May 2012

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In This Issue

Northglenn Economic Development
- City Thanks Karl's Farm Dairy for 65 Years in Community
- New Businesses
- Business Expansion Projects
- Closed Businesses
- Sponsorship Opportunities Available for City Events
- City Seeks Vendors for July 4th

- Free Forum on Financing Options
- Free Class for Increasing Presence on the Web
- Brighton SBDC Hosting Free Business Classes

Regional Economic Development News
- Bill Aims to Put State at Forefront of Aerospace Industry
- How Low Natural Gas Prices Benefit You

Economic Development Indicators
   - Unemployment
   - Northglenn Existing and New Businesses
   - New Storefront Businesses in Northglenn – 1st Quarter 2012

NURA 101 - Frequently Asked Questions

Northglenn Economic Development

City Thanks Karl's Farm Dairy for 65 Years

Above: Robert Miskol, an employee at Karl’s Farm Dairy for 50 years, bottles milk at the dairy back in the 1950s.

Right: From left to right are Lloyd Swaithes, Fern Hinkhouse, Daneen Durland-Rucki and Ed Durland in front of one of the antique cars in the back of the country store on 1741 E. 120th Ave. in Northglenn.

Northglenn is home to Karl’s Farm Dairy, one of the oldest independently-owned dairies in Colorado.

Located at 1741 E. 120th Ave., it dates back to 1947, when Bud and Fern Hinkhouse started their dairy farm with 13 cows and a Buick on 60 acres of land that the couple had purchased. Their nearest neighbor lived several miles away.

“In the early days, right after the horse and buggy era, the milk delivery business was very competitive,” said Lloyd Swaithes, co-owner of Karl’s. By the early 50s, their delivery service had grown to 60 homes in the north area.

Since then, Karl’s Farm Dairy has become a community landmark that is an integral part of Northglenn’s community and history – complete with cows, horses, goats, llamas, miniature donkeys and a one-of-a-kind country market.

Unfortunately, 2012 will be Karl’s last year of operation.

“It’s bittersweet that we must announce that on June 20, 2012, we intend to close our Northglenn and Pecos Street stores,” said Daneen Durland-Rucki, VP and manager of daily business operations.

In its early years, Karl’s provided a full-range of dairy services, including the delivery of farm-fresh milk, eggs and dairy.

Swaithes recalled that back in the 60s, people would drive up Claude Court to the creamery to purchase their milk, cream, butter and eggs. Customers operated on the honor system when paying for products, leaving their change in a coffee can.

Karl’s Farm Dairy has gone through many changes throughout the years. Fern Hinkhouse, who is known as the backbone of the dairy, and son-in-laws Ed Durland and Lloyd Swaithes continued to operate the dairy after Bud’s passing in December 1998.

Swaithes recalls working for Public Service Company for 13 years when he made the career move to the dairy industry. His love of animals and the opportunity to work for Karl’s opened up a new career opportunity for him and his family.

He laughed and said, “I tell folks that this career change doubled my hours and cut my wages in half. It was the best move for me and I have never looked back.” In 1999, Daneen Durland-Rucki, the Hinkhouses’ granddaughter, was appointed to manage the business.

By the early 2000s, at the peak of their business, Karl’s had 600 cows and delivered to over 3,500 homes. However, the family realized that to financially make the business work, they would need 1,500 cows, which was not possible with the land they had available.

So in 2002, the family modified their business model by building a larger country market that offered dairy products, meats, seasonings, propane and U-Haul services in one convenient location.

Also in 2002, Westword described Karl’s milk as, “…the flavor-packed, country-wholesome heaven-in-a-glass stuff ... the tastiest milk to grace an upper lip.” The convenient country market offers farm-raised all-natural beef, elk, buffalo, free-range chickens and succulent barbeque spices and rubs in addition to a full range of Colorado products and unique gifts.

Customers can stroll around the collection of classic cars and old horse-drawn buggies, while children enjoy feeding the animals near the barn.

Many family memories have been built at Karl’s, with the annual Harvest Fest and the fields of pumpkins, school field trips and just by receiving weekly deliveries or visiting the country store.

“As we have seen generations of change in the community, fresh milk services have been impacted by supply and demand, the economy, competition and a decrease in loyal milk customers,” said Swaithes. “Also, the cost to do business increased dramatically. Local farmers no longer produced feed. So we had to truck it in, which raised the costs to do business, and ultimately impacted product prices and profitability for the company.”

“This is an incredibly sad time for us, but it has been a good run,” said Durland-Rucki.

Even though the store will be closing, its customers have many great memories.

Several years ago, the cow that sits in front of Karl's Dairy needed repair and had to be taken to the “fiberglass veterinarian.” When a customer's daughter noticed the cow was missing, and learned from Karl's employees that it was at the vet, the child went home and mailed the cow a get-well card. She referred to the cow as Millie; henceforth the cow was named Millie.

Swaithes added, “In our early years, Bud approached the city and asked for the land to be annexed by Northglenn instead of Thornton. Our values were aligned with Northglenn. We are grateful to be a part of the city and are appreciative of the support we have received from the community throughout our years in business.”

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.

Absolute Debt Recovery Services, LLC leased 1,100 square feet at the Metro North Building, 11990 Grant St. The company provides debt and credit repair services, and employs two people. For more information, call 303-993-4871.

Dawn King MA, LA, LPC, CAL provides psychotherapy services. They leased 301 square feet at 10465 Melody Drive, Suite 316. For more information, call 303-229-2804.

Embracing Choices for Better Living leased 301 square feet at 10465 Melody Drive, Suite 316. They provide mental health, addiction counseling and therapy services. For more information, visit or call 720-975-7371.

Gig Easy leased 358 square feet at 10465 Melody Drive, Suite 320. The company sells and distributes mounts and accessories for iPad applications. The mounts are used with microphone stands, music stands and camera tripods. For more information, visit or call 970-703-3279.

Mile High Mobile leased 1,098 square feet at 11910 Washington St. The company sells Cricket phones, supplies and services and employs two people. For more information, call 303-746-6401. Hours of operation are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nidia Ponce leased 301 square feet at 10465 Melody Drive, Suite 321. She provides bilingual child and family counseling and therapy services. For more information, call 303-356-1826.

Wanderspring, LLC located at 10465 Melody Drive, Suite 209, leased 301 square feet in the Melody office building. The company provides mental health and addiction counseling services. For more information, call 720-343-5040.

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Go to to customize your Northglenn business on our Web site.

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Tuttle at

Business Expansion Projects

Ducted Comfort, located at 10650 Irma Drive, Suite 3, started business in Northglenn in March 2011. This family-owned HVAC mechanical contractor has been around for 25 years. They recently expanded their facility at the Northglenn Industrial Park by 1,274 square feet, for a total of 3,896 square feet. For more information, visit

Professional Sign Language Interpreting (PSLI), located at 10465 Melody Drive, Suite 226, expanded from 671 square feet to 1,130 square feet. The company has been in business and located in Northglenn since 2001, and provides interpreting services for the deaf community. For more information, visit

Closed Northglenn Businesses

The following company closed in January, but was reported in March:

Company Name Address Start Date
AAA Colorado Inc. 1010 104th Ave. 02/19/1993

For more details on these business closures, contact Debbie Tuttle at 303-450-8743 or

Sponsorship Opportunities Available for City Events

Local businesses are invited to maximize their 2012 marketing and advertizing dollars by sponsoring a city event. The city has an event suited to any target audience, whether it is children, families, seniors or adults. Sponsorship opportunities range from title sponsorships to donations of door prizes for guests. At every level of sponsorship, the city will make sure that participants and spectators are aware of your company's involvement. Contact Jeanette Sanchez at 303-450-8935 or for more information.

Vendors Sought for July 4th Family Festival

The city is seeking quality food vendors and community organizations to provide fun games and activities and/or sell products for guests at our annual July 4th Family Festival. For more information, go to to download an application. You can also contact Jeanette Sanchez at 303-450-8935 or

Business Classes

Free Forum on Financing Options

A free forum on financing options for businesses, developers and entrepeneurs will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield.

This forum will discuss what money and tools are available for funding business and real estate development.

The guest speaker and moderator for the event is Don Childears, president and CEO of the Colorado Bankers Association.

Panelists will include:
•  Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
•  Colorado Enterprise Fund
•  Colorado Housing & Finance Authority
•  Colorado Lending Source
•  US Bank

Each organization will provide an overview of its financing tools and offer tips on tapping into those funds. A business resource fair, featuring information from each of the panelists and other organizations, will be held before and following the panel discussion.

A continental breakfast will be served starting at 8 a.m. The 1stBank Center is located at 11450 Broomfield Lane in Broomfield, southeast of U.S. 36 and Wadsworth Boulevard.

The event is free, but preregistration is required. To register, contact call Bo Martinez at 303-464-5579 or by noon on Monday, May 7.

Class for Increasing Business Presence on the Web

Google is hosting the Colorado Get Your Business Online event at the Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Blvd., in Denver. This educational opportunity will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 15.

This is for business owners who want to learn more about having an online business or Web site. Web professionals will be at your side every step of the way. If your business is already online, find the tools and resources to help you succeed.

Space is limited, so register for this free event at

Brighton Small Business Development Center Hosting Free Classes

The Small Business Development Center in Brighton is hosting a number of free classes in May and June.

Internet Marketing on Autopilot: How to Build Your Own Lead Generation Machine: Part 1
9 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 11

How to Do Human Resources Documentation
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17

Internet Marketing on Autopilot: How to Build Your Own Lead Generation Machine: Part 2
9 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 18

Money Secrets – Change Your Perspective to Get the Results You Want
9 a.m. to noon, Friday, June 8

For more information about these classes or to register, please go to and search under “North Metro Denver SBDC” under “Location.” Classes with fees along with other Small Business Development Center classes held throughout the metro area are also listed on this page.

Regional Economic Development News

Bill Aims to Put State at Forefront of Aerospace Industry

Courtesy Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law a bill that will position Colorado to capitalize on significant new opportunities in commercial space transportation.

Gov. Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 35 in April at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, the premier gathering of the global space community. The law limits liability for companies that would operate space flights from the proposed Spaceport Colorado.

"Commercial space offers a wealth of opportunities and Colorado intends to be at the forefront of the industry," said Hickenlooper. "The signing of this bill represents our collective next step as a state to testing the limits of space."

While the bill is a big step for Colorado, the state has already made giant leaps to expand its aerospace economy with private sector leaders pushing forward on commercial development in space exploration.

In fact, in the past year, according to the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation's (Metro Denver EDC) annual Industry Cluster Study, Colorado leapt forward to rank as the number two aerospace state for private sector employment, overtaking Florida.

"While other states have experienced job losses in recent years, our aerospace industry remains one of the strongest pillars of the Colorado and U.S. economy," said Tom Clark, CEO of the Metro Denver EDC. "Not only does Colorado rank first in the United States for its high concentration of private aerospace jobs, but since 2006, aerospace employment in Colorado has grown 6.9 percent."

In addition to Colorado's efforts to pursue spaceport status, statewide industry stakeholders are also actively working to expand Colorado's reach in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research and development. With its variety of airspace, environmental conditions, and terrain, Colorado provides an ideal location for federal, state, and private UAS operations.

"It truly should come as no surprise that our state can deliver the innovation, expertise, and collaboration needed to support and grow the aerospace industry," Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia explained. "Not only do we have the nation's second-most highly educated workforce, but Colorado's research universities are at the forefront of space innovation and training the next generation of aerospace workers."

How Low Natural Gas Prices Benefit You

Article by: Jerome Davis, Regional Vice President, Xcel Energy. Courtesy Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.

Natural gas has been in the news recently, primarily about state and local regulations and the significant investment natural gas producers are making in Colorado. What you may not know about are the benefits to natural gas and electric customers.

In March 2012, natural gas prices fell to a 10-year low. While prices are beyond Xcel Energy's control, Xcel continually looks for opportunities to take advantage of historic low prices to bring greater value to all customers and to Colorado's economy.

Xcel Energy recently announced significant reductions in utility bills due to the lower cost for natural gas. Our second quarter Gas Cost Adjustment (GCA) reduced residential and small business bills seven to 11 percent, when compared to the same period last year.

Xcel does not mark up the cost of natural gas. Instead, it is passed along on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Thus when the commodity is cheaper, customers benefit.

If you purchase electricity from Xcel Energy, you benefit too. About 24 percent of the electricity comes from natural gas-fired generators. Lower natural gas fuel costs, plus reductions in purchased power costs, are passed on to the customer.

Additionally, Xcel is helping improve the state's air quality by converting or replacing some of the older coal-fired power plants to natural gas and installing new emission controls on two other plants as part of the company's Clean Air-Clean Jobs Plan . The plan is estimated to affect rates less than two percent over the next eight years. Overall, emissions from these Colorado plants will be cut by about 80 percent.

Colorado's economy is strengthened by lower natural gas prices. Xcel offers businesses opportunities to reduce energy costs through programs such as Energy Design Assistance (EDA), a free, comprehensive approach to energy and cost savings for companies considering new construction or renovation projects. Xcel's Energy Efficient Buildings (EEB) program provides rebates for new construction, major renovations and additions for motors, cooling, and heating.

Economic Development Indicators

There are many tools to assist in measuring economic development efforts. These include tracking business retention efforts, expansions and attraction of new businesses to the community. Other indicators include unemployment, sales/use tax, square footage absorption, vacancy rates, capital investment, and the number of employees retained and/or added to the workforce, the industry types, and quality of companies/jobs that are currently located or moving to Northglenn. In order to analyze and measure economic development efforts the following information is provided:


The table below reflects the estimated labor force, employment and unemployment information for March 2012. It reflects a 9.4 percent unemployment rate (slightly lower than January at 9.5 percent) and lower than last year at 10.9 percent.

Area Name Labor Force
Number Employed Number Unemployed Rate
Northglenn 19,765 17,916 1,849 9.4%
Adams County 231,033 208,478 22,555 9.8%
Colorado 2,720,673 2,497,343 223,330 8.2%
Source: Labor Market Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program – Not Seasonally Adjusted.

Existing and New Businesses

This is a comparison of companies licensed to do business in the city at the end of March 2012. It indicates a 2.2 percent increase in storefront businesses and an overall total (with home-based businesses) increase of 3.0 percent over the past year.

Existing Businesses in Northglenn
March 2012
March 2011
Storefront/Physical Locations
Home-Based Businesses
Total Businesses
Source: City of Northglenn. Totals do not include out-of-state businesses.

2012 1st Quarter New Storefront Businesses

During the first quarter of 2012, Northglenn announced 22 new storefront businesses, which have created more than 200 new jobs and 108,196 square feet of absorbed office and retail space.

2012 New Storefront Businesses
Square Footage Absorbed
New Employees

NURA 101 - Frequently Asked Questions

The Northglenn Urban Renewal Authority (NURA) is a special purpose governmental entity that was created by the Northglenn City Council in March 1990. NURA's primary purpose is to improve Northglenn's economy by eliminating blight, assisting private development and redevelopment projects, and to plan and build public and public-related improvements as necessary to achieve those goals. Over the past two decades NURA has invested approximately $20 million in redevelopment and revitalization projects throughout the city.

To learn more about the urban renewal programs, the city has posted Frequently Asked Questions on its Web site at To help educate citizens and businesses on urban renewal authorities, the city will be featuring one of these questions monthly.

Q: What can URA monies be used for? How can I tap into them as a landlord, business tenant, commercial property landowner, or private resident?

A: The method by which stakeholders in an area apply for money will ultimately be determined by the urban renewal authority. Generally speaking, however, the authority will either issue a Request-for-Proposal (RFP), asking stakeholders to bring forward projects or simply wait for them to surface with continued community education. Once projects are advanced to the authority for consideration, they will be evaluated for consistency with the urban renewal plan and analyzed relative to their ability to qualify for funding.

For more economic development 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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