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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
The Colorado employment is on track to add 48,700 jobs in 2017. That number may be bumped up slightly with the March 2018 benchmark revisions. On a really positive note, this morning the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that Colorado's real GDP for Q2 increased by 3.8%. For further details check out the Review of Colorado Economy - Analysis of First Ten Months of 2017. In addition to the usual ...read more
Categories: Economic
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Drive-by suburb between Denver and Colorado Springs becomes bustling business destinationBY FRANK GRAY        Published: 2017.10.26 03:00 AM  PC: NICK LUCEYFor companies seeking a place to plant their teams where landscapes are equal to development opportunities, Castle Rock is proving to be a choice location. Situated midway between Denver and Colorado Springs, this historic Colorado ...read more
Categories: Economic, Town & County News, Community, Press Release, Transportation
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Today, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), E-470 Public Highway Authority and Arrivo, a next generation transportation company engineering a hyperloop-inspired infrastructure and vehicle system, announced a public-private partnership to build the first ever “Arrivo” super-urban network to serve the greater Denver region. To download Arrivo videos and photos, and b-roll footage ...read more
Categories: Economic, Town & County News, Community, Press Release, Transportation
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
The citizen-initiated effort seeking to change language in the Town Charter regarding how the Mayor is selected has passed, according to initial results.   Unofficial results for Castle Rock’s special election have been posted to the Douglas County website, DouglasVotes.com.   Ballot question: Shall the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that the Town Council, the ...read more
Categories: Community, Political, Press Release, Town & County News
Friday, November 03, 2017
Eligible residents may apply for assistance beginning Nov. 1 Douglas County residents who need help with winter heating costs may apply for energy assistance through the State of Colorado’s Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP). The program is seasonal and help is available beginning November 1 through April 30.  While the program will not pay for all winter heating expenses, if you are ...read more
Categories: Town & County News, Community
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Please vote on the proposed Bylaw changes recommended by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The Castle Rock Chamber is currently in the Accreditation process with the United States Chamber of Commerce.  There are over 850 chambers that have participated in the program since 1964 with only two other chambers located in the State of Colorado.  Craig Chamber of Commerce,CraigCO ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Chamber
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Douglas County receives the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the tenth consecutive year. Published on October 4, 2017 in 2017 & Breaking News There are nationally-accepted, best practices in County Government budgeting and budget presentation and, as an excellent example among other governments throughout North America, Douglas County has been recognized by the Government Finance ...read more
Categories: Awards & Accolades, Economic, Town & County News, Community, Press Release
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Leeds Business Confidence Index reports overall positive expectations, but cooling optimism ahead of Q4 ​ Oct. 2, 2017 -  The Leeds Business Confidence Index (LBCI) fell ahead of the fourth quarter of 2017, reflecting lower expectations for both the end of the year and the first quarter of 2018 despite all individual components of the index remaining in positive territory. The overall index came ...read more
Categories: Economic
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
The Colorado General Assembly adjourned sine die from the 2017 special legislative session without passing any bills.   As expected, the House passed the SB 267 fix bill this morning on a vote of 38-27 with one House Republican joining Democrats to support.  The bill was then sent to the Senate where it was assigned to the Senate Transportation Committee and promptly postponed indefinitely ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Are you a Veteran in need of assistance with housing, transportation, employment, health care or other emergency needs? Douglas County was recently the recipient of $7,500 in new funds from a state grant providing emergency assistance to veterans struggling to meet the most and essential needs. “Our goal with these grant dollars is to help our Veterans bridge the gap during an emergency, ...read more
Categories: Community, Town & County News
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Community surveys show transportation is a top priority for residents. It is for Town Council, too, and on Tuesday, Councilmembers approved a plan to take Castle Rock’s transportation system into the future. The Transportation Master Plan specifically visualizes all aspects of transportation for Castle Rock, including roadways, bicycle routes, pedestrian links, transit, carpooling and more. The ...read more
Categories: Community, Town & County News, Economic, Transportation
Monday, October 02, 2017
Colorado Christian University Scores Top Spot In 2018 College Rankings LAKEWOOD, September 19, 2017 -- Colorado Christian University (CCU) is thrilled toannounce its multiple, top recognitions in the newly released “2018 Best Colleges”review by Niche. Colorado Christian University was ranked “#1 Christian College” in Colorado, as well asthe “#1 Conservative College” in the state. Not only is ...read more
Categories: Awards & Accolades, Fun Facts, Town & County News, Community, Press Release
Monday, October 02, 2017
The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has taken the position to oppose the citizen-driven initiative to change the Town’s Charter to allow for the at-large, town-wide election of the office of the mayor. Pam Ridler, President/CEO of the Chamber stated, “although we strongly believe residents and business owners in Castle Rock should have the ability to vote for their elected ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release, Political, Town & County News
Monday, October 02, 2017
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Categories: Community, Awards & Accolades, Town & County News
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
New state advisor on aging to focus on needs of Colorado’s increasing senior population   DENVER — Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne today announced that Colorado has received a grant from the NextFifty Initiative to fund a Senior Advisor on Aging position in the Governor’s Office. This role will drive leadership on senior issues and focus on the ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Economic
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Please see the updated information below that is highlighted. The projects that have been completed have been removed from this list. The following dates are best estimates at this time.  Of course construction schedules can change based on weather, subcontractors and/or star alignment.  Please understand these dates are current as of the date and time of this email and may fluctuate slightly due ...read more
Categories: Economic, Town & County News, Community, Press Release, Transportation
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
If you’re a chamber member, you may not give a lot of thought as to what that means for your employees but there are a lot of benefits for them as well.  1.      Lunch and Learns Chambers host Lunch and Learns and other seminars on topics such as social media and personal branding. These topics can be worthwhile for your employees. You can even use it as a free or inexpensive form of ...read more
Categories: Business Tips Blog, Chamber
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
If you’re a solopreneur, you’re likely putting in some long hours building your business. Anything that helps you be more productive for little money is a necessary investment for you at this point. You may have thought briefly about the chamber and then decided against it because when you think of older people standing around talking about business, you probably figured it wasn’t for you. It’s ...read more
Categories: Business Tips Blog, Chamber
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
If your business is seasonal, it probably feels a lot like feast or famine. You may love your seasonal crowds but hate the fear you won’t last long enough to see your next one. Seasonal businesses or businesses in towns with a seasonal draw struggle with year-round consistent revenue. While you might not ever achieve revenue equality throughout every month, a chamber membership can help you see ...read more
Categories: Business Tips Blog, Chamber
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
The Center for Digital Government honored Douglas County for digital initiatives that strengthen communities and improve service delivery.   For its initiatives that deploy technology to enhance services and benefit citizens and taxpayers, while being responsible stewards of public funds, Douglas County received the Digital Counties Survey award, ranking Douglas number one in the nation for ...read more
Categories: Community, Town & County News, Awards & Accolades, Press Release
Thursday, July 27, 2017
The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Colorado is on track to add 51,400 jobs in 2017. Job growth is constrained by the 2.3% unemployment rate and the lack of qualified workers. Colorado job growth has been led by accommodations and food services; health care; professional, scientific, and technical services; retail; and other services.   For additional details ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Town & County News
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
When every moment matters, you can count on Castle Rock Fire and Rescue and Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, which were recently recognized by the American Heart Association. The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department this month received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline 2017 EMS Silver Recognition Award, which honors Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies for the care they ...read more
Categories: Community, Awards & Accolades, Town & County News
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
While Castle Rock may be a thriving community, the Town’s western heritage is alive and well. Don’t miss a weekend full of activities to celebrate Douglas County’s history and honor a longstanding tradition – the 99th year of the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo. The Western Heritage Welcome kicks off the celebration and is a tribute to the historical Douglas County Fair and Rodeo and honors a time ...read more
Categories: Awards & Accolades, Town & County News, Community
Monday, July 10, 2017
Livability: Castle Rock, CO 2017 Now AvailableThe Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce Releases New Tools to Promote Community Castle Rock, Colorado​–– The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce recently unveiled Livability: Castle Rock, Colorado, the latest edition of a web and magazine marketing program designed to promote the area, draw new business, visitors, talent and investment. Stories promoted ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Chamber, Awards & Accolades, Community, Town & County News
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Douglas County Economic Development Profile http://www.douglas.co.us/documents/douglas-county-economic-development-profile.pdf   Residential Project Status Summary http://www.douglas.co.us/documents/residential-project-status-summary.xlsx     The link to the entire Population & Development Report is: http://www.douglas.co.us/about-us/demographics/population-and-development-report/
Categories: Town & County News, Awards & Accolades, Economic, Community
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Douglas ranked second in Colorado and 40th in U.S. for highest investment activity. Once again Douglas County, Colorado ranks among the top Counties in the state and nation for incoming investments, according to a recent study by New York-based financial firm Smart Asset. Considering several factors including business establishment growth, GDP growth, new building permits, Douglas County was ...read more
Categories: Awards & Accolades, Economic, Town & County News, Community
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Colorado-based Confluence Companies released a rendering of what the new Riverwalk at Castle Rock mixed-used development is expected to look like when finished. Riverwalk will border Festival Park and include 228 apartments, 10,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and 30,000 square feet of office space. The first phase is scheduled to be completed in the fall of ...read more
Categories: Awards & Accolades, Economic, Town & County News, Community, Press Release
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
New Fact or Fiction webpage answers your questions about Town topics If you have questions about what’s happening in your Town, your local government wants to make sure you get an accurate answer. CRgov.com is like a virtual Town Hall, with plenty of information about happenings in Town. Now, a “Fact or Fiction?” section of the website answers your questions in one place. Visit ...read more
Categories: Awards & Accolades, Fun Facts, Town & County News, Community, Press Release
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
New research might finally put to rest the perception that remote workers are lazy, anti-social and unproductive. The study by Future Workplace and Polycom, which polled more than 25,000 employees across 12 countries, revealed that remote workers are actually more collaborative, desire connection and are more empathetic than their in-office counterparts. “There is still a stigma that remote ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Business Tips Blog
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
An unethical nemesis might over-promise results, be environmentally destructive, use untrained staff or may have illegal business practices. Instead of swinging at them head on, which is risky, try these tactics: 1) Offer a free report such as “5 Things to Look for When Hiring a _____.” Describe the unethical factors (without naming names) and why they are misleading or shoddy. 2) Obtain ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Business Tips Blog
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
After all, they are best prepared to market your product. They understand the target customer and can empathize. They already exist in the places where your customers hang out. Best of all, they have a deep understanding of the value your product provides. The secret is giving your customers enough information to succeed. For example, can your customers describe your product or service in one ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Business Tips Blog
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Highlights of the WeekThe last full week of legislative session was filled with intense negotiations surrounding the some of the most important issues before the legislature this session including the hospital provider fee and K-12 funding. On Tuesday morning, President Pro Temp Jerry Sonnenberg announced a deal was in place for SB 267, yet in the middle of the announcement word came from the ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political, Transportation, Chamber, Economic, Town & County News
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Community feedback is critical as the Town plans for its future. You may have already provided feedback to the Town on various topics by attending an open house, submitting an online feedback form, or even posting on social media. Another important feedback mechanism is the biennial community survey, for which the 2017 results are in. Some key findings: The Town overall remains a very strong ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Economic, Press Release, Awards & Accolades, Community, Fun Facts, Town & County News
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Highlights of the WeekThe second to last full week of session was a whirlwind that brought finalization of the budget, lots of bills moving quickly from committee to the floor, key initiatives stalled, top priorities for leadership meeting their end, and bills still being introduced daily.  On Thursday, the Joint Budget Committee met in a conference committee to go through the various amendments ...read more
Categories: Political, Community, DCBA, Transportation, Chamber, Economic
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Highlights of the Week Thursday marked the 100th day of the 2017 General Assembly with Senate President Grantham holding a press availability where he said that after more than five months of work, he had only five days to find a path forward for the transportation funding bill.  HB 1242 is scheduled for consideration by the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, April 25th. The final hope for ...read more
Categories: Transportation, Town & County News, Community, DCBA, Economic, Chamber, Political
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Highlights of the WeekThis week marked the one month mark for legislators to wrap up all their business for the 2017 legislative session. As of Thursday, 710 bills and resolutions have been introduced, 132 bills have been postponed indefinitely, 138 have been signed by the Governor, and bills are still being introduced daily. The House spent Monday morning making closing remarks on the FY 2017-18 ...read more
Categories: Economic, Chamber, Community, DCBA, Political
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Under the Dome, Week 13  Highlights of the Week This week the Senate handed over the budget to the House for consideration and debate. Although the Senate’s 45 amendments were deemed impressive at the time, the House introduced a total of 93 amendments to the budget and second reading debate extended over two legislative days. Many of the amendments mimicked those in the Senate while others tried ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Town & County News, Transportation, Community, DCBA, Political, Economic
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Highlights of the Week The FY 2017-18 budget, SB 254 was introduced and debated in the Senate this week along with 12 budget orbital bills. The Senate worked on the floor until nearly midnight on Wednesday, debating 45 different amendments to the budget. Amendments ranged from defunding private prisons and putting the money into K-12 education, providing $3 million from the marijuana tax cash ...read more
Categories: Political, Economic, Chamber, DCBA, Town & County News
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Under the Dome, Week 11  Highlights of the Week This week the Joint Budget Committee faced the difficult task of making final budget decisions and tackling big ticket items they put on the back burner during figure setting. On Monday, the JBC found out that based on decisions they made thus far, they were facing a $382 million budget deficit for FY 2017-18. They also learned that they needed to ...read more
Categories: Transportation, DCBA, Political, Chamber, Economic
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Project BackgroundPreviousNext Between Monument and C-470, I-25 experiences congestion on numerous days throughout the week. Weekday and weekend travel delays and unreliability frustrate travelers now and will only get worse as Colorado's population grows from 5 million to more than 8 million in the next 20 years. Congestion, high (75 mph) speeds, and climbing grades contribute to severe crashes ...read more
Categories: Transportation, Community
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Highlights of the Week The first full week of the second half of the legislative session didn’t lack for excitement. On Monday, the House Education Committee considered two bills to address school suspension and expulsion policies that disproportionately affect African-American children, Latino boys, and children with disabilities.  HB 1210 updates statute to offer better guidance for ...read more
Categories: Political, Chamber, Economic, DCBA
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Under the Dome, Week 9  Highlights of the WeekFrom start to finish, legislators tackled some of the most controversial topics this week. On Monday, the House Finance Committee met past midnight to hear from the proponents and opponents of two bills aimed to close the loophole that has allowed gray market marijuana in the state.  The gray market for marijuana is considered marijuana that is ...read more
Categories: Economic, Chamber, Political, Town & County News, DCBA
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Under the Dome, Week 7  Highlights of the Week The legislature enjoyed a short week thanks to President’s Day weekend. It is the last break the legislature will see until Sine Die unless, as is tradition, the House and Senate take off Good Friday.  Having just passed the 75-day mark of session, and a rumored 250 bills to still be introduced, it is promising to be busy.  The House State Veterans ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Chamber, Community, Political, Economic
Monday, March 06, 2017
Highlights of the Week  The House and Senate floor engaged in lengthier floor debate this week in an effort to clear out their lengthy calendars. In the House, the floor unanimously passed legislation that would give school districts the flexibility to determine if English language learners should take reading language assessments in their language of instruction or their native language. The ...read more
Categories: Economic, Chamber, Political, DCBA
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
DCBA Bill Tracker: http://www.statebillinfo.com/SBI/index.cfm?fuseaction=Public.Dossier&id=22915&pk=619&style=pinstripeHighlights of the Week Another busy week at the Capitol wrapped up early Friday so legislators could make it home for a long President’s Day weekend. Each day saw committee meetings late into the night debating a host of issues. The week was bookended by lengthy consideration of ...read more
Categories: Business Tips Blog, Chamber, Political, DCBA
Monday, February 06, 2017
Highlights of the Week This week kicked off with both Democrats and Republicans introducing resolutions and legislation to respond to the variety of executive orders signed by President Trump in his first week of office. The House spent most of Tuesday morning debating HJR 1013: Rescind Executive Order Regarding Immigration and engaged in debate over HR 1005: Reproductive Health Care Access on ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Political, Chamber, Economic
Monday, February 06, 2017
Highlights of the Week The first full week of work kept legislators in the House and Senate plenty busy. Committees saw full workloads and the Joint Budget Committee continued to review and approve supplemental budget requests from state agencies to carry them through the end of the state fiscal year on June 30th. In a preview of what is expected to be a bigger budget fight during the FY 2017-18 ...read more
Categories: Economic, Chamber, DCBA, Political
Monday, January 23, 2017
Highlights of the Week The Governor submitted his supplemental budget requests for the current fiscal year this week and one proposal in particular garnered a lot of attention. Governor Hickenlooper asked the General Assembly to introduce legislation to reduce the Senior Homestead Exemption by half in FY 2017-18 ($68.1 million) and increase the special sales tax on recreational marijuana to 12% ...read more
Categories: DCBA, Economic, Political, Chamber
Monday, January 23, 2017
Highlights of the Week Although the 2017 Legislative Session didn’t officially kick off until Wednesday, January 11th, the capitol was a flurry all week with legislative Smart Act hearings held all day Monday and Tuesday as well as the JBC finishing up their briefing and hearings that began in November. The legislative Smart Act hearings provide legislators with an opportunity to hear from state ...read more
Categories: Economic, DCBA, Political, Chamber
Thursday, January 12, 2017
This morning the House and Senate convened to commence the 71st General Assembly. Three new legislators ascended into top leadership positions – President Kevin Grantham, Speaker Crisanta Duran, and House Minority Leader Patrick Neville while House Minority Leader Lucia Guzman began her second session as Minority Leader in the Senate. All four leaders graciously welcomed the twenty-eight new ...read more
Categories: Community, DCBA, Economic, Political, Chamber
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
CDOT initiated a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study scheduled for January 26th in Kirk Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds to identify immediate and longer-term solutions to this vital stretch of highway, which connects Colorado Springs through Castle Rock to the Denver South area. I-25 is the only north-south interstate route through Colorado, connecting the state's largest ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Press Release, Town & County News, Transportation
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
If the intersection of Coachline Road and Foothills Drive/Trailblazer Way is part of your normal route, you’ll want to pay extra attention starting the week of Dec. 19. A new four-way stop will be installed. Traffic engineers in Castle Rock’s Public Works Department have been monitoring this intersection in The Meadows. Recently, traffic volumes have demonstrated a need for an all-way ...read more
Categories: Community, Town & County News, Transportation, Press Release
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Douglas’ 2016 Budget, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, and Popular Annual Financial Report recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association For the third time in the past year, Douglas County has been recognized nationally for its continued commitment to fiscal accountability and transparency. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Economic, Town & County News, Awards & Accolades, Community, Press Release
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Focus less on selling and more on providing value that draws customers to you as their trusted adviser.   ENTREPRENEURS HAVE ALWAYS believed that their product or service must show real value to customers, but today the smart ones are even able to make their marketing valuable. The days are gone when marketing was all “pushing product.” Now customers seek out people who are willing and able to ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Business Tips Blog
Thursday, December 01, 2016
Before you say you have no time to give back, or before you grumble about already doing it, this is not your typical post telling you that you need to give back to people who support you in your community. Instead, this article encourages you to give back as a small business owner based of what you will get. These benefits are all about you and your business, a return on your investment of time. ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Business Tips Blog, Community
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
If you drive Front Street near Founders Parkway, this information is for you. Taking care of the roads you drive is an important role of Castle Rock Public Works. Though inconvenient at times, roadwork helps not only smooth out your drive, but also extends the life of streets. Starting next week, crews will be focusing on the concrete pavement portion of Front Street, near Founders ...read more
Categories: Transportation, Town & County News, Community