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Widefield Water and Sanitation moved into their newly minted facility on the east end of Fontaine last month.

You’ll now find them at 8495 Fontaine Blvd, between Powers and Marksheffel.
You can still reach them at the same phone: 719-390-7111 and website at http://www.wwsdonline.com.

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Griffis/Blessing has been selected by Pathfinder Funds to provide property management services for Villa del Prado and Chateau at Villa at 635 Mohawk Drive in Boulder   The community is located in the Frasier Meadows neighborhood which is just minutes from CU and downtown Boulder.
 
Pat Stanforth, Senior Vice President of Multifamily Services says, “We are thrilled that our breadth of knowledge and experience in multifamily property management along the Front Range presented us with the opportunity to work with this new owner.”
 
Villa del Prado has 82 apartment homes with studio, one, two and three bedroom floor plans. The quiet, garden-style community offers residents a variety of amenities from the indoor and outdoor pools, to the spacious clubhouse and large courtyard. Interior amenities offer private patios/balconies and air conditioning, while some homes have fireplaces and in-unit washers and dryers.
 
The community will be managed by District Manager Rachel Butler with day-to-day operations being handled by Property Manager Jenn Johnson.
 
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with an additional office in Denver, Griffis/Blessing, Inc. currently manages over 4 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 9,300 apartment units located along Colorado’s Front Range. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services throughout Colorado since 1985. For more information, visit www.griffisblessing.com.
 

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Press Release (BlakelyCompany.com)

Blakely + Company, a full-service advertising agency in downtown Colorado Springs, has opened a second office at Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation.
 
For the past year, Blakely + Company has provided strategic insight, graphic design, website design, event planning, video production, public relations and brand development for Catalyst Campus.
 
Recently, the two entities expanded their partnership. Blakely + Company is now a marketing Support Services Provider for Catalyst Campus members and partners.
 
Catalyst has partnered with vetted businesses to provide on-campus access to a variety of services that technology companies, businesses, start-ups and nonprofits need in order to succeed.
 
These Support Service Providers will offer marketing and public relations, human resources (for full-time employees, contractors or proposals), legal support, accounting/bookkeeping, business banking/finance and opportunity analysis for Catalyst members and partners.
 
“We’re thrilled to deepen our partnership with the Catalyst Campus by having a full-time presence there. Catalyst Campus is a hotbed of innovation and technology, and we’re honored to be closely aligned with the mind-expanding collaborations that are happening there,” said Camille Blakely, president of Blakely + Company.
 

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Press Release (TheHudsonFirm.com)

The coal dust has settled. Peabody Energy has sent a wired fund transfer to the Routt County Treasurer’s Office to cover the full cost of their delinquent taxes, as well as six months of interest amassed as of November, 2016.

It took a bit of effort, many discussions, and sticking to good fiscal principles in order to fulfill our obligation to the taxpayers, but the Routt County Treasurer’s Office got it done. In addition to the full tax payment being received, legal fees that the Treasurer’s Office accrued while working on receiving full payment were paid by Peabody Energy in their entirety. The Routt County Treasurer’s Office did not spend one dime of taxpayer’s dollars to recover overdue funds - per state statute the delinquent tax payer is responsible for all the costs incurred to recover the delinquent taxes. Those funds were swiftly distributed to taxing entities by the Routt County Treasurer’s Office including the South Routt School, South Routt Medical Center, West Routt Fire District, and others.

In case you missed it, Peabody Energy and their local coal mining entities, Twenty Mile, Hayden Gulch and Sage Creek, filed bankruptcy in April, 2016. The coal company paid half of their taxes due on time. June, 2016 rolled around and the second half was not paid as required. This lack of payment left schools, medical centers, libraries, water districts and fire departments short of funds to the tune of $1.8 million dollars. SOROCO School Board Superintendent Darcy Mohr quickly informed the county that payroll could not be covered in July without the overdue tax money. The other unfunded special districts were strapped as well and were hoping to have their expenses funded soon.

But before payment was made, some Routt County elected officials thought they could accept less than the full payment owed to maintain operations. They were unaware that state statute identifies the County Treasurer as the only authorized agent to accept tax dollars. Each county elected official has the responsibility for their respective piece of government, and together they satisfy the total scope of county government.

I take my role as your elected County Treasurer very seriously, but it can be challenging in the face of a lack of trust. During the negotiations, some feared that holding out for full payment would jeopardize the operations that needed the funds immediately. I could not legally or morally accept anything less than full payment with penalty interest. I am a responsible public servant that serves without compromise, knowing the right way is the only way. I will stand for the citizens of Routt County and not fade under the roar of political winds. I strive to treat everyone the same, and get the job done the right way for all involved.

The good news is it now looks like Peabody is re-organizing while under bankruptcy. This will hopefully ensure a mutually productive future for both that company and our community. As for the Treasurer’s Office, we are back to the daily work of assisting our community in this New Year. It is our pleasure to serve all taxpayers, and businesses, and public entities equally in Routt County.

--  Brita Horn is the Routt County Treasurer/Public Trustee and the Fire Chief for Rock Creek VFD in McCoy. She has resided in Colorado since 1989 and lives on the family ranch with her rancher husband Gary. They have two daughters that attend land grant colleges, CSU and Kansas State.

Brita has been elected by her peers to be the President of the Public Trustee Association of Colorado.

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Press Release (Dougherty Relations)

At Vectra Bank Colorado’s recent economic forecast event, “New Opportunities and Risks in 2017 – Adjusting, Adapting and Thriving in Changing Business Environments,” economic experts Burt White, Managing Director of Research and Chief Investment Officer for LPL Financial, and economist Patricia Silverstein, Development Research Partners discussed Denver and Colorado growth, doing business in a changing political and economic climate, investment considerations during a boom market, interest rates, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth and how it will all impact business.

“Running on all cylinders this year,” is how Silverstein explained Colorado’s growth and success. With net migration at an all-time high of 45,000 last year, Silverstein expects 2017 migration to be slightly less at about 40,000. Because of high housing costs in Colorado--the 16th highest in the country--and the importance for businesses to attract top talent within the growing Millennial workforce population, Silverstein says businesses will need to closely watch staffing needs and may need to increase compensation and benefits to attract new workers.

Because Generation Y has not yet reached its income potential, Generation X is spending the most dollars and driving the economic activity. As Millennials soon come into their income potential years, age 35-55, Silverstein says they will play a larger role in strengthening the economy. Silverstein expects retail trade activity to increase in 2017, but informed participants to expect inflation “taking a bigger bite out of our income this year,” expecting inflation to reach 3 percent in 2017.

Silverstein again expects Colorado to rank in the top 10 states for employment in 2017.  While growth has been slow for some areas in Colorado, like Grand Junction, all areas of state saw expansion.

“Every single industry expanded in metro Denver region, said Silverstein. “This was the fourth year that we’ve seen growth in the state’s super sectors. In fact, all sectors have enjoyed growth at historic rates.” Silverstein’s report on Colorado’s 2016 growth clusters comes out today.
Silverstein noted that these historic numbers don’t take into consideration Colorado’s sole proprietors and innovator population. Sole proprietors make up 25 percent of Colorado’s workforce. In fact, Colorado is the 5th most concentrated state of sole proprietors in country.

Burt White focused on the national economic forecast and investing. At last year’s conference White predicted a 70 percent chance of recession and even potential negative interest rates. One year later we have a forecast of strong growth with no chance of recession.

While a positive that the country avoided recession, White told the audience that the low 2 percent growth in GDP has slowed our post-recession recovery and dubbed it “the worst recovery ever.”