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By Brighton EDC 27 Jun, 2017

The U.S. Small Business Administration designated April 30 – May 5, 2017 as National Small Business Week and in recognition of the many fantastic small businesses that call Brighton home, City Council designated the same week as Brighton Small Business Week with an official proclamation. The Brighton EDC (BEDC) led the celebration of Brighton Small Business Week with a few networking and educational events in town targeting Brighton small business and supporters of small business.

The BEDC hosted an open house at the BEDC offices to update the community on local development plans that the BEDC and the City are working on and to share information about the business services accessible through the BEDC and partner organizations. About 70 people turned out to learn and network. The BEDC will be hosting another similar open house this fall so stay tuned for more information. You do not want to miss it.

May 4th and 5th saw the first ever “Brighton Small Business Expo."  On Thursday, May 4th, the BEDC hosted Access to Capital Day at The Armory. A dozen banks and non-profit lenders and other business service providers were on hand to answer questions about their products and services for small business. Additionally, a lender panel discussed the ins-and-outs of loans and answered many great questions for the small businesses in attendance. There was also a business accelerator workshop designed to help small business owners look for potholes in the road to success.

On day 2 of the Expo, the BEDC partnered with the North Metro SBDC and Front Range Community College in Brighton to present Business Development Day. A series of workshops were presented free of charge for entrepreneurs and small business owners to learn about business modeling, social media and marketing among other topics.

Special thanks to all of our partner organizations who donated their time and expertise. The feedback from those who attended was very positive and the BEDC hopes to return next year during National Small Business Week with another lineup of valuable small business events.

By Brighton EDC 27 Jun, 2017

The Brighton EDC along with the City of Brighton attends the International Council of Shopping Center’s (ICSC) “RECon” conference annually, a retail real estate event billed as the “World’s Largest Retail Real Estate Convention” as well as one of the most attended conferences in the world. 

This year, the conference lived up to the hype with 37,000 + participants. This represents about a 2.7% increase over last year and continues the trend of growing attendance since the post-recession low according to ICSC. 2017 was the first year that the Brighton EDC had a physical booth presence at the conference which allowed us to showcase all that Brighton has to offer to potential retailers, developers and real estate professionals on a much larger scale then we have had in the past. Needless to say, our booth was a hit! 

Brighton has a lot to offer, and we are thrilled that we were able to make great connections, showcase many of the fantastic opportunities we have in our community and attract the best quality restaurants and retailers for our citizens. Through your investment to the Brighton EDC, we are able to showcase Brighton to audiences outside of our community and “tell our story” to a much larger audience. This in turn will help Brighton to continue to thrive and prosper and we thank you for your continued support.

By Brighton EDC 27 Jun, 2017

School District 27J is putting hundreds of people to work this summer in support of the 2015 School Construction Bond passed by voters. On June 13, the District held its own official count day to assess the number of skilled construction workers working, at one time, at several 27J school sites.  27J currently has nine active construction sites at new and existing schools and school district owned buildings.

When the count was conducted, a total of 579 workers were on a School District 27J job. When you add the 579 active construction workers to 27J’s regular employee count of 1,500 full-time employees and 200 part-time employees (coaches and substitute teachers) that adds up to 2,279 employees.

According to Brighton Economic Development, the top five City of Brighton employers are: 1. Adams County Government- 1,923; 2. School District 27J –1,860; 3. Vestas – 1,300; 4. Platte Valley Medical Center-626; 5. City of Brighton – 502. With the addition of the 27J construction contractors, that would move School District 27J into the top spot for employment this summer.

This number shows that, due to voter approval of the 2015 Bond, 27J is putting people to work building schools and renovating and upgrading existing buildings. “We have a great team of contractors, engineers, architects and steel workers in place. It is because of this team of dedicated professionals that summer construction projects are moving along on schedule and at times, ahead of schedule,” said School District 27J Superintendent, Dr. Chris Fiedler.

“Especially because many of the people working on these projects are 27J residents and alumni, many of whom have students attending our schools,” Fiedler said. “As we are building new schools, we are also reinvesting in our existing, historic buildings so that they will serve generations to come. Thank you 27J voters!””

School construction sites are at: Vikan Middle School, Brighton High School, Brighton Heritage Academy, South Elementary School, Overland Trail Middle School, 27J Indoor Pool building and the Educational Service Center.

New school construction sites are at Riverdale Ridge High School at 136th Avenue and Yosemite Street in Thornton set to open fall 2018, and the newest school to be constructed, Reunion Elementary School in Commerce City which will open in August.

A number of Brighton High School (BHS) alumni are working to build the District’s newest high school. Luis Covarrubias, a construction site superintendent for Saunders Construction, is on the job site at Riverdale Ridge High School every day. Covarrubias is a 2008 BHS graduate and his job is to oversee day-to-day construction for the new high school.

“It’s really satisfying to see in the course of two years of construction about 500-plus people, each one with a certain specific task and skilled trade to construct a building,” said Covarrubias.

Three other Brighton High alumni David Mata, Troy Hernandez and Francisco Villalobos have helped build the new high school. Hernandez is a survey superintendent for Saunders Construction, and Mata is a carpenter for Saunders. Villalobos is a superintendent for LMS Drilling, a local company that operated the drills to put in the school’s foundation piers.

At the Reunion Elementary School construction site, Construction Superintendent Ed Nation with FCI Constructors lives locally. Both his sons attended 27J schools. One son graduated from Brighton High School and the other is an Eagle Ridge Academy graduate. “I have been wanting to build a 27J school project starting the day we moved into the District,” said Nation. “I enjoy the process of construction and growth and looked forward to the opportunity to help the school district my kids grew up in. Schools are special projects because I get the opportunity to participate in the building of facilities that help mold our future leaders.”

Nation said 27J’s newest school will be turned over to the School District on June 30. “It has been a great project,” he said. “It is how the district, design, and construction teams work together that has made this project so successful.”

 The District also employs workers at short-term projects including: parking lot replacements, tennis court resurfacing at Brighton High and Prairie View High, roofing replacements at five schools, exterior caulking and masonry waterproofing projects.

In other school construction news, Saunders Construction Company, that is building Riverdale Ridge High School is partnering with the School District to offer educational opportunities to students. In May, a group of Brighton High School engineering students toured the construction site and received classroom instruction.

The purpose of the visit was to expose students to the various career opportunities in the construction industry. Saunders Construction Project Engineer Jonny Hendricks took students on a virtual tour with a computer software program being used to design the high school.

 “We’re using Autodesk Navisworks to combine 3D virtual models generated by the design team and subcontractors,” Hendricks said. “We can give everyone on site a set of coordinates to use as the building reference.” Hendricks said this software allows construction crews to virtually view how spaces will look when they are built in the field. Saunders and School District 27J are looking to expand this program for the next school year to Prairie View High students and to 27J middle school students.

For more information about School District 27J, visit  www.SD27J.org  or email  Communications@SD27J.net .  If you have other questions about the district, call 303-655-2900.

 

By Brighton EDC 27 Jun, 2017

On July 10, Platte Valley Medical Center will celebrate its 10th birthday at the Prairie Center Campus. In its 57 year history, Platte Valley has seen the most growth in the past decade; transforming it into a true regional medical center. 


10-Year Highlights:

Platte Valley has made significant investments in our community. The Prairie Center Campus was $138 million and, in the past three years alone, another $38 million has been invested to create 140,000 additional square feet of outpatient space and services in three locations: the Reunion area of Commerce City, Medical Plaza 2 on the Brighton campus, and the Medical Plaza in Fort Lupton.

Became a Primary Stroke Care Center in 2013.

Became an Accredited Chest Pain Center in 2015.

Became a Level III Trauma Center in 2016.

Platte Valley ranks high on customer satisfaction and quality, consistently outscoring other hospitals in the metro area (Consumer Reports, Press Ganey, HealthStream, The Joint Commission, Leap Frog, Healthgrades, Planetree Designation, Studer)

Significant advancements in Cardiovascular services: 
  • Second Cath Lab opening this Spring
  • Two interventional cardiologists, and another cardiologist joining High Plains in March
  • First in CO to implant the world’s smallest heart monitor.
  • First in CO to perform drug-coated balloon procedure for Peripheral Arterial Disease.
Opened the area’s first Advanced Wound Center with two hyperbaric chambers to treat patients with slow or non-healing wounds.

Platte Valley recognizes the fact that healthcare is expensive. Here are some of the ways we’re helping make healthcare more accessible and affordable:
  • Construction of the three new medical plazas provide more convenient, and locally accessible, healthcare options
  • The opening of an independent outpatient medical imaging center, Spectrum Medical Imaging, which reduces your out-of-pocket costs for imaging services
  • Opening the area’s first walk-in medical clinic, Walk Right In – Fort Lupton) with expert providers treating patients without an appointment for the price of most doctors’ office co-pays, saving you the cost of urgent and emergency care.
  • Virtual health option with Doctor On Demand, a low-cost video-based physician visits for patients in the comfort of their home using their smartphone or computer.
  • In the hospital setting, we’re using VIRA the Robot, who enables physicians at National Jewish Health to visit ICU patients. 
  • New doctors ensure availability. Platte Valley has more than 280 doctors representing 49 specialties.
Platte Valley joined the SCL Health system in 2015 to advance healthcare in our community, maintain our competitive advantage, and expand services and strengthen the care and service to our community.

Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation is in the midst of a three-year $500,000 campaign for Cardiovascular services. To date, $323,475 has been raised in two years! The Campaign for Cardiovascular Services seeks to expand Platte Valley’s excellent cardiovascular program and level of care further by making services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This campaign also seeks to educate the community at large about the signs of early heart attack, so that symptoms can be recognized and steps taken promptly to prevent more serious heart damage.

Additional 10-year statistics include:

  • Babies Born 10,385
  • Surgeries 36,690
  • Emergency Room Visits 210,553
  • Ambulance calls 48,786
  • Lab Procedures 7,374,629
  • Mammograms 46,757
  • Ultrasounds 83,936
  • CT Scans 80,827
  • MRIs 22,731

Serving the northeast corridor of the metro area for over 57 years, Platte Valley Medical Center is an asset to the community that continues to grow and further their specialty services, while making the lives of those they touch brighter.

For more information regarding Platte Valley Medical Center, please contact the Marketing & PR Department at 303-498-1482.

By Brighton EDC 27 Jun, 2017

With great anticipation and high expectations, the Brighton Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) launched the inaugural Brighton Business Innovation Pitch Competition in 2016. Nearly thirty Brighton small businesses and startups applied to the competition. Everything from breweries to tech startups submitted an application. After weeks of vetting, five finalists were selected to pitch their company to an esteemed panel of judges. The company that has the distinction of being the first to win the pitch competition is drynkware, a small, independent bar ware brand headquartered in Brighton.

As the BEDC prepares to launch the 2017 version of the pitch competition, we caught up with drynkware to find out how the company is doing. “drynkware is doing great!” say Daniel and Alyssa Ryley, Chief Libation Aficionados, co-founders and owners of drynkware. “The company has seen significant growth in online retail sales, namely via Amazon, in which alone we have seen a 25% increase sales over this time period last year.”

drynkware won the 2016 pitch competition based on their unique and innovative product as well as the strength of early sales. The product certainly seems to be catching on. The Ryleys state: “drynkware has expanded growth into wholesale for the hospitality industry and custom designs for corporate marketing/branding of promotional items.  (Both of these growth opportunities were presented in drynkware's Innovation Pitch Contest.) drynkware has since been able to partner with a couple prominent cocktail bars in the Denver area as well as a golf course that is now using drynkware as its signature promotional item. “

Daniel and Alyssa add, “Additionally, we have launched three new designs, which incorporate new production methods that improve quality, appearance and consistency. The new designs include the additions of a Pineapple and Anchor to the Original Hip-Stirrer line, and the new product expansion of "Stir Wars," which are lightsaber-themed cocktail picks/skewers.“

Winning the $10,000 grand prize in the 2016 pitch competition helped drynkware with “cash flowing the purchase of new, universal packaging, which allowed us to reduce packaging costs while still using a local, Adams County box manufacturer,” and also help grow their marketing efforts including worldwide reach on social media.  

The Ryleys add that “the process of building our pitch deck forced us to really think through our businesses model, develop a SWOT analysis and prioritize the most profitable expansion opportunities, provided drynkware with several public relations and media exposure opportunities, and the published press releases and news articles have helped legitimize drynkware as a viable business, but more importantly they have contributed to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) value, which has helped us to drive more sales from our own website where our margins are much higher.”

Going forward, drynkware has plans to scale the business to generate more sales and increase profit margins. They will continue to break into new markets with their innovative product. “We want to keep pushing our custom stirrers to the wedding and special event industry and companies for promotional items. We also have plans to continue expanding the products we make from beyond just stirrers and cocktail picks to other bar/home bar utensils such as muddlers and glassware.”

They would offer anyone entering the Brighton Business Innovation Pitch Competition this year, they offer the following bits of advice:

    • Remember that the theme of the pitch is Innovation.
    • Have a clear mission, vision and core values before coming into the competition.
    • If you're selected as a finalist, use images, not text to tell your story during the pitch.
    • Rehearse like crazy!

We congratulate drynkware on their continued success as a proud Brighton company. As the BEDC kicks off the 2017 competition this summer, we look forward to learning about many more innovative and energetic small businesses and startups that make Brighton a great place to live and work!

By Brighton EDC 20 Apr, 2017

The Brighton Economic Development Corporation (Brighton EDC) announces that the Yak & Yeti, a full service restaurant featuring fine Indian food along with house brewed handcrafted beer, will be joining the Brighton community in the second quarter of 2017.

Yak & Yeti serves cuisine as rich and diverse as Nepalese & Indian civilization, encompassing a vast scope of traditions and regional variations in taste, color, texture, appearance and delicacy that can be served to your table or found at their buffet. In addition to exceptional cuisine, Yak & Yeti, also serve handcrafted award-winning beers such as Himalayan IPA and Chai Milk Stout and gourmet sodas which are all house brewed, and will be offered in their newest location at the Brighton Pavilions in the old Lone Star Steakhouse building.

 “I chose to open in Brighton because it is my new home,” said Yak & Yeti Owner, Dol Bhattarai. “It was a goal of mine since I moved to the area over a year ago.” “I also received a large request to be present in the community from my local clients and neighbors.”

 The Brighton location will be fourth for the restaurant concept in the Denver Metro area. Patrons can also enjoy Yak & Yeti in Arvada, Denver and Westminster. All are open seven days a week.

 The Yak & Yeti will be making their Brighton debut at the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce Taste of Adams County Friday, April 21. Stop by their booth to get a sneak peek of the new cuisine making its way to Brighton.

By Brighton EDC 07 Mar, 2017

Change seems to be the operative word in Brighton, but with change comes opportunity.

Brighton has seen its fair share of change and growth over the past 20 years, more than doubling the population from roughly 15,000 in 1995 to just under 40,000.     This growth has seen Brighton evolve from a small, agricultural town on the outskirts of the Denver metro area to a medium-sized city growing as fast as any city in Colorado.

Change has been an unstoppable force for some time now, and outside of the rapid growth, the city is facing one of its most pivotal changes due to the retirement of veteran city manager Manuel Esquibel.     Mr. Esquibel has been key in creating and directing the vision of what Brighton is going to be over the next 20 years, and it is showing now more than ever with the continued growth from both a commercial and residential standpoint.

As previously mentioned, the population growth over the past 20 years has changed Brighton fundamentally, and with rapid growth come increased needs. Recognizing the need to plan responsibly, the city of Brighton recently adopted the “Be Brighton Comprehensive Plan,” a document that describes and illustrates a vision for the physical, social, and economic characteristics of the community in the years ahead and outlines the principles, policies and strategies intended to implement that vision.

From a planning perspective, plans like these are instrumental in how cities prepare for the next iteration of their community. Brighton’s plan does a great job of capturing what Brighton has been, and maintains the small-town feel that residents are accustomed to, while planning for the “big-town” challenges that Brighton face in the very near future.

Looking at commercial and residential growth trends in Colorado, it is no secret that development is moving further and further north. The amount of available land, reasonably priced housing and good access to major interstates has driven development to the north metro area and beyond. That trend will only increase as Colorado continues to be an attractive place to live, work and play.

With nearly 50 percent of its land mass yet to be developed, Brighton presents a very attractive option for development, thanks to careful visioning and leadership over the past 10 years, and Brighton is ready to change as a city. It’s already evident when you look at the energetic new retail popping up all over town, specifically at the Prairie Center, Brighton’s regional power center, and in the heart of the city from historic downtown to South Main Street.

Additionally, Brighton houses the largest available building in Colorado, the former Sears/Kmart distribution center that is 1.3 million square feet of available space. A building this size is a rarity not only in our region but also nationally, and the opportunities that can be realized at the site have piqued the interest of a whole host of national companies looking to expand while capturing all that Colorado has to offer.

As Brighton looks at its next phase as a city, all of the planning and visioning will allow the city to prosper indefinitely, even as the city itself faces prompt change. It’s no coincidence that Brighton is an attractive place to start a family or relocate a business, and with all of the opportunity that awaits the city, Brighton is ready to tackle the change and embrace it. Developers are always looking for the next big thing and in Brighton, we are confident that the next big thing is already here.

Michael Martinez is executive director of the Brighton Economic Development Corp. He can be reached at 303-655-2165 or via email at   MPMartinez@brightonedc.org .

By Brighton EDC 07 Mar, 2017

The New Year is a time of new beginnings, new resolutions, and new ideas. This is the time of year we see more people looking to start a new business. We are here to help. Over the years we have found when someone has an idea they want to jump to the finish line as quickly as possible. What we find is sometimes our budding entrepreneurs jump too soon. They grow impatient going through the legal steps, and just want to get started.  The goal of the entrepreneur is to get started and start making money; lots of money!

Our goal is to help entrepreneurs start and manage sustainable enterprises. Although the process is cumbersome, we have learned there needs to be a predictable method to starting and growing. For this reason we have created the new Lean Launch Program for Small Business using the methods in The Lean Startup - By Eric Ries.

One of the main premises of Ries is entrepreneurs need to learn how to build a sustainable business. Generally a person starts a business then works long hard hours to make it successful or watch it fail. Ries argues, an organizations first needs to learn as quickly as possible what the marketplace values enough to pay for. Once they have this information they are able to adapt their business and grow. This is known as validated learning.

We agree with Ries. Business owners need to build, measure and learn before opening the doors to business. The faster a person can get through this process the better the chances of starting and running a successful business because you enter the marketplace with an understanding of what the market can bare and who the real customer is. Many start-ups waste too much time trying to market to the wrong customer segment.

Lastly the measurements you establish in the beginning mark where your business development is at all times. Setting goals against these measurements sets the company on the right road to attaining success.

Introducing a program through the Brighton SBDC will assist startups in figuring out where they are in the process, help them confront the cold hard facts and then design experiments to move the numbers closer to where they want their business to be. The learning milestones of this new program will establish the baseline for startups, help them fine tune before launching and help them realize if they need to pivot or continue marching toward their business launch.

 THE LEAN LAUNCH PROGRAM includes a series of training workshops/seminars to enhance the successful launch or expansion of a small business in the least amount of time feasible. Each peer group covers a one month period of trainings and at least 5 hours of one on one consultations to validate their idea is viable and sustainable and to identify the right customers to market the product or service.  The first session in January/February started with 6 participants most who had already started their businesses and had been struggling to grow from one to three years. After the program most stated they had not only learned where they had made their mistakes, they now understood what needs to happen so they can grow their business and start experiencing the success they have been seeking.

One testimonial from a program participant, “I very much enjoyed our class time together and give you a Five Star review”! Another participant stated, “I am so glad you convinced me I needed this program. I learned so much and now know I can become the CEO instead of just being the skilled laborer in my business”.

Dates for the April Session are: April 7th, 14th, 21st and the Bonus BizModel Workshop will be held on April 28th. To register for the program visit: www.northmetrosbdc.com and click on the Brighton tab under workshops/trainings or call or email Teri Sanchez 303-655-2150 tsanchez@brightonedc.org

By Brighton EDC 07 Mar, 2017

Have you ever heard the term “Business retention and expansion (BRE)?” The phrase is most often used by economic development professionals to describe programs and services being offered to help local businesses in a particular community prosper and grow. BRE efforts can vary from community to community depending on the business environment.

The Brighton Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has recently launched new plans to address Brighton’s unique BRE needs.

In 2017, The Brighton EDC will increase efforts to communicate with the business community to find out what Brighton businesses need to help them succeed. This will include one-on-one visits to businesses, surveys and other methods to get valuable feedback.

The Brighton EDC has already begun to strengthen partnerships, and establish new ones, with organizations that provide resources to businesses such as financing, business planning and technical assistance.

Among the most important partners is the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Located in our office, the SBDC provides individual counseling, classroom training, and a plethora of other critical services for startups and small companies.

Other partners, including Accion, Colorado Enterprise Fund, and Colorado Lending Source, offer access to capital through financing assistance for all kinds of startups and small businesses, including those who may not qualify for bank loans.

Partners like TiE Rockies and Rockies Venture Club provide access to mentoring as well as opportunities to attract investment from venture capitalists and angel investors.

Last but not least, we can connect you with the Adams County Workforce and Business Center who can help you find qualified candidates for any positions you are looking to fill, and they also offer training programs.

These are just a handful of the organizations in our “tool box” we can connect you to.

Additionally, the Brighton EDC will be presenting value-adding events designed to introduce Brighton businesses to available programs and services as well as deliver learning opportunities in areas important to small business, in particular. Look for some great events in Brighton during National Small Business Week May 1 – 5, and Brighton Business Week October 2 – 6.

Please contact Patrick Giron, assistant director of the Brighton EDC, at pgiron@brightonedc.org if you have any questions or suggestions regarding BRE in Brighton.

By Brighton EDC 07 Mar, 2017

It’s an exciting time in School District 27J. The district is celebrating the results from the Colorado Department of Education’s release of school and district accountability ratings. For the first time since the state began administering the ratings in 2010, the district has no traditional-enrollment schools on Priority Improvement or Turnaround status.

In state performance ratings, 11 district schools and five 27J charter schools received the Performance rating category, which is the highest among the four standardized test ratings.

Kindergarten reading scores have also increased due to a new reading curriculum called Superkids being taught in kindergarten and first grade classrooms. 27J teachers and literacy coaches credit a 44 percent increase in kindergarten reading scores to the new reading program.

The district has recently added more educational options to meet the learning needs of students. This year, a school for gifted and talented students opened for grades K-5 at Pennock Elementary. Called Achieve Institute, the program is now offered as a school-within-a-school program. Achieve Institute will expand into middle school for sixth grade next year at Vikan Middle School.

Also, high school students can earn college credit while taking concurrent courses during high school. Some high school classes for college credit are taken at the high schools, while other 27J students attend college classes at Front Range Community College in Brighton.

School District 27J is also partnering with parents, community members and staff members for a discussion about funding for education as state funds are being cut. A 25-member committee is meeting through April to study and evaluate a potential mill levy override question on the November 2017 ballot.

Thanks to voters, a $248 million bond was approved in 2015. The bond will fund upgrades at schools and allow for the construction of four new schools in the district. 27J will construct two new elementary schools, a new middle school and a high school with bond funds.

Two schools are already under construction. Reunion Elementary School is being constructed in the Reunion neighborhood in Commerce City. That school is planned to open in August. A third comprehensive high school for the district broke ground last summer. The high school is now under construction and scheduled to open in fall 2018.

Another elementary school is planned to be built and open in fall 2020 in Brighton Crossings neighborhood, near Bridge Street and 50th Avenue. The land has been purchased for a site to construct Middle School No. 5. This school is planned to open in fall 2020.

For more information about School District 27J, visit www.SD27J.org or email Communications@SD27J.net . If you have other questions about the district, call 303-655-2900.

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By Brighton EDC 27 Jun, 2017

The U.S. Small Business Administration designated April 30 – May 5, 2017 as National Small Business Week and in recognition of the many fantastic small businesses that call Brighton home, City Council designated the same week as Brighton Small Business Week with an official proclamation. The Brighton EDC (BEDC) led the celebration of Brighton Small Business Week with a few networking and educational events in town targeting Brighton small business and supporters of small business.

The BEDC hosted an open house at the BEDC offices to update the community on local development plans that the BEDC and the City are working on and to share information about the business services accessible through the BEDC and partner organizations. About 70 people turned out to learn and network. The BEDC will be hosting another similar open house this fall so stay tuned for more information. You do not want to miss it.

May 4th and 5th saw the first ever “Brighton Small Business Expo."  On Thursday, May 4th, the BEDC hosted Access to Capital Day at The Armory. A dozen banks and non-profit lenders and other business service providers were on hand to answer questions about their products and services for small business. Additionally, a lender panel discussed the ins-and-outs of loans and answered many great questions for the small businesses in attendance. There was also a business accelerator workshop designed to help small business owners look for potholes in the road to success.

On day 2 of the Expo, the BEDC partnered with the North Metro SBDC and Front Range Community College in Brighton to present Business Development Day. A series of workshops were presented free of charge for entrepreneurs and small business owners to learn about business modeling, social media and marketing among other topics.

Special thanks to all of our partner organizations who donated their time and expertise. The feedback from those who attended was very positive and the BEDC hopes to return next year during National Small Business Week with another lineup of valuable small business events.

By Brighton EDC 27 Jun, 2017

The Brighton EDC along with the City of Brighton attends the International Council of Shopping Center’s (ICSC) “RECon” conference annually, a retail real estate event billed as the “World’s Largest Retail Real Estate Convention” as well as one of the most attended conferences in the world. 

This year, the conference lived up to the hype with 37,000 + participants. This represents about a 2.7% increase over last year and continues the trend of growing attendance since the post-recession low according to ICSC. 2017 was the first year that the Brighton EDC had a physical booth presence at the conference which allowed us to showcase all that Brighton has to offer to potential retailers, developers and real estate professionals on a much larger scale then we have had in the past. Needless to say, our booth was a hit! 

Brighton has a lot to offer, and we are thrilled that we were able to make great connections, showcase many of the fantastic opportunities we have in our community and attract the best quality restaurants and retailers for our citizens. Through your investment to the Brighton EDC, we are able to showcase Brighton to audiences outside of our community and “tell our story” to a much larger audience. This in turn will help Brighton to continue to thrive and prosper and we thank you for your continued support.

By Brighton EDC 27 Jun, 2017

School District 27J is putting hundreds of people to work this summer in support of the 2015 School Construction Bond passed by voters. On June 13, the District held its own official count day to assess the number of skilled construction workers working, at one time, at several 27J school sites.  27J currently has nine active construction sites at new and existing schools and school district owned buildings.

When the count was conducted, a total of 579 workers were on a School District 27J job. When you add the 579 active construction workers to 27J’s regular employee count of 1,500 full-time employees and 200 part-time employees (coaches and substitute teachers) that adds up to 2,279 employees.

According to Brighton Economic Development, the top five City of Brighton employers are: 1. Adams County Government- 1,923; 2. School District 27J –1,860; 3. Vestas – 1,300; 4. Platte Valley Medical Center-626; 5. City of Brighton – 502. With the addition of the 27J construction contractors, that would move School District 27J into the top spot for employment this summer.

This number shows that, due to voter approval of the 2015 Bond, 27J is putting people to work building schools and renovating and upgrading existing buildings. “We have a great team of contractors, engineers, architects and steel workers in place. It is because of this team of dedicated professionals that summer construction projects are moving along on schedule and at times, ahead of schedule,” said School District 27J Superintendent, Dr. Chris Fiedler.

“Especially because many of the people working on these projects are 27J residents and alumni, many of whom have students attending our schools,” Fiedler said. “As we are building new schools, we are also reinvesting in our existing, historic buildings so that they will serve generations to come. Thank you 27J voters!””

School construction sites are at: Vikan Middle School, Brighton High School, Brighton Heritage Academy, South Elementary School, Overland Trail Middle School, 27J Indoor Pool building and the Educational Service Center.

New school construction sites are at Riverdale Ridge High School at 136th Avenue and Yosemite Street in Thornton set to open fall 2018, and the newest school to be constructed, Reunion Elementary School in Commerce City which will open in August.

A number of Brighton High School (BHS) alumni are working to build the District’s newest high school. Luis Covarrubias, a construction site superintendent for Saunders Construction, is on the job site at Riverdale Ridge High School every day. Covarrubias is a 2008 BHS graduate and his job is to oversee day-to-day construction for the new high school.

“It’s really satisfying to see in the course of two years of construction about 500-plus people, each one with a certain specific task and skilled trade to construct a building,” said Covarrubias.

Three other Brighton High alumni David Mata, Troy Hernandez and Francisco Villalobos have helped build the new high school. Hernandez is a survey superintendent for Saunders Construction, and Mata is a carpenter for Saunders. Villalobos is a superintendent for LMS Drilling, a local company that operated the drills to put in the school’s foundation piers.

At the Reunion Elementary School construction site, Construction Superintendent Ed Nation with FCI Constructors lives locally. Both his sons attended 27J schools. One son graduated from Brighton High School and the other is an Eagle Ridge Academy graduate. “I have been wanting to build a 27J school project starting the day we moved into the District,” said Nation. “I enjoy the process of construction and growth and looked forward to the opportunity to help the school district my kids grew up in. Schools are special projects because I get the opportunity to participate in the building of facilities that help mold our future leaders.”

Nation said 27J’s newest school will be turned over to the School District on June 30. “It has been a great project,” he said. “It is how the district, design, and construction teams work together that has made this project so successful.”

 The District also employs workers at short-term projects including: parking lot replacements, tennis court resurfacing at Brighton High and Prairie View High, roofing replacements at five schools, exterior caulking and masonry waterproofing projects.

In other school construction news, Saunders Construction Company, that is building Riverdale Ridge High School is partnering with the School District to offer educational opportunities to students. In May, a group of Brighton High School engineering students toured the construction site and received classroom instruction.

The purpose of the visit was to expose students to the various career opportunities in the construction industry. Saunders Construction Project Engineer Jonny Hendricks took students on a virtual tour with a computer software program being used to design the high school.

 “We’re using Autodesk Navisworks to combine 3D virtual models generated by the design team and subcontractors,” Hendricks said. “We can give everyone on site a set of coordinates to use as the building reference.” Hendricks said this software allows construction crews to virtually view how spaces will look when they are built in the field. Saunders and School District 27J are looking to expand this program for the next school year to Prairie View High students and to 27J middle school students.

For more information about School District 27J, visit  www.SD27J.org  or email  Communications@SD27J.net .  If you have other questions about the district, call 303-655-2900.

 

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