Business Briefs – 5/2/2008

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EDCC honors achievement

The Economic Development Council of Colorado has recognized several individuals, businesses and communities for achievement in economic development. EDIE Awards were presented in the following categories:
Company of the Year — T. Rowe Price in Colorado Springs
Small Community of the Year — City of Delta
Volunteer of the Year — Robert J. “Bob” Loew, an attorney at Fairfield & Woods in Denver and chairman of the Adams County Economic Development board of directors
Rookie of the Year — Kevin Tilson, Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Economic Development Achievement Award — Darlene Scott, Office of Economic Development and International Trade

UCCS nets community award

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs College of Business has received the 2007 Community Enhancement Award from the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp.
The award recognizes people or organizations that contribute to the economic vitality of the greater Colorado Springs area.
The college has developed programs that respond to market forces and business needs, and has 1,100 undergraduates and 450 MBA and Distance MBA students.

Transit grants available

The Colorado Department of Transportation is accepting applications for replacement or expansion of rolling stock for transit programs available through the Federal Transit Administration.
CDOT has $2 million set aside to pay for buses, minbuses, vans and other similar vehicles as part of the Strategic Transit Program.
The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. May 30. Applications are available by contacting Adam Rolstad at adam.rolstad@dot.state.co.us.

Colorado Tech honored

Colorado Technical University has received the Alpha Phi Alpha Ward of Honor for its “outstanding service to the community.”
The fraternity was founded in 1906 at Cornel University to promote brotherhood among black college men and to assist graduates in realizing their career goals.
CTU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission an is a member of the North Central Association.

Entrepreneur resource

SCORE has added a section targeted to young entrepreneurs to its Web site.
The content area offers mentoring and resources to help high school, college-age and 20-something small business owners.
Visitors to www.score.org/young.html will find information about entrepreneurship as a career choice, Web site design, university assistance and how to start smart.
There also are lists of more than 35 organizations, groups and Web sites that offer news, strategies and assistance.

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 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.

Downtown excellence nods

The Colorado Community Revitalization Association is accepting nominations for the 2008 Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence.
Categories include best building improvement project, best new construction, best public space project, best marketing program, best promotional event, best downtown management program and downtowner of the year.
Projects must have been completed between Sept. 1, 2006, and June 20, 2008.
The deadline for nominations is July 11.
For more information, call (303) 282-0625 or e-mail info@ccraonline.org.