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Littleton Economic Development

February, 2020 Newsletter

Redstone Bank Has Opened in Littleton

Redstone Bank opened the doors to its second location at Shops at Riverbend (5350 S. Santa Fe) on January 27 to better serve their growing customer base.  Their original location is in Centennial with plans to open a future location in Parker. As banks are seeing less and less interaction with customers, this local, full-service, community bank focuses on interaction and works to build deeper relationships with their clients.

Redstone Bank is open 8-5, Monday-Friday, offering personal and business banking and lending. Redstone is dedicated to the communities they are in and partner with local non-profits such as Gracefull Café, Dirt Coffee Bar and TLC Meals on Wheels to name a few. The bank will donate $25 to the local non-profit of your choice for every account opened through March 31, 2020.

Call them at 303-317-2899, visit in person or online at redstonebankco.com

 


2020 Census is Coming to Littleton

Census is coming in 2020, and an accurate count is important to the City of Littleton. The census directly impacts funding Littleton will receive over the next decade.

During the fall of 2019, the City of Littleton began a partnership with surrounding cities and counties, working together to create material, training and events that will benefit all residents and businesses in the south metro area. Littleton also created a Complete Count Committee that includes representatives from Arapahoe County, Arapahoe Community College, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Littleton Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association, Littleton Immigrant Resource Center, Littleton Public Schools, Love In the Name of Christ, North Littleton Promise, South Metro Housing Options, South Suburban Parks and Recreation, and representatives from the 2020 Census.

Population counts determine the annual allocation of more than $800 billion in federal investment to states, counties and cities. This includes Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) that have been used to rebuild many sidewalks with ADA ramps in the northeast part of Littleton. CDBG funds allotted to Littleton have also been used to support Doctor’s Care, providing medical treatment to uninsured residents. Census counts also help determine areas eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans. Medicaid, Section 8 Housing Assistance, the National School Lunch Program and Medicare Part B are all programs whose funding levels are based on census counts. An accurate count equips Littleton for the future. You count, be counted.

Source: https://www.littletongov.org/my-littleton/census-2020


Littleton Police Citizen Academy Starting in March

The Spring 2020 Citizen Academy starts Thursday, March 5 and meets 6-9:30 p.m. every Thursday for 12 weeks. There is no fee and each session includes dinner, instruction, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises. For more information, contact Sergeant Steve Skundberg at 303-795-3846.

The Littleton Police Citizen Academy presents a series of classes designed to give community members a peek into the inner workings of the Littleton Police Department. Each topic is taught by Littleton police officers or civilian staff members, each an expert in their field. A diverse selection of topics are covered to give attendees an idea of what, why, and how the police operate.

Some of the information during the classes include:

  • Officer Survival
  • Defensive Tactics
  • SWAT
  • Victim Assistance
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • DUI and Traffic Enforcement
  • Drugs and Gangs

The goal of the Citizen Academy is to promote a better relationship between the police department and the community it serves and to foster a clearer understanding of a police officer’s duties, how the officer carries out those duties and the end results of the officer’s actions.

To find out eligibility requirements and apply for the Citizen Academy visit the City of Littleton’s Citizens Academy page.

(Source:  City of Littleton Website; Citizen Academy https://www.littletongov.org/city-services/city-departments/police-department/programs-services/citizen-academy

 


Littleton Surveys Have Been Sent – Tell Us What You Think!

The city wants to hear from you! Three-thousand randomly-selected households have received the bi-annual 2020 Littleton Resident Survey. In addition, 1,000 businesses have been sent a link to respond to the online Business Survey. The deadline is February 14. The National Research Center, based in Boulder, administers the surveys and tabulates the results. Once all responses are in, a presentation will be made to city council tentatively scheduled for April 14 summarizing the surveys’ findings. The survey was conducted first in 2012 and has been done every two years since. Comparisons to previous survey results will be made and a separate benchmark report will be provided, comparing responses with other cities in Colorado and throughout the country. Survey questions focus on specific services such as public safety, the Littleton Museum and Bemis Library, as well as quality of life, identification of pressing issues, and the importance of potential projects. Those who receive the survey are encouraged to complete it and mail it back in the postage-paid envelope. Results from previous surveys led to more special events, increased marketing and promotion of the city, creation of the one-stop-shop Littleton Permit Center, and more funds directed to street improvements

Source: Littleton Report

Social Bar & Lounge ~ A Great Local Gathering Place

Social Bar & Lounge located at 3625 West Bowles Avenue has been getting quite a following with their social media buzz after opening in 2019. And now word of mouth within the neighborhood crowd is drawing people from all over to this upscale suburban cocktail lounge. They have a mission to provide quality food and beverages with a team that loves their job and bartenders that look forward to crafting your next specialty drink. 

With over 30 years of experience in restaurant operations and management, owner Steve Cominsky brings an entrepreneurial spirit and track record for driving exceptional business development and growth in the high-volume, fast-paced restaurant industry. 

Social Bar & Lounge is a gathering place for suburban adults looking for a place to relax, unwind from a long day and connect with friends. The lounge is open Monday-Saturday starting at 3 pm.  Stop by, check out their website; socialbarlounge.com and follow them on Facebook; www.facebook.com/socialbarandlounge/


Littleton’s Colorado Center for the Blind Hosted Braille Challenge for the Fifth Year

Colorado Center for the Blind, located in Littleton and founded in 1988 hosted the Braille Challenge for the fifth year on Thursday, Jan 23, 2020. The contest is for students who are blind and visually impaired.

Students are tested on fundamental Braille skills like reading, spelling, speed, accuracy, as well as charts and graphs. “Braille is key to literacy for blind folks,” Dan Burke, spokesperson for the Colorado Center for the Blind, explained. “It is the most effective and efficient way for blind people to read, just like sighted people read.” The top finishers of the competition have a chance to advance to the 2020 National Braille Challenge in Los Angeles in June.

Source: https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/01/23/braille-challenge-blind-visually-impaired-littleton/


South Metro Fire Rescue Adopts Reduced Special Events Fee Schedule

The South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) Board of Directors voted unanimously at its January 6 meeting to adopt a new fee structure for special events. The vote followed almost a year of discussions between SMFR staff, city officials and representatives of organizations who organize special events throughout its service area

SMRF became Littleton’s fire department in mid-2018 and fully unified with Littleton Fire Rescue on January 1, 2019. As a result, inspections for items related to special events such as tents, generators, bounce houses, etc. which are required under the Uniform Fire Code, fell under SMFRs jurisdiction. South Metro did not previously have a fee structure specific to special events until now. “The new flat-rate fee structure will be much easier for event organizers to understand and is considerably less than what was charged in 2019,” said Kelli Nardi, Communications Director for the City. “In fact, we really appreciate that the board eliminated the fees for events with 150 people or less which will really help smaller organizations,” she added. SMFR is in the process of hiring a plan reviewer who will work closely with event organizers.

The city staff are reviewing Littleton’s event ordinance to further streamline the process and expect to present some amendments to city council soon.  For more information about organizing a special event, visit littleton.gov or southmetro.org

Source: littletonreport.com

2020 Littleton Tree Planting Program is Open to Littleton Businesses too!

The City of Littleton is celebrating Arbor Day by continuing its annual tree planting program with 18 species of trees available this year. The goal is to increase the canopy area and diversity of Littleton’s urban forest. On Saturday, April 18, staff and volunteers will distribute 225 trees. Program participants will pay $40 for bare-root trees and $60 for #7 container trees. These trees must be planted within the Littleton city limitsThis program is also open to Littleton Businesses and HOAs.

Four types of trees will be provided in bare-root form. Bare-root trees are light and easy to handle but require immediate planting. Fourteen types of trees are provided in #7 air-pruned pots, a patented container about the size of a 5-gallon bucket, usually weighing 20-30 pounds. All the trees will initially be five to ten feet in height, with initial trunk calipers and mature sizes as indicated on the order form. They may be planted in the public right-of-way (tree lawns) or on private property in the city, with an initial limit of six trees per single-family residential property. School PTOs and homeowner’s associations are encouraged to purchase larger quantities.

Participants must pick up and plant their own trees and are responsible for all maintenance, pruning and watering. The trees must be picked up on Saturday, April 18, between 8 a.m. and noon at the Belleview Service Center at 1800 West Belleview Avenue. Planting instructions will be provided. Volunteers will plant trees for those who are physically unable.

Interested citizens, businesses or HOAs should complete the Tree Order Form and return it with a chechttps://www.littletongov.org/home/showdocument?id=19001k payable to the City of Littleton. The trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis with a March 20 application deadline. After this deadline, call 303-795-3766 to check on tree availability or for more information.


Welcome new Littleton businesses

Littleton welcomes the following new businesses to Littleton:

Elevate Medical
Health – Wellness; Personal Services – Care
5601 S. Broadway, # 470
Littleton CO 80121
(720) 907-6767
www.elevatemedical.net

 

Lil’ Bee Hive
Daycare – Children – Adults
5735 S Cherokee Street
Littleton CO 80120
(303) 396-2112

 

Elevation Editing LLC
Business – Professional Services
Littleton CO 80120
(770) 316-6678
www.elevationediting.com

 

Shades of Color, Inc.
Construction – Equipment – Contractors
621 Southpark Drive, #1100
Littleton CO 80112
(303) 840-0143
pcshadesofcolor.com

 

PrimeStar Property Solutions
Construction – Equipment – Contractors
6905 S. Broadway #91
Littleton CO 80122
(303) 955-7486
www.primestarps.com

 

Copeland Family Dental
Health – Wellness; Personal Services – Care
1420 W. Canal Ct #170
Littleton CO 80120
(303) 791-8530
www.copelandfamilydental.com


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, LittletonPlans.org  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.

Grants
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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