Business Briefs – 5/16/2008

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City gets silver

The League of American Bicyclists has named Colorado Springs as a Silver Level “Bicycle Friendly Community.”
Recipients of the award have established records of commitment to education, engineering, enforcement, encouragement and evaluation of bicycling programs.
Six other Colorado municipalities also received recognition: Boulder (gold), Durango (silver), Fort Collins (silver), Steamboat Springs (silver), Denver, (bronze) and Longmont (bronze).

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.

CUAC board officers

The Credit Union Association of Colorado has selected board officers for 2008-09.
Doug Ferraro, president/CEO of Bellco Credit Union in Denver, will serve as chairman.
Mike Williams, president/CEO of Colorado Credit Union in Denver is vice chairman.
Keith Cowling, president/CEO of Credit Union of Denver will serve as treasure and Eva Gaudio, president/CEO of St. Vrain Valley Credit Union in Longmont is secretary.
Additional board members include Charles Emmer, president/CEO of Ent Federal Credit Union in Colorado Springs and Lynn Sutton, president/CEO of SunWest Educational Credit Union in Pueblo.

Zoo receives grant

Colorado Garden Show Inc. has awarded $336,270 in horticulture-related grants to projects throughout the state.
In Colorado Springs, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo received $25,000 for its Rocky Mountain Wild exhibit, Colorado College received $4,500 for its student farm and Pikes Peak Library District received $5,000 for its general garden maintenance equipment.

Downtown excellence nominations

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.

PPFC needs volunteers

Pikes Peak Family Connections Inc., an organization whose goal is to prevent child abuse and neglect, needs volunteers to work with at-risk children.
Volunteers are needed to work with children at KPC Kids’ Place, a free crisis and respite nursery. Volunteers also are needed to assist with general office tasks and planning special events.
For more information, contact Christy Janssen at 520-1019, ext. 1016, or operations@pikespeakfamilyconnections.org.