Monthly Archives: March 2009

GOV. RITTER CELEBRATES 200 NEW JOBS AT ASCENT SOLAR GRAND OPENING



 

THORNTON — Gov. Bill Ritter and local officials celebrated the grand opening of Ascent Solar‘s new world headquarters and manufacturing facility in Thornton today – the second of three straight days of new-job announcements the Governor is taking part in this week.

 

Ascent Solar, the developer of flexible thin-film solar modules, plans to add 180-200 new jobs over the next two years.

 

Thanks to companies such as Ascent Solar, we’re creating a sustainable energy future, sustainable opportunities for new businesses and sustainable jobs for citizens all across Colorado,” Gov. Ritter said at today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

 

“The New Energy Economy is leading Colorado forward and has become a national model for how America can and must re-tool our entire economic foundation for long-term growth in the 21st century,” Gov. Ritter said.

 

Ascent Solar’s new 145,000-square-foot facility will house its administrative headquarters and manufacturing operations. It will produce solar modules to power homes, commercial buildings and consumer devices.

 

The Thornton site is in addition to Ascent’s existing facility in Littleton, which has 60 employees.

 

On Monday, Gov. Ritter was in Pueblo to announce 100 new jobs and an expansion by The Water Company, a high-tech water-purification firm.

 

On Wednesday, Gov. Ritter will participate in the ground-breaking ceremony for two new Vestas manufacturing plants in Brighton, which will result in 1,350 new jobs over the next year.

 

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GOV. RITTER THIS WEEK: THREE STRAIGHT DAYS OF NEW JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS


Following Monday’s announcement in Pueblo of 100 new jobs being added by The Water Company, Gov. Ritter will take part in two additional new-job events today and Wednesday in Thornton and Brighton.

 

The Governor’s complete schedule for today and Wednesday:

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

 

10 a.m.            Gov. Ritter will take part in the grand opening of Ascent Solar’s new 145,000-square-foot world headquarters and manufacturing facility. Ascent plans to add 180 to 200 new jobs over the next two years. Location: 12300 Grant St., WashingtonSquareBusinessPark, Thornton.

 

3:30 p.m.        Gov. Ritter will sign the Lofgren and Johnson Families Carbon Monoxide Safety Act into law during a ceremony at a Denver fire station. House Bill 1091 (Soper & Court/Romer) requires the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in most single-family homes and multi-family dwellings sold after July 1, 2009. Location: Denver Fire Station No. 10,

3200 Steele St.

(corner of Steele and

Martin Luther King Blvd.

)  

 

8 p.m.              Gov. Ritter will deliver remarks at the opening ceremonies for SportAccord 2009, the annual conference of sporting federations from around the world. Location: Ellie Caulkins Opera House,

950 13th St., Denver

.

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

 

11:15 a.m.            Gov. Ritter will join the ground-breaking ceremony for Vestas’ two new manufacturing plants in Brighton. Vestas will manufacture wind blades and nacelle assemblies at the two plants, which will employ 1,350 people when fully operational next year.

 

                        Directions from Denver: Take Highway 85 north toward Brighton. Pass through Brighton to CR6. Turn right at traffic light. Proceed across CR27, continue 900 feet.

 

                        Directions from Loveland/Fort Collins: Take Interstate 25 south, take CO 52 to FortLupton. Turn onto Highway 85 south towards CR6. Turn left at traffic light. Proceed across CR27, continue 900 feet.

 


GOV. RITTER’S SCHEDULE FOR TODAY (THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2009)


Thursday, March 19, 2009

 

8:30 a.m.         Gov. Ritter will deliver remarks at the Sustainable Opportunities Summit sponsored by Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy (CORE). Location: ColoradoConvention Center, Four Seasons Ballroom, Rooms 1 & 2,

700 14th St., Denver

.

 

Noon               Gov. Ritter will deliver remarks at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce annual business awards luncheon. Location: Marriott City Center Hotel,

1801 California St., Denver

.

 

2 p.m.              Gov. Ritter, State Treasurer Kennedy, Sen. Schwartz and former Speaker Romanoff will announce the first round of funding for school repairs, renovations and replacements from last year’s BEST (Building Excellent Schools Today) legislation. Location: West Foyer, State Capitol.  

 

3-3:30 p.m.     Gov. Ritter will sign five bills into law. The signings are open press and will take place in the Governor’s Office. They will be conducted as brief photo-ops. The bills are:

 

                        House Bill 1004 (Apuan/Boyd), PACE Organizations Employ Physicians

                        House Bill 1023 (Gagliardi & Swalm/Boyd), Blood Donations by Minors

                        House Bill 1078 (Ryden/Hodge), Foster Parent Training

                        House Bill 1090 (Rice/Williams), Deaf Interpreters Title Unauthorized Use

                                    Senate Bill 1 (Gibbs/Scanlan), Community Wildfire Protection Plans

 

                       

4:45 p.m.        Gov. Ritter will deliver remarks during the Colorado Black Women for Political Action Day at the Capitol. Location: Old Supreme Court Chambers, State Capitol.

 

GOV. RITTER SIGNS NEW LEGISLATION INTO LAW TODAY

Gov. Bill Ritter signed 14 bills into law today. See below for the bills signed today, and visit www.colorado.gov/governor or click here for a list of Gov. Ritter’s legislative action so far this session:

 

Bill #

Short Title

Sponsors

Date Action

Action

HB 1024

Local Gov Audit Law Mod 

MCNULTY / TOCHTROP 

3/18/2009

Signed

HB 1030

FPPA Pension Plan IRS Qualification 

LABUDA / TOCHTROP 

3/18/2009

Signed

HB 1033

Regulation Of Flight Schools 

SCHAFER S. / SPENCE 

3/18/2009

Signed

HB 1037

Montrose County Reclassification 

TIPTON / ISGAR 

3/18/2009

Signed

HB 1044

Sealing Of Direct File Records 

ROBERTS / MORSE 

3/18/2009

Signed

HB 1121

DNA Evidence Preservation Process 

KING S. / RENFROE 

3/18/2009

Signed

HB 1128

Academic License Dentists 

PRIOLA / HODGE 

3/18/2009

Signed

HB 1155

Title Insurance Rate & Fee Justification 

WEISSMANN / CARROLL M. 

3/18/2009

Signed

SB 032

UNC Education Innovation Institute 

GROFF / MAROSTICA & … 

3/18/2009

Signed

SB 086

Colorado StateUniversity Global Campus 

TAPIA / MAROSTICA 

3/18/2009

Signed

SB 185

Suppl Approp Dept Of Education 

KELLER / POMMER 

3/18/2009

Signed

SB 209

Repeal Inmate Assistance Grant Program 

WHITE / MAROSTICA 

3/18/2009

Signed

SB 214

Repeal Approp. Teacher Recruitment 

TAPIA / POMMER 

3/18/2009

Signed

SB 218

FY07-08 GF Approp For Control Maint 

WHITE / FERRANDINO 

3/18/2009

Signed

 

 

GOV. RITTER’S SCHEDULE FOR TOMORROW (THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2009)


Thursday, March 19, 2009

 

8:30 a.m.         Gov. Ritter will be delivering remarks at the Sustainable Opportunities Summit sponsored by Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy (CORE). Location: ColoradoConvention Center, Four Seasons Ballroom, Rooms 1 & 2,

700 14th St., Denver

.

 

Noon               Gov. Ritter will deliver remarks at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce annual business awards luncheon. Location: Marriott City Center Hotel,

1801 California St., Denver

.

 

3-3:30 p.m.     Gov. Ritter will sign five bills into law. The signings are open press and will take place in the Governor’s Office. They will be conducted as brief photo-ops. The bills are:

 

                        House Bill 1004 (Apuan/Boyd), PACE Organizations Employ Physicians

                        House Bill 1023 (Gagliardi & Swalm/Boyd), Blood Donations by Minors

                        House Bill 1078 (Ryden/Hodge), Foster Parent Training

                        House Bill 1090 (Rice/Williams), Deaf Interpreters Title Unauthorized Use

                                    Senate Bill 1 (Gibbs/Scanlan), Community Wildfire Protection Plans

 

                       

4:45 p.m.        Gov. Ritter will deliver remarks during the Colorado Black Women for Political Action Day at the Capitol. Location: Old Supreme Court Chambers, State Capitol.

 

GOV. RITTER APPLAUDS DECISION TO BUILD NEW VETERANS HOSPITAL


 

Gov. Bill Ritter issued the following statement today applauding Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki’s decision to move forward with a standalone veterans hospital at the Anschutz medical campus at Fitzsimons in Aurora:

 

“This is great news not just for the more than 400,000 military veterans who live in Colorado, but for the entire state. I applaud Secretary Shinseki’s decision to move ahead with a standalone hospital so that we can begin to properly repay the debt we owe to Colorado‘s veterans. This will allow us to honor them and serve their needs in a state-of-the-art medical center.

 

“The First Lady and I visited the existing facility a few weeks ago and were more convinced than ever that a new facility is needed.  The planned medical center also will create jobs and is another clear example of our commitment to doing all we can to provide the best health care to our veterans.  

 

“I especially want to thank Secretary Shinseki for setting a clear direction for the VA hospital project, and I want to congratulate the United Veterans Committee and our current and former congressional delegation for their perseverance and persistence to make this a reality.”

 

Click here to read Gov. Ritter’s Feb. 26, 2009 letter to Secretary Shinseki urging him to move ahead with a standalone medical center.

 


ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD MEETS AT 2 P.M. TODAY



 

Colorado‘s economic recovery accountability and oversight board holds its second meeting this afternoon.

 

WHAT: Accountability and oversight board meeting.

 

WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 18, 2009).

 

WHERE: WorldTradeCenter, 1625 Broadway, Denver (8th floor, room 850)

 

AGENDA:

a.       Welcoming Remarks

b.      Review of the Draft Board Bylaws

c.       Review of Competitive and Formula Recovery Act Funding Categories

d.      Discussion About the Need to Meet with Each Agency and Review Plans and Processes

e.       Update on Status of Website

f.       Update on Staff Needs

g.      Discussion on Possible Legislation and Other Measures to Secure and Distribute Funds

h.      Discussion on GAO Relationship

i.        Next Steps

j.        Public Input

 

For more information and to learn how Colorado is putting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to work today, visit www.colorado.gov/recovery.

 


LT. GOV. O’BRIEN SCHEDULE FOR TOMORROW (MARCH 18)

 

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

 

Noon                    Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien and Education Commissioner Dwight Jones will meet with the members of the House and Senate Education Committees to discuss the Colorado “Race to the Top” federal education proposal. Race to the Top is President Obama’s competitive grant program that will award $4.3 billion dollars to the top tier states in education innovation. Location:  State Capitol, House Committee Room 0112.

 

1:00 p.m.         Lt. Gov. O’Brien will present a proclamation and drive a tractor around the Capitol in honor of National Agriculture Day. Location:  State Capitol, West Steps.

 

NEW BUS ROUTE BETWEEN GUNNISON AND DENVER EXPANDS TRAVEL OPTIONS FOR PASSENGERS


 A new bus service between Gunnison and Denver is now available thanks to a partnership between the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and eight local agencies and transit partners.  The bus service, called the Gunnison-Denver Express (GDX) or the “
Mountaineer Route

,” transports passengers and even packages between Gunnison and Denver via US 50 and US 285, covering a total distance of 215 miles one way.  The bus service also provides a connection to Denver Union Station, the Denver Greyhound Station, and Denver International Airport (DIA). 

“The new bus service is a great addition to Colorado‘s transit system and will provide another option for people to travel between Denver and the western slope,” said state Transportation Commissioner Steve Parker.  “While a bus may be a different method of travel for most people, we strongly encourage folks to try out the bus service so they experience the many benefits it provides.  This is a pilot project and for this service to be a success and continue next year, we must have strong ridership and support from Colorado communities.”

Passengers using the new bus service will be transported in a 15-passenger van, operated by Chaffee Shuttle, that runs between Gunnison and Poncha Springs and a motor coach, operated by Black Hills Stage Lines, Inc., that runs between Poncha Springs and the Denver Greyhound Station.  The one-way fare to travel all 215 miles is $32.25. There are a total of eight stops served on the route between Gunnison and the DenverBusCenter for a total of five hours travel time:
o        Gunnison

o        Poncha Springs (change buses in Poncha Springs until May 1st when the Salida station opens)

o        Buena Vista

o        Fairplay

o        Jefferson

o        Grant

o        Pine Junction

o        Cold SpringPark and Ride

o        Denver Union Station

o        Denver BusCenter (Greyhound)

            The bus service will provide five roundtrips per week from Gunnison to Denver with round trip service Thursday through Sunday.  In addition, there is only inbound service to Denver on Mondays,  no service on Tuesdays, and only outbound service to Gunnison on Wednesdays.

            Passengers using the bus service also benefit from local transit connections provided along this route including service by the Regional Transportation District (RTD) in the Denver-metro area, the Gunnison Valley Regional Transportation Authority in Gunnison, and the Chaffee Shuttle in Salida, Poncha Springs, and Buena Vista. 

o        RTD: Bus service to DIA departs the Denver Greyhound Station at 35 minutes after the hour.  There are also many RTD connections at Denver Union Station including light rail lines. For more information call 303-299-6000 or visit www.rtd-denver.com.

o        Gunnison Valley Regional Transportation Authority (RTA):  Provides bus service between Gunnison and Mt. Crested Butte.  The arriving bus from Denver is scheduled to arrive in Gunnison at 6:45 p.m. and the service to Crested Butte departs from the same stop at 7:15 p.m.  For more information visit www.gunnisonvalleyrta.org.

o        Chaffee Shuttle:  Call the Chaffee Shuttle in advance for local transit connections to and from the Poncha Springs, Salida and Buena Vista Stations- 719-530-8980.

            A ticket-honoring arrangement between RTD and Black Hills Stage Lines, Inc. allows passengers on the
Gunnison Route

to use RTD’s SkyRide service to DIA for free and RTD pass holders can use Black Hills Stage Lines for trips between Downtown Denver and the PineJunctionPark and Ride.  Only same-day tickets can be used for the free transfer connection between the Greyhound Station and DIA or from DIA to Downtown Denver.

“The additional connections that passengers can make by using the Gunnison to Denver bus route will be extraordinary as it will greatly improve local as well as regional connectivity,” added Parker.  “It is a great accomplishment for all involved to see a bus route provide so many options for travelers moving through and around Colorado and it demonstrates how CDOT and local governments and partners can work together to develop new alternative transportation methods.”

            Tickets for the Gunnison to Denver bus route, can be purchased through the Black Hills Stage Lines (BHL) website at www.blackhillsstagelines.com/ or by purchasing tickets directly from the ticket agent at each station.  Tickets are not sold over the phone or from the driver of the bus. 

            The bus service is being funded by CDOT using Federal Transit Administration Section 5311 (f) funds as well as eight other agencies including ChaffeeCounty, ParkCounty, City of Salida, City of Buena Vista, City of Poncha Springs, Western State College, Western State College Foundation and Gunnison Valley RTA.  The eight agencies combined committed $45,500 in funds and CDOT will provide approximately $260,000.  CDOT funding contribution can change based on the fare revenue collected.

 

Governor Ritter Addresses Colorado State University Alums in Inaugural RAMS Juris Doctor Event March 18

Note to Editors: Members of the media interested in attending the
event must RSVP to Kimberly Sorensen no later than 5 p.m. March 17.

FORT COLLINS – Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter will discuss the state of the
economy with Colorado State University alumni who have earned their
law degrees for the inaugural gathering of RAMS Juris Doctor on March
18 at the University Club.

“The practice of law is a popular career choice among our outstanding
graduates. We are very excited about reconnecting with alumni who are
practicing attorneys and encouraging them to network with
undergraduates interested in legal careers and with Colorado State
University alumni currently enrolled in law school,” said Ann Gill,
dean of CSU’s College of Liberal Arts. “We are honored that Governor
Ritter, who is an attorney with an undergraduate degree in political
science from Colorado State, will address this newly formed group of
distinguished alumni.”

Ritter earned his undergraduate degree from CSU in 1978 and received
his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1981.

The evening will include remarks from CSU alum and general counsel
Mike Nosler and CSU Interim President Tony Frank.

Colorado State’s Prelaw Program focuses on individual counseling for
students with a general interest in legal studies through their
graduation. Students are encouraged to focus on several significant
issues they will face if they hope to enter law school, including
selecting an undergraduate major, preparing for the Law School
Acceptance Test, and financial planning for a legal education.
Students are encouraged to experience classes outside their major,
take logic and critical thinking classes in philosophy and hone
reading and writing skills in English classes.

The prelaw student group at Colorado State helps organize community
involvement activities, hosts speakers on campus, and provides
networking experience for students bound for law school.