Kudos! – February 15, 2013

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Discover Goodwill has moved its local operations into this new facility on Garden of the Gods Road.

Discover Goodwill has moved its local operations into this new facility on Garden of the Gods Road.

Discover Goodwill will participate in the 2013 Checkoff Colorado campaign

Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado is one of 15 nonprofits selected by the state Legislature to participate in 2013’s Checkoff Colorado, a public-awareness campaign promoting voluntary contributions to designated charitable organizations.

Coloradans preparing 2012 state income taxes have the opportunity to contribute a portion of their returns or payments to the Goodwill Industries Fund by checking the corresponding box next to the fund’s name and noting an amount.

One-hundred percent of contributions designated to the Goodwill Industries Fund will be divided equally between Discover Goodwill and Goodwill Industries of Denver to fund strategic life skills and development programs benefitting individuals with disabilities and disadvantages in Colorado.

Colorado College graduates top Peace Corps volunteer list

Colorado College has placed sixth among the Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing colleges, the highest the college has ever been ranked. CC currently has 18 undergraduate alumni serving overseas in 13 host countries. Since the Peace Corps’ inception in 1961, a total 357 Colorado College alumni have joined its ranks, serving the 27-month commitment to service around the world.

“Many of our students tell us that they want to make a positive difference in the world through public service,” said CC President Jill Tiefenthaler. “I’m delighted that we attract this type of student, and that the college’s commitment to service and emphasis on the liberal arts has resulted in well-prepared graduates who are eager to serve worldwide.”

Bal Seal celebrates last steel arch in new building

Bal Seal and Bryan Construction hosted a “topping out” ceremony this month at Bal Seal’s manufacturing plant, which is under construction now at 1350 Bellprat View, off Interquest Parkway and Federal Drive. The ceremony celebrated the day on which the last steel arch for the commons portion of the building was erected. Bal Seal is building a $45 million manufacturing plant on an 18-acre site and plans to hire 200 people this year, when the plant is completed.

FirstBank recognized for employee satisfaction

Lakewood-based FirstBank Holding Company has been named one of America’s Top Workplaces by WorkplaceDynamics. The bank was ranked 26th among 872 organizations nationwide that participated in regional top workplaces programs.

“We’re thrilled to be considered a Top Workplace among some of the nation’s most recognized companies for employee engagement and satisfaction,” said John Ikard, CEO. “Our employees are the foundation of our business and it is rewarding to know they feel FirstBank is a fantastic place to work.”

The National Top Workplaces list was determined by a third-party employee survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, an on-demand employee survey provider, and 30 regional newspapers. FirstBank participated in the Denver Post’s Top Workplaces 2012 program.