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Littleton Economic Development

January, 2020 Newsletter

State of Colorado Advanced Industry Programs Grants

Online applications are being accepted at Advanced Industries Programs for Proof of Concept grants and Early-Stage Capital & Retention grants.  Click here to learn more and apply.

Proof of Concept Grant:
Open to Colorado research universities, federal labs located in Colorado, and other labs with valid technology transfer offices. These grants are for pre-commercialization research and commercialization preparation. Grants up to $150,000 will be awarded.

Early Stage Capital & Retention Grant:
Funds companies commercializing innovative technologies to create viable products that meet a market need and can be created or manufactured in Colorado and exported globally. Grants up to $250,000 will be awarded.

The Advanced Industries Accelerator Programs were created in 2013 to promote growth and sustainability in Colorado’s advanced industries by helping drive innovation, accelerating commercialization, encouraging public-private partnerships, increasing access to early-stage capital and creating a strong ecosystem that increases the state’s global competitiveness.

Source: Office of Economic Development and International trade

City of Littleton Boards, Commissions and Authorities Have Openings for 2020 Terms

Residents can apply for vacancies on any city authority, board, commission, or committee. Service on a city board, commission or authority is limited to residents of the city, except the Transportation Mobility Board. City council will review the applications and set up interviews for February 24, 25 and possibly 26, 2020. Appointments will be made in March 2020 and terms will begin April 1, 2020. Questions may be directed to the city clerk at 303-795-375

The deadline to submit a Boards & Commissions Application is January 31, 2020, at 5 p.m.

Retail Industry Trend Predictions for 2020

From resale – or re-commerce to in-store pop-ups to BOPIS options (buy-online-pickup-in-store); the retail industry is needing to become more creative and have or maintain their online functionality to keep up with the whims of the modern consumer.   Business Insider and NRF reveal their predictions for the face of retail at the start of this new decade.  According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) STORES Magazine, the retail experience is moving away from just buying a house full of ‘stuff’ and more toward meaningful purchases and experiences.  Read STORES Magazines’ full 2020 retail trends forecast to see the full list of predictions and check out a recent article in Business Insider on predictions for how retail will change in 2020.

DISH to Bring 5G and More Jobs to Littleton’s Riverfront Location

Dish Riverfront Location; courtesy: Google Street View

Dish Network and T-Mobile will be building out a statewide 5G network locating its new wireless headquarters at their current Littleton Riverfront property at 5701 S. Santa Fe Drive. According to a recent news release from the Colorado Attorney General’s office, the move to a 5G broadband network will create as many as 2,000 jobs between their Riverfront, Inverness and Meridian locations.  The agreement requires Dish to maintain its new wireless headquarters in Littleton for at least 7 years, rolling out 5G high-speed broadband services by 2023.  Read more about the agreement here.

Littleton City Council Names New Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem for 2019-2021

The Littleton City Council has selected District II Council Member Jerry Valdes to serve as mayor of the 2019-2021 city council.  At Large Council Member, Scott Melin was selected as mayor pro tem.  The vote took place at the November 19 city council meeting and the terms are for two years. “I appreciate the confidence of the voters and the council,” Valdes said.  “I will dedicate as much time as necessary to make sure Littleton is represented and has a seat at the table.”

The selection of the council leadership followed the swearing-in ceremony of the four council members elected by voters at the November 5 municipal election.  Valdes won a four-year term in District II and Kelly Milliman won a four-year term in District IV.  In the at-large race, Pam Grove was elected to a four-year term and Melin was elected to a two-year term. The swearing-in ceremony was conducted by Littleton Municipal Judge Ethan Feldman.

A reception was held at the meeting to recognize the contributions of departing council members Debbie Brinkman, Peggy Cole and Kyle Schlachter.


Littleton Gets Special Attention

In a recent Denver Post article, author Mark Samuelson lists his favorite neighborhoods throughout the Denver metro area and Littleton made his list!  Littleton’s great restaurant scene, historic downtown and proximity to scenic recreation made Littleton stand out! Considering factors for his top 10 were median home price, commuting times and local attractions that add to their appeal.  Read the full article here to see all Mark’s special locations chosen within the Denver metro area.

New Planet Fitness at Belleview & Federal Ready for Those New Year Resolutions!

Dust off those workout clothes and ring in the New Year with Planet Fitness at their new Littleton facility located at 2831 W Belleview Ave in the Belleview Connection shopping center. Planet Fitness held its Grand Opening on December 4th with close friends from the community and Dinger from the Colorado Rockies! Locally owned and operated; Planet Fitness is staffed 24 hours, 7 days a week with free fitness training included in both memberships.  With 22,000 square feet and all the equipment you will need to get your 2020 started right; the first-time user or a fitness fanatic will find a home in their Judgement Free ZoneTMJoin Today!

Welcome new Littleton businesses

Littleton welcomes the following new businesses to Littleton:

Hartgers Garage
Automotive – Motorcycles
5600 S Windermere St
Littleton CO 80120
(303) 794-6195

Paramount Siding & Windows, Inc
Home Improvement – Commercial Services
6637 S. Broadway
Littleton CO 80120
(303) 482-5656

Fresas Mexican Ice Cream
Restaurants – Food – Beverage
3625 W Bowles Ave # 17
Littleton CO 80123
(720) 434-0839

Health – Wellness; Personal Services – Care
1500 W. Littleton Blve. # 140B
Littleton CO 80121
(303) 830-2064

Jonathan McGraw Design
Advertising – PR – Marketing & Media
Littleton CO 80120
(540) 312-6436

TaxTime LLC
Accounting Services
7800 S. Elati Street # 320
Littleton CO 80120
(303) 797-1070

Advertising – PR – Marketing & Media
7931 S broadway #110
Littleton CO 80122
(415) 316-3803

Shop Littleton – Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy

Did you know when you spend money outside of the City of Littleton you’re helping to improve roads and pay for services in another community? Sales taxes paid in another city remain in their coffers. Retail leakage analysis estimates the City of Littleton loses over $3 million a year in sales tax because of purchases made outside the city limits.

When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development. Dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains and include direct and indirect positive impacts.

  • Direct impact is spending done by a business in the local economy to operate the business, including inventory, utilities, equipment and pay to employees.
  • Indirect impact happens as dollars the local business spends with other area businesses re-circulate in the community.

Contact the Economic Development Department for more information on free services and resources for business owners. 303-795-3749

City Announcements

Downtown Wayfinding Signage
Merchants operating a retail store or restaurant facing Prince, Nevada, Curtice, or Rapp streets between Powers to the north and Church to the south are eligible for placement on city-sponsored side street signs. Eligible businesses can apply for placement on the signs, and applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All signs can list up to 6 businesses, with the business name featured on both side of the sign; below is listed the number of spaces available for a business on each sign.  If a sign is full, businesses will be waitlisted and applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-serve basis when there is a vacancy. Downtown Side Street Sign Application

Littleton Plans
Littleton has several community planning efforts getting underway this year. To encourage citizens and interested stakeholders to get involved in these community planning efforts, a new online tool,  has been set up. This one-stop hub has detailed information regarding each project: associated documents, maps, upcoming events, and frequently-asked questions, together in one accessible online location to keep the community involved and informed.

The city has several grant opportunities available to the community, including: the Revitalization Incentive Grant, the Main Street Historic District Grant, and the Place-Making Grant.  For more information visit the Grants page on the Littleton website. 

Development Activity List
The Development Activity List has been made to track projects throughout the city.  Visit the Development Activity List to learn more.

Business Resources
Know anyone looking to open a business in Littleton, or who could utilize the business services offered by the city?  The City has a number of resources and can assist businesses in a variety of ways including: marketing and social media strategies, networking strategies, demographic information, and more. Contact the Economic Development department at 303-795-3749 for more information.
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