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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Highlights of the Week Thursday marked the 100 th day of the 2017 General Assembly with Senate President Grantham holding a press availability where he said that after more than five months of work, he had only five days to find a path forward for the transportation funding bill. HB 1242 is scheduled for consideration by the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, April 25 th . The final hope for ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Economic, Town & County News, Community, Political, Transportation
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
United in support of the I-25 Gap Coalition are: Dale Anderson, District Director for Congressman Doug Lamborn; Mayor John Suthers, City of Colorado Springs; Congressman Mike Coffman; Roger Partridge, Douglas County Commissioner; Frank Gray, President & CEO, Castle Rock Economic Development Council; Dirk Draper, President & CEO, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC; Mark Waller, El Paso ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Transportation, Chamber, Economic, Town & County News
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Download the economic indicators report . Find more stories at CU Boulder Today . New business filings exhibited strong growth in the first quarter of 2017, raising future employment expectations, according to a University of Colorado Boulder report released today by Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. However, the report – prepared by CU Boulder’s Business Research Division ...read more
Categories: Community, Town & County News, Chamber, Economic
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Highlights of the Week This week marked the one month mark for legislators to wrap up all their business for the 2017 legislative session. As of Thursday, 710 bills and resolutions have been introduced, 132 bills have been postponed indefinitely, 138 have been signed by the Governor, and bills are still being introduced daily. The House spent Monday morning making closing remarks on the FY ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Political
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Under the Dome, Week 13 Highlights of the Week This week the Senate handed over the budget to the House for consideration and debate. Although the Senate’s 45 amendments were deemed impressive at the time, the House introduced a total of 93 amendments to the budget and second reading debate extended over two legislative days. Many of the amendments mimicked those in the Senate while others ...read more
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Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Highlights of the Week The FY 2017-18 budget, SB 254 was introduced and debated in the Senate this week along with 12 budget orbital bills. The Senate worked on the floor until nearly midnight on Wednesday, debating 45 different amendments to the budget. Amendments ranged from defunding private prisons and putting the money into K-12 education, providing $3 million from the marijuana tax cash ...read more
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
The Douglas County Demographic Summary has been updated and is available online. It is a brief narrative describing demographic changes from the past year. http://www.douglas.co.us/documents/douglas-county-demographics-summary.pdf The link to the entire Population & Development Report is: http://www.douglas.co.us/about-us/demographics/population-and-development-report/
Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Town & County News, Political
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Under the Dome, Week 11 Highlights of the Week This week the Joint Budget Committee faced the difficult task of making final budget decisions and tackling big ticket items they put on the back burner during figure setting. On Monday, the JBC found out that based on decisions they made thus far, they were facing a $382 million budget deficit for FY 2017-18. They also learned that they needed to ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Economic, Political, Transportation
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Recently the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the 2015 and 2016 benchmark employment revisions. On a positive note the number of jobs added in 2015 was bumped up to 77,000. Through much of last year, BLS data pointed to job growth of about 69,000 workers in 2016. Unfortunately, the original estimates were significantly overstated and the number of jobs added was lowered to 56,400. While the ...read more
Categories: Economic, Press Release, Chamber, Political
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Under the Dome, Week 9 Highlights of the Week From start to finish, legislators tackled some of the most controversial topics this week. On Monday, the House Finance Committee met past midnight to hear from the proponents and opponents of two bills aimed to close the loophole that has allowed gray market marijuana in the state. The gray market for marijuana is considered marijuana that is legally ...read more
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
BIG News! Lawmakers Introduce A Fix Late yesterday, Senate President Kevin Grantham and Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran introduced HB 1242, a long-term funding solution to answer our transportation needs. “Every county and city in Colorado will share in the benefits from this transportation package,” Speaker Duran said. “And we will insist on transparency and ...read more
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Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Under the Dome, Week 7 Highlights of the Week The legislature enjoyed a short week thanks to President’s Day weekend. It is the last break the legislature will see until Sine Die unless, as is tradition, the House and Senate take off Good Friday. Having just passed the 75-day mark of session, and a rumored 250 bills to still be introduced, it is promising to be busy. The House State ...read more
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Monday, March 06, 2017
Highlights of the Week The House and Senate floor engaged in lengthier floor debate this week in an effort to clear out their lengthy calendars. In the House, the floor unanimously passed legislation that would give school districts the flexibility to determine if English language learners should take reading language assessments in their language of instruction or their native language. The ...read more
Categories: Economic, Chamber, Political
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
A $3.3 million donation from RE/MAX International helps accelerate Phase One of the new facility that will provide essential training for law enforcement, fire department and public works department drivers. Breaking ground on the Douglas County Emergency Vehicle Operations Center are (left to right) Former Douglas County Sheriff and Law Enforcement Training Facility Director, Steve Zotos; ...read more
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Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Festival Park is the heart of Downtown Castle Rock and is home to some of the community’s most treasured events. Soon, this central gathering space will be transformed into a vibrant urban center. This project was planned through a collaborative effort of residents, the Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Merchants Association and the Town. On Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 a construction ...read more
Categories: Awards & Accolades, Chamber, Community, Economic, Fun Facts, Press Release, Town & County News
Thursday, February 23, 2017
And the nominees are…. VIEW PHOTOS The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce announced the 2017 best of the best nominees for their Annual Awards: Business Person, Small Business, Citizen, Castle Rock Advocate, the Ping Lee Jung Volunteer of the Year and the Ambassador of the Year: The Businessperson of the Year Award recognizes business owners and/or management who have competitively ...read more
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
DCBA Bill Tracker: http://www.statebillinfo.com/SBI/index.cfm?fuseaction=Public.Dossier&id=22915&pk=619&style=pinstripe Highlights of the Week Another busy week at the Capitol wrapped up early Friday so legislators could make it home for a long President’s Day weekend. Each day saw committee meetings late into the night debating a host of issues. The week was bookended by ...read more
Categories: Business Tips Blog, Chamber, Political
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Arapahoe Community College (ACC) has accepted from the Castle Rock Town Council the investment of $3 million in infrastructure reimbursement to construct a Collaboration Campus. The campus will bring together education, business, and the community to create a unique resource for delivering seamless education and workforce training to Castle Rock. Educational partners Colorado State University ...read more
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Wednesday, January 04, 2017
CDOT initiated a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study scheduled for January 26th in Kirk Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds to identify immediate and longer-term solutions to this vital stretch of highway, which connects Colorado Springs through Castle Rock to the Denver South area. I-25 is the only north-south interstate route through Colorado, connecting the state's largest ...read more
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
A strategic plan can help you reach your business goals, but only if you know what to focus on. by Deborah Fell DID YOU KNOW that, mathematically, if you improve revenue by 2% per month, you will more than double your business in 3 years? The value of a strategic plan then, is to create the “how-to” strategies, initiatives and resourcing to get there. So how do you get this done? ...read more
Categories: Business Tips Blog, Chamber
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Douglas’ 2016 Budget, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, and Popular Annual Financial Report recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association For the third time in the past year, Douglas County has been recognized nationally for its continued commitment to fiscal accountability and transparency. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) ...read more
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Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Focus less on selling and more on providing value that draws customers to you as their trusted adviser. ENTREPRENEURS HAVE ALWAYS believed that their product or service must show real value to customers, but today the smart ones are even able to make their marketing valuable. The days are gone when marketing was all “pushing product.” Now customers seek out people who are willing and ...read more
Categories: Business Tips Blog, Chamber
Thursday, December 01, 2016
The numbers, facts, research and databases help tell the story Castle Rock residents live every day: Castle Rock is a great place to be. In fact, it’s one of the best small communities in the country, according to a new ranking. Even though our Town is growing, it is still considered small by many analysts. Those at personal finance outlet WalletHub recently studied data for 1,268 cities ...read more
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Thursday, December 01, 2016
Before you say you have no time to give back, or before you grumble about already doing it, this is not your typical post telling you that you need to give back to people who support you in your community. Instead, this article encourages you to give back as a small business owner based of what you will get. These benefits are all about you and your business, a return on your investment of time. ...read more
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