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City Manager Jane S. Brautigam has approved a flexible rebate application for Boulder-based Gnip for up to $45,000 in rebates. The rebates were authorized for sales and use taxes, and permit-related fees.
“Gnip is a fast-growing company in Boulder’s thriving downtown and high-tech communities,” Brautigam said. “The city is very pleased that it can support Gnip’s expansion so it can grow as an industry leader, delivering three billion social media activities per day.”
The flexible rebate program is one of the city’s business incentives, covering a wide range of fees, equipment and construction use taxes. Under this program, the city manager may consider a specific incentive package for tax and fee rebates to meet a company’s specific needs. The company is then eligible for the rebate after it has made its investment and paid the taxes or fees to the city.
Gnip is the largest provider of social data in the world, partnering with Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and WordPress, among others, to aggregate social media data and information for their clients. Founded in 2008, the company has emerged as a leader in the social media industry. With 50 employees, Gnip recently expanded into a new space at 1050 Walnut, Suite 115, to maintain its presence in downtown Boulder. In addition, Gnip was named “best place to work” by both the Boulder Chamber and the Denver Business Journal.
“We’re excited to be a based in Boulder and we think our growth is facilitated by the many advantages offered by the City of Boulder”, said Gnip CEO Jud Valeski. “We think Boulder offers the world’s best place to work and live.”
The flexible rebate program uses social, community, and environmental sustainability guidelines. Companies choose the guidelines that best fit their circumstances, but must meet minimum requirements in order to receive the rebate. Gnip has exceeded the requirements and, of note, the company has initiated the Gnip Gives Back program. This program coordinates charitable giving and organizes group service opportunities for the company to participate in. Gnip also offers Eco Passes, Boulder B-Cycle memberships, and annual City of Boulder Recreation passes to their employees and is located in a LEED Gold certified building.
Gnip’s application is approved as part of the 2012 flexible rebate program; one application is still pending. The city’s approved 2012 budget includes $350,000 in funding for 2012 flexible tax and fee rebates for primary employers.
We have met several times over the years. I am the city’s Economic Vitality Coordinator and I oversee the city’s flexible rebate business incentive program. The program is designed for primary employers (defined as Boulder companies that bring in over 50% of their revenues from outside Boulder County); it is not available to retail stores. Two return on investment analyses (ROI) are done for each rebate application, one that considers all local employees and one that considers only those employees who live in Boulder. Economic impacts such as company spending on catering, hotels, local purchases, and restaurants are considered, as is employee spending at restaurants and retail stores. This was an important factor for Gnip, as a downtown employer.
I would be happy to speak with you by phone or meet with you to explain the program further. The flexible rebate program is in its seventh year and has had a good track record of investing in companies that are investing in Boulder. Please note that, as a rebate program, no company receives city funds unless they have made a capital and/or facility investment and have submitted receipts for the tax/fee payments.
The Virginia Patterson Businessperson of the Year The recipient of this award has consistently contributed business expertise and experiences to connect the Boulder business world to city, charitable, or other public-spirited causes and is a leader in making Boulder a better place to do business.
Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for over twenty years. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate software companies. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars.
Brad currently serves on the board of directors of BigDoor Media, Cheezburger Networks, Fitbit, Gnip, MakerBot Oblong, Orbotix, and Standing Cloud for Foundry Group. Previously, Brad served as chief technology officer of AmeriData Technologies. AmeriData acquired Feld Technologies, a firm he founded in 1987 that specialized in custom software applications. Brad had grown Feld Technologies into one of Boston’s leading software consulting firms prior to the acquisition. He also directed the diversification into software consulting at AmeriData, a $1.5 billion publicly-traded company which was acquired by GE Capital in 1995.
In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, co-chair of Startup Colorado, and on the board of Startup Weekend. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and writes the widely read blogs Feld Thoughts and Ask the VC.
Key Contributor of the Year
This award recognizes an individual who has made a positive impact on the community through leadership and a significant contribution of time, talent and expertise. Bob Noun
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Robert J. Noun formerly directed the government affairs, media relations, communications and community outreach activities for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) located in Golden, CO. He was the chief spokesman for NREL, the nation’s principal research center for renewable fuels and electricity. Mr. Noun has been involved with renewable energy for over 30 years. During his career he has made significant contributions to the advancement of renewable energy technologies.
Noun managed the NREL Wind Energy Research Program. He is the author of 24 technical publications on the subjects of renewable energy law and regulation, wind energy development, and renewable energy in developing countries. From 2010-2012 Noun served as Chair of CO-LABS, the confederation of national labs and research universities in Colorado doing federally sponsored science and technology innovation.
Noun has received numerous awards and recognition, including the 2005 Van Morris Award recognizing his leadership in the growth and development of NREL, the 2002 Pioneer Award for Contributions to the Development of Renewable Energy from the World Renewable Energy Network in London, and the 1996 Gold Medallion Award for the Advancement of Renewable Energy, presented by His Highness, the Emir of Bahrain. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and has been a guest lecturer in the Iowa State University Science and Technology Lecture Series. In 1973 he was awarded the Reginald Hebersmith Fellow in Law from Howard University.
Community Sustainability Leader
This award recognizes an organization that demonstrates success at managing an integrated triple bottom line – economic success, commitment to social equity and concern for environmental footprint.
Boulder Community Hospital
Boulder Community Hospital is a coordinated network of facilities and skilled personnel providing an expansive range of medical services to people and businesses in Boulder and Broomfield Counties.
As a locally owned and operated non-profit hospital system, Boulder Community is dedicated to meeting the constantly evolving health care needs of local citizens. Boulder Community is known across Colorado for its clinical excellence in heart care, neurosurgery, stroke care, orthopedics and cancer care. Some 600 physicians in 54 medical specialties have privileges at BCH.
Best Place to Work
Awarded to a company that demonstrates proficiency in leadership, communication, respect and alignment.
Gnip is a local social media data startup that believes that no single company alone can realize the full potential of social media data. It works to align itself with others to more effectively harness and channel the power of this information. From its corporate values to the accomplishments of its employees, the company embodies the qualities of leadership, communication, respect, and alignment. Well-regarded by their professional colleagues, company executives regularly deliver keynote addresses to national and international audiences, just as Gnip’s software engineers share their knowledge with the local community. Committed to diversity, the company is a member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology’s Entrepreneurial Alliance program, an effort to increase the participation of women in technological innovation. In these ways, Gnip both provides leadership to the industry and shares its collective expertise in the area of social media data.
Gnip is a company built on respect, and all of its corporate policies are aligned with its values. The company is an employer that seeks out the brightest lights in the field and then supports their continued growth. The respect, trust, and support invested by Gnip in its employees, along with its spirit of collaboration and innovation, have earned it this year’s Chamber award for Boulder’s best place to work.
Boulder 2140 Young Business Person of the Year
This award recognizes a member under the age of forty who has an impact on his/her organization, demonstrated significant contribution of time or talent to the Boulder area and shows potential for future leadership.
Intercambio: Uniting Communities
Lee is co-founder of Intercambio and author of “What Every Immigrant Needs to Know“, a publication that is being used by 35,000 people from 350 organizations nationwide. Lee has helped Intercambio spread its model to 12 states, raise $4,000,000, train 3,500 volunteer teachers, and provide English classes to 8,000 immigrant adults since its inception in 2001. Lee’s prior experience includes the development of a volunteer program at a psychiatric treatment center, supervising of an afterschool program, mentoring developmentally challenged individuals and facilitating writing workshops for prison inmates.
Lee also has an impressive collection of interesting outfits, he loves choreographing crazy shows, and since 2008 he has been volunteering twice a week to teach multicultural dance exercise classes to encourage fun and health.
Members of Distinction
John Regur Dutch Creek Financial
John is founder and Principal of Dutch Creek Financial Services, a financial planning and investment advisory practice. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, after serving overseas with the US Army, his career in financial risk management started with the Travelers Insurance Companies. With a subsequent 25 year career with the Marsh McLennan Companies which included several US and international postings, he moved to Boulder, opening Dutch Creek in 2002, the year he joined the Chamber.
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Live at 5:30 tonight, Nov 10, 2011 The Boulder Chamber of Commerce event, Global Business Networking: Accessing High Tech Talent
Video Hosted by Jann Scott on BoulderChannel1.com.
Hear from Congressman Jared Polis and Foundry Group’s Jason Mendelson about current legislative efforts to remove barriers in accessing the highly qualified engineers and innovative entrepreneurs needed to drive growth and job creation in the high tech sector. Brad Hendricks from Caplan and Earnest will provide pointers on navigating the current environment to recruit and retain local and global talent for your growing business. As always, there will be plenty of time to network with others in global business over beer, wine and refreshments.
The Weekly Update – October 26, 2011
for Boulder Chamber Members
Did You Know?
Did you know ballots must be in the hands of the Clerk & Recorder by 7pm on Tuesday, November 1st? Be sure to mail your voted, signed ballot before Friday, October 28th OR drop it off in person after that.
There are no polling places for this election, but the Clerk & Recorder will offer drop-off stations from 7am until 7pm on Election Day, November 1, at the following locations:
DRIVE-BY: Clerk & Recorder’s Office at 1750 33rd St.
WALK-IN: County Courthouse at 1325 Pearl St.
For more drop-off locations & times, visit the Clerk & Recorder’s Service Locations web page.
Featured Opportunity: Tech Alliance
Breakfast – Esprit Week
Esprit Week is more than just seven days; it’s an entrepreneurial movement that inspires, connects & fuels entrepreneurs alike.
The week highlights homegrown success stories & showcases to innovators the support that is available all year round. The Tech Alliance Breakfast is always a favorite in the Esprit line-up as it features some of the latest & greatest in the tech world.
Special thanks to our Esprit sponsors.
Tech Alliance Breakfast
Tues., Nov. 1 | 8-11am | Discovery Learning Center
*Breakfast included in admission price
Breakfast + Lunch Series:
Breakfast with Tim Enwall, Tendril
Fri., Oct. 28 | 8-9:30am | Jill’s Rest., 900 Walnut
Breakfast with Phil Anson, EVOL Foods
Mon., Oct. 31 | 8-9:30am |Turley’s, 2805 Pearl St.
Lunch with J. Brad Bernthal, Silicon Flatirons
Mon., Oct. 31 | 12-1:30pm | Centro, 950 Pearl St.
Breakfast with David Cohen, TechStars
Wed., Nov. 2 | 8-9:30am | Millennium, 1345 28th St.
Esprit Annual Dinner
Thurs., Nov. 3 | 5:30-8:30pm | Omni Resort, 500 Interlocken | Register Now
*Almost sold out
Snapshot: BCinteriors Unwrap New Location @ Business After Hours
Photo Courtesy of Rachael Malone, Boulder Chamber
“The Chamber events are an excellent way to meet new people & connect with friends. They can be a great way to generate business, too!” – Peter Braun, UBS
Events Up Next
You-Name-It Business Efficiencies Breakfast
Thurs., Oct. 27, 7:30-9am
Chamber Center, 2440 Pearl St.
SBDC: Leading Edge Growth Venture Series
Fri., Oct. 28, 8:30-11:30am, Chamber Center, 2440 Pearl St.
New Member Orientation
Thurs., Nov. 1, 8-9am, Chamber Center, 2440 Pearl St.
Boulder 2140 – Young Professionals – Fall PD Leadership Bash
Wed., Nov. 9, 6-9pm, St. Julien, 900 Walnut St.
Global Business Networking: Accessing High Tech Talent Locally & Globally
Thurs., Nov. 10, 5:30-7pm, Chamber Center, 2440 Pearl St.
9-10am @ The Carillon
View event calendar.
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“Crazy Horse has a saying: “Without legends there would be no dreams. Without dreams there would be no greatness.” It is that phrase that captures the essence of my path as an entrepreneur – the dreams behind the companies I’ve had the great fortune to sprawn were built on the legends of those entrepreneurs who came before me. And by the unparalleled work of an amazing group of colleagues,” Tim Enwall, Tendril (2011 Esprit Honoree)
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This month I have a lot to share with you on what’s happening with the potential ballot issue on forming a City owned power utility (municipalization). And I am particular proud to announce that we are the first Chamber of Commerce in the state to come out in support of the Bright Colorado Initiative for statewide education funding.
We are also excited to relaunch a couple of popular event series, the Global Business Forum, and the program “formerly known as” Climate Leaders. Check out our upcoming online naming contest!
Your membership helps the Boulder Chamber engage on your behalf to ensure a strong local economy. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any ideas, concerns and suggestions to help make Boulder the best place to do business.
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303-442-1044 xt 122
In This Issue
BBI Sponsorship Opportunities
Municipal Power Utility Closer to Ballot
Chamber Endorses Bright Colorado Initiative for Education
City Council Race, On Your Marks…
Quick Links To Ongoing Issues
CITY OF BOULDER:
Floodplain Ordinance(Critical Fac. and Mobile Pop.)Planning Board Meeting August 4th
Capital Improvements Plan
Affordable Housing Task Force
Other Hot Topics
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July 28, 2011
Boulder’s Energy Future is Your Business’s Future: What You’ll See On the Ballot
Correction: In June’s issue I jumped the gun by saying we would see two competing items on November’s ballot. Since then, an Xcel franchise with an innovative wind purchase agreement has come on and off the table. Council is still considering amendments to the proposed ballot language which, if voters approve, would authorize the City to pursue forming a municipal power utility to replace Xcel. Whatever happens, the results will determine your future energy rates.
The Chamber convened a small policy working group of business people, both supportive and skeptical of municipalization, to provide specific recommendations for the proposed ballot language. Main themes were proportional representation of ratepayers on a depoliticized governing board with decision-making power, competitive regional rate parity, a cap on bonding authority, and specific “off-ramp” triggers.
Council was mixed in their response to these recommendations and will vote on these and other details at the August 2nd Council Meeting, which begins at 5 pm and will be televised on Channel 8 in Boulder. If you have something to say to Council on this, you can sign up from 4-5 pm at the Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway, or during the public hearing on the item. Get up to speed with materials and videos available at www.boulderenergyfuture.com. Businesses constitute over two-thirds of Boulder’s energy users and the Chamber will continue to advocate on their behalf.
Boulder Chamber First in State to Endorse Bright Colorado Initiative for Statewide Education Funding
When the Boulder Chamber Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the Bright Colorado Initiative 25, which would provide five years of increased funding for K-12 and Higher Education in Colorado it became the first Chamber of Commerce in the state to do so. “Boulder has been somewhat less impacted by statewide cuts in education,” said CEO Susan Graf. “But our neighboring communities have suffered a lot. We felt it was important to support this stopgap measure to protect the economic vitality of the whole state.”
“Our board had concerns about the tax impact and expressed the need for more education reform” added the Chamber’s Public Affairs Manager, Angelique Espinoza. “With [Senate Bill] 191 passing last year, though, we agreed progress was occurring and that a five-year return to 1999 tax levels was a worthy investment. It fit with our policy agenda statement that supports education as fundamental to our mission.”
Boulder’s State Senator Rollie Heath proposed Initiative 25, and said he did so because he believes Colorado’s recent cuts to education funding are unacceptable. “It’s short-changing our most important resource for the future – our kids and young adults,” said Heath. “Also, you can’t separate education and economic development, especially in today’s knowledge-based economy. We think it’s worth it, and we are thrilled that the Boulder Chamber thinks so too. We really appreciate their support on this important issue.” For more information on the Initiative, visit www.brightcolorado.org
Relaunch of Two Popular Event Series Last evening we relaunched our popular Global Business Forum series with a visit from the Global Business Team from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. They gave us some great information about upcoming grant opportunities for companies looking to open new export markets for their products. A Big Thanks to Caplan & Earnest for sponsoring this series. If you’d like to get on the mailing list for upcoming monthly events, please send me an email with Global Business Forum in the subject.
In August we’ll also be relaunching a series formerly known as Climate Leaders. The new series continues our partnership with the City of Boulder’s EnergySmart program to offer businesses tips and best practices for energy and cost efficiency. The new focus will be to address the specific needs of particular business sectors. Check for details, coming soon on the Chamber website. Don’t miss out on the naming contest for the program!
Boulder City Council Race Almost Underway From August 2nd to August 22nd, aspiring City Council candidates will be garnering the 25 Boulder voter signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot. Five Council Members are up for reelection, Crystal Gray, George Karakehian, Lisa Morzel, Susan Osborne, and Ken Wilson. It seems likely that one or two may choose not to run. This means we may see a crowded field vying for the “open” positions and to unseat the incumbents. Check with your favorite Council Member or potential candidate to see if they are having a “signing party” at the Municipal Building in August.
The City is offering three trainings for potential candidates and committees. Check here for details. For many years aspiring local candidates for public office have come to the Chamber for its College of Political Knowledge series to learn about the realities, best practices and legal requirements of running a successful campaign. An archive of invaluable takeaways is available to anyone interested in becoming a candidate or campaign manager. Contact Angelique Espinoza at 303-442-1044 xt 122 for details.
Did You Know?
Did you know you can learn how to market your business online to local buyers – complimentary with your Chamber membership?
Aha!Local University Session II
Thurs., Jan. 13| 5pm-6:30pm | Parallel Path, 1637 Pearl St., Ste. 201 | Details here>>
Featured Event: Leadership Boulder County – Final Call for Applicants
Interested in becoming more active in the Boulder community? Leadership Boulder County begins January 19. This is a final call for applicants.
The deadline for applications is January 13.
BWLG – Life Purpose by Susan Osborn
Wed., Jan. 12 | 8am-9:30am | A Spice of Life, 5706 Arapahoe Ave. | Register here>>
SBDC – Start Up Essentials
Wed., Jan. 12 | 1pm-4:30pm | Chamber Center, 2440 Pearl St. | More info>>
Ribbon Cutting – Middlemist Crouch & Co.
Thurs., Jan. 13 | 4-5pm | 2960 Center Green Ct. |No RSVP necessary
Business After Hours @ Flatirons Hyundai
*Ribbon cutting at 5pm
Thurs., Jan. 19| 5:30pm- 7pm | 2555 30th St. | Register here>>
Happy New Year 2011!
Join us at The VIllas at The Atrium for the Boulder Chamber Member Appreciation breakfast. You’ll enjoy a full, hot gourmet breakfast. Special thanks to our members for your continued support to the Boulder community.
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS- JANUARY
The Boulder chamber of commerce sends out a news letter to news media about up coming events. Here is the essense of what is contained in Constant Contact news letter. We would re-preint the news letter, but constant contact is NOT USER FRIENDLY so we have to piece meal it for you here.
At boulder channel 1 we have found other news letter formats that are easier for everyone to use. But the Chamber should use a much better system of sending out information. They should contact us and we will teach them how to send out proper releases.
SBDC – Business Plan Essentials
Tues., Dec. 7 | 6pm -9pm | Longmont Chamber, 528 Main St. | Details here>>
SBDC – Start Up Essentials
Wed., Dec. 8 | 1pm – 4:30pm | Boulder Chamber, 2440 Pearl St.|Details here>>
Boulder 2140 – Young Professionals – Happy Hour Benefitting Attention Homes
Wed., Dec. 8 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm | Tahona Bistro, 1035 Pearl St. |Register here>>
Ribbon Cutting – GCG Financial Inc.
Thurs., Dec. 9 | 4-5pm | 2440 Pearl St., Boulder Chamber | No RSVP necessary
Member Appreciation Breakfast @ Chautauqua
Tues., Dec. 14 | 8am – 9:30am | Chautauqua, 900 Baseline Rd.| No RSVP necessary
December Business After Hours at Nissi’s
Wed., Dec. 14 | 8am – 9:30am | 2440 Pearl St., Boulder Chamber | Preregister here>>
View the full event calendar
NEWS FOR BOULDER: Bike path washed out; Chamber, Creeks high flood danger, New parks, Clean energy push,0
Boulder Creek Path closed west of 30th Street; bridge washed out in Boulder Canyon
A culvert-style bridge near the Red Lion Restaurant, located at 37400 Boulder Canyon Dr., in Boulder Canyon partially washed out overnight. Debris has plugged up the culvert and water has backed up behind the bridge.
The water and debris have begun to wash through, and CDOT is working to create a diversion to reduce flooding. There are concerns that a surge of approximately 2 feet of water could come down the canyon. Because of already high levels, the creek is likely to spill its banks along the Boulder Creek Path.
The Sheriff’s Office and Boulder Police Department are concerned about the bike path area near Boulder Creek. Currently, officers are clearing the bike path of all users. No other evacuations have been called for at this time.
The Boulder Creek path is now closed between Boulder Canyon and 30th Street and community members are urged to avoid areas near Boulder Creek until further notice. This includes all areas along the creek between Eben G. Fine Park and Scott Carpenter Park.
Boulder Creek is currently running at the 3.6 feet stage. A level of 4 feet is when the creek will spill its banks.
The main branch of the Boulder Library is partially opening. Patrons can access the south door on Arapahoe Avenue and use the south side of the library. The bridge over Boulder Creek and the north side of the library building are closed.
Everbridge emergency notifications have been sent out to residents and businesses along the creek corridor. This is an emergency notification system that sends text messages to all landlines plus mobile devices for people who have registered in advance.
The media is asked to not go up the canyon to get footage. Officials need to keep that route clear for emergency responders. Reporters can stage at Eben G. Fine Park to get footage of the water. They are urged to use caution and stay some distance from the creek.
The City of Boulder and Boulder County Emergency Operation Center has been activated. No other formal press releases will be sent out. Status updates will be posted at http://boulderoem.com/.
June 8, 2010
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Started by Stephanie Alexander Milliman, Social Media Strategist, Developer & Communication Manager @ the Boulder Chamber
Come on out for networking at its most entertaining and join in on group games of mini-golf, spins in the go-carts, or hitting fast-balls in the batting cages. To quell the appetite you’ll work up, beer, wine, and barbecue will be served out back.
Cost for Boulder Chamber members is $15 if you register before Wednesday, June 16. Day of and walk-in cost is $20.
See you there! Register at http://bit.ly/8YxipV.
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Do NOT seek shelter from storms in underpasses
High temperatures today are expected to increase the rate of snow melt in the high country, and the weather forecast calls for potential thunderstorms this afternoon and tomorrow. This raises the risk of potential flooding in the Boulder area. Some of the city’s underpasses are already experiencing low-lying flooding due to high water levels in creeks and drainageways.
Most of the city’s underpasses are meant to help carry floodwaters during a flood event. The community is reminded NOT to seek shelter from a rainstorm in an underpass. Bike and pedestrian commuters are encouraged to use caution when approaching underpasses.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has issued a tubing ban on Boulder Creek today.
The city would like to remind residents to use safety when they are near any of Boulder’s numerous creeks and floodplains. Flash floods can occur literally IN A FLASH during a severe storm. It’s important that residents, visitors and people who work in Boulder familiarize themselves with their surroundings, keep track of the weather and know the dangers.
The city maintains a flood information website that can help residents prepare before, during and after a flood event. Visit www.boulderfloodinfo.net to see floodplain maps, watch informational videos and obtain a family flood action plan that should be filled out prior to a flood event and posted in homes. The family flood action plan can also be picked up in the Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway. For more information about personal preparedness, visit www.readycolorado.com, or contact the Office of Emergency Management at 303-441-3390.
Boulder Parks and Recreation launches two construction projects
The Parks and Recreation Department is launching two construction projects that are designed to improve the community’s recreation facilities and options. The first, Valmont City Park Phase I bike park construction, has already started. The second, Harlow Platts Park irrigation renovation and exercise par course replacement will begin this month.
Valmont City Park Phase I bike park
Valmont City Park Phase I bike park construction started in May and is expected to last until Spring 2011, depending on weather and contractor progress. The new development will include building an off-road terrain park, bike trails and a bike pump track; a “tot-lot” play area and plaza; gravel parking lot (off Airport Road); restroom facility, landscaping and irrigation.
The area north of Valmont and Airport roads will be closed during construction, but the dog park will remain open. This project is funded by city tax revenue and contributions from area businesses, foundations and individuals in partnership with the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance. The Parks and Recreation Department also received a grant of $200,000 from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) in 2009 for the park, which will be used to supplement the existing capital funding allocated for this park development.
Work updates and information are located at www.ValmontCityPark.org
Harlow Platts Park irrigation renovation and exercise par course replacement
Updating and renovation of the Harlow Platts Park irrigation system is scheduled to begin later this month and last for approximately a year. The park’s exercise par course equipment will also be replaced later this summer. That project is expected to take approximately two months.
Irrigation system renovation will include component replacements and upgrades, turf re-seeding and sod restoration, as needed. There may be temporary detours for some of the park’s features, including the disc golf course.
Construction updates on these projects are located at www.BoulderParkNews.org.
Council pushes for clean energy outcomes in franchise talks
Boulder City Council on Thursday, June 3, directed staff to continue negotiating a possible franchise with Xcel Energy while still pushing for a two-year extension and environmental side agreements that would help the community meet its clean energy goals.
Five members of council directed staff to move forward on discussions with Xcel, although some expressed concerns about the utility’s commitment to an environmental partnership with the city and questioned whether voters would approve a renewed franchise if it were to be placed on the ballot for the Nov. 2 election.
Council members agreed their preference would be for Xcel to grant a two-year franchise extension and commit to partnering in a study that could outline the course for rapid decarbonization during that time. The energy company has previously indicated that it is not interested in an extension of that length.
On Thursday, prior to the study session, officials with Xcel notified the city manager that the company will agree to an extension of the current franchise agreement until Dec. 31, 2010, to allow more time for negotiations. Under this extension, Xcel will be permitted to continue using public rights-of-way under the terms detailed in the 1993 franchise agreement. Council will still have to make a decision by mid-August about whether to put a franchise agreement on the ballot for voter consideration on Nov. 2.
The issue of whether to renew a franchise agreement with Xcel has financial, legal and environmental implications for the city and its goals of providing reliable and affordable energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
If approved by the voters, the franchise would grant Xcel the right to use streets, alleys, rights-of way and other public property for the purpose of providing utility service to the residents and businesses. In return, Boulder would receive a franchise fee equal to 3 percent of the company’s sales of gas and electricity within the city each year. This currently totals $3.9 million. This fee is used to fund key city services. State law allows Xcel to pass the franchise fee onto Xcel’s Boulder customers because they are the ones who gain the benefits of that revenue. The passed-through cost appears as a line item on Boulder customers’ Xcel bills. The city also receives other benefits from a franchise agreement with Xcel, such as access to a 1 percent “undergrounding” fee, which is used to underground overhead power lines, and the right to place city signs and fiberoptics equipment on Xcel’s utility poles free of charge.
Because of the financial implications to the city of losing the franchise fee if the franchise is not approved, council on Thursday also instructed city staff to continue researching alternative sources of revenue. This could include the possibility of an occupation or excise tax, which would have to be approved by voters, but would be collected only if there is no Xcel franchise.
For more information about the franchise and clean energy issues, please visit http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/energyfuture.
April 26, 2010
Our members are excited about the Connect for Lunch program as a way to develop in-depth business relationships.
Register today for Social Media 2010 – The Business Edition
Social Media 2010 | Friday, Apr. 30 | 7:30-11:30 am | UCAR: 3085 Center Green Dr. | Register
Presenting sponsor: Premier Members Federal Credit Union
Join us next week for an interactive social media event featuring a panel discussion on Issues Management and Controlling a Crisis Using Social Media. Our rock star panelists are Kevin Kaufman, Daily Camera; Misty Montano, CBS4 News; Phil Smith, Alta Colleges; and Derek Olson – moderated by Ramonna Tooley of GroundFloor Media. Register now!
The panel will be followed by intimate break-out groups on several topics – designed to help businesses more intelligently integrate social media into their marketing plans.
Hot topics include:
· Building a Solid Social Media Strategy
· Controlling a Crisis with Social Media
· Social Media for Start-ups
· Social Media for B2B Campaigns
· Getting Started with SEO
· Corporate Blogging: Getting Started and Best Practices
· Social Media for Customer Service
· Merging Social Media Programs with Overarching Marketing Programs and Goals
· Flip Cameras 101
· Geotagging/Foursquare for Retail Businesses
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Member Breakfast @ Wink Optical
Member Appreciation Breakfast | Tuesday, Apr. 27 | 8-9 am | 3301 30th St.
Come out for a.m. networking at the April Member Appreciation Breakfast at Wink Optical.
Wink offers the most advanced digital equipment the industry has to offer in Boulder. This event is for Chamber members only and is free of charge with no RSVP required.
2010 Boulder Economic Summit registration open
Boulder Economic Summit | Wednesday, June 2 | 7:30am-1:30pm | CU-Boulder: UMC | $60 | Register
The theme of this year’s Boulder Economic Summit event is “Boulder in 2035: Opportunities and Insights.” Learn what’s on the horizon – from population and employment projections to planning challenges and industries poised for growth and the economic implications for Boulder.
Visit bouldereconomiccouncil.org for additional details and registration.
Does your business have a solid marketing plan?
SBDC: Marketing Plan Essentials | Thursday, April 29 | 2-5pm | 2440 Pearl St. | $35 | Register
Break your marketing plan down into its core elements, including identifying your market niche, developing a marketing strategy, and determining a marketing budget. Each component of the marketing plan will be discussed in detail and attendees will receive several worksheets to help crystallize key portions of the plan. Presentation by Maureen (Mo) Kanwischer, Momentum Business Consulting.
Visit bouldersbdc.com for full details and registration.
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Take Advantage of Chamber Member Discounts in 2010!
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Don’t miss the opportunity to receive two free Business After Hours passes! Just send/call in your referrals for new Chamber members, and when they join you will be rewarded. Contact Jan Berg at 303.786.8076 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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