Hickenlooper to sign Mobile Learning Labs bill in Summit County
Gov. John Hickenlooper makes a stop in Summit County today to sign State Rep. Millie Hamner’s (D-Dillon) Mobile Learning Labs bill, a new law that provides funds for on-site workforce training.
Hickenlooper and Hamner will meet at Elevate CoSpace in Frisco (771 Granite St.) at 1:45 p.m. for the public signing. Following the brief ceremony, Hamner will give a brief explanation of the bill and how it can benefit Colorado businesses.
As part of the Colorado Ready to Work package, a piece of bipartisan legislation sponsored by Hamner and several representatives from across the state, the Mobile Learning Lab bill (HB15-1271) takes funds from the Colorado Existing Industry Training Program and siphons them into mobile, scalable programs for business owners. The mobile program gives employers a flexible option for affordable training, according to the bill sponsors.
The bill takes effect in August, barring any hang-ups in the state Senate or House.
BRECKENRIDGE EXTENDS MJ DISPENSARY MORATORIUM TO 2016
Breckenridge Town Council yesterday voted 7-0 to uphold the town’s current moratorium on marijuana licenses, putting any growth for the town’s pot industry on temporary hold for another year.
The moratorium, originally set to expire July of this year, was extended to July 2016. Council members agreed the town needs more time to fine-tune rules, regulations and other local guidelines for the burgeoning retail marijuana industry. At the meeting, Airport Road property owners questioned why the moratorium is still in effect because it prevents them from leasing their properties to potential new businesses. Owners were told the moratorium could be revisited at any point.
The town is currently home to four dispensaries, all located on Airport Road. The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division suspended a fifth dispensary, Soul Shine, earlier this year due to several alleged administrative violations. Soul Shine’s local licenses for cultivation and a medical center are still active and were transferred in March to a new owner. The two licenses were the final openings for new business owners until the renewed moratorium expires.
OFF-SEASON CONSTRUCTION IN BRECK CONTINUES ON SH9, DOWNTOWN SIDEWALKS
The town of Breckenridge recently released updates on several off-season projects, including road closures through downtown and along State Highway 9. The town also announced winning bidders for several autumn projects. A brief rundown of developments:
Section “C” (the downtown roundabout) of the median beautification project began on April 27. This week, the contractor will be planting large spruce trees in the roundabout. In order to plant these trees, the roundabout will need to be closed for short periods throughout the week. Traffic will be detoured onto French Street, Airport Road and Valley Brook Street during these times. Single-lane closures in both directions of Highway 9 are also required. Lane closures and detours will be removed during nights and weekends. Construction is still on schedule to be completed prior to July 4.
Section “B” (roundabout to Coyne Valley Road) is also underway and scheduled to be completed by July 4. Single-lane closures in both directions of Highway 9 are required until the project is finished.
Bids for Section “A” (Coyne Valley Road to Swan Mountain Road) were received in April and the project was awarded to Columbine Hills Concrete. Current construction in the area is part of an incomplete Colorado Department of Transportation project from last summer, and town-funded construction likely won’t begin until autumn. The town will release specific dates when CDOT is finished.
Construction on the ice rink parking lot expansion is scheduled to begin on Sept. 8, after the Labor Day holiday, and will be completed in late October. The bicycle pump track will be relocated in early summer, prior to the parking lot expansion construction.
Construction on the Ridge Street waterline replacement began the week of May 11 with excavation work on Ridge Street. North Ridge Street is currently closed and will remain closed through the construction area during May to allow for the relocation of the waterline and an XCEL Energy electric line. Residents in the construction project area have been contacted and notified about the project. The water project is slated to wrap up before the Memorial Day holiday.
BRECK GRAND VACATIONS NAMED EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR BY INDUSTRY GROUP
Breckenridge Grand Vacations won multiple awards at last week’s American Resort Development Association World 2015 ceremony, a top gathering for resort development professionals around the world.
The awards highlight BGV’s industry reputation as a respected independent real estate developer, as well as one of the top places to work in the Colorado resort industry.
BGV’s honors include two of the most prestigious ARDA awards, the ARDA Circle of Excellence (ACE) awards. BGV won ACE Employer of the Year Award, while the ACE Women on Their Way Award went to BGV’s Nicole Beal.
The ACE awards honor professionals who have attained the highest level of excellence in the resort industry and whose accomplishments and dedication help spur the industry to new heights.
BGV also won ARDA awards recognizing the best nominees in overall professional excellence, outstanding sales accomplishments, product design, marketing and staff.
In addition to being named ACE Employer of the Year, BGV was also honored by the Denver Post in its list of Top Work Places for 2015.
The awards were presented Wednesday evening at the Orlando World Center Marriott during the ARDA World 2015 gala awards dinner and presentation.
Breckenridge Grand Vacations’ newest resort, Grand Colorado on Peak 8, broke sales records in December, reaching $11 million at month’s end. Grand Colorado is scheduled to open for occupancy in the summer of 2016.
TOWN OF BRECK COFFEE TALK COMES TO CUPPA JOE ON MAY 15
The town of Breckenridge invites residents to join town manager Tim Gagen and Mayor John Warner at Cuppa Joe on May 15 for an informal opportunity to speak one on one with town officials.
Held every month, the popular coffee talk sessions are an opportunity to discuss town issues, offer input on happenings in the community and clarify information on contested issues, including the Breckenridge Recreation Center expansions and the upcoming USA Pro Challenge.
As per usual, town council members have been invited to attend the meeting. There may be three or more council members in attendance.
The May coffee talk is held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Cuppa Joe, found on the second level at 118 S. Ridge St. in Breckenridge.
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