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Littleton Economic Development

May, 2019 Newsletter

May 9th Ribbon Cutting for Jackass Hill Brewery!

From Bank to Brewpub

You most likely have seen the recent change in Downtown Littleton that took place at 2409 W. Main Street.  Jackass Hill Brewery opened in early January and is founded by Pat Somers, Chuck and Rosanne Thenell, Kevin Miller and Jeff Bennett. The one-story building, once a bank, now the home of the brewpub, features the main bar and indoor table seating where the nano-brewery is visible through windows. There is also an outdoor beer garden with a fire pit and room for food trucks that change daily.  Beyond the tap, patrons can order a variety of spirits and wines by the glass. And if you are feeling hungry you can treat yourself to such items as nachos, chips & dips, mac & cheese or a charcuterie board from the kitchen.

Mayor Brinkman will be cutting the ribbon at The official Grand Opening Ribbon cutting ceremony which will take place on Thursday, May 9th at 4 pm. The celebration will be a fundraiser where 25c of every pint sold will go Longhopes Donkey Shelter so come drink a pint (or a few) for MOOSE!

JHB Brewer

Brian Reinecke, who has been making beer since 1993 and crafted his talents in the Kansas City area, will be the pub’s brewer. In his 20 years in Colorado, Brian has worked with top brewpubs in the state and has skills in both production and small scale creative brewing which is where his passion will shine at Jackass Hill Brewery.  Be sure to check out the JHB website events page to purchase tickets to be one of 20 people each month for a private beer tasting with the brewer; learn about different beer styles with beer samples and food pairings.

The Jackass

And we can’t forget to mention Moose! Moose, a miniature donkey, is their 30 yr old mascot of sorts who even has his own club – ‘Moose’s Mug Club” where proceeds help sponsor him at the Longhopes Donkey Shelter where he is living out his golden years.

 

 

Jackass Hill Brewery is located at 2409 W. Main Street and is open 2 p.m-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday thru Sunday. For more information go to Jackass Hill Brewery website, FB page or call 720-242-7492


Dirt Coffee Bar Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary in Downtown Littleton!

Founded by Lauren Burgess as a mobile truck in 2013, Dirt Coffee expanded to its current brick-and-mortar location; opening its doors at 5767 Rapp St in downtown Littleton on May 5th of 2018 and now they want to celebrate their success with all of Littleton!

Come visit them this Saturday, May 11th from 2pm-9pm.  The family-friendly festivities will have drink specials, live music throughout the event, food trucks and a coloring area for the kiddos! Bring the whole family and join in celebrating their anniversary this Saturday!

The ‘Dirt’ on Dirt
Dirt is a non-profit with ‘a mission to employ and empower individuals with neurodiversities, like ‘autism, through coffee and community while encouraging others to do the same’.  Besides serving kickass coffee and happily caffeinating the Littleton and surrounding communities, Dirt provides training opportunities, paid internship programs and employment for those with autism providing a safe and supportive environment for people of all ability levels to learn and grow.

Dirt ‘Beyond the Cup’
The skills learned don’t just help within Dirt’s walls but the transferrable skills such as time management customer service, professionalism, and small talk are also built into the customizable curriculum for Dirt’s interns. This system of paid, personalized training, followed by supported and meaningful employment, creates sustainable futures and an example designed to change the world.

Dirt utilizes its platform to educate their community, provide scholarships, partners with employers interested in expanding their neurodiverse workforce and is an advocate at both the state and federal level for public policies that positively affect those they serve. As they say, “Dirt goes beyond the cup to change lives and change minds outside of its four walls”.  Check out the Dirt Coffee Bar website and stop in and experience Dirt for yourself!


ACC named to “Top Workplaces” list for 2019 by The Denver Post

Arapahoe Community College has been named to The Denver Post’s Top Workplaces list for 2019.

The award is based solely on employee feedback gathered through an anonymous third-party survey. This is the third time ACC has received this honor in the past five years (2015 and 2016).

“ACC is thrilled to once again be recognized by The Denver Post as a Top Workplace,” said ACC President Dr. Diana Doyle. “Our vision is to be the leader in community college education in the state of Colorado, and our faculty and staff embrace innovation, growth and excellence while creating an inclusive campus environment. We foster values and develop outcomes that are fundamental to personal and professional growth. ACC employees truly exemplify the spirit of teamwork.”

ACC is now hiring faculty, instructors and other positions at the Littleton and Parker campuses, as well as at the ACC Sturm Collaboration Campus, which will open in the fall of 2019. View positions and details


Littleton’s Flowering Crabapple Trees in Full Bloom!

In the late 1960’s many of the crabapple trees in Littleton were planted as part of a city beautification plan and homeowners were also encouraged to plant them in their own yards.  Years later, the ever popular seven-mile loop is still worth the trip to see these blooming beauties and enjoy their beautiful fragrance. For history on how this began, visit the Littleton Crabapple Route webpage and check out the Littleton City video and 9News stories highlighting the best of what has made Littleton the official ‘Flowering Crabapple Capital of Colorado’!


RiiZE & Shine!

There is a brand new coffee shop in town!

RiiZE Coffee Co. (pronounced like “rise and shine”) is located just off of C-470 and Santa Fe at 8200 Southpark Circle. It is a locally-owned coffee shop offering the highest quality organic, single-origin coffee from women-owned farms around the coffee belt. Their passion is elevating the experience of coffee, lifting coffee laborers out of poverty, and providing a place for the community to gather.

RiiZE has great brews, free WiFi, plenty of outlets, and is the perfect place to escape from the office or meet up with friends. For more information visit riizecoffee.com.


Colorado Rent Control Bill Stalls for the Year

Legislation that would have repealed a 1981 law and would have allowed local governments to implement rent control in their cities has stalled and is likely dead for the year.  A victory for landlords; however, Senate Bill 225 was aimed at letting municipalities have the ability to make their own rules about rent stabilization.  And with the average apartment cost almost doubling the rate of salary increases from 2012-2017, proponents are hoping to bring this issue back to life in the future to provide Coloradans more affordable housing options. The story is featured in The Denver Post and Costar News; a leading commercial real estate company.


Town Hall Arts Center Welcomes New Executive Director

 

Sharan Wilson is new Executive Director at Town Hall Arts Center in Downtown Littleton.

Town Hall Arts Center is excited to introduce Sharon Wilson as their new Executive Director.  Sharon began her position on April 8th and carries a career’s worth of experience in non-profit work and operations.  Sharon will be meeting with board members and learning the ropes in preparation for an exciting 2019-2020 season kicking off in September and the ever popular ‘Actor’s Playground’ this summer.  To read more about Sharon and her background, visit the Littleton Independent.


2019 Pavement Management Program Hits the Streets in Littleton

We all know Colorado has four seasons; Fall, Winter, Spring and Road Repair!  And this year, the city crews for the City of Littleton will be on our streets during road repair season making sure that 25 percent of the roads in our city get the maintenance they need to keep us moving smoothly throughout our great city!

The 2019 Pavement Management Program will cover 40 miles of Littleton’s streets and crews will use various techniques like Crack-sealing, slurry-sealing, chip-sealing, and mill-and-overlay of selected city streets. Work began mid-April and will continue through 2019.  Read more about the project details and view a map of streets outlined for this program through the 2019 Pavement Management Project link here.


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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