dec. 7 - Dec. 13:
Monday thru Friday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
o Dec. 14 - Dec. 22:
Monday thru Saturday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
o Dec. 23:
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
o Dec. 24:
Monday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Special Santa Photo Events
Park Meadows offers guests special photo opportunities with Santa on designated days throughout the holiday season from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. where guests can capture memories with a fun themed photo.
o Pet Photo Nights: Dec. 10 and 17
o Ugly Sweater Night: Dec. 13
Complimentary Gift Wrap: Select Dates through December 24
Park Meadows guests will enjoy a complimentary gift wrapping station in the Macy’s Court on select days through Christmas Eve. Bring your Park Meadows purchases to the gift wrapping station and slip your present under the tree quicker than you can say ‘Jingle Bells.’
o Dec. 8 - Dec. 23:
Saturdays and Sundays: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fridays: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
o Dec. 20:
Thursday: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
o Dec. 24:
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Caroling Entertainment: Select Days
For those who like to shop with a jingle in their step, nostalgic carolers and musicians will be strolling Park Meadows singing classic holiday tunes.
o Dec. 8:
Saturday: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
o Dec. 15:
Saturday: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Colorado’s Largest and Best Shopping
Park Meadows makes gift-giving easy thanks to over 200 stores and restaurants that can be found all under one roof in the largest enclosed shopping center in the state. The retail resort is a top holiday shopping destination in Colorado offering shoppers exclusive stores, an amazing array of options and great deals from now to the New Year. Colorado’s largest Nordstrom and Apple store call Park Meadows home along with newer additions such as Amazon4-Star, Untuckit, Altar’d State, Scout & Molly’s Boutique, Fogo de Chao, Gque Bbq and the newly expanded Athleta.
Market exclusives include Sundance, Tesla, Soft Surroundings, L.L. Bean, American Girl and more! Park Meadows boasts a dynamic shopping experience with the perfect balance of stores and restaurants to accommodate everyone on your holiday shopping list.
For interviews and live tapings at Park Meadows, please contact:
Pam Kelly at [email protected] or 303.792.2999
About Park Meadows
Park Meadows, Colorado’s Only Retail Resort and Colorado’s Largest Enclosed Regional Shopping Center, is owned and managed by Brookfield Properties Retail Group services, Brookfield’s best-in-class real estate investments. The retail sector ranks among the largest mall owners in the United States. Our extensive portfolio of mall properties spans the nation, encompassing 163 locations across 41 states and representing approximately 148 million square feet of retail space. All of our properties are strategically located in regional and coastal areas that constitute the “heart” of America. Brookfield Properties Retail Group is headquartered in Chicago and owned by affiliates of Brookfield Asset Management.
By Andrew Graham, South Metro Denver Chamber Board Chair
The holidays are a great time to turn the technology off for a bit and talk to your neighbors, both at home and at work. You might be surprised what you learn.
You might learn that we’re not all as divided as trite media narratives would have you believe.
You might learn that more things are going right than wrong in South Metro.
You might actually learn (or re-learn) your neighbors’ names, and brush up on the names of their kids and pets.
You might learn what’s actually going on in your neighborhood and community, not just the events that make headlines.
You might learn more about your own backyard. It might get you thinking about all that is good about living, working and playing in South Metro Denver.
I recently went to the grand opening of the new Brazilian steak house, Fogo de Chao, in Lone Tree, leaving my phone behind. I was very happy with what I learned from corporate President Barry McGowan about the establishment’s entry into the South Metro Denver area. He raved about the speed, efficiency and kindness of the Park Meadows retail resort leadership team, the abundant support provided through our economic development efforts, and dedication by local government officials to secure the needed permits for his restaurant in a timely manner.
“We just don’t get this kind of reception in other communities,” he told me. “Every week I would get an update on our future projects, and yours was rarely on the list of what we needed to talk about. Your people are great.”
Mr. McGowan’s experience integrating into the South Metro business community delighted me, but it didn’t surprise me. My experience squares with his.
One of my favorite traits among people living in South Metro Denver can be captured in the words to the Willie Nelson song, “Denver,” off the Red Headed Stranger album:
“The bright lights of Denver
Were shining like diamonds
Like ten thousand jewels in the sky
And it's nobody's business
Where you're goin' or where you come from
And you've judged by the look in your eye…”
I believe we size folks up pretty well here. If you’re a con artist, we’ll figure you out (it might take a bit, but we’ll decide you’re not worth our time). It doesn’t fly around here.
On the happier side of the equation, if you are here to do right: to work hard, to deliver a good product or service and offer your best, we’re all about you and your success. There’s no shortage of people here to help South Metro continue to be the best place to thrive. It’s really cool, and you should see the looks in your eye.
So, it’s a little early, perhaps, to start with the New Year’s Resolutions. But if I could just nose into that arena for a moment, I’d suggest we might resolve to look down at our devices a little less — and look each other in the eye a little more — in the New Year.
I think we’ll all be happy we did.
WHAT: Kiddie Academy of Lone Tree will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the local community. The Academy is scheduled to open summer of 2019 and will serve 189 children between 6 weeks and 12 years old. The groundbreaking ceremony marks an important step in supporting families within the Lone Tree community.
WHO: Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in education-based child care for over 30 years, with more than 210 Academies located in 29 states, plus the District of Colombia. The company offers full time care, before and after school care and summer camp programs. The new 11,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Academy in Lone Tree will be located at 10344 Park Meadows Drive and will create an additional 30 jobs within the community.
WHEN: Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 9:00 am.
WHERE: Kiddie Academy of Lone Tree
10344 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, CO 80124
WHY: Kiddie Academy, founded in 1981, began with the idea to combine learning with child care, and a commitment to be a leader in the industry. Kiddie Academy developed a comprehensive education-based child care program for its academies, which are structured to respond to the increasing demand for child care. The Lone Tree location utilizes the Kiddie Academy Life Essentials® curriculum, which promotes each child’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth. According to Kapadia, the programs emphasize continuous, open communication between teachers and parents concerning each child’s development.
It is with great excitement we announce, Deborah Kerrigan has joined the South Metro Denver Chamber team. Deborah joins the Chambers as the Economic Development and Public Policy Manager. Deborah's background spans business development, community and government relations in a variety of industries. Most recently she has been a partner in developing Energy Day Colorado, a family festival promoting interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM studies) for students throughout the state addressing Colorado's workforce needs and opportunities.
Deborah has degrees in International Studies from the University of South Florida, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado and Leadership for Sustainability through Stanford Center for Professional Development.
A Florida native, Deborah enjoys travel and all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer.
When you have a chance please welcome Deborah. Her email is, [email protected]
Company sets new, industry-leading carbon reduction goals
Xcel Energy, a national leader in renewable energy, rolled out a clean energy vision today in Denver that will deliver 100 percent carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050. As part of this vision, the company also announced plans to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2030, from 2005 levels in the eight states it serves. The new goals are the most ambitious announced to date within the electric power industry.
“This is an extraordinary time to work in the energy industry, as we’re providing customers more low-cost clean energy than we could have imagined a decade ago” said Ben Fowke, chairman, president and CEO, Xcel Energy. “We’re accelerating our carbon reduction goals because we’re encouraged by advances in technology, motivated by customers who are asking for it and committed to working with partners to make it happen.”
”When I launched my campaign back in 2017 we had a bold agenda for our state to get to 100 percent renewable by 2040,” said Colorado Governor-Elect Jared Polis. “Xcel Energy’s exciting announcement today, along with the strong climate goals communities like Pueblo, Summit County, Ft. Collins, Denver and others across the state have embraced, shows we are leading the way forward right here in Colorado — by committing to a renewable and clean energy future.”
“Congratulations to Xcel Energy and all of its customers for this bold, progressive commitment to reducing and ultimately eliminating carbon emissions,” Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “I’m grateful for our partnership with Xcel Energy, the nation’s leading utility, when it comes to building a path toward a clean energy future. Reducing carbon emissions is a must, and Denver is committed to an affordable, reliable and sustainable energy future. This is a game-changer for addressing the threats of climate change and will be a tremendous asset in achieving our own renewable electricity and emission reduction goals.”
“Xcel Energy’s ground breaking climate commitment is an act of true leadership. It is anchored in proven clean energy solutions that are already delivering healthier air, low cost electricity, major economic investments and jobs to local communities,” said Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund. “Ambitious efforts to slash carbon dioxide pollution are urgently needed. Xcel Energy’s vision will help speed the day when the United States eliminates all such pollution from its power sector, which is necessary to seize the environmental and economic opportunity of powering cars, trucks, homes and businesses with cost-effective, zero-emitting electricity.”
As a leader in the clean energy transition, Xcel Energy’s strong track record includes reducing carbon emissions 35 percent since 2005, as part of its previous goal to cut carbon 60 percent by 2030. The company believes that its 2030 goal can be achieved affordably with renewable energy and other technologies currently available. However, achieving the long-term vision of zero-carbon electricity requires technologies that are not cost effective or commercially available today. That is why Xcel Energy is committed to ongoing work to develop advanced technologies while putting the necessary policies in place to achieve this transition.
Xcel Energy’s electricity grid serves millions of customers with reliable, affordable energy. By implementing new renewable and carbon-free generation and energy storage technologies at scale, the company can provide the greatest environmental impact at the lowest cost for customers. That clean electricity can then also be used to reduce the environmental footprint of other industries, such as transportation through the use of electric vehicles, for even greater impact.
“Our goals are ambitious and achieving them requires a long runway. We’re starting the conversation today to make sure we can achieve this groundbreaking transition while continuing to keep energy affordable and reliable for customers,” said Fowke.
About Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy (NASDAQ: XEL) provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices. For more information, visit xcelenergy.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
DENVER, CO: The Call Center and Business Process Outsourcing industries have experienced dramatic change over the years. For this and other strategic reasons, long-standing South Metro Chamber member, Project Resources Group (PRG) declared independence for its outsourcing division by having it strike out on its own under a new name, “Auxillium”. This rebranding effort will give the company more focus and flexibility specific to serving its call center and BPO clients.
The brand Auxillium, which means “to help or aid” (it can also mean “the antidote or remedy”), is new to the industry, but the company is not. The BPO service provider was founded by PRG more than twelve years ago and has successfully deployed a variety of solutions for its clients including multi-channel customer care, sales & lead generation, back office services, data entry, customer surveys, social media management, and more.
Auxillium has created a unique environment called their “Specialized Group” that can effectively support projects as small as 5 to 10 full time equivalent (FTE) employees – but they can still support larger program requirements with a more traditional structure as well. Their Specialized Group utilizes a structured PEER coaching process using several proprietary techniques they developed that ensure exceptional performance, even at a smaller scale. In addition, this unique environment allows their management structure to be lean compared to their competitors, which empowers Auxillium to offer a very competitive rate – regardless of project size.
“We have honed our craft and feel that we offer a level of service and customization that only a nimble and flexible organization can provide. We know from our current clients that there is a strong need for a tailored, high-level, high-touch service that traditional outsourcing companies can’t provide,” says Deb Dufour, Managing Director.
Auxillium doesn’t plan to compete with the giant BPO providers when it comes to providing high-volume, low-touch interactions, or more customer service automation. Instead, Auxillium (which has some of the lowest churn, or turn-over rates in the industry) will focus its efforts on companies that need a more personalized touch with a highly-trained, knowledgeable, and engaged staff.
“There is no shortage of business process outsourcing providers, particularly in the call center and customer service arena,” continued Dufour. “However, most of these providers are massive operations that take a cookie-cutter approach to every customer, have little flexibility, and experience notoriously high turnover among what is typically a poorly-trained, disengaged staff,” she noted.
You can find Auxillium in the Member Directory on our website or visit their website directly at www.auxilliumusa.com. You can also contact them directly at [email protected], or 1-888-572-2187 for more information.
The City of Centennial’s vision to provide dark fiber with simple terms of access and usage has come to fruition. Centennial has completed the construction of a 432 fiber strand backbone, FiberWorks, connecting key City sites and community anchor institutions. The completion of more than 50 miles of fiber backbone also enables existing and new broadband providers to tie into the new infrastructure with the goal of providing better and more competitive choices and services for the City’s residents and businesses. This new fiber backbone is considered key City infrastructure, connecting City sites, and will become an integral part in the role out the City’s new Intelligent Traffic Signaling system. The project was completed on schedule and within the budget of $5.7 million.
Since construction started in late 2016, the City has executed four lease agreements. This year, the City entered into a 20-year lease and O&M agreement with Ting Fiber and have provisioned a buffer tube of fiber for Ting’s use in the Central Fiber Ring. Avata Networks leased one pair of fibers along more than 12,000 feet of City-owned fiber to provide broadband services to businesses and residents and SEAKR Engineering executed a lease as well to provide connectivity to two facilities and provide disaster recovery and back-up services. The City also executed an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Cherry Creek School District to connect fiber to two facilities.
“It seems like it was just yesterday that ballot question 2G passed. Here we are five years later with a built-out fiber backbone completed on schedule and within budget. This is an exciting time for Centennial, as we now have the opportunity to connect our traffic monitoring equipment allowing the City to investigate innovative solutions to traffic congestion,” says Mayor Stephanie Piko. “The completion of the backbone allows the City and Council to look ahead and consider new smart city applications and services, IoT, big data and other new market use cases.”
“Council’s goal with the Fiber Master Plan was to provide an opportunity to increase competition by completing a fiber backbone that could deliver superior and competitive choices and services for consumers. Businesses consider access to telecommunication services and speed a priority when deciding where to locate their facilities. Through partnerships with the private sector, our residents and existing and future businesses could enjoy faster internet services and possibly lower prices,” says Member Ken Lucas, Mayor Pro Tem and Fiber Commission Chair. “I have appreciated being involved with this project since the vote in 2013 and am proud of our City for being innovative and forward thinking. We will continue to be future ready.”
For additional information about Centennial’s FiberWorks program visit centennialco.gov/fiber.
Denver a Top Destination for Tech Firms Expanding Outside Nation’s Leading Tech Headquarter Markets, Says CBRE’s Tech-30 Report
DENVER – Nov. 1, 2018 – Technology companies based in the top four tech headquarters markets—the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Boston and New York—are expanding into new markets, creating more demand for office space and driving office rent growth in the beneficiary markets, according to CBRE’s annual Tech-30 report, which measures the tech industry’s impact on the office sector in the 30 leading tech markets in the U.S. and Canada. Together, tech firms headquartered in these four markets have taken more than 25 million sq. ft. of space outside of their headquarters markets over the past five years, led by firms in the San Francisco Bay Area, which accounted for 18 of the 25 million sq. ft.
The Denver office market has benefited from this trend, with tech firms from the top four tech headquarters markets taking 1.0 million sq. ft. in Denver over the past five years.
“When tech companies are looking to expand into a new market, they are looking for high-quality talent and the room to grow and scale operations. As tech firms run out of space in places like San Francisco, they see Denver’s balanced office vacancy rate, robust development pipeline, strong in-migration and good infrastructure and ultimately decide this is an advantageous place to be,” said Alex Hammerstein, senior vice president with CBRE’s Tech and Media Practice in Denver.
Buoyed by double-digit tech-sector employment growth, Denver ranked ninth for office rent growth among the Tech-30, up six spots from 2017. But while Denver’s average office asking rents rose 9.6 percent from Q2 2016 to Q2 2018, reaching $27.66 in the second quarter of this year, they are still well below the nation’s top tech HQ markets, including San Francisco and New York City, which boast office rents of $75.64 and $74.35 respectively.
Denver had more than 2.8 million sq. ft. of office space under construction at the end of September 2018, with more projects in the planning phase. At 14.6 percent, Denver’s office vacancy rate is also nearly double New York’s (7.6 percent) and nearly triple San Francisco’s rate (5.2 percent).
“As space availability in top tech submarkets continues to tighten, we expect large tech companies to continue to expand outside their headquarters markets—including further into secondary and even tertiary markets. Large tech company expansion into smaller markets will help foster innovation clusters, further boosting job creation and creating additional office demand,” said Colin Yasukochi, director of research and analysis for CBRE in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Top 10 Migration Beneficiaries
About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), 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 2017 revenue). The company has more than 80,000 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.