Thursday, January 4, 2018

Centennial News

January 2017   Issue 57

Looking Ahead to 2018 With Centennial's Leaders

Centennial had many accomplishments in 2017. Two of the larger achievements were finalizing large service contracts (for the City). One with the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement and the other with CH2M for public-works services. Public safety and public works operations are two core responsibilities for Centennial.  Read more at the Centennial Citizen

Centennial's Trails and Recreation system is not only an important asset cherished by community members, it also plays an essential role in the City's identity.
In 2016, the City of Centennial surveyed area residents to gain a better understanding of community values and provide direction for long- and short-term planning as part of Centennial NEXT, the City's comprehensive plan update. When asked "What do you LOVE about Centennial?" surveyors identified the top two responses from residents as (1) Parks and (2) Trails.

To find out more about the Trails and Rec Master Plan update, visit the City's website.

The City of Centennial caught up with Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios, 5698 S. Himalaya Street, Unit D, and asked 10 questions to find out more about the local martial arts center, which recently celebrated its 15th year in business.


Find out what lies ahead for the U.S. and Colorado economies in 2018 at the South Metro Denver Chamber's Economic Forecast Breakfast. 
The panel, moderated by Pete Casillas, Market President & Publisher at Denver Business Journal, will feature four speakers and provide actionable insights into the Colorado economy for local businesses and entrepreneurs. The breakfast is from 7-9 a.m. Jan. 19 at CU South Denver. Visit for tix.

County Approves Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

The Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners has voted unanimously to adopt the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, which includes policy recommendations, a design guide and a proposed network of on-street and trail facilities and projects.

The plan will become part of the Comprehensive Master Plan through the year 2035. More information on the master plan can be found on Arapahoe County's website.

Who's New in Town?

With more than 4,500 businesses operating in the City of Centennial, it can be difficult to keep tabs on the most recent arrivals. The following is a list of companies that joined Centennial's business community in December.

Aureus Tech Systems, Peoples National Bank, Super Cleaners, The Garden Fairy (services to buildings, dwellings), ABA Services of the Front Range (mental health and special needs facility), Psychic & Angel Readings, MC Accounting, Elevate, Soleil (real estate), Quick Bath LLC (construction), Relax Express Massage No 3, Swim for Health, Keith Orloff Consulting (professional/scientific services), TekSystems Inc., Alpine Medical Massage, Piney Creek Hair Studio, Sunshine's Full Service Barbershop, Larry H. Miller Nissan (new ownership), Eat Fit Go, Culver's, Carino Coffee, Catlin's (real estate), Susan M. Gibbons Fine Art, Davidsons Beer, Wine and Spirits, Strive LLC (electronic shopping), Sweets Patio, ListingPro by Axium, Glory Photography Co, Visual Security, Foundation Chiropractic and Nutrition, Red Sky Solutions LLC (computer systems design), Money Bliss LLC, and Raffertie Rosenbury (electronic shopping).

In The Media...

With a ceremonial toss of plastic "hardhats," one of the most long-awaited infrastructure projects in the metro area came to an official end - under budget and six months ahead of schedule.

"This has been a high priority for the City of Centennial for a very, very long time," Mayor Cathy Noon told an assembly of press and public officials Dec. 14 in a parking lot overlooking the reconfigured interchange of I-25 and Arapahoe Road.

South Metro Denver Chamber Selects New Board Chair
Michele McKinney has been selected to chair the South Metro Denver Chamber board of directors. The term is one year.

McKinney is from the University of Colorado system. She served as vice chair of the board last year, and also as chair of the chamber's Legislative Action Committee.

McKinney is the assistant vice president of external relations and advocacy for the University of Colorado system, serving all four CU campuses, as well as CU South Denver in Lone Tree. 

"The chamber is both honored and excited to have Michele serve as our chair. Her vision, enthusiasm and pragmatic leadership style fit well with our organization as we continue to grow and thrive prosper in the South Metro Denver area," said Robert Golden, the group's president and CEO.

Centennial-based Arrow Electronics Inc. said it has acquired San Jose-based eInfochips for an undisclosed sum.

EInfochips, founded by former Intel Corp. chip designer Pratul Shroff in 1994, is a project engineering firm that offers high-tech design services like chip design. It employs 1,500 people with many workers at its dual headquarters in India. Arrow's services link customers to its engineers online to offer virtual collaboration.

Each year, The Villager selects a Man and Woman of the Year who have had a profound, positive impact on the Denver-south community where we live, work and play.

This year's Man of the Year, Vic Ahmed, and Woman of the Year, Dr. Becky Takata-Tinker, share characteristics that have made the area an economic powerhouse, not just for Colorado, but across the nation and around the globe.

Local Startup Among Glassdoor's 'Best Places to Work'
Three Colorado companies have been named to a prominent annual "Best Places to Work" list. 
On job and recruiting site Glassdoor's annual "Employees Choice Awards" list, Centennial-based government software and consulting-services provider Fast Enterprises was ranked No. 25 on the overall top 100 Best Places to Work. Last year, Fast Enterprises was also ranked on the list, at No. 6.

Outward Hound, a Centennial-based company that makes dog toys and accessories, has been sold to a Boston private investment firm for an undisclosed price.

Outward Hound was founded by Kyle Hanson. J.W. Childs Associates, L.P., which purchased the company, said Hanson will "retain a significant stake in the business" after the sale.

After more than forty years with Colorado Public Radio, the majority of it as the organization's president, Max Wycisk has announced that he'll step down as CPR's boss at the end of June 2018. But he stresses that his move shouldn't be interpreted as a sign of turmoil within the state's largest and most powerful public-radio network.

Natural Grocers Opening New Store on Arapahoe Road

A retail project in The Ridge development on the northeast corner of Arapahoe Road and Nome Court in Centennial broke ground recently on a 13,000-square-foot space that will soon house Natural Grocers.

Colorado-based Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage will relocate from its existing space on Arapahoe Road in Greenwood Village to the larger space. The expected move date will be in the third quarter of 2018.

If you feel like there is a new gym on every corner in Denver, you're not crazy. Real estate records back you up.

Gyms and fitness centers are opening at an impressive clip in large-format retail spaces across the metro area. And, market analysts say, it's part of a national, health-driven trend that commercial property owners are embracing as former shopping center staples such as Kmart and Macy's close stores or tangle with bankruptcy.

Larry H. Miller Dealerships recently acquired a Nissan store in Centennial, Colo., growing its footprint in the Denver Metro area to 12 stores.

The store has been renamed Larry H. Miller Nissan Arapahoe and is located at 10030 East Arapahoe Road. LHM now operates a total of 14 dealerships in Colorado and employs over 1,200 people across the state, according to the group.

Colorado Eco Devo Commission Offers Money to Keep Companies Growing In-State

Colorado officials offered a combined $2.8 million in incentives to help a pair of Colorado companies, one of which is considering expanding in California rather than here and another that's considering leaving the state altogether.

Colorado Economic Development Commission members also agreed to give as much as $2.3 million to a San Francisco-based digital health company that is considering expanding into Colorado and adding 89 jobs. And they approved nearly $300,000 in film incentives for two cable television programs to film in this state.

The new Orion capsule will be the next spacecraft to carry humans beyond Earth's orbit, something that has not been done since Apollo 17 in 1972.

Orion will replace the Space Shuttle which was not designed to operate in deep space, but was a serviceable vehicle for low Earth orbit.

Officials from NASA and Lockheed Martin toured EnerSys in Longmont and also SEAKR Engineering in Centennial, which builds computer systems for Orion.

A 136,954-sf, three-story office building at 6901 S. Havana St. in Centennial sold for $13.05 million, or $95.29 per square foot. The building has undergone extensive renovations to both the interior and exterior.



Contact Centennial's Economic Development Division

Neil Marciniak, Economic Development Manager

Stewart Meek, Economic Development Specialist

City of Centennial, 13133 E. Arapahoe Road, Centennial, CO 80112, 303-325-8000 (24 / 7)

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