Business Briefs – 2/15/2008

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State fair in elite group

Carnival Warehouse has listed the Colorado State Fair as the 38th most-attended fair in North America.
The “Top 50 North American Fairs” drew nearly 41.5 million guests during 2007; the Colorado State Fair had attendance of 485,038.
The fair ranked 42nd during 2005 and 38th during 2006.
The 2008 Colorado State Fair is scheduled for Aug. 22 to Sept. 1. For more information, visit

DLR practices ranked No. 1

DLR Group’s design practices for justice and education have been ranked No. 1 in the world by BD World Architecture magazine.
The ranking is based on annual income for specific practice areas.
This was the fourth consecutive year that the justice practice was recognized and the second straight year for the education practice.
DLR Group has 15 U.S. offices, including Denver and Colorado Springs.

Union project wins award

The Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association has awarded the City of Colorado Springs the 2007 Engineering and Construction Management (Large Community) Award for its Union Boulevard reconstruction project.
The $3.6 million project was completed last August. Work included improving east-west mobility by providing additional queuing capacity for vehicles making left turns, reconnecting more than 50 water customers to a new main with no service disruptions, resurfacing a two-mile stretch in tire rubber asphalt, improving drainage and school crossings, constructing ADA ramps and upgrading traffic signals.
The project was recognized for its cooperation among the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, Colorado Springs Utilities, the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the city.

Fundraisers select officers

The Southern Colorado Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has selected its board officers for 2008.
Steve Elder will serve as president. Christi-Marie Butler is president-elect. Janet Hutchinson will serve as secretary and Ralph Moreman is treasurer.
AFP represents nearly 28,000 members in more than 185 chapters throughout the world.

Grazing fee unchanged

The federal grazing fee for Western public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service is $1.35 per animal unit month for 2008, the same level as last year.
The fee applies to nearly 18,000 grazing permits and leases administered by the BLM and more than 8,000 permits administered by the Forest Service.

Conservation grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service has $1 million available for 2008 Conservation Innovation Grants Program projects in Colorado.
Applicants can receive up to $75,000 for improving conservation practices. Those eligible include federally recognized Indian tribes, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals.
Selected applicants may receive grants up to 50 percent of the total project cost, and must provide non-federal matching money for at least 50 percent, of which 50 percent may be in-kind contributions.
Applications are available at The deadline is March 31.
For more information, contact Dollie Gonzales at (720) 544-2821 or

DreamMaker wins award

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen has received a regional Contractor of the Year award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for a residential kitchen priced between $30,000 and $60,000.
The Colorado Springs franchise is owned by Mark and Debra White.

Exporting nominations

Applications are being accepted for the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting.
Export businesses of any size or industry may apply. Winners will be recognized at World Trade Day on May 1.
Completed applications are due by March 28. For more information, or to request and application, contact Thomas Binet at or (303) 892-3813.