On March 16 the White House released a letter honoring the last surviving veteran of Pearl Harbor, Ray Chavez. The White House letter reads, “Our Nation owes the Greatest Generation – your generation – a tremendous debt of gratitude for an extraordinary legacy of liberty and freedom around the world.” For further information visit www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/images/Mr._Chavez.pdf for the complete letter.
Governor of Colorado
State revenue forecast calls for continued economic momentum. The Governor’s office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) released its quarterly economic and review forecast. The upward momentum in Colorado’s economy that occurred last year has sustained itself in recent months. However, many agricultural economies continue to struggle with weak commodity prices and reduced incomes. Statewide economy growth for 2017 is forecast higher than 2016.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced that Paul Washington, Executive Director of the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED), will be stepping down to become Marketing Director of the Rocky Mountain Region for JLL, a Fortune 500 real estate professional services and investment management firm. Serving as the Mayor’s head of economic development since August 2011, Washington spearheaded the 2012-2016 JumpStart strategies that directly influenced the creation and retention of more than 30,000 jobs, while leveraging more than $818 million in private capital investment.
Marijuana prevention campaign
Four Colorado middle schools have been awarded $10,000 each for their participation in the Protect What’s Next Challenge, a statewide youth empowerment and retail marijuana prevention program. The winning schools are: Options Middle School, Littleton; Prairie Heights Middle School, Evans; Vikan Middle School, Brighton; Vineland Middle School, Pueblo. The challenge, an extension of the state’s youth marijuana prevention campaign, was built on youth’s belief that using marijuana before age 21 could get in the way of achieving their goals.
The Conservation Trust Fund (CTF) awarded money to 477 counties, cities, towns, and Title 32 special districts that provide parks and recreation services in their service plans. The CTF receives 40 percent of the net proceeds of the Colorado Lottery each quarter to distribute for the acquisition, development, and maintenance of new conservation sites or for the capital improvement or maintenance of public recreation sites like parks and open spaces. To review a complete distribution list, visit http://bit.ly/2gPFjHa.
Denver population booms
Metro Denver has a population of more than three million people, and has a growth rate that has consistently outpaced the national rate every decade since the 1930s. The region grew steadily in the past 10 years, and by 2020, Metro Denver’s population is anticipated to increase to more than 3.3 million.
Colorado agricultural market
Colorado has a large agricultural market. Colorado’s ranchers and farmers receive average payments per year totaling $316 million from the federal government including wheat subsidies averaging $79 million a year, corn subsidies averaging $78 million a year, total conservation-reserve acreage payments of $75 million, livestock and dairy subsidies of $10 million, and disaster payments totaling $47 million.
When school is out, safari camps are in
This summer, campers will puzzle out some of our planet’s most exciting challenges! How can we ensure each animal gets what it needs? How do you even begin tracking the nearly invisible and even unheard from? What role will YOU play once you’ve uncovered the secret connections that hold our world together? Campers connect with animals through Zoo exploration, up-close animal experiences, engineering challenges, nature play, and special camp-only Zoo opportunities. Camps are for ages Pre-k through 8th grade and run weekly.
City of Denver partners with Lyft
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced their new partnership with Lyft as they gear up for Denver’s 4/20 marijuana celebrations next month. Unique Lyft vehicles will hit Colorado roads wrapped with “Plan a ride before you’re high” and other messaging. Free and discount rides will be offered to passengers who are lucky enough to have one of the vehicles pick them up