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A third-party economic impact analysis of Colorado Community College System institutions reveals that Arapahoe Community College had an operations spending impact of $33.1 million – creating 779 jobs – in the ACC service area during the fiscal year 2015-16.  FULL DETAILS The results of this study reinforce the degree to which ACC creates a positive net impact on the regional economy and generates a positive return on investment for students, taxpayers, and society.  Benefits created by ACC extend to far more people than just its students.  As students and employers enjoy higher earnings and increased output, society as a whole benefits from an expanded economy and a range of savings associated with the students’ improved quality of life.  In total, ACC and its students added $337.3 million (operations, construction, student spending, alumni) in income to the ACC service area economy during the analysis year, approximately equal to 0.4% of the region’s total gross regional product (GRP). The study was conducted by Emsi, a leading provider of economic impact studies and labor market data to educational institutions, workforce planners and regional developers in the U.S. and internationally. Additional highlights from the report: ACC students receive a return of $5.40 for every dollar they invest in their education ACC students receive an average annual return of 16.6% for monies invested in their college education State and local taxpayers realize $14.30 in benefits for every dollar allocated to support ACC operations State and local taxpayers realize an average annual return of 32.5% for their support of ACC...

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From time to time we like to provide an “inside” view of our businesses. Below you can view the Depot Art Gallery located at 2069 W Powers Ave, Littleton, CO 80120.  From their website “The Depot Art Gallery is a successful, historic gallery and arts center with community spirit. The Gallery is housed in a restored Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad train station originally built in 1888. The station was retired in 1965 and relocated to its current location at 2069 Powers Ave., Littleton, Colorado. In 1979, a renovated 1890’s caboose was added, which is now used as one of our galleries.”   Depot Art Gallery – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA   Depot Art Gallery – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA   Depot Art Gallery – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA   Depot Art Gallery – Spherical Image – RICOH...

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If you’ve been contemplating a major natural gas heating upgrade, such as a new furnace, water heater replacement, boiler tune-up or upgrade, or new unit heater now’s the time to save. These heating improvement projects are currently eligible for a 50% bonus rebate. Note that projects must be invoiced, installed, and the rebate applications submitted before December 15, 2017 to earn the bonus. Visit xcelenergy.com/HeatingEfficiency for business heating efficiency bonus details and rebate applications. Xcel Energy offers Building Tune-Ups for small businesses through its Recommissioning programs. The Building Tune-Up program is designed to assist small business customers to improve the efficiency of their existing building operations. Through the program, Xcel Energy identifies functional systems that can be “tuned up” to run as efficiently as possible through low- or no-cost improvements. Visit xcelenergy.com/SBTU to learn more and complete your Building Tune-Up audit application or call the Business Solutions Center at (855)...

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  Five Wellbeing Spa and Studio, located at 5602 South Nevada Street was awarded a revitalization grant from the City’s Economic Development department for extensive renovation and landscaping.  The meticulous renovation by owner Betsy Abrams took three years to accomplish.  Abrams’ care and attention to detail yielded impeccable results, including a welcoming wraparound front porch and beautiful landscaping.  Congratulations to Five Wellbeing Spa and...

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In a WalletHub affordability survey of 1,268 cities with a population between 25,000 and 100,000, Littleton ranked #10 in the country and #1 in Colorado.  To make the determination, WalletHub looked across five categories including affordability, economic health, education, quality of life and safety.

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DENVER–October 26, 2017–Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) and the newly formed Local First Colorado (LFC) are pleased to announce a partnership to support LFC’s launch of Colorado’s Local First Week (November 25 – December 2, 2017), an awareness campaign designed to encourage Coloradans to support local businesses first. DCI and LFC determined this partnership advances the missions of both organizations as each aims to strengthen Colorado’s local economies. Kicking off on Small Business Saturday, Local First Week is one week dedicated to asking local consumers to re-think daily habits and shift everyday actions to try a local business before heading to the big-box stores or ordering online. In 2007 the Mile High Business Alliance (MHBA) promoted this same week as Denver’s Buy Local Week, and continued this campaign every holiday shopping season for eight years. Now Local First Colorado seeks to build on MHBA’s work by re-activating this awareness campaign on a state-wide basis to celebrate the importance of supporting our local businesses. “As a state-wide organization that has been working to revitalize Colorado’s local economies for 35 years, we are thrilled to help Local First Colorado launch Local First Week to remind our community members of the importance of patronizing our local businesses,” says Katherine Correll, DCI Executive director. “Our independent businesses not only contribute to thriving local economies, but so often they are also what shapes the unique character of our cities, our communities, even our neighborhoods. Can you imagine what your community would feel like without your corner coffee shop, your local brewery, your favorite boutique or your neighborhood bookstore? These independent businesses can define a community.” Co-founded by Heather Duncan (Tattered Cover Book Store), Nicole Sullivan (BookBar) and Heather Garbo (Denver Dweller), Local First Colorado is being activated by a coalition of local business leaders including Ellen Daehnik (Helliemae’s/Post Oak Hall), Patty Henry (The Freyja Project), Kappy Kling (Hearthfire Books), Mickki Langston (Tellicherry Trading Co.) and Caleb Seeling (Bowerhouse Books). Local businesses interested in participating in Local First Week are encouraged to sign up here. Coloradans can take the Local First Pledge to shift support to a local business at...

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