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Littleton Economic Development

June, 2018 Newsletter

High-end, no-cost resources from the Littleton Economic Development department

Did you know the city’s Economic Development Department offers high-end, no-cost resources and services to anyone operating a business in LittletonOur seasoned staff offers services including website review, marketing strategies, and recruitment blueprints.  To learn more about how we might support your success, please contact us at 303-795-3758 or use this form to schedule a meeting with our staff.


30 Seconds: Your question of the month (question #3)

The Economic Development department values your feedback with a feature in our newsletter called ’30 Seconds: Your question of the Month’. Our objective is to engage with the business community in a fun and productive way. We ask that you provide your contact information – don’t worry, your information will not be shared. We’ll award a $100 gift card at the end of the year to the person who responded to the most questions. If there’s a tie for most responses, we’ll draw a name to determine the winner.

This months question: What do you love about Littleton? Click here to give us your answer.


Staybridge Suites Opens in Littleton

June 1, 2018, was opening day for Littleton’s Staybridge Suites Denver South hotel, located at 8211 Southpark Circle.  Great mountain views set the pet-friendly, 105-room Littleton hotel apart from four other Staybridge locations in the Denver metro area.  Rich in amenities, the hotel offers an abundance of complimentary services including hot breakfast, social hour with free beer, wine and light supper on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, fitness center, indoor pool, laundry facilities and WiFi.  Rounding out the guest-friendly features are a 24-hour pantry, cozy interior den, and gorgeous fire-pit-equipped patio. General Manager Ariel Woodbury, who comes to the Littleton location from the Staybridge Suites in Cherry Creek, says both short-stay and long-term guests have booked rooms since the hotel’s opening.  Woodbury says many long-term visitors are on family vacations or in the process of moving to the Denver metro area.


Colorado ranked #5 for best overall U.S. state economy

A new report has just been released by WalletHub stating Colorado has been ranked #5 for ‘2018 Best State Economy’, as well as #4 on the list for ‘Best Innovation Potential’. To read more visit this link.


Colorado Tourism Office provides a free business listing for tourism-related businesses

Would you like to increase visibility and visitor traffic to your tourism-related business throughout the year at no cost? The Colorado Tourism Office provides a free business listing on the Colorado Field Guide. Once you submit your listing, we’ll create theme-based itineraries suggesting places to visit in Littleton. Don’t miss this opportunity.


Congratulations to our ‘Denver A-List’ winners

The following City of Littleton businesses received recognition in the 2018 ‘Denver A-list‘:

2018 Winners

2018 Top 5


The Colorado Center for The Blind can assist your business this summer between July 16 and July 27.

A note from the Colorado Center for the Blind located near downtown Littleton:

Do you remember your first job? Was it washing dishes, mowing a lawn or babysitting? Whatever you did, it was an important first step that launched you into your working life.  We are still in need of partners like you to make our summer program a success.  Each year students from around the country spend eight weeks with us learning blindness skills and exploring career options.  To achieve the latter, our students volunteer for two weeks with local businesses and organizations like yours. For many of them, this will be their all-important first work-related experience.
 
How can you help?
Allow us to place one of our summer students in your business for approximately 40 hours between July 16 and July 27.  This opportunity will help the student gain confidence and belief in themselves and open their minds to new possibilities.  It will also give you an extra pair of hands to accomplish tasks in your workplace.
 
What can our students do?
We know that blind people can do almost anything.  For your purposes, our students can answer phones, direct calls and visitors, clean, prepare food, wash dishes, organize items, do laundry, help with packaging, wrap gifts, and much more.  Blindness affects everyone differently.  Some blind people have no sight while others have some remaining vision.  No matter the amount of vision a person has, there are simple accommodations that can be made to allow a blind person to complete their duties. The key is the training (that’s what CCB does) and the opportunity to try and learn! That’s where you can help!
 
If you are interested in providing a volunteer opportunity or want more information, please contact our employment specialist, Monique Melton at (303) 778-1130 or mmelton@cocenter.org as soon as possible.
 
Monique Melton, NOMC, NCUEB
Employment Specialist
Colorado Center for the Blind
(303) 778-1130 x221

Downtown Littleton businesses are planning to market Downtown Littleton as a destination

The following message comes from Tina Witham of Lido Wine Merchants in Downtown Littleton:

Over the past decade the changes to downtown Littleton have been remarkable; what was once a hodgepodge of businesses that included white tablecloth dining, seedy bars, and second-hand clothing stores, has blossomed into a destination community where folks live, eat, play, shop and work.

Downtown Littleton has so much to offer. We have dining, bars, fitness, gifts, jewelry, clothing, tea, cheese, coffee, spices, olive oils, wine, ice cream, bridal, floral, pet care, salons, spas, tattoo, and more. With so much to offer, perhaps it’s time we promote downtown Littleton as a destination and showcase the diverse and wonderful businesses that Littleton has to offer.

I have spoken with some fellow merchants interested in pooling resources to advertise and market downtown Littleton as a destination. This allows us to showcase the entire community, with something for everyone, and by splitting the cost, we can do so economically.

If you are interested in hearing more, or if you’d like to be a part of the brainstorming team, then please contact me directly and let’s move forward with marketing Downtown Littleton as the destination it is.

Thank you,

Tom & Tina Witham

Lido Wine Merchants
tina@lidowine.com
303-798-0122

 


City Council Tours Tesla

City Council Members and City Manager Mark Relph got an insider’s look at the Tesla auto dealership at 5700 S Broadway on Tuesday, May 15th.  Tesla Sales Manager Conner Van Loan led the tour of the showroom and service center.  Van Loan shared information about the cars, Tesla’s national network of charging stations and Tesla’s solar roof panels, which can be purchased at the auto dealership.  Council tours of innovative businesses in Littleton are organized each quarter by the Economic Development team.


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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