Business Briefs – 11/4/2005

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Midkiff chosen by chamber as Business Citizen of Year

Joel Midkiff was chosen by the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce as Business Citizen of the Year during the organization’s annual banquet last week at the Broadmoor Events Center.

Midkiff is general manager of Sinton Dairy. He has been involved with several community organizations, including United Way, The Resource Exchange, the Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp., the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross and the chamber.

He is the chairman of the board for the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry.

Also recognized at the banquet were U.S. Rep. Joel Hefley and U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard as Co-Legislators of the Year.

Literacy center seeking volunteer tutors

The Children’s Literacy Center is seeking volunteers to provide one-to-one tutoring in reading for first- through sixth-graders as part of the Peak Reader Program.

Volunteers will tutor one child, two hours a week for 12 weeks. Training is provided. For more information, call 471-8672.

Federal grant assists current, future UCCS students

Current and future students at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs may be eligible for assistance with childcare expenses, according to the terms of a four-year $168,000 federal grant.

The Child Care Access Means Parents in School grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Although details are still being determined, plans are for low-income students to receive a discount of about 25 percent on costs associated with day care at the Family Development Center. The discount has a value of more than $2,000 annually. Eligibility will be determined by the same federal standards that provide Pell grants.

At UCCS, more than 1,800 students are eligible for Pell grants and there were more than 70 specific requests for childcare assistance last year.

The Family Development Center is the campus childcare center at UCCS and offers full- and part-time learning programs for children ages 1 through 10. The center has 150 children who are enrolled and has been in operation for eight years.

State prosecutes five fraud cases in October

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment obtained five criminal convictions for unemployment insurance fraud last month. The convictions represent a total restitution of $46,413 awarded by the courts.

The cases, felony crimes as well as misdemeanors, were investigated by the Department’s Office of the Inspector General and were prosecuted by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office or their respective District Attorney’s Office.

Each year, the Office of the Inspector General handles more than 100 fraud cases. Reports of suspicious activity can be made by calling (303) 318-8227.

Landscape contractor receives national award

CoCal Landscape’s Longmont office has been awarded the Merit Award for landscape excellence at Pratt Business Park by the Professional Landcare Network.

Pratt Business Park consists of a 40-acre campus and contains more than 1.6 million square feet of turf, 40 controllers, a central irrigation system and 1,500 flats of annual flowers planted in 40 distinct beds.

CoCal Landscape is based in Denver, with offices in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins.