Colorado NextCycle launched to fund recycling
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is introducing Colorado NextCycle, a program that provides funding, expertise and economic data to Colorado businesses, communities, universities and startups interested in turning recovered materials into marketable products. In August 2017, the department adopted statewide waste diversion goals aimed at doubling the state’s current recycling rate to 45 percent by 2036. However, the state’s geography and changes in international end markets pose significant challenges to meeting that goal through existing programs and efforts. The Colorado NextCycle program will provide modest grants to selected teams to incubate their business ideas while receiving technical support, mentoring, and industry and economic data. The goal is to nurture viable ideas to fundable, shovel-ready status for submission to the 2019 department grant cycle. Business concepts may be focused on developing end markets for any recovered commodity or organic material, including secondary processing of recovered materials. A technical advisory committee, including subject matter experts covering material processing, infrastructure, manufacturing, finance, risk assessment, partnerships and market development, will provide input and guidance to help teams create successful business plans. The department has contracted with RRS to support the development of the Colorado NextCycle program and assess potential project teams.“We’re proud to announce this refreshed approach to our end market development grant program,” said Eric Heyboer, recycling grant program administrator at the department. “We hope to encourage a wide range of applicants, from industry to academia to the public, to form cross-sector teams and put forward their best ideas to support material diversion in the state.”
Building the Bench, a new donor committee
Building the Bench is a newly created Small Donor Committee that is supporting Latinos, People of Color and first-time candidates of color running for state and local office. The committee was founded by Ana Temu and Uriel Berrum after the political hunger demonstrated from the Latino community earlier this year at the Building the Latino Bench Fundraiser. The fundraiser took place in May and was held for 8 Legislative Latino candidates across Colorado. The political buy-in from the Latino community was evident and the founders wanted a vehicle where they could capture and disperse future buy-in from the community.
FORMING SPACE FORCE
To safeguard American dominance in space, President Donald J. Trump is working to form a Space Force as a sixth branch of the Armed Forces. President Trump has received six recommendations, unanimously approved by his National Space Council, regarding the establishment of the United States Space Force. Visit https://bit.ly/2NYiii7 for the list of recommendations.
Gov. John Hickenlooper will host a news conference on the outdoor recreation industry’s economic impact in Colorado at Confluence Park, 2250 15th St., on Friday, Ocotber 26 at 9 a.m.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced that Kent Rice, Executive Director of Denver Arts & Venues, will be retiring at the end of the year. “Kent has been a superb leader and public servant, and his impact as a seasoned executive and dedicated public servant will be with us for years,” Mayor Hancock said. “He and his highly-qualified team have been able to deliver impressive results in our venues year after year, while burnishing Denver’s already well-regarded arts and cultural scene. While Kent will be greatly missed, I couldn’t be prouder of the way he has elevated arts and culture here in our city to new and wonderful heights.”