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The City of Colorado Springs has entered into a Call When Needed (CWN) public contract with Global SuperTanker Services, LLC. With over 36,000 addresses in the wildland urban interface (WUI) Fire Chief Collas was happy to announce that “Our City and the fire department took the necessary steps to engage is a contract with the Global SuperTanker, a one of a kind firefighting asset, that doesn’t cost our citizens anything, unless we call upon it during a disaster.  We are always looking for ways to ensure the safety of our community while being financially responsible. ”
The Global SuperTanker is what is known as a Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) and has the following firefighting capabilities:
· Capable of delivering up to 20,000 gallons of water and/or retardant on wildfire
· Flying at 600 mph is capable of eight segmented drops of its pay load
· Qualified to fly on State and Federal lands to assist with ground fire suppression efforts.
· The Global Supertanker is without equal in the aerial tanker fleet and is capable of flight profiles unavailable to any other tanker aircraft.
The SuperTanker is a phenomenal resource that the Colorado Springs Fire Department has drafted into its operational plan to protect our citizens and City assets against the threat of wildfire. 

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On top of furnishing your space, Equip, Inc. of Colorado Springs now glamourizes your space. As public spaces such as malls, museums and airports continue to modernize, Equip is proud to be an innovator to these spaces by providing attractive yet minimal maintenance planter displays and accessories. New to the game is Crescent Garden – an opportunity to bring nature to any indoor or outdoor space. Crescent Garden’s  unbeatable array of planters with exclusive designs and features will spruce up any environment. 
On Friday, August 4
th, Equip jumped on the opportunity to represent Crescent Garden and its technologically advanced yet natural products. The hustle and bustle of public spaces can make maintenance of floral and greenery displays seem high-cost and low reward. However, adding plants and greenery have multiple proven
benefits. They not only make spaces and the people in them happier, but they can reduce noise, and increase health by helping purify the congested air of public spaces. Now by using Equip as your authorized dealer for Crescent Garden’s products adding beauty to your public space brings high rewards with low costs.  
These newsworthy planters are energy efficient and made to last. The planters are made from 100% recycled material, come with a 10-year limited warranty, and can keep plants alive for 2-6 weeks with the TruDrop limited watering system. The TruDrop system eliminates the need for a green thumb by making drenching or dehydrating your plants almost impossible. Rather than having to test your green thumb abilities, the TruDrop system monitors the water levels of the plant. It indicates when it is time to re-water, stores water overfill in a separate compartment, and has a no-mess drain to remove excess water. 
Whether you want to modernize your space, or simply want to make your space seem more welcoming by adding greenery, Equip, Inc is excited to help by providing you low-maintenance planter solutions. Just like the TruDrop
system, ordering from us is simple. Contact us for more information and we will provide you a free quote with the best options for your space.
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Western LLC, an airport development company, attended the Grand Opening of the Cutter Aviation Executive FBO Terminal at the Colorado Springs Airport on Thursday. Cutter Aviation hosted a catered reception to showcase its new world-class facility, which complements the location with its unique western-styled log construction. Western LLC aviation development team ran the project, with ground-breaking ceremonies held a year earlier, to expand Cutter’s role at its Colorado Springs site, including additional office space, a new fuel farm, and expanded hangar space. The recent addition provides a total of about 9,000 square feet of offices and 132,000 square feet of hangar space, on a total footprint of more than 16 acres. On the way is a new 60,000 square foot hangar, also being developed by Western LLC’s aviation development team. Western’s team managed the FBO Terminal project from the development of the original vision, conceptual design, full permitting and entitlement, construction, interior design, and interior decorating.

The Western LLC build, led by Brad Henderson, provides a strong visual emphasis for the geography of Colorado Springs, with a dramatic skyline of the Rocky Mountains dominating the view. The opening reception for Cutter Aviation -- a leading full-service aviation company, founded in 1928 -- was kicked off by a novel twist on the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony. Will Cutter, President and CEO, manned a chainsaw to cut through a symbolic log. Along with executives from Cutter Aviation and Western LLC, VIPs attending included John Suthers, the mayor of Colorado Springs, several city council members, Dan Steever, the publisher of the Colorado Springs Gazette, and key staff members from the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. Western LLC’s executives and aviation development team members appreciate the values and professional standards of Cutter Aviation; the completion of the Cutter Executive FBO Executive Terminal and the other ongoing projects are clear evidence of the respect Western places on this relationship.

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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

The City of Colorado Springs has been awarded grant funding totaling $5.9 million to acquire qualifying properties in southwest Colorado Springs impacted by landslide activity that began in 2015. Twenty-seven homeowners qualified to be included in the application for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

“The City is pleased to have successfully secured grant funding to provide financial relief to those residents who have been struggling since May 2015 with significant damage to their homes from landslide activity. This grant funding will allow the city to purchase many homes that were significantly damaged or destroyed. In turn, and by FEMA rules, the land will be converted to open space to mitigate future damage,” said Bret Waters, Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management.

The City will begin the property acquisition process using a prioritized list of impacted homes until funding is exhausted. While the grant amount is not enough to purchase all 27 homes on the list, the City will continue to seek additional funding until all options are exhausted.

Several steps must take place prior to acquisition of any homes and the City of Colorado Springs will provide additional information and timeline of activities to applicants as the process moves forward.

No City of Colorado Springs General Fund budget money will be used for the acquisition of the homes. FEMA will provide a maximum reimbursement of up to 75 percent of the total eligible project cost. The project cost includes items such as title search and appraisal fees, property acquisition and cost of demolition. The property owner is responsible for the remaining 25 percent of the project cost. The City will apply in-kind services and staff time towards the required 25 percent grant match, which will lessen the cost to the property owners.


Heavy rains that plagued Colorado Springs during spring and summer 2015 saturated slopes and caused significant damage to public infrastructure and prompted FEMA to issue a Major Disaster Declaration on July 16, 2015 (“Colorado Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (DR-4229)”).  The heavy rains also triggered several landslides in isolated areas on the city’s west side.

The City of Colorado Springs applied in February 2016 for a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, a statewide competitive grant that could provide assistance to eligible property owners who have been impacted by recent landslides that are occurring as a result of the unprecedented rain events in 2015. City officials have been working with property owners, the State of Colorado and FEMA throughout the application process.

The HMGP program is a statewide program authorized under the Major Disaster Declaration for “Colorado Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (DR-4229)” declared on July 16, 2015. This statewide competitive grant program is designed to provide funds for projects that reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural disasters. It does not serve to provide recovery assistance, but instead to mitigate future damage. Funds are provided to the City as reimbursement for eligible documented costs. 

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Griffis/Blessing is excited to welcome Kerry Egelston as the new Senior Vice President of the Property Operations Group. Kerry has over 32 years of multifamily experience, as well as oversight of stabilized assets, new development, property rehabilitation and student communities. 

Kerry Egelston

She also has significant experience with asset acquisition and disposition, including the largest multifamily disposition in Colorado history, overseeing the sale of nearly 34 communities over a two-year span.  Additionally, she was accountable for a national portfolio of over 20,000 units.

Kerry holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University-Global Campus. 

“We are thrilled to be adding another experienced leader with a strong track record in the property management industry,” says William J Hybl Jr, President and COO. 

Griffis/Blessing, Inc., is the only Accredited Management Organization, AMO, headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, with additional offices in Denver. Griffis/Blessing currently manages over 4.5 million square feet of commercial space and more than 9,100 apartment units. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit