Technology-interested citizens joined members of the City’s IT and Economic Development Departments and Council members, Karina Elrod and Carol Fey, on June 27 for Littleton’s first “Tech Talk”. Everyone gathered at Rocker Spirits, where council member Karina Elrod kicked the evening off with an update on progress across the City, followed by a talk from the City’s new IT Director, Ashley Bolton. Ashley discussed how she sees innovation and technology evolving in her department. Her first few months have been spent assessing and seeking insights into how things have been done prior and ways to improve processes. Bolton also spoke about supporting Council’s goal of Financial Sustainability and how IT is doing its part with a focus on operational management, and the investment and focus on security and risk management that her team is making.
Rocker Spirits‘ owner, Dustin Evans, next entertained the audience with the inspirational journey of how he became an entrepreneur and how his focus on innovation and never giving up led to not only a successful business but a design award for Rocker’s signature bottle. Scott Blumenreich, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer for Centennial, rounded out the speakers for the night with a “fireside chat” on his thoughts on innovation. The City of Centennial was one of 12 cities in the U.S. selected in December 2014 to participate in the $45 million expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams program. The night wrapped up with informal Q&A and casual conversation among the crowd. Future Tech Talks are in the works and ideas on topics for discussion are welcomed. Please contact Ashley Bolton at email@example.com with any suggestions or to be included the next talk.
Monday, June 17, Senator Cory Gardner made a trip to downtown Littleton to meet with business owners’ onsite as part of his ‘Main Street Walking Tour’ across the state. Hoping to learn more about different industries within the city and what small businesses are looking for when being represented in Washington; the Senator met with Lauren Jennings, owner of Dirt Coffee Bar, Julie Pech, owner of The Chocolate Therapist and Mickey Kemph owner of Bradford Auto Body. He ended his tour with a round table meeting at the Town Hall Arts Center. Around the table were local business owners as well as Littleton’s Mayor Brinkman, Denise Stephens, Director of Economic Development for the City and members of the South Metro Denver Chamber.
The Senator had a chance to take questions and highlight his legislation on the ‘Map Improvement Act’ to increase the accuracy of broadband coverage maps, easing the burden of student loans, as well as his work with local lenders, passing legislation to make it easier for people to invest in their community and local businesses. A 5th generation Coloradan, Cory Gardner has been The GOP Senator for Colorado since 2015. As a result of the 2018 midterm elections, he became the only Republican holding statewide elected office in Colorado. Gardner is up for re-election in 2020. Follow Senator Cory Gardner on Facebook and Twitter.
The Arapahoe Community College Foundation has received an $80,000 grant from theTemple Hoyne Buell Foundation to develop and implement the RESPECT Initiative (Readying, Educating, Supporting, Professionalizing Early Childhood Teachers) at ACC. The RESPECT Initiative aims to provide an early childhood education academic pathway and strong foundation for Spanish-speaking students, English language-learning students and students who need additional support with college enrollment and the Accuplacer exam to meet their career goals in early care and education.
The Buell Foundation is a professional philanthropic organization supporting the positive development of children through grants and partnerships with other sectors of our community. The Buell Foundation focuses primarily on the state of Colorado and concentrates its grantmaking on programs that benefit children.
The grant includes funds to pay tuition for qualifying students. Please contact the ACC Early Childhood Education program at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com for additional information about fall enrollment.
At City Bark Littleton, your pups paws are in good hands. City Bark has over 11 years of experience, serving in Southwest Denver and takes pride in being a dog’s home away from home. Their mission is to provide the highest quality care for dogs in their custom-designed upscale facility. Services include overnight boarding for dogs, doggie daycare, tubs, pet supplies, a dog park, pool, and webcams. Additionally, there are grooming and training partners that offer on-site services. For more information and to see live webcams go to citybark.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (303) 783-9401.
According to AAA, Littleton’s Main Street is pretty cool! Listed as one of 7 of Colorado’s Coolest Main Streets; Littleton has the charm, historic element, and variety of unique shops to make it land on their list of Colorado’s coolest main streets. With all the quaint places to shop, pubs and restaurants for the eats and Town Hall Arts Center and nearly 200 annual events for the arts – it blends both the historic and the hip all in one place!
Fierce45®, a High-Intensity Pilates full-body workout, is now open in Littleton! Their newest location, at 2100 W. Littleton Blvd sits next to Bacon Social. Fierce45 offers small group fitness classes on one-of-a-kind resistance machines, The FierceFormer™. This studio and these classes are like nothing you’ve ever experienced. It’s a calorie blaster (500-800 per class) of exercises combined with the fundamentals of alignment, breath and mindful movement, with no stress to your joints or spine. You will sweat, your muscles will tremble and you will experience the Fierce45® difference.
Fierce45 incorporates slow, controlled, continuous tension, quick transitions and effective range of motion to burn through slow and fast twitch muscle fibers, alike. You will work your entire body in just 45-minutes. Each class combines strength, endurance, cardio, balance, and flexibility exercises on our custom FierceFormer™ resistance machines. The goal is to keep you in the fat burning zone for the entire duration of the class to build long, lean muscles.
Your first THREE classes are complimentary and Childcare is provided for a small fee. Give Fierce45® a chance to show you how strong your body is and how quickly you can see physical results! To book classes, visit https://www.fierce45.com/ or call (720) 324-8777
According to SmartAsset.com Colorado boasts some pretty great places for those ready to kick back and take advantage of all this state has to offer with Littleton being #1 on their list! Factors like tax burden, access to healthcare facilities and recreational activities were factors in determining who made the cut. Neighboring Englewood came in at #2. Read more about the full top 10 list here: Best Places to Retire in Colorado.
The Denver Business Journal reported on the best elementary schools in the metro area for 2019 according to Niche.com. Areas such as academics, student life, culture/diversity and teacher salaries were included in the methodology. Littleton proper; Littleton Academy (13), Wilder Elementary (21) and Runyon (18) were in the top 25. View the DBJ slideshow of schools how they ranked.
Littleton proper also has three schools listed in the “2019 25 Best Public Middle Schools in the Denver Area” according to the Denver Business Journal and Niche.com. Euclid ranks 16th and John Wesley Powell Middle School and Littleton Academy are in the top ten coming in 8th and 3rd respectively. See the full list of schools here
U.S. News recently released their report of the 2019 “best public schools in the Denver area” and
LPS schools were included in the rankings. Arapahoe High School, Heritage High School and Littleton High School were included. Click to view ranking methodology used in the U.S News report or view the Denver Business Journal slideshow of the top 25.