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PADT announced in its August 15, 2019 press release it has been awarded a $107,750 U.S. Army Phase I Small Business Innovation Research Grant (SBIR).  The project involves the development of sand-plugging resistant metallic combustor liners.

“The challenge PADT will be solving is when helicopters are exposed to environments with high concentrations of dust, they can accumulate micro-particles in the engine that clog the metal liner of the engine’s combustor.” With the support of Honeywell Aerospace; the research has the potential to “reduce downtime and significantly improve the performance and readiness of the U.S. Army’s helicopters operating in remote locations where dirt and sand can enter their engines.”

About the SBIR Program

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a Congressionally-mandated program established in 1982 to increase the participation of small businesses in federal research and development (R & D).  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs allow small, high-tech U.S. businesses (less than 500 employees) and academia the opportunity to provide innovative research and development solutions in response to critical Army needs. By capturing the tremendous and agile talents of the U.S. small business community, the SBIR and STTR programs benefit the Department of Defense (DoD), the private sector, and our national economy.

About Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT)

PADT is an engineering product and services company that focuses on helping customers who develop physical products by providing Numerical Simulation, Product Development, and 3D Printing solutions. PADT services customers from its headquarters at the Arizona State University Research Park in Tempe, Arizona, and from offices in Torrance, California, Littleton, Colorado, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Austin, Texas, and Murray, Utah.  More information on PADT can be found at

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Though the bill, H.R. 582, which calls to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 still has to make it through the Senate it is already getting criticism from several major business organizations according to the  Juanita Duggan, President and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the leading advocacy organization for small businesses, said in a statement “The House dealt a devastating blow to small businesses today, risking record growth, job creation, and already increasing wages”.

Increasing the minimum wage has been a hot button topic in recent years with those opposed saying it would kill jobs and raise the cost of goods to account for the higher wages to workers, and those for the increase who believe it will actually create more jobs; bringing people into the workforce and giving those working in minimum wage jobs the ability to improve their quality of life and share the benefits of economic growth.

(Additional sourced articles: CNN:  EPI:
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Envision Littleton has reached another milestone with the conclusion of the Future City Phase 3 and the release of the DRAFT Comprehensive and Transportation Master Plans. The drafts will be available for public comment until 5PM on Monday, September 16. Comments may be submitted using the on-line comment form or via email to Kathleen Osher at

Future City Phase 3



Don’t miss Peter Kageyama, keynote speaker for our final Envision Littleton speaker series event. Peter will inspire us not only about our next 20 years, but he will remind us of our incredible roles as “co-creators” in making Littleton more lovable! It will be a great evening at the Summit Room on ACC campus so we have even more seating available. Please invite your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues to join us! This is a FREE event, but advance registration is required.

FREE EVENT – Registration Required
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The next Citizen Academy starts Thursday, September 5 and meets 6-9:30 p.m. every Thursday for 12 weeks (no class on Halloween, Oct. 31). There is no fee. Each session includes dinner, instruction, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises. For more information, contact Sergeant Steve Skundberg at 303-795-3846.

The Littleton Police Citizen Academy presents a series of classes designed to give community members a peek into the inner workings of the Littleton Police Department. Each topic is taught by Littleton police officers or civilian staff members, each an expert in their field. A diverse selection of topics are covered to give attendees an idea of what, why, and how the police operate.

Some of the information during the classes include:

  • Officer Survival
  • Defensive Tactics
  • SWAT
  • Victim Assistance
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • DUI and Traffic Enforcement
  • Drugs and Gangs

The goal of the Citizen Academy is to promote a better relationship between the police department and the community it serves and to foster a clearer understanding of a police officer’s duties, how the officer carries out those duties, and the end results of the officer’s actions.

To find out eligibility requirements and apply for the Citizen Academy visit the City of Littleton’s Citizens Academy page.

(Source:  City of Littleton Website; Police Department
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Destination sourcing

“Sales tax collection for the state of Colorado has changed with the passage of HB19-1240 to account for the shift toward online sales. As of June 1, 2019, sales tax will be calculated based on the buyer’s address when the taxable product or service is delivered to the consumer. This is called destination sourcing.”

“Destination sourcing is also used when a product or service has a lease/rental agreement with periodic recurring payments. Businesses will now be required to collect and remit sales tax for all retail sales to Colorado consumers, regardless of the physical location for the business. Exceptions to the new sales tax law may apply to small businesses and marketplace sellers. Information regarding exceptions to the new sales tax can be found via The Colorado Department of Revenue website. For a complete list of location/jurisdiction codes for sales tax filing, see form DR0800.”  To sign up for Colorado Sales & Use tax news and updates click HERE

Webinar: Colorado Sales Tax Changes- What you need to know

(Source: CDOR

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Survey Monkey wanted to know the answer to that question so they did the research for you!  They looked at factures such as time period (month sent), days of the week, survey topic and audience (customer feedback/satisfaction vs. internal survey of employees in an organization) and response counts, where they limited their analysis to surveys that had between 50-500 responses.  With random samplings for each day of the week Monday-Friday, 5am-4pm PST the data showed that Monday is the best day for a business to send out a survey and Friday was show to have the lowest survey response rates.   Read the full story and response rates for both customer and internal employees here and also why your survey’s timing can affect where your respondents see your survey and how they respond.



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Businesses, we need your help! Let your voice be heard by participating in this brief business survey. The information you provide will identify business needs and concerns, help measure the future outlook of Littleton’s economy, and lead to strategies and actions that will continue to support business development and growth. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

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