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Littleton Economic Development

February, 2018 Newsletter

Libby Bortz Assisted Living looking for volunteers

Libby Bortz Assisted Living located in downtown Littleton (5844 South Curtice Street, Littleton, CO 80120), is having it annual Valentine’s Day Dance this Wednesday, February 14 at 2 pm and is looking for volunteers from the business community to dance with residents. A live band- The Golden Tones will be playing music and light refreshments will be served. If interested please contact Jan at 303-347-9755.


Multi-talented K Cheri Spa Owner Tapped for Botanic Garden Classes

   Herbalist, aromatherapist and spa owner Kim Cherie, of K Cherie Spa and Bed & Breakfast at 5533 S. Prince St., is teaching all natural skin care classes at the Denver Botanic Gardens.  Profiled in national publication Willow and Sage, Kim has worked for decades as an herbalist and aromatherapist.  Using over 65 herbs she grows onsite at the spa, Kim creates skin care products customized for individual skin types.  She’ll share this wisdom and give participants the opportunity to concoct formulations unique to their individual skin care needs at classes held at the Denver Botanic Gardens.  The first class is scheduled Thursday, May 24th at 6 pm at the 1007 York Street location; the second is at the Garden’s Chatfield Farm location at C-470 and Wadsworth on June 23rd at 1 pm.  If you can’t make it to a group class, Kim also teaches individual classes.  Contact her at 303-910-2152 to schedule.


Colorado Technology Association Offers Workshop on Hiring Tech Workers

With an unemployment rate of 2.9%, more than 13,000 open computing jobs and just 785 computer graduates in 2015 in the state, Colorado technology companies are competing in the same shallow talent pool to fill open positions.  Colorado Technology Association’s (CTA) Foundation and Skillful have partnered to help anyone involved in hiring – from HR managers to startup CEOs – sharpen their process from start to finish through a three-part Skill Works series, which will launch in February.  Cost to CTA members is $79.00, non-members pay $149.00.


New tax bill allows full write off for commercial/residential fire protection sprinkler systems

In December, Congress passed the most sweeping tax reform legislation since 1986.   Two changes in the bill allow commercial and residential property owners to write off the full cost of sprinkler systems installed between 9-27-2017 and 12-31-2022More details here.


Circle K Opens at Bowles and South Platte Canyon

The long-awaited Circle K convenience store at 3694 W Bowles opened Thursday, 1/18/18.  The first of the franchise’s megastores to open in Colorado, this location offers a wide variety of foods prepared on site in addition to the usual convenience food, beverages and travelers’ supplies.  Sweet and savory pastries like donuts, kolachkes, and breakfast burritos are made fresh daily.  Lunch and dinner items include healthy salads and fruit along with made-to-order hot and cold sandwiches.  Special foods like the Mardi-Gras themed boudin sausage sandwiches now available will change with the calendar.   The well-organized, squeaky clean store even offers reasonably-priced, made-to-order pizzas for take-out.

 


How Technology is Upgrading the In-Store Retail Shopping Experience

At last week’s National Retail Federation annual conference, five future trends in the retail industry were outlined.  The predicted retail trends:

  • Prices change by the hour – although a standard practice in online retail, dynamic pricing is beginning to enter brick and mortar establishments
  • Digital mirrors help customers visualize new outfits, lipstick, sunglasses using 360-degree videos that shoppers can send to friends and family for instant feedback
  • Robotic shopping carts & cart-less shopping. Robotic carts upload shopping lists, guide shoppers to products, handle check-out and after the cart is unloaded automatically return to the store.  In the cart-less shopping experience, customers use their phones to add items to a virtual cart as they walk through the store.  At the end of the trip, items can either be picked up or mailed.
  • Technology for better-fitting shoes and clothing. Retailers are collecting customer data that they use to recommend clothing.  Customers can send a retailer photos of an item and the store will suggest coordinating items.
  • Robots that restock shelves and answer shopper questions and help shoppers locate items

    (Courtesy of Memomi)


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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