Business Briefs – 6/13/2008

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County needs volunteers

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers to serve on several of its boards. Applications are due by June 13.
Associate members who serve for one-year terms are needed for the Board of Adjustment, which hears and decides issues of physical variances related to the zoning code.
The Citizen Review Panel needs a representative to serve for a three-year term. The panel proves a forum for the discussion of consumer concerns regarding the Department of Human Services, reviews and audits quality issues and concerns with the department, and considers and addresses other issues brought before it by the department.
Applications are available at www.elpasoco.com by clicking the Volunteer Boards link.

Dodge dealer earns Charger Club

Colorado Springs Dodge has received the 2007 Dodge Charger Club Award from Chrysler for selling 1,000 or more units during the calendar year.

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.

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.

Oil and gas lease sale

The Bureau of Land Management Colorado State Office sold 46 parcels of 49 offered at its quarterly oil and gas lease sale.
The high bid, for a 160-acre parcel in Weld County, was $3,300 per acre. The high bonus bid was $528,000 for the same parcel.
The lease sale earned nearly $4 million in proceeds, of which 48 percent will go to the state. Colorado received $123 million during fiscal year 2007 from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for all federal minerals, including coal.

Community Servant Leader Awards seeking nominations

The Resource Exchange is seeking nominations for its third annual Community Servant Leader Awards.
One large employer (more than 100 people) and one small employer (less than 100 people) will be honored during Building the Dream: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Acacia Park.
Nominations are due by July 1.
For more information, contact Debbie Swanson at 785-6428 or dswanson@tre.org.

Senger nets IFMA award

Senger Design Group has received the Leading Edge Elements Award from the International Facilities Management Association.
The company was recognized for the interior design of the Ronald McDonald House Family Room at Memorial Hospital.

Leadership Pikes Peak

Leadership Pikes Peak is accepting applications for the 2008-09 Signature Program, an in-depth look at the Colorado Springs community, its leaders and their decision-making processes.
The 10-month program begins in September.
Leadership Now! Also is accepting applications for people ages 22-32.
The program’s goal is to engage, support, nurture and mobilize young leaders to make a positive difference in the Pikes Peak region. Attendees meet every two weeks from late August to December.
Application packets can be obtained by calling 632-2618 or visiting www.leadershippikespeak.org. The deadline is June 20.
For more information, e-mail Susan Saksa at Susan@leadershippikespeak.org.