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The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners has approved changes to the Commissioner District boundaries, selecting Option 3 unanimously.  The Clerk and Recorder’s Office had proposed three options for redistricting on May 25, which began a 30-day public comment period for citizens to provide their input.

“We greatly appreciate the people who participated in their county government by offering their comments,” said Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman.  “There was a substantial increase in comments received during this redistricting process which shows the level of commitment of citizens to be involved in shaping our county. It also indicates our office’s dedication to accessible, transparent governance through the open houses we hosted and publicizing the public comment period.”

The Clerk’s Office received a record 266 comments on the district proposals, and followed up with those who submitted comments. Comments were submitted via email, forms, voicemails/phone calls, and in person. Comments received within the 30-day public comment period, May 25-June 24, were presented to the Board of County Commissioners at today’s meeting, June 29.  In addition, people attending the meeting were afforded the opportunity to address the Board, voicing their opinion, before the Board voted on the Commissioner District proposals.

There was a committed effort by the Clerk’s Office to inform the public and give the redistricting process high visibility in the community.  Two open houses at the Clerk’s Office gave people an opportunity to view the map options on a larger scale, and personally address questions or concerns to Clerk Chuck Broerman and Strategy and Development Manager Mattie Albert. Through press releases, social media postings and the Clerk’s website the public was kept apprised of the redistricting issue as well as the timeline for them to be involved by submitting comments.

Today’s Board vote brings the redistricting process to finalization before the July 1 deadline mandated by Colorado law.  County Commissioner District boundaries may be redrawn every two years to keep districts relatively equal in population. The districts were last examined and boundaries redrawn in 2015.  This year, the deviation between County Commissioner Districts’ populations was enough (3.06%) to warrant redistricting. 

You can view Option 3 here.

View the individual district maps here.

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The Widefield Running & Walking Club, led by Erik Nelson, Cross Country Coach for Widefield High School, is looking for participation from the local community. The newly formed club has a diverse group of runners and walkers. The club meets every Thursday night at 6:00 pm at the Widefield Community Center, 715 Aspen Drive. Club members run or walk, at their own pace along a 5K course that loops back to the start at the community center.

“I want people in this community, Widefield, Security, Fountain and surrounding areas to see people out running and walking and having fun doing it. Especially the kids in the area and I’m hopeful that seeing their community invested in running or walking will encourage kids to do the same,” said Erik Nelson.

Whether you are a competitive runner, just getting into the sport or someone who enjoys a good walk, the Widefield Running & Walking Club can help you achieve your goals. There are no fees and kids are welcome. You can run or walk with your dogs as well.

The Widefield Running & Walking Club is a community club formed to encourage its local neighbors to get out and run for fun. Please contact Erik Nelson at 719-659-9931 or Don Byers at 719-231-0169 for more information.

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Press Release

Mountain Metropolitan Transit is proud to announce its My Next Bus real time technology is now available via Google Maps. My Next Bus gives riders the ability to find nearby bus stops, look up departure times, plan trips and get arrival predictions while they are on the go, right from their phone. Mountain Metro staff will be demonstrating My Next Bus at the downtown transit terminal tomorrow, Friday, June 30 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

“We’ve had real time information at our downtown terminal and at some key transfer locations for a while, but now customers have this information at their fingertips, accessible while they are traveling.” said Craig Blewitt, director Mountain Metropolitan Transit. “Google Maps displays real time predictions based on the position of the bus, using live GPS data, combined with the speed, to give customers an estimate of when their bus will arrive.”

          Mountain Metro provides Google Maps with detailed information about routes, scheduled arrival and departure times, and live GPS data feeds that refresh every 30 seconds. My Next Bus is a valuable tool for transit riders and will be especially important during periods of bad weather or other incidents that may cause delays or irregular operations. Visit Metro’s My Next Bus web page for more information.

Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Metro Mobility ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses use clean diesel technology and are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Mountain Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program. For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit www.mmtransit.com, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).

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Press Release (SpringsGov.com)

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking applicants to fill the City’s open position; Chief Financial Officer. The chief financial officer (CFO) reports to the chief of staff/chief administrative officer, and is responsible for all accounting and treasury functions. This position directs the financial functions of the City including budget, fiscal and strategic planning, all aspects of accounting, sales tax collections, parking enterprise, grant management, and investments. The CFO develops fiscal policies, short and long term financial goals, and consults to and advises the chief of staff and the mayor. The chief financial officer directs the development of a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), district and enterprise financial statements, annual budget, strategic plan, and all cost allocations. The CFO may participate on special committees as required.

The City of Colorado Springs is looking for candidates who demonstrate:

Thorough knowledge or transferrable knowledge of the applicable federal, state, and local laws and administrative policies governing municipal finance

Ability to direct comprehensive financial programs, prepare comprehensive municipal financial reports, and prepare complex financial analyses

Colorado Springs, with an estimated population of 457,715, occupies 195 square miles at the base of majestic Pikes Peak – America's Mountain and enjoys nearly 300 days of sunshine per year. Colorado Springs is the state's largest city in terms of area and second to Denver in population. The "Springs" is home to several military establishments, including the Air Force Academy, many colleges and universities, the United States Olympic Committee Headquarters, and over 40 different sports organizations. Colorado Springs is a thriving city with over 30 Fortune 500 companies and a leader in the aerospace and defense industries. It also has a diverse collection of non-profit organizations and businesses with a large number of tourist attractions. Colorado Springs ranked 5th in the US News and World Report 2016 Best Places to Live in the United States.

The City of Colorado Springs, which is among the community's largest employers, is organized as a home rule Council-Mayor form of municipal government with a popularly elected mayor and nine council members.

To learn more about the City of Colorado Springs as an employer and what this beautiful city has to offer as a place to live and work by clicking on the following links: https://coloradosprings.gov/sites/default/files/candidate_info_packet_1.20.17_-_updated.pdf

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This includes BBBs serving: Northern Colorado and Wyoming, Denver and Boulder, and Southern Colorado.

Press Release (BlakelyCompany.com)

As part of ongoing efforts to provide the best possible support for small businesses, the BBBs of Colorado/Wyoming and the Colorado Small Business Development Center (CSBDC) will enter into an agreement concerning assistance to small businesses.

The organizations will sign a Memorandum of Understanding at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 29, at the Office of Economic Development and International Trade Office, 1625 Broadway Street, Suite 2700, Denver, 80202.

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado (BBBSC) has had a long-standing relationship with Pikes Peak SBDC and Southern Colorado SBDC, and has partnered to help educate and provide resources to small businesses.

Given the success experienced in Southern Colorado, the BBBs and CSBDC believe it would be advantageous to both organizations to work more collaboratively at the state level to foster collaboration and education for both organizations.

The State MOU uses the framework established between BBBSC, Pikes Peak SBDC and Southern Colorado SBDC and will include: Better Business Bureau serving Denver/Boulder, Better Business Bureau serving Wyoming and Northern Colorado, and the 12 additional full-time Small Business Development Centers and 70 part-time Centers of the Colorado SBDC Network.

“We appreciate the tremendous work that SBDC provides for small businesses and would like to work closer together throughout the state of Colorado,” said Jonathan Liebert, CEO and executive director of BBB of Southern Colorado.

“In Southern Colorado, we have achieved remarkable success through our partnership with Pikes Peak SBDC and Southern Colorado SBDC, and believe a statewide partnership with other BBBs and SBDCs will create a more cohesive network of resources and education for small businesses.”

The partnership allows BBBs and SBDCs in Colorado to partner and cross-promote services and events across the state, as well as provide more resources to communities and businesses unaware of BBB’s and Small Business Development Center’s services.