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Littleton Economic Development

May, 2018 Newsletter

30 Seconds: Your question of the Month (Question #2)

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: Does downtown Littleton have a parking problem? Click here to give us your answer.

…and for those who have yet to answer our first question, here’s a second change:

As a Littleton business professional, how do you primarily get City of Littleton news? Click here to give us your answer.


1st Annual 6 Dot Dash June 24 with Colorado Center for the Blind

Join the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado and the Colorado Center for the Blind for the first annual 6 Dot Dash, a 5K Race to raise awareness and funds for Braille Literacy and blindness skills training. The name “6 Dot Dash” comes from the six dots which make up the Braille cell. A combination of these six dots makes up every letter in the Braille alphabet. For individuals who are blind or low vision, these 6 dots represent literacy, independence, and the opportunity to live the lives we want.

The race will begin at the Colorado Center for the Blind (2233 W. Shepperd Ave. Littleton, CO 80120) and will proceed along the beautiful Mary Carter Greenway. This is an out and back course with lots of great volunteers and a well-stocked aid station. This is a GREAT race with awesome SWAG. Participants will receive an official chip time, technical t-shirt, free finisher photos, a finisher medal, entry to the blind beer tasting, and lots of goodies at the race day expo.

In addition to an awesome 5k and 1-mile fun run, runners can enjoy our race day expo, tours of the Colorado Center for the Blind, and our blind beer tasting. This will be a great event for the whole family!

Register for the 6 Dot Dash here.

Finally, business/civic sponsorship opportunities are available for the race. For more information on sponsoring the event view the 6 Dot Dash Sponsorship Letter pdf.


Tech spotlight for business: Google announces upgrades to Gmail and Maps

Our Economic Development team monitors tech news for information we think may be of interest to the business community. Today Google made several announcements at their annual developer conference, like an upgrade to Google Maps which overlays walking directions on top of your phone’s camera to show you which direction to head. Google Maps’ “For You” tab lets you choose to follow neighborhoods and dining spots and based on what is chosen, Google will send ideas for what to do the next time you want to go out.  The “Your match” feature will show you how likely you are to enjoy a place and provides reasons you will enjoy it. Soon Gmail users will have access to “Smart Compose” which actually writes emails. Here’s an overview of all the new Google features revealed at today’s conference.


38 State Brewing Company Makes National List of Fastest Growing Small and Independent Craft Breweries

The Brewers Association, a 4,000 member craft brewery industry organization has released their first ever list of fifty fastest-growing small and independent craft brewers.  Littleton’s own 38 State Brewing Company, located at 8071 A South Broadway, is 49th on the list.   If you haven’t been to 38 State Brewing Company, this week is the perfect time to visit as the company is hosting a four-day celebration of the company’s four year anniversary starting May 9th.  The celebration includes new beer releases, food trucks, a 38 State themed trivia contest, happy hour fundraiser/adoption event for the Humane Society of South Platte Valley, and live music.


Designs By Sundown named a finalist in the ELITE Award category by Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Designs By Sundown was recently named a finalist in the ELITE Award category by Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado. The company was honored for its work on a local ranch and home. Read more about it here in the Littleton Independent.


Littleton’s PADT Using 3D Printing Technology to Supply Parts for NASA’s Orion Mission

Littleton engineering product and services company PADT (Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies) located at 2009 West Littleton Boulevard is teaming up with Lockheed Martin Space and Stratasys Ltd to deliver next-generation 3D printed parts for NASA’s Orion deep-space aircraft. This project has recently been featured on major news sites such as The New York TimesCNBC,  and Wired UK (to name a few). To learn more about this project view the press release.


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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