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Week Of Special Interest 05/01/19
Photo Courtesy: Adams County

By La Voz Staff

Adams County names first director of Community Safety

Adams County Manager Raymond Gonzales has named Matt Rivera as the county’s first director of the Community Safety & Well-Being Department. The new department will consolidate existing service areas including Community Corrections and Community Justice while introducing a new Parking Enforcement Division and Park Ranger program. This new department was created within the parameters of the 2019 budget and does not include any additional full-time employees.

“This department is critical to addressing a lot of the community-based concerns in our unincorporated neighborhoods,” said Gonzales. “I’m proud of the internal work done by our leadership team to consolidate disconnected – yet similar – divisions within the county in one department while not having to add any new full-time employees.”

SBA Disaster Loans

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded small nonfarm businesses in eight Colorado counties and neighboring counties in Nebraska of the May 28, 2019, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by hail, high winds, rain and tornadoes in the following primary counties that occurred July 28-29, 2018.

On Tuesday, students from all over DPS gathered at the Denver Coliseum to be honored at the Mile High Scholars event.

DPS Students honored at Mile High Scholars Ceremony

Each year, the Mayor of Denver honors students from DPS as Mile High Scholars in a citywide ceremony. Students are selected by the principal and faculty of their school for modeling leadership skills, respecting the school environment and supporting his or her peers. Students receive a certificate and a picture with the mayor.

Our Government

White House

From the White House Council of Economic Advisers: As discussed in the 2019 Economic Report of the President, the Council of Economic Advisers demonstrated that the strong economic performance in 2017 and 2018 was not merely a continuation of trends already under way during the preceding post-recession expansion, but rather constituted a distinct break from trend and positive surprise relative to expectations. We see in today’s advance estimate of real GDP growth in the first quarter of 2019 that the economy continues to outperform expectations.

Colorado Governor

Governor Jared Polis joined Representative Yadira Caraveo, along with other public health advocates to announce legislation that would give voters the choice to tax nicotine vaping the same as cigarettes and raise the taxes on tobacco products. If passed, the referred measure would raise more than $300 million, half of which would go toward education and half to health care.

Denver Mayor

McDonald’s and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock kicked off a summer hiring event, showcasing recent enhancements to McDonald’s comprehensive education program, Archways to Opportunity on Friday. The Archways to Opportunity program provides eligible U.S. employees an opportunity to earn a high school diploma, receive upfront college tuition assistance, access free education advising services and learn English as a second language. McDonald’s recently announced it will enhance Archways by tripling tuition assistance for restaurant employees, lowering eligibility requirements from nine months to 90 days of employment, and dropping weekly shift minimums from 20 hours to 15 hours.





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