Brighton EDC News & Updates

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  or email .  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.

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