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Littleton Economic Development

December, 2019 Newsletter

How Retailers Can Gain an Edge This Holiday Season

Black Friday may be over, but with the holiday season still in hyper mode, retailers should continue to be creative about their promotions and offers. Enhancing both their online and offline experiences is one way to win over shoppers and gain an edge over the competition. RetailDive.com highlights 6 ways retailers can win the holidays with ways retailers can stand out in the 2019 holiday season.  From a strong website to handle increased traffic to BOPIS (buy online and pick-up in-store) options to building mobile capabilities for purchases; the stakes are high for retailers to keep ahead of the purchasing trends. Making the in-store experience different from what a customer sees online will allow for those who chose the BOPIS option to see all a retailer has to offer and retain foot traffic beyond the holiday hubbub!


Littleton, Englewood’s Water Renewal Facility Recovers Biogas from Wastewater

The South Platte Water Renewal Partners (SPWRP) facility revealed Colorado’s very first Gas Recovery Facility and Pipeline Injection Project to the public, on October 31, 2019. This new system recovers methane gas that is formed during the wastewater treatment process and cleans it, so it can be directly injected into Xcel Energy’s natural gas pipeline.

SPWRP aims to improve local air quality in our community with these efforts. The methane gas, which was once flared into the atmosphere, is now contributing towards reducing the local carbon footprint by 5,000 metric tons of CO2 per year, which is enough to drive 13.5 million miles in a single car. An additional benefit of the gas recovery facility is the generation of revenue for the Cities of Littleton and Englewood, by selling the recaptured gas to Xcel Energy.

“The Pipeline Injection Project is a unique approach in innovation that will benefit the environment, our customers, and our facility. We are beyond excited to share this pioneering accomplishment with our communities,” said SPWRP Director, Pieter Van Ry.

The South Platte Water Renewal Partners (SPWRP) facility is the third largest water renewal facility in Colorado. SPWRP is co-owned by the Cities of Littleton and Englewood and serves over 300,000 customers daily by cleaning 20 million gallons of wastewater per day.

SPWRP helps the South Platte communities thrive by renewing water to support recreation, agriculture and wildlife. It protects the environment by treating waste in the water and recovering vital resources during the process. Free facility tours are available Monday through Friday. For more information, visit SPWRP’s website


Littleton Lands in Top Spot for ‘Best Commuter City’ Near Denver

According to a new study conducted by Commercial Café Littleton is first on the list for “Top 10 Best Commuter Towns Near Denver”.  Cities were ranked based on commute time, school ratings, housing value and crime rate.  The study shows that 83% of workers drive to work so the metrics emphasize the importance of a short commute time where drivers spend a minimum of 23 minutes on average commuting to work.

 

Read the full methodology here


Littleton Post Office Celebrating 80 Years of History

The Littleton Post office is celebrating 80 years serving Littleton at its 5753 S. Prince Street location with the designation on two historic registers.  Celebrations took place on November 9, 2019, where Historic Littleton Inc., the United States Postal Service, the Historic Preservation Board, and the City of Littleton celebrated the designation of the Littleton Post Office on the National Register of Historic Places and the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties.

The designation of the building to the National Register contributes significantly to the character of Downtown Littleton’s historic district. This multi-year project began in 2016 with listing finally occurring in April of 2019. The celebration included the dedication of the National Register plaque on the building, speakers, and behind-the-scenes tours of the postal operations.


Green Office Trends are Growing

With an increase in Energy Star certifications across most major markets, office buildings are greener than ever.  According to a recent article in Commercial Property Executive citing a CRBE report, 42.2% of nearly 3.7 billion square feet of office space in the 30 largest U.S office markets are green certified.  The Denver comes in at number 8.  Read the full report here for the CBRE U.S. Green Building Adoption Index for Office Buildings 2019.


Smart Cities Startup Challenge

Do you have an idea for a startup or are you running a startup and you just need to connect to the right people to help grow its potential? Smart Cities Connect could be the conference for you! This April, at the 7th annual Smart Cities Startup Challenge, you can pitch your startup in front of deal makers that include corporate scouts, national labs, cities, and private service providers. Don’t miss your chance at stage time. Read the challenge criteria and sign up today!

Startup submissions are due January 17. The challenge will take place at Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo at the Colorado Convention Center on April 6-9, 2020. Submit your idea and register for the conference at https://spring.smartcitiesconnect.org/


Holiday’s Evening 2019 at the Museum

The Friends of the Library and Museum and the Littleton Museum present Holiday’s Evening on Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 5:30 pm-8 pm

The gentle glow of the luminaries and the crackle of bonfires will call out to you as you wander the grounds.  Children can visit with Santa or take the family on a wagon ride through the farm. Enjoy refreshments and music reminiscent of times gone by as costumed interpreters will bring the past alive in the historic buildings and farmyards.  December evenings can be crisp and Holiday’s Evening is an all-outdoor event, so please dress warmly to enjoy all the outdoor festivities!

Tickets for FOLM Members went on sale on Saturday, November 16, 2019
Adults: $7 each; children ages 2-16: $3 each
Cash or check only

Tickets for the general public are on sale starting Saturday, November 23, 2019
Adults: $10 each; children ages 2-16: $4 each
Cash or check only

For more information call the Littleton Museum at 303-795-3950.


Littleton Adventist Hospital Receives A-Rating Once Again!

After receiving the top grade this past spring; Centura Health – Littleton Adventist Hospital is A-rated in Colorado once again.  The Leapfrog Group report for the fall of 2019 lists 39 hospitals throughout the state who received scores based on factors such as patient safety in terms of infections, surgeries and accidents, as well as performance of doctors, nurses and staff.  Littleton Adventist Hospital was 1 of 14 hospitals within the state who received an A grade.  Review information about the Hospital Safety Grades on The Leapfrog Group website and here to find out how your hospital was rated.


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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