Biz Briefcase: April 17, 2014
Volunteering counts at Alpine Bank
Last week, Alpine Bank again participated in National Volunteer week. The bank has long supported and encouraged staff to be involved in their communities and provides each employee with 24 hours of paid volunteer time per year.
Alpine’s goal for National Volunteer Week 2014 was to achieve 100 percent employee participation throughout the week via the many volunteer opportunities available in the communities it serves.
Also in April, Executives Partnering to Invest in Children joined forces with Lt. Gov. Joseph Garcia and a broad coalition of Colorado partners to lead a statewide book drive for children from birth to eight years of age. The goal is to create public awareness of and support for the importance of summer reading with an adult. “For more than 41 years, one of Alpine Bank’s core values has been community,” said Chief Operations Officer Tom Kenning in a news release. “It is simply part of who we are to participate in both National Volunteer Week and Colorado Business Reads in order to help improve the quality of the communities we serve.”
Alpine Bank is a $2.4 billion, employee-owned organization chartered in 1973 with headquarters in Glenwood Springs.
With 37 banking offices across Colorado, Alpine Bank employs more than 500 local people and serves more than 130,000 customers, he said.
Horizon district founder honored
Dale Reece, a founding member of the Horizon Drive Business Improvement District, was celebrated for his contributions to the district at his last board meeting March 19.
Reece, who owns Crossroads Fitness Center, was part of a small group of visionaries that formed an association to give a voice to property and business owners in the area, said Richard Talley, another district founder.
“We didn’t want to become another North Avenue,” Talley said.
The group worked for two years to gather enough signatures to petition the Grand Junction City Council to establish the business improvement district. The ordinance creating the district was approved by council in April 2004.
The District and the City of Grand Junction partnered on the city’s largest art feature, a tile mosaic of wild horses completed in 2008 at the Horizon Drive underpass at Interstate 70, Talley said.
Chuck Keller, president of the board, presented Reece with a statue of wild horses to commemorate his 12 years of dedication to the district.
Eat dinner, raise funds for AIDS project
Most days of the year, a meal is just a meal. But on April 24, dining out in Western Colorado means so much more. By eating a meal, diners are helping improve the quality of life for neighbors living with HIV/AIDS, a Western Colorado AIDS Project spokesman said in a news release.
A portion of guest checks at participating restaurants will help support the Western Colorado AIDS Project’s life-saving services during a time when they are needed most. People will have the most satisfying meal you’ll eat all year, organizers said, and 100 percent of the proceeds stay in western Colorado.
Western Colorado AIDS Project has teamed with restaurants in Mesa and Delta Counties to raise funds for men, women and families affected by HIV and AIDS in the 22 counties of western Colorado.
The full list of restaurants is available at http://www.diningoutforlife.com/westerncolorado.
Participating restaurants will donate a portion of their daily proceeds to the AIDS project.The project celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2014.
WestCAP is a community-based referral, advocacy, and service provider offering non-judgmental, confidential, and compassionate assistance to HIV-affected persons, families, and loved ones. WestCAP also promotes prevention and education about HIV to the people of Western Colorado.
Aviation company hosts young pilots
The Experimental Aircraft Association-Chapter 800 and Crestone Aviation team up this weekend to give boys and girls interested in aviation the chance to experience flight like never before, said Syndi Jochums, chapter president.
The Young Eagle’s Rally takes place 9 a.m. Saturday at the Mack Mesa Airport, 1048 R Road, in Mack.
Pre-registered girls and boys, ages 8 to 17, will get a chance to take a flight on a small aircraft with an experienced pilot.
Every child be given the opportunity to fly, and there will be airplane wing construction models, introductory flight videos and picture slide shows.
To register, go to eaa800.org.
11 apply for creative district certification
Colorado Creative Industries announced last week that 11 communities were invited to apply for the Creative District Certification Program, CCI director Margaret Hunt said in a news release.
Communities applying are Avon, Carbondale, Crested Butte, Crestone, Estes Park, Evergreen, Denver/Golden Triangle Museum District, Fort Collins, Mancos, Manitou Springs and Westminster, Hunt said.
As many as seven communities may be accepted as candidates for Colorado certification, she said.
“The goal of this program is to help Colorado Creative Districts achieve the administrative structure, funding streams, community engagement process, strategic plan and staff structure that provide both financial sustainability and opportunities for economic growth,” Hunt said.
The candidates will participate in a two-year incubator-style program with benefits including direct funding, professional assistance, training and networking with peers. The districts can apply to become Colorado Certified Districts after completing the training program, she said.
The seven Creative Districts currently in the Creative District Program are eligible to apply for certification in 2014. The candidates completed two years of training to develop capacity and sustainability.
If they are certified in 2014 by the state of Colorado, they will also be eligible to receive a Boettcher Leadership Award.
The seven districts are 40 West Arts District in Lakewood, Aurora Cultural Arts District, Downtown Colorado Springs, Greeley Creative District, Longmont Arts and Entertainment District, Old Town Parker and RiNo Art District.