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Griffis Blessing to manage new Woodland Park retail center

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Griffis/Blessing has been tabbed by Woodland Park Investors, LLC to manage the newly built retail center at 19590 East Highway 24 in Woodland Park, Colorado adjacent to the Walmart Supercenter.  Starbucks and T-Mobile will anchor the 5,000 square foot building with a 1,200 square foot vacant space still available.  

Portfolio Manager, Jeremiah Nease, CPM®, will head the management team overseeing day-to-day operations of the building. Gwen Hughes, Management Assistant, Tiffany Ahnert, Property Accountant, and Bobby Black, Maintenance Technician round out the team for this assignment.

 “We are excited to manage this new build retail strip and the management team’s experience with national tenants make them a great fit for this assignment,” says Senior Vice President, Rick Davidson, CPM®. “This opportunity will be our fifth in Woodland Park as we continue to grow throughout Southern Colorado.”

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with offices in Denver and Boise, Griffis/Blessing, Inc. currently manages over 4.3 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 8,100 apartment units. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit

Jenay Gifford joins ISEC, Inc. business development team

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ISEC, Inc. has hired Jenay Gifford for a new Business Development position in the Rocky Mountain Region office, focusing on Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. With her six years of experience as a Manufacturer’s Representative at Bowman Construction Supply, she will bring extensive sales focus to further develop and cultivate industry relationships. Gifford holds a B.S. degree in International Business from Boise State University and a Design/Fashion Merchandising degree from Brooks College.
Founded in 1967, ISEC is a nationally known subcontractor and prime trades contractor providing architectural woodwork, ornamental metals and laboratory casework to the construction industry.  ISEC has grown to be a top specialty subcontractor, Ranked #62 on ENR’s 2014 Top 600 Specialty Contractors List with annual revenues of $250 million and 1,000 employees nationwide. Corporate headquarters is located in Denver, CO with regional offices in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Washington D.C., Houston, San Antonio, Tampa and Phoenix areas. Visit ISEC’s website at For more information please call Stephanie Paddock at 303.952.3972 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Now Open - Alvesteffer Diesel and Automotive Repair, Fountain, Colorado

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Alvesteffer Diesel and Automotive Repair s now open at 6950 South Hwy 85/87 in Fountain, Colorado, just north of the Dairy Queen. 

Alvesteffer is a family, veteran-owned business. They offer full service repairs, mobile service, diagnostic testing, auto glass, cooling system, electrical, engine, transmission, emergency road side assistance and more. 

You can reach them at 719-571-0360 or visit them on the web at

They’ll be holding their Grand Opening on June 13 from noon to 2pm with barbecue and giveaways. Everyone’s invited!

Is there a new business in your Colorado Springs, Security-Widefield or Fountain neighborhood? Tell us about it at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Black Hills Energy taps Opower to provide customers personalized energy use evaluations

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Imagine having your very own energy efficiency expert, one who drops by at your discretion to compile a personalized report of ways you could save energy for a lower natural gas bill, and then leaves choosing which steps you’ll take and how much you want to save entirely up to you.

A portion of Black Hills Energy’s residential natural gas customers in Colorado have had that free help at their disposal since early January, thanks to an innovative, interactive online energy tool that combines a customer’s voluntary input and statistics from other sources to provide clearly defined, actionable information, including customized energy efficiency tips and an anonymous comparison to similarly sized and equipped homes in their area of Colorado.

“Our customers consistently tell us that they’d like to improve the efficiency of their homes but that they’re not sure how to go about it,” said Matt Daunis, Energy Services manager for Black Hills Energy. “Through our Home Energy Report program, customers who want to can pick as they please from a personalized menu of insights and tips that suit their unique lifestyle and individual needs.”

About 45,000 of Black Hills Energy’s 74,000 Colorado natural gas customers were chosen for the utility’s Home Energy Report program. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved implementation of the program through 2017.

Four months in, the innovative, interactive reports have proven quite popular. “People really like the personalized nature and the freedom our program gives them to decide what, if any, of the suggested measures they’ll take to reduce their natural gas consumption and lower their natural gas bill,” Daunis said.

This program has been successfully deployed to over 95 utilities worldwide and has consistently delivered between 1.5 and 3.5 percent in average energy savings. Customers can opt-out or switch to paperless online at To date, the opt-out rate for the program is very low: under 0.1 percent of participants.

Customers have access to an interactive, user-friendly web portal designed to help them actively engage with their energy information. They can use the portal to review additional efficiency tips, conduct an automated 30-second home energy evaluation, develop a savings plan, and much more. Black Hills Energy’s Colorado natural gas participating customers can access the portal, update their information and learn more about the program at

Black Hills Energy’s partner in the new service is enterprise software company Opower.  Opower’s software reaches more than 50 million households and businesses. As with everything about the program, it’s all up to the individual to change their behavior and save money and energy.

Black Hills/Colorado Gas Utility Company, LP d/b/a Black Hills Energy

Black Hills Energy, a subsidiary of Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH), serves 74,000 natural gas customers in 31 Colorado communities. Black Hills Corp. is a growth-oriented, vertically-integrated energy company with a tradition of exemplary service and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Black Hills Corp. is based in Rapid City, S.D., and serves 777,000 natural gas and electric utility customers in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Black Hills Corp. also generates wholesale electricity and produces natural gas, oil and coal. Black Hills Corp.’s 1,948 employees partner to produce results that are improving life with energy. More information is available at

About Opower

Opower (NYSE:OPWR) is an enterprise software company that is transforming the way utilities engage with their customers. Opower’s customer engagement platform enables utilities to reach their customers at moments that matter through proactive and digitized communications that drive energy savings, increase customer engagement and satisfaction, and lower customer operation costs. Opower’s software has been deployed to more than 95 utility partners around the world and reaches more than 50 million households and businesses. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter at @Opower.

Dora Fessler Joins Griffis/Blessing as Denver Portfolio Manager

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Griffis/Blessing announces the hiring of Dora Fessler as the new Denver Portfolio Manager for the Commercial Property Services group. Ms. Fessler will oversee a growing office building and retail portfolio of 283,407 square feet with 67 tenants.

“Ms. Fessler brings over twelve years property management experience and an understanding of and familiarity with the Denver market and surrounding areas. We are thrilled to have her joining the Griffis/Blessing team to head the Denver commercial portfolio,“ says Rick Davidson, CPM®, Senior Vice President, Commercial Property Services.

Prior to working for Griffis/Blessing, Ms. Fessler spent 12 years with Vectra Bank as the Senior Facilities Admin. Ms. Fessler recently received her Real Estate license, enjoys camping, and owns investment property in the mountains.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with additional offices in Denver and Boise, ID, Griffis/Blessing, Inc. currently manages over 4 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 8,100 apartment units. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit

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