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Littleton Economic Development

March, 2019 Newsletter

Littleton City Council Visits Rocky Mountain Bottled Water

The City of Littleton’s Economic Development Department and City Council have been working together to attend quarterly visits of Littleton Businesses as a way to meet and showcase the wonderful businesses we have here in Littleton!  This quarter, District 1 Councilman Pat Driscoll and city staff visited Rocky Mountain Bottled Water. In an industry that has become increasingly dominated by large, internationally owned companies; they are proud to be a local family owned and operated company serving the Colorado marketplace since 1989 through their Bottled Water Service, Coffee Service, Water Filtration Systems, or Water Softening Systems.

Community Involvement

Rocky Mountain Bottled Water are also committed to supporting and giving back to the community that supports them by regularly providing water to agencies and charitable organizations throughout the year.  “It is an honor to partner with and invests in these various groups.  We know that these efforts strengthen communities and make them better places to live”.

To learn more about Rocky Mountain Bottled Water and their services visit them at RMBW.com


Welcome new businesses

Littleton welcomes to following new businesses to Littleton:

Predovich & Company
Accounting Services
1520 W Canal Ct. # 210
Littleton CO 80120
(303) 791-3000
www.dpredovich.com

iMart
Retail & Service
250 E. Dry Creek Rd. #201
Littleton CO 80122
(303) 862-4337

Tricor Group
Construction – Equipment – Contractors
5994 S Prince St #100
Littleton CO 80120
(303) 284-3879
www.tricorgrp.com

Minemax Inc.
Business – Professional Services; Computers – Software
2630 W. Belleview Avenue, #220
Littleton CO 80123
(720) 502-7014
www.minemax.com

Kate Schwindt Photography
Retail & Service
5931 S Middlefield # 101
Littleton CO 80123
(303) 801-8419
www.kateschwindtphoto.com

The Gardner Effect LLC
Business – Professional Services
5231 S Santa Fe Drive #207
Littleton CO 80120
(303) 325-7431
gardnereffect.com

Diamond Resources Co.
Business – Professional Services
26 West Dry Creek Circle
Littleton CO 80120
(720) 287-5660
diamondnd.com


Big Sales Tax Hurdle for Small Businesses

Colorado Legislators Reject Simplified Sales Tax for Small Businesses

On February 19, Senate Democrats voted against a bill that some say would have provided small businesses relief from the new sales tax collection rules.

Senate Bill 19-131 would have exempted any small business that creates less than $100,000 in annual online sales from the Colorado Department of Revenue’s new “destination sourcing rule”. The rule requires that all in-state retailers collect and remit sales taxes on items purchased by and shipped to a consumer based on the buyer’s address.  Prior to this, taxes were collected based on where the business is located and not where products were being shipped.

As it stands now, by May 31, small businesses will have to collect and remit taxes for every transaction outside of their home jurisdiction, no matter the amount of the sale. According to The Denver Post; “There are 683 possible sales tax combinations” in Colorado alone. Some business and legislators believe this new rule could be a detriment to small business growth and sustainability within the state and are being pressed for a solution.


2019 Littleton Leadership Academy In Full Swing!

The Littleton Leadership Academy’s class of 2019 just finished its second month and has already had a chance to meet and hear from some outstanding members of the business community as well as current government leaders.

Now in its 3rd year, with the mission of identifying emerging leaders, the Academy’s program focuses on building and enhancing leadership skills through the development of effective communication, strategic thinking and innovative ways to negotiate and foster collaboration.  Participants are able to expand their networks and are given a variety of tools and strategies they can use in their personal and professional lives to help make a positive impact on their community.

Graduation for this years class will take place in October.  Visit their website to learn more about the Littleton Leadership Academy and find information on when to apply for the class of 2020!


TLC Meals on Wheels Needs Your Help!

TLC Meals on Wheels must relocate to a new kitchen facility by December 2019! With the passage of the Littleton Public School bond, the current location in the Ames school will be one of the first to be rebuilt and again used for students, so a new location and kitchen are needed.

In order to continue to provide services, they are asking for help from the community in finding and moving to a new space. Last year over 800 seniors and homebound adults relied on us for 128,000 meals.  The ability to provide these meals without interruption is an urgent issue as without these services it would have an immediate, detrimental impact on the well-being of our in need neighbors.

All options are being considered: leasing a commercial kitchen space, purchasing a building and/or forming a new partnership to help defray costs are some possibilities.  A “Relocation” tab to is listed on their website; www.tlcmealsonwheels.org.   Current information and FAQ’s regarding the move and fundraising initiatives will be updated on an on an ongoing basis.


Attention City of Littleton Manufacturers!

Have you connected with Manufacturer’s Edge? Manufacturer’s Edge is a statewide assistance center dedicated to increasing the competitiveness of Colorado manufacturers. Their goal is to help manufacturers achieve operational and organizational excellence, making them the number one resource for Colorado manufacturers. Along with an extensive list of resources, Manufacturers Edge also developed the Manufacturers Connect Database, an innovative database connecting manufacturers with local suppliers and each other. For more information on resources provided by Manufacturer’s Edge or the Manufacturers Connect Database, please visit their website at https://www.manufacturersedge.com.


South Metro Housing Options Makes A Move!

South Metro Housing Options (SMHO) recently acquired a 30,000 sq. foot office building located at 5808 S. Rapp St. in Littleton.  SMHO’s long-term vision for the property is to convert it into a hub for Human Service and non-profit organizations.  SMHO will start its conversion of the commercial property by moving its main office from its current location (5745 S. Bannock) to the newly acquired Rapp Street building later this year.  SMHO views its purchase as a community asset that will assist and allow residents of Littleton to access multiple service organizations in one location.  SMHO also looks forward to improving the physical appearance of the structure in an effort to influence the revitalization of Rapp Street.


Littleton Winery Teams up with ‘The Bachelor’ star Colton Underwood!

Littleton’s Carboy Winery and The Bachelor’s Colton Underwood have teamed up for a great cause! Carboy Winery recently produced a signature “65 Roses Rose’ for Colton where a portion of the sale of each bottle will go to the Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation; a non-profit helping those living with cystic fibrosis; funding research and providing equipment to those in need.

A bottle of the rosé can be purchased online through the Legacy Foundation’s website.

View Colton’s Instagram and read the story on 9News.com.


Envision Littleton Project updates

  • On Tuesday, March 12 the Envision Littleton Project Team met with the Joint Leadership of City Council & Planning Commission to review the data books of existing conditions for the overall City and the City’s transportation system; this ends Phase 1 and Phase 2 and sets the foundation for how we approach planning for the next 10-20 years. Copies of the existing conditions reports are available at envisionlittleton.org.
  • Join us for Envision Littleton Speaker Series #2 on April 19 with expert Darin Atteberry, City Manager for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado. This will be a breakfast session from 7-9am. Darin Atteberry’s career in local government has been defined by excellence, innovation, taking organizations to the next level, and making sustainable improvements to the communities he has served. Colleagues and elected officials alike value Atteberry’s aspirational leadership and drive for results. Under his leadership, Fort Collins was only the third municipality to receive the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Again, this is a FREE event, but requires advance registration. For more information please visit envisionlittleton.org.

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. Visit the Economic Development webpage for more information.
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