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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, in consultation with the Government Interest Committee (GIC), announced pro-business positions on ballot propositions and initiatives that are on the 2018 ballot.  The Castle Rock Chamber conducts a methodical process before taking a position. GIC reviews the issues and members vote to either support or oppose or to stay neutral. After the vote from the GIC, ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Press Release, Town & County News, Political, Voting Means Business , DCBA
Monday, October 08, 2018
Versatility Creative Group Expands to Denver’s Arts District DENVER – Local agency Versatility Creative Group is known around Colorado for its video production, graphic design, photography, social media and web design services. After helping hundreds of businesses, from small start-ups to national brands, some larger firms in Denver have taken notice and worked to entice the company to move to ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Chamber
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Whether it’s exploring a new trail, burning calories at the Recreation Center or attending an event at Festival Park, the Town’s parks and recreation amenities are top-notch. While this is something residents have known for a while, the nation is now taking notice. This week, the Castle Rock Parks and Recreation Department accepted the National Recreation and Parks Association’s 2018 Gold Medal ...read more
Categories: Awards & Accolades, Press Release, Town & County News, Community
Thursday, October 04, 2018
The recently released August employment data for Colorado shows that YOY average job gains during the summer of 2018 were the 8th best in the 78 years that data has been recorded. The strongest two years of year-over-year employment growth were 1978 and 1972. Totals for both years were greater than 90,000. Average employment this past summer was 79,100 greater than last summer.   The strength ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Economic
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Hot off the presses: According to the Leeds Business Confidence Index (LBCI), Colorado’s business leaders’ outlook remained positive ahead of Q4 2018; however, the index recorded a strong decrease compared to the prior quarter and compared to last year.   Participants shared opinions about the greatest headwinds facing their industry and the overall economy.   Read/download the complete LBCI ...read more
Categories: Town & County News, Economic, Press Release, Community
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
White Construction Group (WCG) is proud to announce that our founder and former president, Tim White, has been selected as the 2018 Engineering News-Record Mountain States Legacy Award Winner. This honor recognizes individuals who have achieved a lifetime legacy of service in design and construction, and who have given above and beyond to their professions and the communities in which they ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Awards & Accolades
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Congratulations to Chamber Member, Michele Johns Photography! She will be interviewed live on the Colorado & Company show on Thursday, October 4th on Channel 9 at 10am, 2nd in the lineup for her fine art boudoir photography.   Schedule: https://www.9news.com/article/entertainment/television/programs/colorado-and-company/colorado-company-show-schedule/73-170480409
Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Awards & Accolades
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
View Development Tales by the Director, Bill Detweiler-Development ServicesSeptember 2018 Edition, Reporting on August 2018
Categories: Town & County News, Economic, Community
Monday, August 27, 2018
LITTLETON, CO (August 7, 2018) Arapahoe Community College (ACC) and Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, are pleased to announce the launch of Colorado’s first registered Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program designed to meet local workforce needs.   A dozen students are enrolled in the initial cohort of this innovative work-based learning program, which is made possible by ...read more
Categories: Economic, Community, Town & County News, Press Release
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Information courtesy of E470 Fee Removal Effective September 1, 2018  (VRF is $10/year vehicle registration fees in 3 counties) The final steps are wrapping up to eliminate the Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF) for Colorado motorists living in counties where the fees have been imposed. The E-470 Board of Directors unanimously voted earlier this year to remove the fee and the Authority has been ...read more
Categories: Economic, Town & County News, Press Release, Transportation
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Chamber membership is good for business because it influences the community's perception of you. However, many business owners don't know exactly what the chamber does and so they don't take advantage of the help and resources it offers. For a minimum investment, the chamber can help your business grow in ways that may be difficult for you to do on your own. But if you believe these popular ...read more
Categories: Business Tips Blog, Economic, Community, Chamber
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
  Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is pleased to announce that the popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free to DCL cardholders. Library patrons can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting DCL.kanopy.com. Access includes four free plays per month per library card.   Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic ...read more
Categories: Fun Facts, Press Release, Town & County News, Community
Thursday, July 26, 2018
In November, elections will be held for the Councilmembers representing the newly drawn Town Council Districts 3 and 5. Castle Rock’s first Mayor at-large will also be on the ballot. Candidates interested in becoming a candidate for these offices must first register with the Town Clerk. Registered candidates may pick up nominating petitions starting Monday, Aug. 6, and may start circulating the ...read more
Categories: Voting Means Business , Community, Town & County News, Press Release, Political
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Federal review makes way for construction to startPosted Monday, July 2, 2018 2:09 pmJessica Gibbsjgibbs@coloradocommunitymedia.com The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration have signed a “Finding of No Significant Impact," affirming plans to fix the Gap south of Castle Rock will not significantly affect the environment within the project site. CDOT has ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Town & County News, Transportation
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
The most popular web browser is making the final push to HTTPS. Starting in September 2018, Google’s Chrome will stop marking HTTPS sites as “secure” in its address bar. And then in October 2018, Chrome will start displaying a red “not secure” label when users enter data into HTTP pages. This move could have a negative effect for many websites that still have not switched to HTTPS. Visitors ...read more
Categories: Business Tips Blog, Chamber
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Please note the highlighted section in yellow on transportation funding.   Today the Office of State Planning and Budgeting and the Legislative Council Staff (LCS) presented the June 2018 Quarterly Revenue Forecast to the Joint Budget Committee (JBC).  Sen. Crowder, Rep. Hansen, and Rep. Beckman joined the JBC.  This is the first revenue forecast after the legislature passed the state budget ...read more
Categories: Town & County News, Chamber, Economic, Transportation, DCBA
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The following documents in the Population & Development Report have been updated.   Douglas County Growth and Development Profile https://www.douglas.co.us/documents/douglas-county-growth-and-development-profile.pdf   Douglas County Housing Profile https://www.douglas.co.us/documents/douglas-county-housing-profile.pdf   Residential Project Status ...read more
Categories: Economic, Chamber, Town & County News
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Castle Rock, CO (May 29, 2018)- FirsTier Banks is announcing the Grand Opening of its new branch in Castle Rock, located at 120 S. Wilcox Street. The opening of the bank signifies the presence of a true community bank and will deliver quality financial resources and services designed to assist businesses, families, and community in Douglas County. Grand Opening activities will begin on Thursday ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Community
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce the Town of Castle Rock as a finalist for the 2018 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.  The Town of Castle Rock is a finalist in the Class IV (population 30,001-75,000) category. ...read more
Categories: Awards & Accolades, Community, Fun Facts, Town & County News
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The House passed SB 1 – Transportation formula with a strike below amendment.  The Senate is excepted to concur with House amendments to Senate bills later today.  Below a quick summary of the bill as it stands now.  I have also included the link to the bill - http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2018A/bills/2018a_001_rev.pdf   As always – please let me know if you have any ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Transportation, Political
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
DCBA Bill Tracker: http://statebillinfo.com/SBI/index.cfm?fuseaction=Public.Dossier&id=24400&pk=619&style=pinstripe   Under the Dome, Week 17   Highlights of the Week Legislators worked through hundreds of bills during the last full week of the 2018 regular session of the General Assembly. Several bills introduced on the first day of the legislative session finally crossed the finish ...read more
Categories: Political, Economic, Transportation, DCBA
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
2018 Session FactsDemocrat/Republican split in House of Representatives: 36/29 (This number was 37/28 as the session convened. Former Representative Lebsock switched affiliation from Democrat to Republican just prior to his expulsion, setting up a Republican vacancy committee.)Republican/Democrat/Unaffiliated split in the Senate: 18/16/1 (Sen. Cheri Jahn switched her affiliation from Democrat ...read more
Categories: Political, Chamber, Economic, DCBA
Monday, April 30, 2018
DCBA Bill Tracker: http://statebillinfo.com/SBI/index.cfm?fuseaction=Public.Dossier&id=24400&pk=619&style=pinstripe     Under The Dome, Week 16   Highlights of the Week There are less than two weeks until the Legislature adjourns Sine Die, which is a Latin term meaning “without a day.”  Legislators still have more than 300 bills to work through before Sine Die on May 9th.  Though ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Chamber, Political
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Under The Dome, Week 15   Highlights of the Week There are 18 days left in session, hundreds of live bills, and next week is gearing up to be big as the Legislature goes into overdrive to wrap up the session.  Top priority legislation for House Democrat leadership including paid family leave and youth suicide prevention passed this week and now moves to Senate while the Senate passed one of ...read more
Categories: Economic, Chamber, DCBA
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Under the Dome, Week 14    Highlights of the Week There have been 627 bills introduced and there are 307 still waiting to move through the process either to postponement or to the Governor’s desk.  The Joint Budget Committee met this week as a conference committee for the Long Bill to resolve the differences between the Senate and the House versions of the FY2018-19 budget.  Once the JBC came ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political, Town & County News, Chamber, Economic
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Highlights of the Week There are just over 30 days left in the 2018 Legislative Session and bills continue to be introduced.  The state budget made progress this week with its passage through the Senate.  Now a conference committee composed of the Joint Budget Committee members will convene to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget and present a final ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political, Chamber, Economic
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Highlights of the Week   It was budget week this past week in the House and the Budget Long Bill passed through right on schedule.  There was also lengthy debate on several gun bills and oil and gas regulation bills in the Senate.  SB 052, Repeal Ammunition Magazine Prohibition, passed the Senate on Wednesday on third reading and is headed to the House.  The bill would repeal prohibitions, ...read more
Categories: Economic, Chamber, Political, DCBA
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Congratulations residents of Douglas County! You live in the Colorado County ranked healthiest in the state. According to the 2018 “County Health Rankings” report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Douglas County Colorado ranks No. 1 for overall health outcomes for the third consecutive year. The County has been ranked by the Foundation as one of the top two healthiest Colorado Counties ...read more
Categories: Awards & Accolades, Town & County News, Community, Fun Facts
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Learn more about the best places to live in Colorado, and why you should consider moving to each.By Kevin Litwin on August 19, 2016 21:37 PMShareMattInden/MilesHere are the best places to live in Colorado:Aurora, COBoulder, COCastle Rock, COColorado Springs, CODenver, COFort Collins, COGrand Junction, COLakewood, COLittleton, COLoveland, COPueblo, COWestminster, COAurora Aurora has dozens of ...read more
Categories: Fun Facts, Town & County News, Community, Awards & Accolades
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Highlights of the Week   This week, the Legislature came to some key agreements on top issues including transportation funding in SB 001 and the state budget for FY2018-19.  However, other top efforts including finding the right balance to fund the state pension program, remain under fierce debate.  On Friday, March 23rd, the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) put the finishing touches on the Long ...read more
Categories: Transportation, DCBA, Economic, Chamber, Political
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
See below – the Senate passed SB 1 tonight, very amended. The JBC moved 500 million for 18/19 fiscal year this afternoon as a set aside that the Senate then grabbed for SB 1.  As of tonight the bill will now have bi-partisan support.  The first year of the SB 267 money for the Gap project held in tonight – along with 500 million for new projects.  The bill still has to pass 3rd Reading and then ...read more
Categories: Economic, Political, DCBA, Transportation
Friday, March 23, 2018
Highlights of the Week   At the end of the week, the legislature hit the midway point for the 2018 legislative session.  The House Agriculture Committee considered SB 002 (Financing Rural Broadband Deployment), one of the top priorities of the legislature, on Monday. Witnesses in support and opposition asked the committee to consider various amendments so action on the bill was delayed until ...read more
Categories: Political, DCBA
Friday, March 23, 2018
Highlights of the Week   With many bill deadlines approaching it was a busy week at the Capitol with committee hearings running late into the evening each night. There were packages of bills on conservation easements, opioid abuse and arbitration regulations that were heard in committees.   The Senate spent a good deal of time this week debating SB18-001, Transportation Infrastructure ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political
Friday, March 23, 2018
Today, the Joint Budget Committee met to hear the revenue projections from the Legislative Council Staff and the Office of State Planning and Budgeting.  This is the last revenue forecast to be released before the JBC finishes the Long Bill.  Now that the JBC has the information for each budget proposal, the Committee will choose a revenue forecast to use  for the state budget for FY2018-19.  ...read more
Categories: Political, Economic, DCBA
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
U.S. Chamber Awards Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce with 4-Star Accreditation The United States Chamber of Commerce today awarded the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce with 4-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. “Business leaders are a critical voice in conversations about promoting economic growth and job creation in ...read more
Categories: Awards & Accolades, Fun Facts, Town & County News, Press Release, Chamber, Community, Economic
Monday, March 05, 2018
Under the Dome, Week 6   Highlights of the Week It was another busy week under the golden dome of the Colorado State Capitol.  Committee meetings have started to run late into the evening as their calendars fill up and as more complicated bills move through the process.  Another slew of bills met their fate in the State Affairs Committees this week.  On Wednesday, the Senate State Affairs ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Chamber, Political
Monday, March 05, 2018
Under the Dome, Week 7   Highlights of the Week The Colorado Legislature took the day off on Monday for President’s Day and then dove in to a busy week. SB 167, 8-1-1 Call Before You Dig, a bill to bring Colorado into compliance with the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and move Colorado into a true One Call system with new rules for all ...read more
Categories: Political, DCBA
Monday, March 05, 2018
Under the Dome, Week 8 It was a week that will go down in the history books at the Capitol, as House Democrat leadership introduced a resolution to expel Democrat Representative Steve Lebsock, an action taken by the assembly only once before, in 1915. Sexual harassment claims were filed against Representative Lebsock in November, and this week a report from a third-party investigator found all ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Voting Means Business , Political
Monday, March 05, 2018
DCBA Bill Tracker:                                 http://statebillinfo.com/SBI/index.cfm?fuseaction=Public.Dossier&id=24400&pk=619&style=pinstripe Colorado General :                             http://leg.colorado.gov/   HB18-1125                     Tax Credit Employer-assisted Housing Pilot Program                                             Sponsors: Wilson   As a pilot program to ...read more
Categories: Political, Economic, Voting Means Business , DCBA
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Every year, the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce recognizes business owners, citizens and volunteers who represent the best that Douglas County has to offer.  View pdf of nominees  The Chamber has announced the nominations for this year’s Businessperson, Small Business, Citizen and Volunteer and Ambassador of the Year awards. The winners will be revealed, along with the 2018-19 Board of ...read more
Categories: Town & County News, Press Release, Community, Chamber, Awards & Accolades
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Below you will find the list on bills that the DCBA board took positions on.  Above you will find the link to the DCBA bill trackers and Colorado General Assembly website for all the latest action.  Also the bill links are provided within the bill number.    DCBA Board Positions taken 2-14-18   DCBA Bill Tracker:         ...read more
Categories: Political, Voting Means Business , DCBA
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Under the Dome, Week 5   Highlights of the Week It was a busy week for legislators as they worked to move their bills through committee.  As of Friday, there have been 429 bills introduced in the House and Senate.  The Joint Budget Committee introduced its package of supplemental bills on Monday in the House.  All of the supplemental bills for FY2017-18 but the Department of Corrections (DOC) ...read more
Categories: Voting Means Business , DCBA, Political
Monday, February 12, 2018
Town Council approved Tuesday two ordinances necessary to implement the voter-approved at-large Mayor structure. Those ordinances would officially call a special election for Tuesday, May 15, and set ballot language for the questions. The special election is necessary following the November 2017 election in which voters approved a new Town Council structure of a Mayor elected at large and six ...read more
Categories: Voting Means Business , Community, Town & County News
Thursday, February 08, 2018
DCBA Bill Tracking:  http://statebillinfo.com/SBI/index.cfm?fuseaction=Public.Dossier&id=24400&pk=619&style=pinstripe Under the Dome, Week 4   Highlights of the Week   There were 50 bills introduced on Monday, and the bill deadline on Wednesday will mean another slew of bills will be introduced any day.  As of Friday, 336 bills, resolutions, and memorials have been introduced.  The Joint ...read more
Categories: Political, Chamber, Economic, DCBA
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
DCBA Tracking Report: http://statebillinfo.com/SBI/index.cfm?fuseaction=Public.Dossier&id=24400&pk=619&style=pinstripe   Under the Dome, Week 3   Highlights of the Week   In the third week of the 2018 session, bills have begun to churn through the legislative process.  By the end of the third week, the House and Senate had officially introduced 269 bills.  A Joint Budget Committee bill, HB ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political
Monday, January 29, 2018
Castle Rock is a top Town The numbers, facts, research and databases help tell the story residents live every day - Castle Rock is a great place to be. In fact, our Town ranks among the best both locally and nationally, according to a variety of national publications and studies.Money Magazine: Top Place to Live Money magazine recognized Castle Rock in its top places to live in 2011, 2012 and ...read more
Categories: Fun Facts, Town & County News, Community, Chamber, Awards & Accolades
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Under the Dome, Week 2   Highlights of the Week The legislature didn’t convene until Tuesday this week in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Overall, the week was uneventful until Friday, when the House debated a resolution urging Congress to act on recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Last fall, President Trump announced that he would let DACA expire in March, giving ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Chamber, Economic, Political
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
The Citizen Advisory Committee created by Town Council to help implement the at-large Mayor structure approved by voters, met Tuesday night to discuss their recommendations. Town Council authorized the Committee in December 2017 to advise Council on certain necessary changes to the Town Charter and a transition plan for Castle Rock’s new Town Council structure. Specifically, the Committee was ...read more
Categories: Voting Means Business , Political, Press Release, Town & County News, Community
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
After adding jobs at a rate of 2.2% in both 2016 and 2017, Colorado will add jobs at a rate of 2.0% in 2018. There have been a few bumps along the way, but three years of job growth in the range of 2.0% to 2.2% can only be described as steady!   The Colorado economy is a happening place and there are a lot of moving parts. A few of the things to watch for in 2018 are:Health care will add the ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Economic, Town & County News
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Under the Dome, Week 1   Highlights of the Week Legislators from across the state met for the first day of the 2018 legislative session on Wednesday, January 10th.  Lawmakers have 120 days to address critical issues facing Colorado, pass laws that will enhance the lives of Colorado citizens, and agree on a budget for the next fiscal year.   The legislators enter this session under the unusual ...read more
Categories: Political, Economic, Chamber, DCBA
Monday, January 15, 2018
Governor John Hickenlooper gave his last State of the State Address to the members of the Colorado Legislature this morning.  In his speech, he took the long view to recognize the history that Colorado has risen from and the common threads that weave its citizens together.  He called the most central thread topophilia, which means a love of place.  He drew upon characters we can imagine such as ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political, Town & County News, Economic, Community, Chamber
Monday, January 15, 2018
The General Assembly started with much uncertainty about what the 2018 session will look like given all that happened during the interim.  There is a contentious election already underway for 2018, the Governor is entering his last year in office after two terms, Colorado’s capitol was hit with sexual harassment allegations against legislative members on both sides of the political aisle, and a ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Economic, Political, DCBA
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Legislative Council December Revenue Forecast: http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/dec2017forecast.pdf.   Governor’s Office of State Budgeting and Planning December Revenue Forecast: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17Hlm9TRbyISJk6ybh2k61euFf5pqE5A-/view   Legislative Council shows that the national economy will continue to grow at a moderate rate and Colorado’s economy is still one ...read more
Categories: Economic, Political, Transportation, DCBA
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
When choosing where to live or work, there are many factors to consider. For many, the most important factor is safety, and Castle Rock was once again ranked as one of the safest places in the state. Security system company Safe Home recently ranked the top 25 safest communities in Colorado. Castle Rock came in at No. 5. Nationally, Castle Rock ranked in the top 25th percentile. Safe Home used a ...read more
Categories: Awards & Accolades, Town & County News, Community, Chamber
Monday, October 02, 2017
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Categories: Community, Town & County News, Awards & Accolades
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
If your business is seasonal, it probably feels a lot like feast or famine. You may love your seasonal crowds but hate the fear you won’t last long enough to see your next one. Seasonal businesses or businesses in towns with a seasonal draw struggle with year-round consistent revenue. While you might not ever achieve revenue equality throughout every month, a chamber membership can help you see ...read more
Categories: Business Tips Blog, Chamber
Monday, August 22, 2016
Do you track the number of sales you make along with the revenue? Of course you do. How do your numbers look? Are you increasing or remaining the same? Hopefully you’re not down this year but if you are, these may be some of the reasons why and what you can do to fix them: You Can’t Compete on PriceI’m making a broad generalization here, but as a small business you can’t compete on price with the ...read more
Categories: Business Tips Blog