Business Briefs – 4/18/2008

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County nets national honors

El Paso County has received an Act of Caring Award for volunteer programs helping children and fathers, and the Legacy Award for Excellence and Innovation for its Center on Fathering program from the National Association of Counties.
The Legacy Award included $1,500, which will be used to enhance services at the center, which is administered through the Department of Human Services.

CSP wins national award

The Colorado State Patrol has been recognized by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for its commercial motor vehicle safety efforts.
CSP was honored in the category of mid-sized states.
The criteria for judging include overall program performance in data quality, traffic enforcement, commercial vehicle fatality rate and state conducted compliance reviews.

Forestry, weed commission

Volunteers are needed to serve on the El Paso County Forestry & Weed Advisory Commission.
The commission develops and reviews action plans for the integrated management of state mandated weeds. Members serve for three-year terms. Qualified applicants must own 40 or more acres within unincorporated El Paso County.
Applications are available at www.elpasoco.com and are due by May 2.
For more information, call 520-6436.

Citizens’ Academy on tap

The City of Colorado Springs is accepting applications for the 2008 Citizens’ Academy.
The eight-week program about municipal services begins Sept. 10 and will be held on Wednesday nights.
Applications are available at www.SpringsGov.com and are due by Aug. 1. There is a $40 program fee, which will be collected after applicants are selected.
For more information, call 385-5906.

State Games registration

Online registration for amateur athletes is now open at www.stategamesofthewest.org for the inaugural State Games of the West, July 24-27, in Colorado Springs.
About 8,000 competitors of all ages and skill levels from 13 Western states are expected to participate in the event, which offers 31 sports.
The State Games of the West, which is being hosted by the Colorado Springs Sports Corp., is open to all State Games athletes from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. All participants are eligible by competing in their local State Games during 2008 regardless of their placement.
Wyoming athletes will be welcome even though the Cowboy State Games ceased operations after last summer.
Athletes will compete at 24 venues including the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado College, the U.S. Air Force Academy and Fort Carson.
The opening ceremony is scheduled for July 24 at the Colorado Springs World Arena.
The state’s annual Rocky Mountain State Games for Colorado athletes will be folded into the State Games of the West, as they were during 2005 and 2007 when the city hosted the national State Games of America.
A record 10,803 athletes from 47 states participated in the 2007 State Games of America that were held in Colorado Springs, with an economic impact of some $11 million, and the event returns to the city in 2009.
It now ranks as the largest multi-sport event in Colorado history.