Monthly Archives: November 2008

SCHEDULE FOR GOV. BILL RITTER (WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26 & THURSDAY, NOV. 27)


Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008

 

11:15 a.m.       Gov. Bill Ritter and a delegation of Colorado business, economic development, and university officials concluded a 10-day economic-development trip to Asia on Monday, Nov. 24th where they met with private companies, government officials, and business organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce.  Gov. Ritter, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce president/CEO Joe Blake and other mission participants will be discussing mission achievements and next steps.  Location:  State Capitol, Governor’s Office.

 

 

Noon               Gov. Bill Ritter and First Lady Jeannie Ritter will be serving food to the homeless at the Denver Rescue Mission’s annual Great Thanksgiving Banquet.  They will be joining over 50 other volunteers dedicated to providing more than 1,000 meals to homeless men, women, and children.  Location:  Denver Rescue Mission, 
1130 Park Avenue, Denver

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Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008

 

11: 00 a.m.      Gov. Bill Ritter and First Lady Jeannie Ritter will be serving food to the homeless at the Samaritan House on Thanksgiving Day.  They will be joining employees from the Westin Tabor Center, the Westin Westminster, the Sheraton Denver, and the Four Points by Sheraton Denver Southeast.  Location:  Samaritan House, 
2301 Lawrence Street, Denver

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GOV. RITTER PRAISES POUDRE VALLEY HEALTH SYSTEM FOR RECEIVING 2008 BALDRIGE NATIONAL QUALITY AWARD


Gov. Ritter today congratulated the Poudre Valley Health System in Fort Collins, Colo., for being selected as one of the three 2008 recipients of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which is the nation’s highest Presidential honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence.

“For years, Colorado‘s Poudre Valley Health System has worked tirelessly to deliver the highest quality of patient care as cost effectively as possible.  They are most deserving of this highly prestigious award, and stand as a model for the commitment to quality and innovation that should be a centerpiece of our nation’s health care reform efforts,” said Gov. Ritter.

The Baldrige program is managed by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in conjunction with the private sector.  The 2008 Baldrige Award’s two other recipients include Cargill Corn Milling North America, Wayzata, Minn., for manufacturing, and Iredell-Statesville Schools, Statesville, N.C., for education.

The 2008 Baldrige Award recipients were selected from a field of 85 applicants. All of the applicants were evaluated rigorously by an independent board of examiners in seven areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer and market focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results. The evaluation process for each of the recipients included about 1,000 hours of review and an on-site visit by a team of examiners to clarify questions and verify information in the applications.

For more information on Poudre Valley Health System, visit http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/releases/poudre_profile.html and for the Baldrige Award, visit  http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/factsheet/mbnqa.htm

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SAVES STATE MONEY THROUGH CONSOLIDATION OF CELLULAR PHONE PLANS


 

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNLOGY SAVES STATE MONEY THROUGH CONSOLIDATION OF CELLULAR PHONE PLANS

 

Gov. Ritter announced today that the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) completed a consolidation of the Executive branch’s individual cellular phone plans and is pleased to report a significant annual savings of approximately $600,000. 

 

“During tough economic times, government must lead by example in showing best practices in efficient management practices.  I’m proud that OIT was able to secure this considerable savings for taxpayers by re-examining how the state conducts business,” said Gov. Ritter. “

 

The OIT recently completed an 18 month effort to consolidate the individual cellular phone plans used by agencies in the Executive branch.  This consolidation will allow state agencies to take advantage of pooled minutes that result in cost savings, as well as enterprise level reporting. 

 

Additionally, with OIT being responsible for providing enterprise-wide management of the contracts, agencies can focus on the business of providing services to the taxpayers rather than managing an infrastructure contract.  

 

Earlier this year, Senate Bill 08-155 was passed which requires consolidation of certain IT activities across the Executive agencies under the Governor’s Office of Information Technology.  This consolidation is the first of many being undertaken by OIT to meet the expectations of both SB 08-155 and to meet the multi-year information technology plan Gov. Ritter introduced in 2007 to centralize IT management, purchasing, spending and planning. 

 

Michael Locatis, State Chief Information Technology Officer, said, “OIT has many short- and long-term initiatives underway and we look forward to rolling them out, and realizing more benefits for the state. It has been a pleasure to work with agency directors who recognize the importance and value of consolidation.”

 

For further information, please contact John Conley, Deputy State Chief Information Officer and PIO, at 303-866-6182 or at john.conley@state.co.us.

 

GOV. RITTER & COLORADO DELEGATION CONCLUDE BUSINESS MISSION TO ASIA

SHANGHAI, China ― Gov. Bill Ritter and a delegation of Colorado business, economic development and university officials wrapped up a 10-day trade mission to Asia today, meeting with private companies, government officials and business organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce.

 

The delegation returns to Colorado Tuesday evening. Gov. Ritter, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Joe Blake and other mission participants will hold a news conference at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday in the Governor’s Office to discuss mission achievements and next steps.

 

In addition to Shanghai, the 40-person delegation visited Beijing, Tokyo and Yamagata, which is Colorado‘s sister state in Japan. The mission focused on promoting Colorado‘s renewable energy, bioscience and tourism industries, securing a daily non-stop flight from Denver to Tokyo, and strengthening ties between Colorado and Asian universities.

 

“This was a very successful economic development and trade mission to Japan and China,” Gov. Ritter said. “In the short term, we elevated Colorado‘s profile in new and emerging markets in Japan and China. In the long term, we will cultivate the relationships we established during the mission so that ultimately we can create new jobs in Colorado for Colorado residents, create new economic and market opportunities for Colorado businesses, and attract new investments to Colorado.”

 


LT GOV SCHEDULE AND COMMISSION MEETINGS, FRIDAY, NOV. 21


 

LT. GOV O’BRIEN’S SCHEDULE FOR TODAY (FRIDAY, NOV. 21)

 

Friday, Nov. 21, 2008

 

10:30 a.m.          Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien will attend the funeral services of Sgt. Jonnie Stiles at Ft. Logan National Cemetery and present his family with Colorado state flags. Sgt. Stiles died on November 13, 2008 in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, and promoted from Specialist to Sergeant. Gov. Ritter ordered that flags be lowered throughout the state today in honor of Sgt. Stiles.

 

 

1:30 p.m.         Gov. Ritter’s Colorado Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, which is studying the significance of Abraham Lincoln Presidency in preparation of 2009 bicentennial celebration, will begin work today.  The purpose of the commission is to lead Colorado’s efforts at understanding and appreciating the significance of Abraham Lincoln and his presidency to our nation and on Colorado’s history, and to encourage dialogue about the “unfinished work” of democracy and equal opportunity in our own place and time.  The commission will hold its first meeting at 1560 Broadway, Suite 1550, Denver, CO.

 

 


GOV. RITTER ORDERS LOWERING OF FLAGS ON NOV. 21, 2008


 

GOV. RITTER ORDERS LOWERING OF FLAGS ON NOV. 21, 2008

 

Gov. Bill Ritter today ordered that both the United States flag and the Colorado state flag be lowered on all public buildings throughout Colorado on Friday, Nov.21, 2008, in honor of Sergeant Jonnie Stiles, 38, of Highlands Ranch.

 

Sgt. Stiles died on Nov. 13, 2008 in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained while his patrol encountered an improvised explosive device in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Sgt. Stiles was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, and promoted from Specialist to Sergeant. His interment will take place at Ft. Logan National Cemetery on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at 10:30 A.M.

 

FW: LT. GOV O’BRIEN & FIRST LADY JEANNIE RITTER SCHEDULES FOR TODAY (WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19)

       
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008

9:15 a.m.          Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien will be chairing Gov. Ritter’s P-20 Education Coordinating Council today at Metropolitan State College.  The meeting will be hosted by Metro State College president-Steven Jordan, and will include an update on the CAP4K implementation and a discussion of the council’s draft recommendations.  Location:  Metropolitan State College of Denver; St. Cajetan’s Center; 900 Auraria Pkwy., (near Tivoli Student Center) Denver, CO, 80248

All Day            First Lady Jeannie Ritter will be participating for the second day in the Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy at the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA.  The Mrs. Ritter will be joining more than 200 mental health advocates, policy-makers, practitioners, educators, and researchers from around the country.  The purpose of the symposium is to support the Carter Center’s efforts to decrease the stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses as well as promote positive policy change on mental health issues. 

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GOV. RITTER & BUSINESS LEADERS BEGIN ASIA ECONOMIC-DEVELOPMENT MISSION


TOKYO ― Gov. Bill Ritter today opened a Colorado economic development and trade mission to Asia, meeting in Tokyo with officials from All Nippon Airways, a Japanese vice minister for foreign affairs and U.S. trade and embassy officials.

 

Colorado is very focused on building an economy around 21st century, knowledge-based industries of the future,” Gov. Ritter told Vice Minister Masahiko Shibayama. “We are making Colorado a regional hub for renewable energy R&D, manufacturing and production, for bioscience advancements and for technology.

 

“Our state would very much like to strengthen the relationships we already have with Japanese companies and investors and create new opportunities as well,” Gov. Ritter said.

 

Officials with U.S. Commercial Services encouraged Gov. Ritter and the 40 Colorado business leaders taking part in the economic-development mission to continue cultivating existing Colorado-Japan business relations in areas such as agriculture and beef exports, while also recommending that Colorado companies consider pursuing new possibilities in Japan in fields such as environmental clean-up, information technology, medicine and construction.

 

Gov. Ritter, Denver International Airport Manager Kim Day, Colorado Economic Development Director Don Elliman and others also met today with officials from All Nippon Airways to discuss securing a daily non-stop flight from Denver to Tokyo.

 

LT. GOV. O’BRIEN TO ANNOUNCE INSTALLATION OF SOLAR PANELS AT STATE CAPITOL BUILDING TODAY

Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien will be at the State Capitol today to announce the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the historical building.  Today’s event is part of an on-going effort to create a greener government.

What:           News conference to announce the installation of solar panels at the Capitol

When:           Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008
                10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Where:          State Capitol—West Steps