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Amazon announces big expansion plans in Colorado Springs

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Amazon currently employs more than 4,000 people in Colorado;
new facility will employ more than 1,000 associates

Amazon today announced plans to open a new fulfillment center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, creating more than 1,000 full-time jobs starting at $15 an hour with comprehensive benefits starting on day one. Amazon currently employs more than 4,000 full-time associates throughout the State of Colorado.

"We're excited to open a new, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Colorado Springs. Colorado has a talented workforce, and we are very excited to grow employment beyond the more than 4,000 associates already serving customers in the state," said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon's Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment.

“The City of Colorado Springs is thrilled to welcome this new Amazon facility to our community,” said Mayor John Suthers. “The arrival of this incredibly successful and innovative company brings with it a wealth of good-paying jobs in our Southeast quadrant and continued positive growth at the Colorado Springs Airport. I commend the Colorado Springs Airport, the city’s economic development division and our partners at the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC for yet another very positive development for the City of Colorado Springs.”

Amazon will fulfill customer orders such as books, electronics, and toys from this 800,000-square-foot fulfillment center. All associates will go through safety training and have access to continuing education opportunities through Amazon's upskilling programs such as Career Choice. In the Career Choice program, the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program's launch, over 25,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

On top of Amazon's $15 minimum wage, the company offers full-time employees comprehensive benefits including full medical, vision, and dental insurance as well as a 401(k) with 50 percent match starting on day one. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families. In addition, Amazon has pledged to invest over $700 million to provide upskilling training for 100,000 U.S. employees for in-demand jobs. Programs will help Amazonians from all backgrounds access training to move into highly skilled roles across the company's corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfilment centers, retail stores, and transportation network, or to pursue career paths outside of Amazon.

Amazon's fulfillment network supports businesses of all sizes worldwide through its Fulfillment By Amazon offering, and many of those local organizations are based right here in Colorado. There are more than 45,000 authors, small and medium-sized businesses, and developers in Colorado growing their companies and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services. Amazon has invested $1.5 billion in Colorado including customer fulfillment and cloud infrastructure, research facilities, and compensation to our employees. A result of Amazon’s investments in Colorado, more than $1 billion has been added into the state GDP.

In 2019, Amazon released a report that revealed the top 10 states with the fastest-growing small and medium-sized businesses. The State of Colorado was sixth on the list. The report examined year-over-year sales growth of businesses selling in Amazon’s stores across all 50 states. Amazon helps facilitate online selling and provides the logistics behind-the-scenes that help enable businesses, particularly those located in rural areas, to reach customers around the globe.

The project is being developed by Trammell Crow.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for  invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Red Energy Public Relations in Colorado Springs has recently been awarded three public relations and marketing contracts with organizations to include: ViewHouse Colorado Springs, Melody Living Lake in the Hills and Peak Military Care Network.

The full-service firm offers a wide range of services and will support ViewHouse Colorado Springs with their Grand Opening in the Pikes Peak Region by assisting with media outreach and digital marketing, and supporting the restaurant with its long-term community outreach strategy.

Supporting Illinois-based Melody Living Lake in the Hills, a Cedarwood Development project, Red Energy will extend the assisted living and memory care community's digital footprint through SEO content development, social media management, media relations, special event planning, community outreach and advertising.

Peak Military Care Network has contracted Red Energy to assist with the nonprofit organization's brand redevelopment and merger with The Home Front Cares of which Red Energy will incorporate strategic market research, conduct focus groups, develop a brand identity, create key messaging and design the organization's marketing materials.

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An enjoyable new cooking school and workshop venue

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Crafted Colorado announces that it has opened a second location in
the heart of Old Colorado City to house a larger workspace area to host new and invigorating
cooking classes and activities. Nominated as one of the Best Cooking Classes in the
Springs - Crafted Colorado has partnered with Sweet Addict Bakery to offer fun and
memorable classes that are entertaining for all ages!

Class topics currently scheduled include Harry Potter Desserts, Cooking with Cannabis,
Chocolate & Wine pairing, Cannolis, Boozy Baking and even chunky knit blankets!
To celebrate, Crafted Colorado is hosting a giveaway: one lucky winner will receive a
complimentary class for four people - topic of their choice (up to a $320 value!) To enter,
please visit facebook.com/CraftedColorado

Many of the classes are taught by Sweet Addict Bakery owner, Deidre Peak. In ten short
years, Sweet Addict Bakery has become a top 1% business on Etsy and has even been
featured by the Food Network! Mrs. Peak is “delighted to offer easy, enjoyable and
entertaining cooking sessions” that she has “achieved through lots and LOTS of failures” and
her own “ingenuity and creativity.” Mrs. Peak is a “stress-eater” and her passion for baking
has become one of the most recognizable gourmet candy companies in our community and
beyond.

Crafted Colorado is a veteran and woman owned business that offers a variety of giftable
goods supporting 70+ local, small businesses - all handmade and crafted in our community.
Crafted Colorado’s kitchen space is available to rent for private parties, food trucks, catering,
etc. - please inquire!

From kids to seniors and sweet to savory, there's a class for everyone!
You can register for classes at their website - www.craftedcoloradoltd.com/events

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Voters already registered with a party who wish to change major party affiliation or register as unaffiliated must do so by midnight tonight in order to receive the corresponding ballot for the March 3 Super Tuesday Presidential Primary. Those who are registered as a Democrat or Republican will receive the primary ballot for their party.

Midnight tonight is also the deadline for unaffiliated voters to select a party preference before primary ballots are mailed. Otherwise, unaffiliated voters will receive ballots from both major parties, but can only vote and return one.  To change party affiliation or update other registration information, click here.

“With ballots going out next week, Coloradans have an opportunity to vote before many of the nation’s primaries,” said Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold.  “This is the first Colorado Presidential Primary in 20 years, and is an incredible opportunity for voters in our state to help determine the 2020 presidential candidates.”

Ballots will be sent by county clerks next week. Voters will also have the opportunity to vote in person beginning on February 24 and continuing through Election Day on March 3 until 7 p.m.  Colorado also offers same-day voter registration, allowing eligible Coloradans to register and vote on Election Day.     

This is also the first year that 17 year-olds will be able to participate in Colorado’s two primaries, the Presidential and the State Primary taking place June 30, provided they turn 18 by the General Election on November 3.  Colorado is one of just 17 states that allow this added level of accessibility. 

For more information on Colorado’s Presidential Primary and all upcoming elections, please visit www.sos.state.co.us.  Coloradans can update and verify voter registration, or register to vote, online at www.GoVoteColorado.gov.