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Littleton Economic Development

December, 2017 Newsletter

Welcome new businesses and owners

Below are new businesses and ownership which have opened in the past month…welcome to Littleton:

Pets by Nature
7800 S. Elati St., Suite 108
Littleton, CO 80120

Laboratory Corporation of America
7780 S. Broadway
Littleton, CO 80122

Physiotherapy Associates Inc.
11 W. Dry Creek Court
Littleton, CO 80120

Rite Aid
Littleton, CO 80122

City Donuts
5816 S Lowell Blvd
Littleton, CO 80123-2866

Sarah Dennis Insurance Agency Inc.
1869 W Littleton Blvd
Littleton, CO 80120

Audio Entrepreneur: ‘How I Built This’ (podcasts for business)

  Podcasts, digital audio or video recordings, are usually part of a themed series which can be played or downloaded to a digital device such as your smartphone or computer and are timely, convenient and usually free.  Especially relevant for entrepreneurs and business owners, podcasts offer a variety of perspectives and ideas from experts in different business fields.  Listening to how others succeeded can help you better achieve the goals you’ve set for your business.  From time to time, we’ll share some of our favorite business-oriented podcasts.

Our first recommendation is “How I Built This”, a weekly 30-60 minute podcast from NPR about “entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight — told by the founders of some of the world’s best-known companies and brands. If you’ve ever built something from nothing, something you really care about — or even just dream about it — check out How I Built This hosted by Guy Raz @guyraz“.

Reece Insurance Agency awarded an Economic Revitalization Incentive grant

  The Reece Insurance Agency at 1869 W. Littleton Boulevard was recently awarded a City of Littleton Economic Revitalization Incentive grant for exterior improvements to the historic property.  The building, originally built as a private residence is one of two identical ‘Denver Squares’ sitting side-by-side on Littleton Boulevard.  Building owner Marci Reece used the matching grant to add landscaping, ADA-compliant parking and sidewalk, facade upgrades and a new sign.  Sharing the building with the insurance business is Oculoplastics and Ophthalmology, which is owned by Dr. Neha Patel Sitole, a board-certified ophthalmologist with specialty training in eyelid and facial surgery.

ACC generates significant positive impact on service area economy

A third-party economic impact analysis of Colorado Community College System institutions reveals that Arapahoe Community College had an operations spending impact of $33.1 million – creating 779 jobs – in the ACC service area during the fiscal year 2015-16.  FULL DETAILS

The results of this study reinforce the degree to which ACC creates a positive net impact on the regional economy and generates a positive return on investment for students, taxpayers, and society.  Benefits created by ACC extend to far more people than just its students.  As students and employers enjoy higher earnings and increased output, society as a whole benefits from an expanded economy and a range of savings associated with the students’ improved quality of life.  In total, ACC and its students added $337.3 million (operations, construction, student spending, alumni) in income to the ACC service area economy during the analysis year, approximately equal to 0.4% of the region’s total gross regional product (GRP). The study was conducted by Emsi, a leading provider of economic impact studies and labor market data to educational institutions, workforce planners and regional developers in the U.S. and internationally.

Additional highlights from the report:

  • ACC students receive a return of $5.40 for every dollar they invest in their education
  • ACC students receive an average annual return of 16.6% for monies invested in their college education
  • State and local taxpayers realize $14.30 in benefits for every dollar allocated to support ACC operations
  • State and local taxpayers realize an average annual return of 32.5% for their support of ACC operations

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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