December 2012

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In this Issue
City Economic Development
Northglenn High School STEM Program Prepares Students for In-Demand Jobs
New Retail Development at 120th and Grant
New Urban Renewal Plan Approved
City Honors Businesses
New Businesses
Shop Northglenn

Regional Economic Development
New Procurement Technical Assistance Center Opens in Westminster
State on Track for Economic Growth in 2013
State, Governor Release 2012 Colorado Blueprint Annual Report
Forbes Ranks State in Top 5 For Business
Small Business Tip: Position Your Start-Up for the Long-Term

Business Events
North Metro SBDC Hosting Classes in Westminster, Brighton
Informational Meeting in January on Local Urban Renewal Opportunities

Economic Indicators
Employment Numbers
New Storefront Business Summary
Commercial Real Estate

Northglenn Economic Development

Preparing Students for In-Demand Jobs Northglenn High School's STEM Program focuses on science, technology, engineering and math

By Debbie Tuttle, Northglenn Economic Development Manager

For years Northglenn High School (NHS) was home to one of the largest swimming pools in the area. Now that same space has been repurposed into 16,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms and lab space to accommodate its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs.

NHS has approximately 1,750 students. Within the next year all of those students will be enrolled in STEM programs and with this transition will come a new name. Next year Northglenn High School will be officially known as Northglenn High School STEM.

NHS STEM programs provide students with advanced training and a pathway for future careers. According to Mr. Kerry Glenn, the NHS STEM Coordinator, “NHS’s STEM programs are not only a commitment to math and science but also a philosophy of learning.”

Every class includes Problem Based Learning (PBL) units. These are authentic problems that students examine and attempt to solve. They then present their solutions or findings to a panel of experts. This means students learn using real-world projects and hands-on materials. For example, a statistics class may conduct a survey that is then used by a marketing class to produce a presentation on a product designed by an engineering class.

Programs Offered at Northglenn High School STEM

• Intro to Engineering Design
• Principles of Engineering
• Digital Electronics
• Aerospace Engineering
• Biotechnical Engineering
• Civil & Architectural Engineering
• Computer Integrated Manufacturing
• Engineering Design & Development

• Principles of the Biomedical Sciences
• Human Body Systems
• Medical Interventions
• Biomedical Innovation

Advanced Electives
• Business & Marketing
- Advanced Marketing
- Business Entrepreneurship
- Business Law

• Drama
- Four years of study are available, including two advanced courses that focus on directing

• Art
- Studio Classes offered in: Ceramics, Jewelry, Drawing & Painting, Photography and AP Art History.

• Family and Consumer Science
- Catering
- Early Childhood Education

• Music
- Orchestra: Concert and Symphonic
- Band: Concert, Marching, Jazz and Percussion
- Choir: Three advanced performance choirs
- Music Technology
- AP Music Theory

• World Languages
- Four levels in Spanish and French
- AP Spanish
- Two levels of Spanish for native speakers

STEM-Related Careers

Metro Denver’s workforce is ranked as the second-most highly educated workforce in the nation. STEM skills are critical nationwide, but even more so in the metro Denver region. The region is ranked second among the 50 largest metro areas for total private aerospace workers, ninth highest in the information technology sector, and 14th in healthcare.

The Denver region is home to 10 higher education institutions with bioscience programs and numerous bioscience research assets, including the $5 billion Fitzsimmons Life Science District. These fast growing industries have a high rate of pay and currently have labor shortages. Jobs in these fields almost always require some amount of STEM-related skills.

For more information visit

– Source: Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.

New Retail Development at 120th Avenue and Grant Street

The city and the Northglenn Urban Renewal Authority (NURA) have entered into an agreement with Hawkins Development, a Centennial-based company. The goal is to break ground in the spring of 2013 on a vibrant new restaurant and retail center. The project will consist of at least 49,000 square feet of commercial retail development. The property is being marketed and brokered by David, Hicks and Lampert. Contact them at 303-694-6082 for more information.

New Urban Renewal Plan Approved

City Council unanimously approved three resolutions regarding Northglenn's urban renewal areas and plans during a special council meeting on Dec. 17. These included:
• CR-141: Resolution Determining That Certain Real Property Constitutes a "Blighted Area"
• CR-142: Resolution Approving A Substantial Modification to Current Urban Renewal Plan
• CR-143: Resolution Approving a New Urban Renewal Plan 2

For more information, go to or contact NURA Executive Director Debbie Tuttle at 303-450-8743 or

City Honors Businesses at
Inaugural Appreciation Breakfast

The city honored the following companies at the Inaugural Business Appreciation Breakfast, which was held on Nov. 8 at Boondocks Fun Center. For more information on the event, please go to

Business Appreciation Breakfast Winners
Northglenn Legacy Award
• Karl's Farm Dairy

Outstanding Business
Longevity Award

• Winner: O’Meara Ford
• Honorable Mention: Horizons North Credit Union
• Honorable Mention: Cakes by Karen

Outstanding Large
Business Award

(11+ Employees)
• Winner: Boondocks Fun Center
• Honorable Mention: Horizons North Credit Union
• Honorable Mention: Best Buy

Young Entrepreneur Award
• Rachael Harding

Outstanding Small
Business Award
(Under 11 Employees)
• Winner: Big O Tires
• Honorable Mention: Creative Awards
• Honorable Mention: Santiago’s Mexican Restaurants

Outstanding Community
Impact Award

• Winner: Horizons North Credit Union
• Honorable Mention: Atlanta Bread Company
• Honorable Mention: Boardwalk Pizzeria

New Businesses

The city is pleased to welcome the following new companies to Northglenn. These companies are making capital investments in our community, creating new jobs, and increasing our tax base – thereby fostering and enhancing economic development in Northglenn.

2nd Time Sports celebrated their grand opening on Dec. 6.

2nd Time Sports leased 1,985 square feet at 10685A Melody Drive. The company sells new and used sporting equipment. Hours are weekdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The business employs two people. For more information, go to

A & C Auto Works, LLC leased 3,900 square feet at 10750 Irma Drive, Unit 16. The company provides automotive repair services and employs one person. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 303-254-7946.

Beer By Design Brewery has leased 5,000 square feet at 2100 E. 112th Ave. This is a start-up craft microbrewery that plans to produce four flagship beers initially (pale ale, wheat, IPA, amber), as well as a wide selection of seasonal brews the first year. The facility will have a taproom where customers can do beer tastings, tour the brewery and purchase beer by the pint or 1/2 gallon growler. The brewery began construction in November and plans to open to the public in March 2013. The taproom for customers will be open between 2 and 8 p.m. every day. Initially they will employ two people, with plans to expand to 15 to 20 within the next five years. For more information, please visit

Command Concepts leased 3,100 square feet at 405 W. 115th Ave., Suite 3, and employs two people. The company provides emergency response products primarily for federal, state and city law enforcement agencies, fire departments, military units, schools and corporations nationwide. Please visit for more information.

• Fantastic Beauty Salon leased 1,280 square feet at 988 W. 104th Ave. in the Huron Center. The hair salon employs one person and will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call 720-885-5312.

Healthy Options leased 3,343 square feet at 11178 Huron St., Suite 4. The company provides alternative natural heath methods and employs one person. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 720-422-1613.

Lee Myles Complete Autocare purchased the 2,400-square-foot building at 501 Malley Drive and will employ three people. Lee Myles is a national chain of independently operated franchise automotive service centers with locations throughout the United States. The Colorado franchise is currently located in Lakewood, and will move its operations to Northglenn in January. The company provides automotive repair services and will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, please call 303-975-6505 or go to

• New Energy Tech Co. leased 3,229 square feet at 425 W. 115th Ave., Unit 3. The company employs three people and provides retail and online sales and repair for infrared space heaters. The company is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit or call 303-225-8020.

The Head Shop leased 1,066 square feet at 478 Malley Drive. The hair salon employs two people. Hours of operation are Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 720-297-7782.

Sugar Bean Bakery, LLC leased 1,400 square feet at 2145 E. 120th Ave., Unit A. The company sells bakery goods, cookies, cakes, pastries, bagels, breads and coffee. They will be opening in their new location soon. For more information, please visit or call 720-205-5790.

Market Your City Business on Our Web Site
Shop Northglenn - Every Northglenn storefront business is included in the Shop Northglenn Web site automatically. Business owners have the opportunity to customize their listing with coupons, logos and more.

Customize your Northglenn business on our Web site at

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Tuttle at

Business Events

North Metro SBDC Hosting Free Classes in Brighton, Westminster

The North Metro Small Business Development Center is hosting a series of free business classes at its Brighton and Westminster locations. To see these classes and register for them, go to For more information about classes or other services provided in Brighton, call 303-655-2150. For Westminster, call 303-460-1032.

Informational Meeting in January on Local Urban Renewal Opportunities

The Metro North Chamber of Commerce is hosting an event where businesspeople can learn about the ins and outs and what's happening with urban renewal in the communities of the Metro North region. The event will have tabletop, breakout sessions to learn about current projects, successes and opportunities going on in nearby communities.

The event will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Tues., Jan. 8, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 83 E. 120th Ave. in Thornton.

Those interested can register at

Regional Economic
Development News

New Procurement Technical Assistance Center Opens in Westminster

The Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) recently opened a new location in Westminster. Companies are encouraged to contact PTAC if they are interested in learning more about obtaining local, state and federal government contracts.

PTAC is a free service to generate employment and improve the general economic condition of the state by assisting Colorado companies, including those eligible for preferential consideration in obtaining and performing under local, state and federal government contracts.

The Colorado PTAC is staffed with counselors experienced in government contracting and provides a wide range of services. Colorado PTAC counselors have backgrounds in government acquisitions and all receive ongoing training to keep pace with continually evolving acquisition procedures and policies.

For more information call 303-453-8512 or visit

State on Track for Economic Growth in '13
Employment gains expected in almost all industry sectors

Source: Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

Colorado is on track for economic growth in 2013, according to data compiled by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) in its Monthly Economic Summary for December 2012.

Colorado's economy is expected to perform among the top 10 states next year, said Rich Wobbekind, executive director of the CU Leeds School of Business Research Center. Unemployment will decrease to 8 percent in 2012 and 7.4 percent in 2013, according to the Colorado Business Economic Outlook published by the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business. Employment in Colorado will continue to expand in 2013, as the job growth rate reaches 1.8 percent or 42,100 jobs. Employment gains are expected to be broad-based, with all industry sectors except information forecasted to add workers in 2013.

Colorado continues to outperform the nation in several important economic areas. Gross domestic product growth in the state averaged 1.9 percent in 2011 compared to 1.8 percent nationally; personal income growth in 2011 of 6.1 percent exceeded the national average of 5.2 percent; and employment growth in 2012 is tracking higher in Colorado at 1.7 percent compared to 1.4 percent in the United States. While political uncertainty nationally and globally continues to delay decisions and investments by businesses, economists expect Colorado's economy to continue to expand in 2013, barring adverse impacts from spending cuts and higher taxes that may result if the nation topples over the fiscal cliff.

State, Governor Release 2012 Colorado Blueprint Annual Report
Document is the state's plan to help the economy through business and job growth

Source: Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade released the Colorado Blueprint 2012 Annual Report in November. The Colorado Blueprint is the state’s work plan to improve the state’s economy by helping businesses grow and attracting new jobs to the state.

“Two ingredients of effective partnerships are collaboration and transparency,” Hickenlooper said. “This annual report reflects the work from people and businesses throughout Colorado to create an economic development strategy with real benchmarks, measurable goals and concrete solutions to help every community create jobs and help businesses thrive.”

Forbes Ranks State in Top 5 For Business
Forbes ranked Colorado as its fifth-best state for business for the second year in a row in its annual study.

• Complete Rankings

– Courtesy Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.

The bottom-up process started in January 2011 and helped ensure people and businesses throughout Colorado could be involved in encouraging growth in their local communities and have a voice on how best to help businesses succeed. The first Colorado Blueprint was published in October 2011.

Small Business Tip:
Position Your Start-Up
for the Long Term

When starting a new business, there's a strong temptation to make decisions for the short term. But you need to anticipate the long-term challenges. There are three things it's critical to get right:

1. Co-founders: The natural inclination is to co-found with family or friends. But these relationships can be fraught. Plus you're more likely to have similar perspectives. Look for partners who bring complementary skills and assets.

2. Roles: Most founders want a C-level title. After all, they were there from the start. But choose roles that reflect the actual work each founder will do, not the fancy title he wants to show off.

3. Rewards: One of the biggest questions for start-ups is how to split equity ownership. A handshake on 50/50 will not do, because almost all new companies will have a major change in strategy or founder involvement. Negotiate an arrangement that can change when circumstances do.

This small business tip was brought to you by Harvard Business Review, adapted from "Three Pitfalls Startup Founders Must Avoid" by Noam Wasserman.

Economic Development Indicators

Employment Numbers

The table below reflects the estimated labor force, employment, and unemployment information for November 2012. It reflects an 8.7 percent unemployment rate, which is a .2 percent increase from the previous month (8.9 percent). The state unemployment remained the same and the county rate increased by .1 percent.

Area Name Labor Force
Number Employed Number Unemployed Rate
Northglenn 19,966 18,219 1,747 8.7%
Adams County 232,192 212,012 20,180 8.7%
Colorado 2,713,371 2,509,051 204,320 7.5%
Source: Labor Market Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program – Not Seasonally Adjusted.

New Storefront Business Summary

Below is a year-to-date summary of new storefront businesses. At the end of November, Northglenn had 870 total businesses. Of that total, 651 are storefronts and 221 are home occupations.

2012 New Storefront Businesses
Square Footage Absorbed
New Employees
Note: Totals do not include temporary businesses.

Commercial Real Estate

Listed below is a summary of the available Northglenn office, industrial and retail space as of December. The chart depicts that both office and industrial vacancies have remained relatively stable throughout the year.

However, we have seen an increase in the retail vacancies in 2012. Besides Big Lots and Borders closing earlier this year, there have been three new major vacancies reported since the third quarter. That includes the closure of Old Navy, with 34,382 square feet, a new 7,200-square-foot sub-lease in the Office Depot building, and the addition of two new retail buildings, which include Karl’s Farm Dairy building with 6,000 square feet, and 30,000 square feet at 6950 W. 106th Ave. (former Northglenn Dodge Collision Center).

The current 17.1 percent vacancy rate is almost 80 percent higher than it was in the first quarter of 2010 (9.6 percent).

Property Type
No. of Properties
Total Square Feet
Vacant Square Feet
Average Square Feet Lease
% Vacancy
December 2012
Q3 2012
Q2 2012
Q1 2012
Source: Costar Database

Contact Us
For more economic or urban renewal information, please contact city Economic Development Manager and NURA Executive Director Debbie Tuttle at or 303-450-8743.

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