Business Briefs – 3/31/2006

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EDC recognizes 2005 development leaders

The Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. presented its 2005 Economic Development Leadership awards last week.

Community Economic Impact Awards were given Barclays, for its decision to move to Colorado Springs, which will bring 450 employees and a $6.5 million investment; SkyWest, for its addition of 200 employees and a $20 million investment; and Intel for its commitment to invest $190 million in its local facility.

Gov. Bill Owens received a Leadership Award for his willingness to take a stand in support of Referendum C. A Community Enhancement Award for the most significant positive impact on the community’s economic development was given to the Referenda C and D Citizens’ Coalition.

Rep. Joel Hefley received a Leadership Award in appreciation for 30 years of service to the Pikes Peak region and his role in supporting and expanding the region’s military sector.

Economic Impact Awards for the largest positive impact on the funding for the EDC program were presented to Colorado Springs Utilities, Nor’wood Development Group, La Plata Investments, Classic Communities Inc. and the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs.

The Downtown Partnership and Richard Skorman were honored with Outstanding Community Service Awards. Volunteer of the Year awards were presented to Ralph Braden, Phil Hagen and Jerry Heimlicher.

Workers’ comp verification available online

A new service has been added to the Department of Labor and Employment’s Web site that allows verification of whether a company has workers’ compensation insurance coverage.

The information is available at by clicking on the link to Employers’ Workers’ Compensation Insurance Verification.

Colorado employers, with limited exceptions, are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance.

The department says that there are several benefits to having the information readily available, including allowing pharmacists to fill prescriptions for injured workers whose claims have not yet been assigned a number and allowing attorneys to check to see what the insurance company of record is for their client’s employer.

In February, 789 individuals visited the site and performed almost 3,000 verification services.

Volunteers needed for WalkAmerica event

The March of Dimes is seeking volunteers to help at its WalkAmerica event on April 29 at America the Beautiful Park.

Two hundred volunteers are needed to perform a variety of tasks, including setup, participant registration, food coordination, crowd management and cleanup. Work locations will be at the park or along the walk route.

The times volunteers are need vary, but the hours are generally between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information or to sign up, call 473-9981.

KRDO named 2005 station of the year

KRDO-TV News 13 has received the 2005 Station of the Year Award from the Colorado Broadcasters Association.

The station won six first-place awards (Best Single Spot, Best Graphics/Animation, Best Single Program, Best Specialty Reporter, Best Public Affairs Program, Best Anchor/Team) and 14 second-place awards, placing in 18 of the 20 entered categories.

KRDO is part of The Pikes Peak Broadcasting Co., which includes 95.1 The Peak Radio, Sax 105.5 Radio and Sports Radio AM 1240. The company also owns KJCT-TV News 8 in Grand Junction.

Library district to improve computer, Internet access

The Pikes Peak Library District has received a $51,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to upgrade computers previously donated by the foundation.

The grant, which is part of the foundation’s U.S. Library Program, will allow the district to sustain free, high-quality access to computers and the Internet for library patrons.

They money will be distributed over three years. This year, the grant will be used for new computers at the Cheyenne Mountain, Ruth Holley and Sand Creek branches.

Strategic Financial Partners honored

Strategic Financial Partners has received the National President’s Award and the Total Premium Award for 2005 from the Penn Mutual Insurance Co.

The firm has offices in Colorado Springs, Denver and Kansas City.

SBA seeking input on disaster response

The U.S. Small Business Administration has released a request for information soliciting input about how the private sector can best support the delivery of the SBA’s Disaster Assistance program, within its current operational framework and/or within a guaranteed lending framework.

In the aftermath of a federally declared disaster, the SBA provides assistance to qualified homeowners, renters and business owners in the form of long-term low-interest loans.

The magnitude of the 2005 hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast region caused more home and business owners to apply for SBA assistance than any previous disaster in the agency’s history.

In order to prepare for future disasters, and to ensure that the disaster program is operating at its highest potential, the SBA is seeking ideas and options for complementing the agency’s existing resources. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. EST on May 2.

Information is available on the Fed
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