Ballot Question 1A PASSES in Douglas County

Voters Declare: Better Roads Lead to Better Lives

Tonight on Election Day, Douglas County voters passed Ballot Question 1A. 1A will reallocate the expiring Douglas County Justice Center Funds and direct those monies toward fixing county roads and alleviating traffic congestion. The measure was unanimously endorsed by all three Douglas County Commissioners.

“Tonight’s win sends the message that voters understand better roads lead to better lives,” said County Commissioner and Board Chair Roger Partridge. “Voters also resonated with the message that 1A does not come with a tax hike. It is a smart policy solution to a complicated issue. We are glad that voters of all backgrounds and party affiliations educated themselves on the measure and got behind it.”

“Our county’s population will increase by 18 percent by 2035. Roughly 33 people are moving to our area each day and being added to our streets. We need 1A to help us manage population growth and increased demand that will be put our transportation system,” said County Commissioner Lora Thomas. “By passing 1A, voters agree that our future quality of life is just as important as the quality of life we enjoy today.”

“From the initial campaign kickoff, Douglas County’s business and entrepreneurial communities got behind the effort. They understood that a vote to invest in a strong transportation network was a vote for the economic health of our County,” said County Commissioner Abe Laydon. “We thank all our volunteers and supporters in the business community and beyond for passing 1A tonight.”

One major business organization endorsing 1A was the Douglas County Businesses Alliance, which represents over 5,500 businesses and 155,000 employees and jobs and representatives of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, Castle Rock Economic Development, The Chamber of Northwest Douglas County, The Northwest Economic Development Corporation, Parker Area Chamber of Commerce, and the South Metro Chamber of Commerce.

About Ballot Question 1A
1A redirects 0.18 percent of the expiring Justice Center Tax, generating $12 million annually in new funds for transportation improvements without raising taxes or incurring debt. Learn more here.

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Tough Mudder chooses Sterling Ranch for first-ever Denver metro event location

The community will join in the August 10 and 11 event festivities with
music, games, food and tours of model homes

Sterling Ranch, a 21st century master-planned community providing residents with an innovative and amenity-rich place to call home, is pleased to welcome the popular Tough Mudder fitness event to its property on August 10 and 11. Tough Mudder chose Sterling Ranch as its very first location for an event in the Denver metro area.

The two days will include the Tough Mudder Classic, an 8-10-mile loop of mud-soaked mayhem with 25 best-in-class obstacles, Mini Mudder, a mile-long obstacle course specifically designed for adventure-seeking children, and the new Ruff Mudder, an event for the toughest of pups. Also new this year is a 5K distance. Coupled with a revamped Mudder Village Festival featuring local food, cold beer, live entertainment, lawn games, giveaways and more, the events provide a day of fun for the whole family (

Sterling Ranch will add to the festivities with raffles, face painting, music and games. The community’s quality homebuilders — including TRI Pointe Homes, Lennar, Richmond American Homes, Meritage Homes, Taylor Morrison, Brookfield Residential, Wonderland Homes, Dream Finders and Parkwood Homes – will also host tours of their model homes and provide promotions of their own.

Information regarding each builder, the selection of homes at Sterling Ranch and pricing is available at

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Adolfson & Peterson Construction Receives National Excellence in Construction Award from Associated Builders and Contractors

Adolfson & Peterson Construction’s (AP’s) work on the Natrona County High School Historic Renovations project in Casper, WY and the Estes Valley Community Recreation Center in Estes Park, CO have earned two National Excellence in Construction® Eagle Award from Associated Builders and Contractors. Representatives from the company received the top honor March 27 during ABC’s 29th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards gala at ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California.

Natrona County High School Historic Renovations project’s win came in the General Contractor Historical Restoration/Renovation – $25 to $100 million category. It was phased to work around an occupied high school campus. The 115,000-sf historic portion of the building was renovated to include an updated theater, classrooms and administrative spaces. Demolition of later additions to the original building, allowed for the 145,000-sf addition to include a new competition gymnasium, kitchen, commons and courtyard, library, vocational classrooms and labs.

The Estes Valley Community Recreation Center project took home the award in the General Contractor Institutional – $10 to $25 million category. The project began with renovating the existing aquatic center and reopening it in December 2017 for use. The 52,756-sf multigenerational community space was built as a large addition and includes senior services, library resources, family and youth amenities, meeting rooms and gathering spaces.

“We are proud to honor both of these projects with a National Excellence in Construction® Eagle Award,” said 2019 ABC National Chair Tony Rader, telecom vice president of National Roofing Partners, Coppell, Texas. “These projects show not only the exceptional talent in our industry, but the overall commitment to building safely, on time and on budget. AP’s breadth of skills and craftmanship greatly benefits the merit shop construction industry.”

The Excellence in Construction awards program is the industry’s leading competition that honors both general and specialty contractors for innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects. The award honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect and engineer. The winning projects, selected from entries submitted from across the nation, were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and cost.
A panel of industry experts served as the competition’s judges. This year’s panel included representatives from the Building Owners and Managers Association International, the Smithsonian Facilities Construction Division, the Construction Management Association of America, Engineering News-Record, Design-Build Institute of America and various construction-related firms nationwide.

About AP

Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) is a family-owned company that is consistently ranked among the top construction managers and general contractors in the nation. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the company delivers innovative and collaborative building solutions for clients across the country from its regional offices in Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis and Phoenix. Founded in 1946, AP serves clients in the Aquatics and Recreation, Healthcare, Higher Education, Hospitality, Industrial, K-12 Education, Multi-Family, Municipal, Office and Senior Living market sectors. For more information, visit or follow us on social media.

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Now Open: Ent Credit Union’s Sterling Ranch Service Center

Ent Credit Union, Colorado’s leading credit union, continues its growth along the state’s Front Range with the opening of its first location in the Highlands Ranch area at 8155 Piney River Avenue, Suite 1100-B in Littleton.

Ent’s Sterling Ranch Service Center is the credit union’s sixth location in Douglas County. The 1,000 square foot facility incorporates state-of-the-art technology including the ability to instantly issue debit cards and an Interactive Teller Machine (ITM) within the facility. The location is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Friday and from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.

“We’re committed to helping our members live better financial lives,” said Matt Gendron, Ent’s Chief Engagement Officer. “To do that, we focus on delivering exceptional service, convenience, and financial education and advice – in addition to competitive pricing and financial rewards.”
“We greatly appreciate the warm welcome we’ve received from the Sterling Ranch Community Authority Board,” said Chris Donner, Ent’s Sterling Ranch center coordinator, “and we look forward to providing added convenience to our more than 500 members who live within this growing, master planned community.”

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Sterling Ranch’s CitySafe™ system recognized as one of the 50 most innovative projects around the globe

CitySafe™ by Denver-based LED Supply Co., was recently honored as one of the 50 most influential and innovative projects around the globe for the implementation of the system at Sterling Ranch, Colorado’s 21st Century Community. The award was presented at the recent Smart Cities Connect conference and expo. The Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect, the Smart Cities Connect Foundation and US Ignite, annually recognize global ‘smart cities’ projects, honoring the most innovative and influential work (

Sterling Ranch, a 21st century master-planned community providing residents with an innovative and amenity-rich place to call home, implemented CitySafe™. Upon completion, Sterling Ranch will include approximately 12,000 homes on thousands of acres of land, making the safety system an important feature for years to come.

The award was presented in the Urban Infrastructure category, for the community’s wireless control and mass notification system. Named CitySafe™, the system provides residents with security, weather, safety and maintenance alerts. It is comprised of technical hardware that allows the system to reach the community fast and effectively.

“We’re very proud to partner with LED Supply Co., and to be the community implementing this incredibly innovative and valuable technology. To have it recognized as a global leader in innovation and technology is a tremendous honor, especially from an organization as influential and knowledgeable as Smart Cities Connect,” said Brock Smethills, COO of Sterling Ranch. “CitySafe™ was carefully put into place with safety and the Sterling Ranch community at the forefront of our planning and efforts. It is able to effectively send out mass notifications in large public spaces, keeping our residents informed and safe. It has the ability to connect a community in a way that no other technology product has been able to do at this scale.”

CitySafe™ was designed to provide lighting control for outdoor street lights within neighborhoods and city streets. Additionally, it provides audio and visual mass notification for general announcements, alerts, and emergency situations. The system allows city managers, law enforcement, and emergency service personnel, to communicate quickly to city residents. CitySafe’s™ wirelessly controlled speaker provides audio notification, an LED RGBA beacon provides visual notification for specific events (i.e. amber alert, severe weather), and an optional lighting component provides high quality LED illumination for secure street lights. This is enabled by the unique fiber optic network that provides fiber to each home and delivers one gig of data up and down. It is the only network of its kind in the region if not the country.

Managers for Sterling Ranch are able to efficiently manage assets over large geographic areas, control and monitor luminaires remotely, and will receive warnings when luminaires are damaged or approach their end of life cycle. There is a scheduling app that is able to configure on, off, and dimming control for individual and groups of lights and real time alarms can be delivered immediately through the system. Dynamic maps display each luminaire and its parameters, including optional overall power consumption. The managers can also access energy-savings analyses and detailed failure analysis reports. These reports and notifications can be used for ongoing maintenance of poles and fixtures.

More information regarding Sterling Ranch is available at More information about LED Supply Co. is available at

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ACC Received Historic Gift for Collaboration Campus

Arapahoe Community College Receives Historic Gift Of Up To $10 Million from Sturm Family Foundation State-of-the-Art Sturm Collaboration Campus Will Establish Industry-Aligned Higher Education Model

Arapahoe Community College (ACC) has received a gift of up to $10 million from the Sturm Family Foundation, the largest in the history of the 13-institution Colorado Community College System.

A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY With an over $5 million match opportunity, bringing the full potential of the gift in excess of $15 million, the funding will be used in its entirety for ACC’s new Sturm Collaboration Campus at Castle Rock. The Campus will bring together education, industry and the community to create a unique resource for delivering seamless education and work-based learning to Castle Rock and greater Douglas County. The alliance among ACC, Colorado State University (CSU), the Douglas County School District (DCSD) and the Town of Castle Rock to create the Sturm Collaboration Campus will provide diverse and unique programming that creates a critical link between K-12 education, college and the workforce. “Our participation with Arapahoe Community College was created intentionally to support a new model of industry-aligned higher education that provides students clear on and off ramps while embarking on a path of lifelong learning and workforce success,” shares Donald Sturm, chairman and founder of the Sturm Family Foundation, owner of ANB Bank and developer of The Meadows in Castle Rock, where the campus is located. “Through the matching gift opportunity, we wanted to provide a vehicle to enhance the coalition of partners who will leverage our investment to its full potential for the Sturm Collaboration Campus.”

AN INNOVATIVE NEW MODEL The campus creates a one of a kind model that will align applied learning and workforce training with educational offerings in areas such as Cyber Security, Secure Software Development, Business, Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Health Care. The unique model will pair educational and industry partners to provide students the opportunity to learn in a tech-forward environment with a flexible pathway-based schedule designed to make it easier to work while they attend college. “We are sincerely grateful for the investment and confidence the Sturm Family Foundation is placing in ACC and the innovative model of the Sturm Collaboration Campus,” said ACC President Dr. Diana Doyle. “This partnership will help us achieve our bold campus vision to serve students, industry, and community members in a more seamless manner. We hope future donors will follow the Sturm Family Foundation’s lead and invest in the matching opportunities to maximize the full potential of this generous gift.”
The campus is already receiving recognition for its innovative approach, and in October 2018 was named the 2018 Economic Development Partnership of the Year by the Economic Development Council of Colorado. A COMMITMENT TO COLLABORATION Approximately half of the Sturm’s gift of up to $10 million will be immediately invested in several areas, including program and staffing start-up and state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Matching dollars raised by the ACC Foundation will augment a unique program innovation fund, an endowed scholarship fund, and an investment in the future Phase II of the campus. “A gift of this magnitude creates real-life opportunities for Colorado students to transition from the classroom into careers,” shares Colorado Community College System Chancellor Joe Garcia. “The Sturm Collaboration Campus will allow us to remove barriers to students and offer high-quality programs to meet workforce needs.” CSU will offer bachelor’s degree completion programs at Sturm Collaboration Campus and will work closely with ACC and DCSD to create a smooth pathway from high school concurrent enrollment to associate to bachelor’s degrees that align to relevant career pathways. The Arapahoe Douglas Workforce Center and two industry partners will also have a presence on the campus. Classes are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019. “This is a generous and transformative gift that recognizes the benefits to all students that will come from this innovative partnership and from our mutual commitment to the power of education to improve people’s lives, said,” CSU System Chancellor Tony Frank.

ABOUT THE STURM FAMILY FOUNDATION The Sturm Family Foundation was founded in 2000 by ANB Bank owners Donald and Susan Sturm. Their children, Stephen Sturm and Emily Sturm, are currently co-managing directors of the foundation and oversee the family’s philanthropic portfolio, which includes the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, Judaism Your Way, History Colorado and the Denver Art Museum, among others.
CONTACT INFORMATION For additional information about the ACC Sturm Collaboration Campus at Castle Rock, please contact ACC Dean of Business, Technology and Workforce Partnerships Eric Dunker, Ph.D., at / 303-797-5859.

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Ent Credit Union Begins Construction on Two Locations in Northwest Douglas County

Construction is underway on two new Ent Credit Union locations in Highlands Ranch and Sterling Ranch which will become the credit union’s fifth and sixth service centers in Douglas County.

Ent’s Sterling Ranch Service Center, an approximately 1,000 square foot facility, is being built-out within an existing building in the Sterling Ranch master planned community. Located at 8155 Piney River Avenue, Suite 1100-B in Littleton, the new location will incorporate state-of-the-art technology including the ability to instantly issue debit cards and an Interactive Teller Machine (ITM) within the facility.

Ent’s Lucent Service Center, an approximately 5,300 square foot facility, will be located within a new free-standing building under construction at 1499 Park Central Drive in Highlands Ranch. In addition to in-lobby and drive-up service, this full-service location will offer the ability to instantly issue debit cards, self-service safe boxes, teller pods with teller cash recyclers to facilitate faster cash dispensing to members, a free coin counter as well as Interactive Teller Machines (ITMs) in the drive-up lanes.

“We look forward providing added convenience to the more than 2,300 Ent members who live in the Highlands Ranch area ” said Brian Kayton, Ent’s Denver area manager.

About Ent Credit Union
Founded in 1957, Ent Credit Union is a different kind of financial institution, committed to improving members’ financial quality of life and returning value through better rates, lower fees and Ent Extras® cash rewards. Colorado’s leading credit union, Ent has more than $5.5 billion in assets, more than 330,000 members and more than 30 convenient service center locations along the Front Range. In 2018, Forbes’ inaugural “Best-In-State Credit Unions” survey ranked Ent #1 in the state of Colorado. As a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union, Ent’s membership is open to businesses and individuals who live, work, worship or attend school in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Jefferson, Larimer, Pueblo, Teller and Weld counties. Ent is an Equal Housing and Equal Opportunity Lender, federally insured by the NCUA.

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Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corporation and The Chamber of Northwest Douglas County Announce Merger

The Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corporation and The Chamber of Northwest Douglas County have announced they have merged as of January 1, 2019.  Both organizations serve the Roxborough, Sterling Ranch, Highway 85 Corridor, and Highlands Ranch region and have been strong partners in the past.

“We couldn’t be more excited to see these two outstanding organizations, both of which are so deeply embedded in the betterment of our business community, join forces.  The future will definitely be bright for the Northwest Douglas County Business environment as we develop and deploy resources to better support the evolving landscape in which our members operate,” said Chris Bigger, Schomp Automotive Group and Chairman of the Northwest Douglas County EDC.

The Chamber and EDC began a process to explore merging these two strong business organizations in the Summer of 2018 and both Boards of Directors voted on a formal Plan of Merger with unanimous support in December. The Chamber and the EDC will continue to operate with separate branding, memberships, and programs of work, but will operate as one administrative office.  The Northwest Douglas County EDC Board of Directors will be the governing body for overall policy and management.  Representatives from the Chamber leadership will serve on the EDC Board of Directors.  The Chamber and EDC staff will remain the same.

Tim Lindsey, Owner of Bear Mortgage and Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors, said “The Chamber of Northwest Douglas County is thrilled to be partnering with The Northwest Douglas County EDC beginning in 2019. With their expertise in bringing new business to our region, and our expertise with fostering businesses, this partnership will help local businesses continue to grow and flourish as our state and region continue to grow in population. The Chamber is excited for the future with the EDC.”

“This merger will lead to singularly-focused, collaborative and positive energy benefitting all businesses in Northwest Douglas County,” said Lora Thomas, Chair, Board of Douglas County Commissioners.  

The merger will be celebrated at the Annual Luncheon on February 1st at the Denver South Marriott Park Meadows with both Chamber and EDC awards announced.  Registration information can be found at



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South Platte River Heroes Deserve a Thank You!

The spectacular attributes of Denver make it a magnificent place to live and raise families, and do business. But it’s an arid place. Prudent use of water, cooperation and planning for the future is what has built our community and remains a constant responsibility.

Most of this year, until just recently, the mountains that provide Denver’s water supply experienced dry conditions. And portions of the South Platte River were closed in July to protect the habitat and aquatic life, due to low river flow conditions. Most of the past 18 years have seen below-average precipitation across the state and in the South Platte basin; it has been a wake-up call on the potential impact of long-term drying on the fishery and agriculture of our region.

Our community has come together to help solve this problem. When the long overdue re-allocation of storage space in Chatfield Reservoir is completed in late 2019, after decades of study and hearings, it will not only provide an expanded regional water supply and new recreation opportunities, but will also provide a 2,100-acre feet (AF) environmental pool of water specifically for release down the South Platte River and though our city. This water will then be available seasonally in dry periods and during inevitable periods of sustained drought. It will help keep our river healthy and viable.

Important partners helped give life to this project. Part of this effort was led by The Greenway Foundation, which raised money for 250-acre feet of the conservation pool from 19 municipalities, individuals and other groups. Denver Water then matched the 250 with funding for an additional 250 AF. The Colorado Water Conservation Board has pledged funding for a further 600 AF, followed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife agreeing to fund a massive 1,000 AF of this space inside Chatfield reservoir.

As a landowner who is creating a 21st century community for residents, many of whom are not yet born, and a conservation organization that supports innovative solutions to meet our most pressing natural resource challenges, we believe this level of environmental stewardship exemplifies why our Front Range remains one of the finest places in the world to live. We must commend the people for bringing this vision to life.

This and other innovative solutions—like recycling water, greater municipal conservation, and voluntary and compensated agreements with agricultural water users—will require new sources of public funding to secure our state’s water future. Our future is worth the investment.

Broad environmental cooperation is vital to the responsible use of our state’s resources. We need to honor this effort as a model for future constructive cooperation that has, and always will, shape our western lifestyle.

Rob Harris is an attorney for Western Resource Advocates, a regional conservation organization that protects the West’s land, air, and water.
Harold Smethills is founding owner of Sterling Ranch a 21st Century Community known for its water and lifestyle sustainability and modern technology.

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Douglas County and Sterling Ranch Development collaborate to address transportation concerns in growing Chatfield Valley

Recently approved agreement puts measures in place to provide needed funding for new and expanded roadway

A privately funded and much awaited effort to address transportation concerns in the rapidly growing Chatfield Valley is finally coming to fruition through the efforts of Sterling Ranch Development and Douglas County. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 approved plans for the Waterton Boulevard Infrastructure Development Agreement. The plans include Sterling Ranch Community Authority Board extending Waterton Blvd. from Rampart Range Road to Moore Road, and offering a connection to the Southern Connector from Moore Road to Santa Fe that Douglas County is undertaking.  Sterling Ranch Community Authority Board will provide funding, based on the ongoing successful development of the community.

“Since our initial submittal of our Preliminary Plan Filing 3 twenty-one months ago, our team has had the opportunity to work with the Douglas County staff to address many of the issues that exist in the Chatfield Valley which could only be solved with a willing private sector partner such as Sterling Ranch,” said Harold Smethills of Sterling Ranch Development.  “We participated in numerous community meetings with Roxborough residents and listened to their concerns. The one prevailing message that we heard time and again from the Roxborough community was related to transportation and connectivity throughout the Chatfield Valley.  We’re looking forward providing a solution that has been on the Douglas County Master Plan for many years but without the funding or partner to solve it.”

The Agreement includes the following phases and timelines.

  • The extension of Waterton Boulevard shall be constructed as a two-lane section with the necessary intersection improvements at Rampart Range Road, Roxborough Park Road, and Moore Road in accordance with the Douglas County Roadway Design and Construction Standards or the Sterling Ranch Roadway Design Standards.
  • The Sterling Ranch Community Authority Board will start and fund the construction of the project within 120 days of the County’s approval of a final plat within Sterling Ranch that requires such infrastructure, but no later than December 31, 2020.
  • The project will be completed within a three-year time frame projected to be December 31, 2023 or as otherwise reasonably determined by Sterling Ranch and Douglas County in writing.

Amy Sherman, CEO of the Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corporation said, “Our organization has long been an advocate for the Waterton Extension and Southern Connector.  This important addition to the mobility network in our region will help residents and employees travel safer and more efficiently.  We applaud Sterling Ranch for leading the effort and partnering with Douglas County to build the Waterton Extension for everyone’s benefit and for being the catalyst in solving so many of the regional issues such as water and transportation that have existed in the Chatfield Valley for many years,”

More information regarding Sterling Ranch is available at

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