Business Briefs – 7/11/2008

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Hydro power loan program

The Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority has $10 million available to help governmental agencies with the installation of small hydropower units at their water facilities.
The loans have a term of up to 20 years and an interest rate of 2 percent. The maximum amount is $2 million.
The authority’s board also approved a $150,000 matching grant program to help local governments with the evaluation and development of small hydropower projects. Grants will be available up to $15,000.
The deadline to apply is Oct. 15. Visit www.cwrpda.com/Programs/SHLP for more information.

CSPA Media Guide available

The Colorado Springs Press Association Media Guide is now available.
The guide provides listings of newspapers, radio and television stations, reporters and other outlet contacts for El Paso and Teller counties.
The cost is $35, and an electronic version of the guide will be sent after payment is received. Checks should be made payable to the Colorado Springs Press Association and mailed to P.O. Box 1951, Colorado Springs, CO 80901.

Allegra nets industry awards

Allegra Print & Imaging has received the Operation Excellence Award from the Allegra Network LLC.
The company also has received the Sales Excellence Award, which recognizes the top 10 percent of franchise members.
Brad and Tina Rhodes own the local franchise.

GRX receives Greenovation Award

Guaranteed Recycling Xperts has received a Greenovation Award from the Colorado Software and Internet Association.
GRX was recognized for its record of recycling electronic waste from more than 1,800 business and its efforts to keep more than 10 million pounds of electronic waste out of landfills during 2008.

Insurance Technologies receives award

Insurance Technologies has received an Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development Accomplishment Award for Web Services.
The award recognizes leadership in how insurance business is processed.

United Reprographic Supply earns Quality Service award

United Reprographic Supply/URS has received a Quality Service award from Xerox.
Dealers are rated on various benchmark standards and their willingness to go beyond the call of duty in customer support.

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.

Volunteers needed for city building, transportation boards

The City of Colorado Springs has openings on the Board/Commission Building Committee and the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Board.
Building Committee members meet once a month and review applications for contractor licenses, interpret the “International Building Code” and grant minor variances. The opening is for someone with engineering experience.
Several volunteers are needed for the CTAB. Members meet once a month and advise City Council and the city manager about transportation-related issues. No experience is necessary.
Letters of interest and resumes are due by July 14.

SOS Staffing makes ‘Best Company’ list

SOS Staffing has been selected as one of the 2008 “Best Companies to Work for in Colorado” by the Society for Human Resource Management-Colorado State Council, in conjunction with Best Companies Group and ColoradoBiz magazine.
SOS also was included on last year’s list.
The company has 25 offices in Colorado and 155 subsidiary offices throughout the western United States.

Strategic transit projects

The Colorado Department of Transportation is accepting applications for strategic transit projects, which will be paid for by the Senate Bill 97-001 program.
Only projects that involve capital and planning will be eligible, including rolling stock, modal facilities, rail and bus rapid transit elements and planning studies.
CDOT is projected to have $71 million available during 2009-2012. The deadline to apply is July 29.
For more information, visit www.dot.state.co.us/commission/taskforcemeeting.cfm or contact Tom Mauser at (303) 757-9768 or tom.mauser@dot.state.co.us