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Littleton Economic Development

January, 2018 Newsletter

Colorado Companies to Watch Opens Nominations for 10th Year

The City of Littleton is a community partner for a Colorado Companies to Watch, a statewide organization that annually recognizes growing, entrepreneurial Colorado businesses.   Each year, Colorado Companies to Watch selects 50 companies for this prestigious award.  Many notable Colorado businesses like Otter Box, Oskar Blues, and Sphero have been winners.

Cities and economic development organizations across the state nominate qualifying local businesses for the award.  To qualify, companies must have at least six and no more than 99 employees, be based in Colorado, privately owned and have profits or access to capital between $750,000 and $50 million annually.

If you know a Littleton business that meets the award criteria or if you’d like to nominate your own company, you can do so here or contact Recca Larson, 303-795-3758,  Nominations close in early February.


Littleton Art Depot Posts 360 Degree Images on Website

Eric Ervin with the City of Littleton’s Economic Development department recently used the department’s 360 degree camera to shoot images at the Art Depot, located behind the Buck Community Center at 2069 W. Powers St.  The Art Depot used the 360 images on their website to give visitors a brief, virtual tour of the Depot.  If you’d like to learn more about how your business might benefit from a 360 photo shoot, please contact Recca Larson, 303-795-3758,  There is no charge for the service.

Grande Station restaurant, a social bistro, opens December 21, 2017

  Grande Station restaurant, Formerly a private club for the Columbine Country Club, located at 2299 West Main Street (corner of Rio Grande and Main), has opened as a new restaurant serving the public.  Owner Kurt Fischer is an experienced restauranteur with a passion for providing friendly, attentive service.  In the short time the restaurant has been open, it’s received five star ratings on both Yelp and Trip Advisor.  Littleton-brewed Locavore craft beer is available on tap as well as a rotating list of specialty dishes such as elk and lamb.  Open seven days a week from 6 am to 9 pm, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and features a full gluten-free menu option for all three services.


Littleton’s Ackerman and Sons Featured in Colorado Biz magazine

Ackerman and Sons furniture workshop, located at 2400 W. Belleview, is featured in the January/February 2018 issue of Colorado Biz magazine.  In business for five generations, the company has been operating for 122 years.  Started in 1895 by a German immigrant and master cabinetmaker, the company employs 27 craftspeople with locations in Littleton and Minneapolis.  Customers trust Ackermans with loved and irreplaceable pieces, such as a 300 year old Louis XIV cabinet damaged in Hurricane Katrina currently waiting for repair and a liquor box, known as a cellarette, won by a customer’s ancestor from President Andrew Jackson in a poker game- but owner Mike Ackerman says these historic pieces are no more important than treasured family items.  He finds his greatest reward comes from customers’ emotional responses when they see a family favorite restored or repaired.   For Ackermans, there’s nothing like making a special piece of furniture new again.

PADT Recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine

PADT which has a branch office near downtown Littleton, was recently recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top privately-owned businesses in the US.

From the press release: “Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT), the Southwest’s largest provider of simulation, product development, and 3D Printing services and products, was recently recognized as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur360 List. The list is a premier study delivering the most comprehensive analysis of private companies in America. Based on this study forged by Entrepreneur, PADT is recognized as a well-rounded company that has mastered a balance of impact, innovation, growth, and leadership.

“It’s such an honor to be recognized, especially on a national level and by a publication dedicated to serving entrepreneurs,” said Eric Miller, principal and co-founder of PADT. “Any time you win an award, it’s humbling, and it’s also a great opportunity to reflect on the hard work of our employees who’ve allowed us to accomplish all we have achieved. This not only recognizes how much PADT has grown, but it also highlights how strong Arizona’s technology sector has become.”

PADT has accomplished a great deal this past year. The company began 2017 partnering with Arizona State University, Concept Laser and Honeywell to build the largest additive manufacturing center in the Southwest. Located at ASU, the Manufacturing Research and Innovation Hub holds over $2 million worth of plastic, polymers and 3D printing materials, and is home to one of just 22 ABET accredited manufacturing programs in the US.

Additionally, PADT worked with Lockheed Martin and Stratasys to develop a new additive manufacturing laboratory at Metro State University in Denver. This lab is the first-of-its-kind facility in Colorado focused on providing students with industry-access to equipment and faculty needed to develop the next generation of manufacturing tooling.”

Holiday report sheds light on what consumers want

The 2017 Holiday Shopping Report from ChargeItSpot has found that 32% of shoppers want better customer service, 22% want lower prices and 12% want more parking. The report also found that 75% of shoppers said they would complete their holiday shopping in-store. For additional information visit this link.

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,  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.

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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