FOUR OIL AND GAS MEASURES OFFICIALLY WITHDRAWN
Coalition applauds those who made deal possible
Coloradans for Responsible Reform (CFRR) announced that all four oil and gas related initiatives ‐ 88, 89, 121 and 137 ‐ have been officially withdrawn and will not be on the November ballot.
All of the necessary forms for withdrawing the measures were submitted to the Secretary of State's office late Wednesday afternoon.
CFRR lauded all of the participants involved in the process.
"We have always believed that serious issues require serious dialogue. Coloradans for Responsible Reform has always preferred dialogue over initiative politics. Once again we have proven that Coloradans can put aside their differences and work together to find solutions," said Kelly Brough, president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
CFRR has a twenty‐year history in Colorado and is committed to protecting Colorado's jobs and economy. The bipartisan coalition includes business, labor, agricultural and civic organizations statewide.
"Our coalition is pleased with the outcome that avoids a divisive and costly election battle. Initiatives 889 and 89 would have damaged Colorado's economy and created endless litigation. We are relieved they have been dismissed and applaud everyone who worked hard to make that happen," said Ken Salazar, former Secretary of the Interior and U.S. Senator.
Brough and Salazar are among the co‐chairs of CFRR.
"This is the result everyone wanted. CFRR wants to acknowledge that we could not have arrived at this point without the resolve and perseverance of Governor John Hickenlooper. He should be commended for his leadership," said Rick Reiter, CFRR campaign director.
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Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Partners Celebrate Win of Governor's Award from Downtown Colorado, Inc. for Best Group Effort
Glenwood Springs was honored by Governor Hickenlooper and Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) for its four-year, $18 million downtown revitalization and infrastructure projects, just completed in June 2014. Glenwood Springs won top honors for the Best Group Effort or Multi-Jurisdictional Cooperation category in DCI's annual Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence. The nomination was submitted by the Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority (DDA), on behalf of the six partners involved in the projects.
Criteria for the award, as cited by DCI, included: Overall coordination of a broad-based initiative or project. Management and engagement of all partners; impact in the region and communities.
"This is a tremendous honor for the DDA board, our director of four years, Leslie Bethel, and all of our partners and stakeholders," says Charlie Willman, DDA board chair. "This award is the validation and recognition of the work of dozens of people and many organizations over several years, each of whom contributed to a visionary, synergistic process that has changed the fabric of Glenwood Springs for a permanent and positive result." The DDA invests in public improvements including beautification, pedestrian access, and connections to open space and river corridors that vitalize the historic core of Glenwood Springs.
In alignment with its mission, the DDA helped to plan, coordinate and fund the efforts for these seven successfully completed downtown initiatives from 2010 to 2014:
Each goal represents the collective efforts of the partners from public, nonprofit and private sectors, including the City of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, Garfield County Library District, Colorado Mountain College, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association and the DDA with contributions to funding, planning and in-kind services. In addition private developers "711 Grand" revitalized the building that houses new restaurants Smoke Modern Barbecue and The Lost Cajun, and also contributed funding to alleyway renovations between Colorado and Grand avenues.
As a result of all the public investment, privately-owned restaurants on Seventh Street have been inspired and motivated to invest and improve their infrastructure and sites. Individual businesses along the block are leveraging the new public investment with kitchen expansion, outdoor seating, custom railings, outdoor furniture and more.
Beginning in late 2014 or early 2015, a new bus service along the I-70 corridor will provide transportation between Glenwood Springs and Denver. The Interregional Express (IX) Bus Service is designed to connect population, employment centers and local transit providers along I-70. The service will include one round trip per weekday between GWS and Denver Union Station with stops in Eagle, Vail Frisco and Denver Federal Center. Service will be expanded as the demand increases.
This is part of CDOT’s multi-modal mission and works to fulfill recommendations of the I-70 Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. Busses will be owned by CDOT and leased to a contract operator. The creation of the CDOT Division of Transit & Rail in 2009 gave CDOT the authority to operate transit service. The FASTER Transit program provides the sustainable funding stream to allow the service to continue year after year. I have heard these busses will be very comfortable and have wi-fi.
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Loco inc. and Fazolis are excited to bring the “Fast, Fresh, Italian” experience to Glenwood Springs and western Colorado
Loco inc. has opened a convenience store and Fazoli’s quick-serve Italian restaurant in West Glenwood Springs (Exit 114).
The convenience store will offer grab-and-go food items, milkshakes, beverages as well as other traditional convenience items. One added amenity for customers driving new model diesel powered vehicles is a bulk Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) filling dispenser. This offers customers driving new model diesel powered vehicles significant savings when purchasing their DEF.
Loco inc. and Fazoli’s are excited to bring the “Fast, Fresh, Italian” experience to Glenwood Springs and western Colorado. Fazoli's Italian restaurants have over 220 stores nationwide throughout 27 states. Fazoli's offers traditional Italian meals and affordable prices such as spaghetti, lasagna and fettuccine alfredo. Additionally, for customers eating on-the-go; Italian sandwiches are available such as the Ultimate Meatball Smasher. The restaurant also includes a drive-thru.
We are excited to be operating in the Glenwood Springs community and contribute to the local economy. We hope that residents living in Glenwood and traveling through the Garfield County area enjoy the convenience and multiple offerings at our new Loco convenience store and Fazoli's.
The facility employs 35 people and is expected to contribute more than $200,000 annually in state and local taxes as well as over $1 million dollars in state and federal fuel tax.
The station includes 10 gasoline fueling lanes and four diesel fueling lanes.
We hope Glenwood Springs residents visit our new location and enjoy the many offerings provided. Our staff takes great pride in providing quality service guests deserve.
Loco inc. has been in business for over 40 years and currently operates 7 convenience stores throughout Western Colorado as well as a Travel Stop in Fruita, CO.
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association was named 2013 Chamber of the Year by ACCE!