App and invention experts host new speaker series at Elevate CoSpace |

App and invention experts host new speaker series at Elevate CoSpace

Inventors and ski industry pros, it’s time to get inspired.

Elevate CoSpace in Frisco is hosting two business mentors as part of its new Wednesday series, the Innovator Speaker Series.

The series launches today with a roundtable discussion led by Langston McDowell, a mechanical engineer by trade and owner of Breckenridge-based Narrow Gate Drafting and Design. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Elevate (771 Granite St.).

For six years, McDowell has worked closely with inventors and other entrepreneurs to “proof” new and untested ideas. He helps with everything from conceptual design to prototyping, and thanks to a network of fellow engineers in the drafting world, he has access to 3D printing technology for just about any design or material. He’s worked with clients across the country, including solo inventors and law firms.

The inventor roundtable will cover every part of the drafting process, including funding methods, the world of prototype testing and tips on how to move from initial idea to licensed product.

The second event in the new series, titled “Digital Disruptive Technology,” comes to Elevate on Thursday, May 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. It’s also free and will follow a similar roundtable format, with an open discussion of new ski-industry technology led by Jason Van Pereen of MJD Interactive.

MJD Interactive specializes in app and mobile development for major brands, including ski industry players like Winter Park and Vail Resorts. Van Pereen will field questions about the changing face of the mobile world and how best to develop an app users can’t put down.

Both events are free. To RSVP, see and search for the Innovator Speaker Series under the events tab.


Early last week, construction crews began a two-month renovation project at the Summit County Shooting Range to enhance safety, drainage and the overall user experience.

The shooting range, located on Landfill Road near Keystone, will be closed for the duration of the project, which is estimated to wrap up by July 2.

“This project is really going to take the range experience to the next level,” SCRAP director Aaron Byrne said. “We’re so grateful to our project partners who are helping to make this happen and we appreciate the patience of range users while construction is underway.”

The project has received $177,000 in funding from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and $30,000 from Friends of the NRA. Summit County government and the Summit Range Association will jointly provide $59,000 in materials, direct funding and volunteer time for the project. Columbine Hills Concrete will perform the construction.

Among the improvements, crews will install a large stairway outside the main gate, allowing range users to travel more easily and safely to and from the parking area, particularly in winter.

The current access is a sloped, natural surface that can be slippery or muddy in wet or snowy conditions.

Concrete and pavement will be installed beneath the pistol and rifle firing positions, which will allow for easier brass collection and more stable footing while shooting.

The project includes construction of covered structures above some of the rifle positions, offering protection from sun and precipitation. It also gives users the choice between open or covered positions. Several shooting tables will also be wheelchair accessible.

Crews will conduct extensive drainage improvements and erosion control measures, including a storm drain. This work will help protect the new concrete and pavement and minimize the formation of ruts and gravel flows on natural surfaces during spring runoff and heavy rain.


The Summit County Sheriff’s Office this week launched a new system for residents who need to apply for parking permits this summer.

Beginning this week, residents can visit the Summit County website and request special parking privileges for events that require parking along county roads. This includes regular roadside vendors and one-time-only events alike.

The new online permit application asks for information on your event (dates, times, duration) and special parking needs. When approved, the permit grants residents special parking privileges for the specified date and time of their event.

The permit application is only open to Summit County residents hosting events in unincorporated portions of the county.

To access the application, visit the Summit County website. Under the departments heading, go to the Sheriff’s Office tab and find the services tab. The Temporary Parking Permit application is under the services tab. Fill out the application in the online form and hit the Submit button to electronically submit your application.


This July, six luxury homes at The Shores at Breckenridge, a 10-acre resort community located on the banks of the Blue River 2 miles north of Breckenridge, will be completed and go on the market.

The semi-custom homes are the first of 40 re-imagined designs in the riverfront community. In June 2014, Boulder-based developer Meriwether Companies acquired the property in partnership with San Diego-based Pathfinder Partners.

Meriwether and Pathfinder took control of 20 lots and began construction in 2014. Each lot is entitled for two duplexes of approximately 2,500 square feet for a total of 40 residences.

When complete in 2018, the community will contain 56 homes between the first phase of construction and the latest round.

The original developer, Mesa Development, built and sold the first 16 homes between 2007 and 2013, but was slowed by the market downturn.

Framing was completed in March on the first phase of homes, which range from 2,300 to 2,600 square feet. The units feature three or four bedrooms and 3.5 baths, with open floor plans, large windows and expansive outdoor areas. Many homes also have views of the Blue River and surrounding mountains.

A model unit will be available for buyers to tour in July. Pre-sales are underway, with two homes already sold. Prices for the remaining homes in the first phase range from $965,000 for off-river properties to $1,475,000 for premium riverside homes.

The Shores community is 2 miles north of Breckenridge Main Street. It’s also directly across the street from the Jack Nicklaus-designed 27-hole Breckenridge Golf Club.


Allegory Studios, a New York-based marketing and creative firm with offices in Colorado, will host two upcoming events for business owners, managers and marketing professionals.

The early summer workshops include a primer on new marketing tactics, titled “What is Inbound Marketing?” and the inaugural Vail HubSpot User Group Meetup.

Cynthia Forstmann, who recently led Allegory to its Gold Tier HubSpot Agency Partner, will facilitate both events. Both events are held at the BaseCamp co-working space in Avon (82 E. Beaver Creek Blvd.), located on the second floor above Pazzo’s and Loaded Joe’s.

On June 3 at 5:30 p.m., Allegory will host the first-ever Vail HubSpot User Group (HUG) Meetup. The goal of the Vail HUG is to bring together marketers from Eagle County, Summit County and surrounding regions who have an interest in inbound marketing for educational and networking purposes.

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