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Littleton Economic Development

September, 2019 Newsletter

Culver’s Opens in Littleton Village

Just in time for back to school celebrations (maybe more for the parents!) Culver’s opened mid-August in the Littleton Village shopping center.  The first Culver’s opened in Wisconsin in 1984 and has since expanded to around 600 locations throughout the nation. With their signature ButterBurgers (where the buns are lightly butter then toasted) and their delicious frozen custard, slow-churned in the store, this Midwestern burger chain was named one of America’s most loved restaurants.  Come check out their eats & treats at their newest location in Littleton Village shopping center at 7440 S. Broadway and follow their deliciousness on Facebook and Instagram!


Envision Littleton Wants to Hear From You!

DRAFTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT – AUG. 14- SEPT. 16

Envision Littleton has reached another milestone with the conclusion of the Future City Phase 3 and the release of the DRAFT Comprehensive and Transportation Master Plans. The drafts will be available for public comment until 5PM on Monday, September 16. Comments may be submitted using the on-line comment form or via email to Kathleen Osher at kosher@littletongov.org.

Future City Phase 3

 

SPEAKER SERIES #4 – SEPTEMBER 12 – REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Don’t miss Peter Kageyama, keynote speaker for our final Envision Littleton speaker series event. Peter will inspire us not only about our next 20 years, but he will remind us of our incredible roles as “co-creators” in making Littleton more lovable! It will be a great evening at the Summit Room on ACC campus so we have even more seating available. Please invite your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues to join us! This is a FREE event, but advance registration is required.

FREE EVENT – Registration Required
(Source: https://littletonplans.org/envisionlittleton)

Littleton welcomes the following new businesses to Littleton

Littleton welcomes the following new businesses to Littleton:

Culver’s
Restaurants – Food – Beverage
7440 S. Broadway
Littleton CO 80122
(303) 795-7930
www.culvers.com

Wonder Spa
Personal Services – Care
191 W. Mineral Ave #A-100
Littleton CO 80120
(303) 483-8158
www.wonderspamassage.com

Team A.T.E
Business – Professional Services
621 South Park Dr #1000
Littleton CO 80120
(303) 628-7722
team-ate.com

Bank of Colorado
Banking – Finance
2679 W. Main St. #100
Littleton CO 80120
(303) 795-1111
www.bankofcolorado.com


LPD is taking applications for the fall 2019 Citizen Academy

The next Citizen Academy starts Thursday, September 5 and meets 6-9:30 p.m. every Thursday for 12 weeks (no class on Halloween, Oct. 31). There is no fee. 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; Police Department https://www.littletongov.org/city-services/city-departments/police-department)

Bank of Colorado on Main Street is NOW OPEN!

Bank of Colorado in Littleton is now open at their 2679 W. Main Street location and everyone is invited to their Grand Opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, September 11 from 4pm-7pm!

Bank of Colorado is family-owned and has been a part of communities in Colorado since 1978. The traditional full-service bank will provide both retail banking and commercial lending; offering Bank of Colorado products and services for consumers and businesses.

Vic Calonder will serve as the branch’s President, using over 15 years of local banking experience to provide customers with personalized service.  Ann Marie Balon will be Vice President, and a loved and familiar face in the downtown Littleton area, Nawang Sherap will be joining Bank of Colorado as Operations Manager.

The new location also offers a night drop and a 24 hour ATM machine.  Hours of operation for the lobby are 9 to 5 Monday through Friday.  


Town Hall Arts Center 2019/20 New ‘Spotlight Series’

Town Hall Arts Center, in partnership with Arapaho Community College (ACC), is launching a series of discussions highlighting themes from each of their 2019/20 season productions.  The first of six planned discussions will be held at the Town Hall Arts Center Tuesday, September 10, at 7 pm. The topic covered will be: “How does the thematic content of Cabaret maintain cultural relevance today?”

The event is presented by Daniel Gore.  Gore has taught History at ACC for over 10 years and is passionate about history, film and theatre. The cost for the evening is $5. ACC students with a valid ID are free! For more information, contact townhallartscenter.org or call 303-794-ARTS

2450 West Main Street
Littleton, CO 80120

Box Office Hours:
Monday – Friday (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

Stanton Art Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and one hour prior to performances.


PADT Awarded U.S. Army Phase I SBIR Grant

PADT announced in its August 15, 2019 press release it has been awarded a $107,750 U.S. Army Phase I Small Business Innovation Research Grant (SBIR).  The project involves the development of sand-plugging resistant metallic combustor liners.

“The challenge PADT will be solving is when helicopters are exposed to environments with high concentrations of dust, they can accumulate micro-particles in the engine that clog the metal liner of the engine’s combustor.” With the support of Honeywell Aerospace; the research has the potential to “reduce downtime and significantly improve the performance and readiness of the U.S. Army’s helicopters operating in remote locations where dirt and sand can enter their engines.”

About the SBIR Program

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a Congressionally-mandated program established in 1982 to increase the participation of small businesses in federal research and development (R & D).  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs allow small, high-tech U.S. businesses (less than 500 employees) and academia the opportunity to provide innovative research and development solutions in response to critical Army needs. By capturing the tremendous and agile talents of the U.S. small business community, the SBIR and STTR programs benefit the Department of Defense (DoD), the private sector, and our national economy.

About Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT)

PADT is an engineering product and services company that focuses on helping customers who develop physical products by providing Numerical Simulation, Product Development, and 3D Printing solutions. PADT services customers from its headquarters at the Arizona State University Research Park in Tempe, Arizona, and from offices in Torrance, California, Littleton, Colorado, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Austin, Texas, and Murray, Utah.  More information on PADT can be found at www.PADTINC.com.


House Passes Bill Raising Federal Minimum Wage to $15 – Gets Immediate Backlash

Though the bill, H.R. 582, which calls to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 still has to make it through the Senate it is already getting criticism from several major business organizations according to the CNBC.com.  Juanita Duggan, President and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the leading advocacy organization for small businesses, said in a statement “The House dealt a devastating blow to small businesses today, risking record growth, job creation, and already increasing wages”.

Increasing the minimum wage has been a hot button topic in recent years with those opposed saying it would kill jobs and raise the cost of goods to account for the higher wages to workers, and those for the increase who believe it will actually create more jobs; bringing people into the workforce and giving those working in minimum wage jobs the ability to improve their quality of life and share the benefits of economic growth.

(Additional sourced articles: CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/15/economy/15-dollar-minimum-wage-house-vote/index.html  EPI: https://www.epi.org/publication/minimum-wage-testimony-feb-2019/)

Sales Tax Changes-What Businesses Need to Know

Destination sourcing

“Sales tax collection for the state of Colorado has changed with the passage of HB19-1240 to account for the shift toward online sales. As of June 1, 2019, sales tax will be calculated based on the buyer’s address when the taxable product or service is delivered to the consumer. This is called destination sourcing.”

“Destination sourcing is also used when a product or service has a lease/rental agreement with periodic recurring payments. Businesses will now be required to collect and remit sales tax for all retail sales to Colorado consumers, regardless of the physical location for the business. Exceptions to the new sales tax law may apply to small businesses and marketplace sellers. Information regarding exceptions to the new sales tax can be found via The Colorado Department of Revenue website. For a complete list of location/jurisdiction codes for sales tax filing, see form DR0800.”  To sign up for Colorado Sales & Use tax news and updates click HERE

Webinar: Colorado Sales Tax Changes- What you need to know

(Source: CDOR https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/revenue)


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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