Commerce City "We need to be sure that we are not left behind in ED..."

Commerce City "We need to be sure that we are not left behind in ED..."
Will we ever see Development @ the Prairie Gateway site in Commerce City, CO??? It has been years since the Commerce City Civic Center and Rapids stadium have been built and still no economic development. I guess patience is really a virtue.

Anythink to Host Tournament for Young Entrepreneurs

Competition Aims to Promote Business Dreams

THORNTON, Colo.­ –February 1, 2012–Over four Saturdays in March, young business minds will have the chance to learn how to become entrepreneurs in a tournament hosted by the Adams County Workforce & Business Center and the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt Program. The goal of the Young Entrepreneur tournament is to inspire, educate and encourage young adults ages 14-21 in a competitive entrepreneurial environment that prepares them to start and run a successful business.

Assistant City Manager for REDCo Ray Gonzales to leave Brighton

Brighton City Manager Manuel Esquibel announced today the resignation of Raymond Gonzales, Brighton’s Assistant City Manager for Redevelopment, Economic Development and Community Resources Office (REDCo) and President and CEO of the Brighton Economic Development Corporation (BEDC). Gonzales has accepted a position as Vice President of Energy Client Services for SOS Staffing. Gonzales’ last day with the city is Feb. 10.

The National Western Stock Show Relocation Update...

The National Western Stock Show Executive Committee has been researching options for relocation or rebuilding on our current site for more than ten years and we will stay focused on working to find the right solution for the long term success of the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo.


Keeping the original vision of a charming downtown shopping area in mind, Cantor Partners – who recently purchased part of the Brighton Pavilions – sees the shopping destination as a tremendous asset for downtown Brighton.

El Jardin Resturant in Commerc City to Expand...

El Jardin, Inc. is expanding the restaurant in the Derby area to include a lounge. The expansion will replace the currently under-utilized patio area on the west side of the building. The construction budget for this expansion is $250,000. The company also plans to hire up to six new employees.

Urban Renewal Authority, Mile High Greyhound Park Selected for Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge's 10th Anniversary Project


COMMERCE CITY, COLO.- Over the last 10 years, the Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge (sponsored by NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association) has created visionary development ideas for sites such as Solterra, the Denver Coliseum and most recently 9 Mile Station. The 65-acre Mile High Greyhound Park joins that illustrious list, with today's selection as the Challenge's 10th anniversary project.

Mountain States Leading Economic Indicator Advances: Business Confidence Slumps Again

September survey results at a glance:
· Leading economic indicator advances to a healthy level.
· Business confidence index slumps to recessionary level.
· Approximately 28 percent of firms expect layoffs in the next six months.
· Supply managers expect an average 1.8 percent raise in the next year.

Where are the Jobs? Colorado Companies Now Hiring... Perlmutter Hosting 5th Job Fair

Coloradans want to work, and Colorado companies are hiring. U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) wants to help those people searching for jobs connect with businesses in Colorado that are hiring. On Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, Perlmutter will host his 5th job fair with more than 20 Colorado businesses who are currently hiring new workers. Additionally, there will be representatives from local workforce development centers and other resources available to help constituents find jobs. Following are just some of the companies who will be participating and more are being added:

Commerce City honors four business leaders during annual event


COMMERCE CITY – Four local business leaders were honored for their achievements and community contributions during the fourth annual Business and Investor Appreciation event held in Commerce City.


METRO NORTH REGION, COLO --- The Metro North Chamber of Commerce (MNCC) in partnership with the MetroNorth Newspapers is hosting a local candidate forum on Wednesday, September 14th from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the City of Thornton Council Chambers (9500 Civic Center Dr., Thornton) for the communities of Brighton, Broomfield, Commerce City, Northglenn and Thornton.

August Mountain States Leading Economic Indicator Dips to Healthy Level: Business Confidence Tumbles to Recession Levels

August survey results at a glance:
· Leading economic indicator dips to a healthy level.
· Employment gauge is consistent with annualized job growth above a healthy two percent.
· For the remainder of 2011, approximately 14.3 percent expect a decline in business activity, 33.4 percent anticipate an upturn in sales, and the remaining 52.3 percent expect no change in business activity.
· Business confidence slumped below growth neutral.

Officials celebrate new store, new jobs in Commerce City, KING SOOPERS MARKETPLACE anchors future development

COMMERCE CITY, COLO. - With construction equipment moving in the background, more than 40 attendees celebrated the official groundbreaking for the 123,000-square-foot King Soopers MarketPlace in Commerce City. The new store, opening in fall 2012, will be the cornerstone for Shea Properties' 22-acre Reunion Marketplace Center, located at 104th Avenue and Chambers Road.

Medical Waste Treatment Facility on Brighton Road on Track Despite Large Public Opposition...

Despite opposition from numerous residents, members of the ACSD#14 school board and the city of Commerce City, the Adams County Planning Commission, in a 4 to 3 vote. recommended approving a plan by Waste Solutions. This plan will put a medical-waste sterilization facility at 8620 Brighton Road. The closest residential lot is 1/10th of a mile away.

Dog Track Acquired... Redevelopment Planned

The Commerce City Urban Renewal Authority (URA) recently purchased the former Mile High Greyhound Park property for $3.3 million and will soon start planning a mixed-use development for the 65-acre site. Bounded by 64th Avenue to the north, 62nd Avenue to the south, Holly Street to the east and Dahlia Street to the west, the property offers access to several highways and connectivity to the heart of historic Commerce City.

Commerce City Business Resource Fair added to annual business appreciation event

Each year, the Business and Investor Appreciation event provides the opportunity for the city to say thank you to businesses, property owners and other organizations for their investment in Commerce City. This year’s event will be a breakfast held Friday, September 9, 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers at the Civic Center.

Commerce City Business award nominations requested

The annual Business & Investor Appreciation event celebrates the great things Commerce City business make happen in Commerce City, and recognizes specific businesses for their success and contributions to the community. Nominate your business or another Commerce City business by Friday, August 26.

Commerce City Business UE Compression, LLC, is Looking at Major Expansion

UE Compression, LLC, located in Commerce City at 6030 E 50th Ave. is growing and is making plans to consolidate and expand its operations into a new facility that will be constructed. The total estimated capital investment is $10.8 Million. In addition, the company expects to create nearly 60 new jobs.

Commerce City Dog Track is a "Colorado Enterprise Zone"... What does that mean?

The Colorado's Enterprise Zone program provides tax incentives to encourage businesses to locate and expand in designated economically distressed areas of the state. There are currently 17 Enterprise Zones and 2 sub-zones in Colorado. Businesses located in an Enterprise Zone may qualify for up to nine Enterprise Zone Tax Credits that encourage job creation and investment in the Enterprise Zone. Commerce City as a local jurisdictions has additional incentive opportunities in this Enterprise Zone (old dog track).

S&P’s downgrade of U.S. ratings outlook

On Aug. 5, 2011, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its long-term sovereign credit rating on the United States of America to 'AA+' from 'AAA'. The outlook on the long-term rating is negative. At the same time, Standard & Poor's affirmed its 'A-1+' short-term rating on the U.S. In addition, Standard & Poor's removed both ratings from CreditWatch, where they were placed on July 14, 2011, with negative implications.

Canopy Airport Parking near DIA offers "Summer Special" to EXpressToll customers with coupon

Special $5 rate per day outdoors or 25% discount on covered self-park and indoor valet

Now through September 30, Canopy Airport Parking near DIA is offering EXpressToll customers a "Summer Special" of $5 per day for outdoor parking and 25 percent off of its regular covered self-park and indoor valet rates. Customers must have a properly mounted EXpressToll transponder and a coupon printed from the EXpressToll Rewards page at

Urban Renewal Authority races toward future, purchases Mile High Greyhound Park for redevelopment

Property will redefine commerce city for years to come

COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – The Commerce City Urban Renewal Authority (URA) today announced the purchase of the former Mile High Greyhound Park, a 65-acre site in the heart of Commerce City.

Mountain States Leading Economic Indicator Dips for July: Business Confidence Tumbles

July survey results at a glance:
· Leading economic indicator dips to a healthy level.
· Inflation gauge declines to a still elevated level as supply managers raise their expectations for the next six months.
· On average, supply managers expect a paltry 1.5 wage gain over the next year.

Schlumberger Request Gets 3 to 2 Vote from Commerce City Planning Commission

Schlumberger, a Commerce City business located at 9251 E. 104th Ave is proposing to use the northern undeveloped portion of the site for outdoor storage. The storage materials would include steel racks, equipment, storage containers and trailers.

Denver POST: How stock show, Gaylord, Aurora became dance partners

As the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo has scouted the metro area for a new location over the years, it has also been looking for a partner to help broaden its appeal.

Commerce City welcomes new Economic Development Specialist


COMMERCE CITY – Julie Jacoby has joined Commerce City as an economic development specialist. In this role, she will be focusing on expanding and supporting retail development within the city.

Northern Range Commerce City Citizens - Get Ready to Celebrate!!!

By Kathy McIntyre, Editor

Before I say anything else, (drum roll please) King Soopers IS coming to the corner of 104th Avenue and Chambers Road in Commerce City. The first signs of construction started this week on the site and a store opening was confirmed today by King Soopers themselves. The King Soopers Marketplace, all 123,000 square feet of it, will open in the summer of 2012 and will be the fourth store this size in Colorado. Two are already open in Greeley and Ft. Collins, if you want to go see what your future store will look like. A third store will be opening in December of 2011.

Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair for the Denver Area

City Career Fair announced today the 11th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair for the Greater Denver Area being held on August 5, 2011 at the Red Lion Hotel - Denver Central 4040 Quebec Street Denver, CO 80216 from 11am - 3pm

Colorado Employment Situation June 2011

Employers in Colorado added 4,500 nonfarm payroll jobs from May to June for a total of 2,236,200 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Government declined by 2,600 payroll jobs and the private sector added 7,100.

IKEA Centennial to offer Swedish furnishings, food, Fun & sustainabilty when Colorado ’s Denver-area store opens July 27

IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced that when its Denver-area store opens in Centennial, CO on July 27, it will recognize loyal, enthusiastic customers by giving away thousands of dollars in gift cards and merchandise – including an iconic EKTORP sofa for each of the first 38 adults in line, and a POANG armchair for the next 100 visitors. (Customers may begin lining up on 9 a.m. MDT on Monday, July 25 – 48 hours in advance of the doors opening at 9 a.m. MDT on Wednesday, July 27.) Also, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon and IKEA U.S. president Mike Ward will join IKEA Centennial store manager Kelly Frieze in the official opening of the new store.

Commerce City Economic Development Committees in Place...

As part of implementing the city's Economic Development Strategic Plan, the Commerce City Economic Development Citizen Advisory Committee (ED-CAC) and the Commerce City Economic Development Business Advisory Committee (ED-BAC) were formed. These committees are made up of a diverse group of volunteers representing residents from all geographical locations in Commerce City, as well as existing and prospective businesses within the city's target industries... The members of the committees include:

Small business support

Small businesses are an important part of the Commerce City community. Did you know there are resources available to help support the success of your business?

Congressman Jared Polis, Senator Mary Hodge, and the Adams County Workforce & Business Center present Meet the Employers

This free Adams County event will include:
Tips for optimizing your job search
Certificate programs
Green jobs opportunities
Veterans' job programs
Local experts with great job seeking advise
Local employers looking to hire

The Popularity of the Adams County Farmers Markets...

In 2005, Colorado had about 78 markets. Today, there are close to 100. This popular trend has also hit Adams County. A total of eight Farmers Markets are in Adams County, no matter what city you live in, there is one close to you. Why not check one out and see what the talk is all about. Full list of Markets in Adams County include...

A Team of 6 with one mission... ED!

Annually, the city of Commerce City sends a team to the ICSC RECon to provide the opportunity to meet with retailers, retail developers and brokers from across the country. The purpose is to promote retail opportunities throughout the city. This year a team of six city representatives attended the 2011 ICSC RECon in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 21-25. Click here for convention highlights...

Commerce City and Brighton Report Positive Sales Tax Revenue...

A Colorado Municipal League mid-year survey of municipalities reveals both Commerce City and Brighton had positive numbers to report. For the first four months of 2011 compared with the same period of 2010, Brighton listed a 7.41 percent increase in sales tax revenue while Commerce City reported a 27.5 percent increase. Both cities viewed the local economy as improving.


A Colorado Municipal League mid-year survey of municipalities reveals 62 percent rate their economic picture as improving. The amount of improvement ranges from slight to strong but the local economies have turned a corner. 30 percent rated their economy as flat, while eight percent said the economic picture was getting worse.

Lenders Will be Required to Provide Free Credit Scores to Consumers

New Federal Reserve/FTC rules comply with Udall’s 2010 Credit Scores Amendment

Lenders will soon be required to disclose credit scores to consumers when their scores are used against them to set poor credit terms or when the lenders deny access to credit altogether, which will significantly increase financial clarity for consumers.

Community Invited to Explore Italy With Metro North Chamber

The Metro North Chamber of Commerce (MNCC) is taking business and the community to new levels this year, specifically to an international level through a recently launched business/leisure international discovery program . Chamber partners and interested international travelers are invited to travel with the Chamber to Tuscany this fall to participate in a unique experience that is slated to mix a little bit of business with a little bit of pleasure. Departing on November 8, 2011, the eight day journey to Tuscany, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, will include airfare, transfers, first class hotel accomodations, superb cuisine daily, a designated guide, tours, winery visits and the opportunity for business professionals, who are interested, to connect with professionals and businesses in their respective industries.

Tourism holds strong and employment indicators climb, despite weakened consumer confidence

The Metro Denver region continues to see solid summer tourism numbers and employment indicators--such as increased nonfarm employment and declining unemployment claims--show positive momentum, according to data compiled by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) in its Monthly Economic Summary for July 2011.

Mountain States Leading Economic Indicator Rise for June: Inflation Gauge Moves Lower

June survey results at a glance:
· Leading economic indicator rises to a healthy level.
· Inflation gauge declines to a still elevated level.
· Almost twenty percent of firms reported supply disruptions for month.

State Senator Mary Hodge to host Small Business Growth Forum Thursday June 30th

State Senator Mary Hodge will be hosting a Small Business Growth Forum Thursday, June 30th, 2011 at the Commerce City Civic Center, 7887 E. 60th Avenue, Commerce City from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Presenters include:
Brittany Morris, Commerce City Economic Development
Kami Welch, Brighton Chamber of Commerce
Shiley Johnson and Ana Lucero, Metro North Chamber of Commerce
Teri Sanchez, North Metro Small Business Development Center
Philip Noble, Adams County Workforce Development Center
Justin Vause and Caitlin Andrews, ACCION Colorado
Ken Knapp, Procurement Technical Assistance Center Colorado
Kathleen Rainwater, Arapahoe Library District

Commerce City Rotary Club 19th Annual Golf Tournament Classic

Commerce City Rotary Club 19th Annual Golf Tournament Classic. When: July 15, 2011 Time: 7:00 am Where: Buffalo Run Golf Course - Commerce City More information to come on Sponsorship and individual player opportunities! 100% proceeds from the tournament go to Commerce City Rotary Club Foundation/Youth Programs. If you are not able to sponsor or play but would like to support, we are also looking for raffle items i.e. gift cards, golf apparel and goody bag items i.e. water, chips, granola bars. Contact Maria Carabajal at 303.921.700. Any questions regarding the golf tournament please contact Joseph Frei at c#:303.913.6541... Fee: $150.00 per Person... Location: Buffalo Run Golf Course, 112th and Chambers, Commerce City, CO, 80022.

Gaylord Entertainment Plans Resort and Convention Hotel in Aurora, Colorado

Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET) announced today its plans to develop a resort and convention hotel in Aurora, Colo. Located less than ten minutes from Denver International Airport, one of the most well-traveled and accessible airports in the world, and 25 minutes from downtown Denver, Aurora is ideally situated for both business and leisure travelers. The Aurora site will be located on 85 acres in LNR Property CPI Fund's High Point Master Plan Development, and will feature breathtaking panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. The company expects the resort to be open for business in mid-to-late 2015.

9NEWS: National Western talks to Aurora developer

AURORA - The owner of the Grand Ole Opry and four of this country's largest convention hotels is coming to Colorado and bringing with it hundreds of new jobs.

Community Invited to Participate in Chamber Challenge 5K Race/Walk and Food Drive

METRO NORTH REGION, COLO --- Community members from throughout the Metro North region are invited to take part of the fun being rolled out by Your Metro North Chamber of Commerce and its annual Chamber Challenge 5K Race & Walk. The event, which is expected to draw over 500 participants, will take place on Thursday, July 28, 2011 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM at Multipurpose Fields Trail located at 108th & Colorado Boulevard in Thornton , CO . Runners and walkers can participate in three waves that include categories for competitive runners, runners/joggers and walkers. Participants from all age levels are welcome.

Potential Gas and Convenience Store that would be located in Turnberry Marketplace {Commerce City}

Kum and Go, L.C. d/b/a Kum and Go Foodstores, LLC has applied for incentives for a potential gas and convenience store that would be located in Turnberry Marketplace at 12241 E 104th Ave in Commerce City. In the event the company decides to proceed with development of this store, the estimated total capital investment will be $2,564,186 - nearly $1,500,000 for construction of the new facility and more than $1,000,000 for the store equipment.

Colorado Employment Situation May 2011

Employers in Colorado added 4,200 nonfarm payroll jobs from April to May for a total of 2,234,300 jobs, according to the survey of establishments. Government added 900 payroll jobs and the private sector increased by 3,300.

Commerce City: "Retail growth on the horizon"

Commerce City was well represented at this year’s International Council of Shopping Centers Global Retail Real Estate Convention (ICSC RECon). A record number of meetings and a public presentation of the city’s retail opportunities were used to promote the city at this leading annual retail real estate convention.


In March Commerce City announced that Economic Development Advisory Committees – a Citizen Advisory Committee (ED-CAC) and a Business Advisory Committee (ED-BAC) are being formed. We were amazed at the number of quality applicants who want to contribute their time and energy to helping the city implement the Commerce City Economic Development Strategic Plan. Unfortunately, the city did not receive many applications from residents in the Southern core part of Commerce City. Therefore, the city is kindly asking for your help in identifying residents in the Southern Core to assist us in this effort.